When the Tour de France hits the cobblestones of Paris-Roubaix it is always going to deal major blows to the hopes of several GC contenders and that predictably proved to be the case on Wednesday’s fifth stage to Wallers.

Primož Roglič’s two-minute tumble down the standings after dislocating his shoulder mid-stage grabbed the headlines during what was a dismal day out for Jumbo-Visma. However, there were plenty of other hard-luck stories to tell as the riders battled over 11 punishing sectors of cobblestones en route to the finish just short of the most famous sector of all.

For Bahrain Victorious hopeful Jack Haig, this year’s Tour de France will once again be a case of what might have been. After crashing out on stage 3 last summer, he made it two days further this time around before becoming the first rider to abandon the race.

The 28-year-old was caught in a crash with a hay bale at 30km to go that also saw Roglič and Caleb Ewan fall and could be seen walking to the side of the road afterwards. Haig suffered a cut above his elbow that required stitches and abrasions on his back. Bahrain Victorious said CT scans also revealed multiple non-displaced wrist fractures.

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Ewan, meanwhile, suffered a “slight concussion” according to the post-stage medical report, and that wasn’t the end of the pain for the Australian riders ­– despite Simon Clarke’s stage victory from the breakaway.

AG2R Citroën leader Ben O’Connor finished his day 4:12 down on Clarke

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