Irish 2,000 Guineas hero Awtaad is likely to sidestep the Derby and head for the St Jamess Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. Kevin Prendergasts colt claimed his fourth win from five starts with a magnificent display at the Curragh, seeing off Galileo Gold, winner of the 2000 Guineas at Newmarket.The veteran trainer said in the immediate aftermath he felt his Cape Cross colt was capable of stepping up in distance, but Angus Gold, racing manager to owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, expects him to remain at a mile for the time being. Gold said: It was a fantastic result and Im so happy for Kevin, for all his team and Chris Hayes.Kevin has been training for Sheikh Hamdan for many years without having much joy, so Im thrilled for him to get a horse like this at this time of his life. Hes an incredible man.I think we knew he was a very nice horse, but its always hard to equate the English form against the Irish form.I dont think there was any fluke about it. He wasnt a lucky winner - I think he won it fair and square.I had a brief chat with Kevin and Sheikh Hamdan last night. My gut reaction, which I think Sheikh Hamdan shared, would be to go for the St Jamess Palace.The Derby is a lovely idea, but youd be going up a considerable amount of distance in a short space of time.Im sure he would get further as he has a wonderful temperament, but he looks a high-class miler to me and after beating the English 2000 Guineas winner, I think youd be hard pushed not to go to Ascot.Hopefully hes going to be a stallion for the stud and hed look an even more attractive proposition if he were to win the St Jamess Palace.Well see how he is and talk about it during the week, but I think well be staying at a mile for the immediate future.Bookmakers Sky Bet are trading on the St Jamess Palace Stakes and quote Awtaad at 3/1 behind 11/8 favourite The Gurkha, with Galileo Gold 9/2 to exert revenge over Awtaad. 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On a day filled mostly with qualifying matches, fifth-seeded Marcel Granollers of Spain also entered the second with a 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 win over Aljaz Bedene of Slovenia, while Guido Pella of Argentina defeated Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain 7-6 (6), 6-4 to advance. LE LIORAN, France -- Greg Van Avermaet knows his time in the Tour de France leaders yellow jersey that he claimed by winning Wednesdays fifth stage into the Massif Central will be limited. But for his BMC Racing team, his achievement will have provided them with a much-needed boost after a rocky start as the Tour heads toward the Pyrénées this weekend.The United States-registered team, which is racing with a two-pronged attack featuring by American Tejay van Garderen and Australian Richie Porte as co-leaders, was one of the first in the peloton to see their Tour compromised when Porte lost 1:45 to his main rivals due to a flat tyre inside the last five kilometres of Stage 2.While BMC team president Jim Ochowicz said the teams focus on a Van Garderen-Porte bid for Tour glory has not changed, there was no doubting that Portes time loss was a blow. But, to their credit, Porte and the team did not drop their heads.The 31-year-old Van Avermaet was justifiably ecstatic for pulling off his double coup. I was happy with the stage win last year, now a stage win and yellow jersey, he said. It is a once in a lifetime for me. I am going to enjoy it as much as possible tomorrow.Van Avermaet, a one-day classics specialist, is not considered a threat to the likes of defending Tour champion Chris Froome (Sky) or Colombian Nairo Quintana (Movistar). But the Belgian now leads the Tour by 5:11 over Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe (FDJ) in second and 5:13 over Spaniard Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) in third.Barring disaster in Thursdays 190.5-km Stage 6 from Arpajon-sur-Cère, Van Avermaet should take a lead into the Pyrénées on Friday, when the 162.5k-m seventh stage from LIsle-Jourdain to Lac de Payolle includes the first category climb Col dAspin near the finish.Van Avermaet made his winning move with 17km go on the second category Col du Perthus, dropping Thomas de Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), who, until then, had worked well with his fellow Belgian when they found themselves together as the last survivors of an original nine-rider breakaway that formed early in the stage.We were the strongest guys in the break I think, Van Avermaet said. We made the race hard. We made the gap big. Then we saw the peloton was not coming back on the steep climb. I felt pretty good and I just went on my own and was strong enough to go to the line.Van Avermaet finished 2:34 clear of de Gendt. In third, at 5:04, was Polands Rafael Majka (Tinkoff) and Spaniard Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha).dddddddddddd. Three seconds later, 18 riders, including Froome and all his rivals bar Spaniard Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) and Italian Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), crossed the line. Contador finished 33 seconds behind Froome, after losing touch on the last climb with less than six kilometres to go. Peter Sagan (Tinkoff), the Tour leader heading into Wednesday, was dropped inside the last 35km on the third-to-last climb, the second category Pas de Peyrol.Porte, who along with Van Garderen also finished in Froomes group, welcomed the feel of hills under his wheels for the first time in the Tour, telling ESPN: It sort of clears out the bunch. It makes it not so stressful. It was the first real proper GC [general classification] day.Porte lauded Van Avermaets feat. Thats an incredible day for the whole team. I guess it is going to lift us as well. We didnt expect it this morning. Its good.For Tejay and I to have Damian [Caruso] there [as well] as the last man there shepherding us, thats a good sign for our team.While it was a great day for BMC, it wasnt so positive for Tinkoff, as Contador continued to show that he has not fully recovered from his heavy crashes in Stages 1 and 2. The Spaniard even indicated that, should he still struggle in the Pyrénées, he might have to surrender his hopes of racing for overall classification and go for stage wins instead.Today would have been different if I had been in my normal condition, so I had to get through it the best I could, Contador said. Sky and Movistar were going hard. I have to take on this Tour different than we had planned. I hope to recover for the Pyrénées; if not, well, well have to look for a moment in the Alps. There was a little bit of disorganization, but we cant get too carried away about that. The legs are not working, thats the problem.I was putting everything into the pedals. I have to be realistic, and this Tour is going to be more difficult than I would have liked, and well just have to take it day by day. ... I am always the most optimistic of anyone, and I will also fight to the end, and keep trying to do something beautiful in this Tour, but my body needs time to recover. ' ' '