May 17 is the fifth day of the eight day tour. This fifth day will be an 18.4 mile time trial in the city of Bakersfield. A time trial is a race against the clock, not each other. Riders begin at set intervals so they aren’t all on the course at the same time. The rider with the fastest time wins the time trial.
A rider’s start time is based on his overall time in the previous stages. Slower riders start first and the tour leader rides last. This year, Peter Sagan will be starting last, since he is the leader after 4 stages.
Peter Sagan is a 22 year old rider for team Liquigas-Cannondale. Sagan has managed to win an incredible 4 stages in a row, out-sprinting some of the world’s top sprinters to clinch today’s stage 4 win. Sagan now holds the record for most stage wins in Amgen’s history: Seven.