Mark Cavendish won the fifth stage of the Tour when seemingly everyone, myself included, was counting him out of this type of finish. With a slight uphill to the line the stage seemed more set for Gilbert of Hushovd than Cav, who seemed to be nowhere in sight within the last 500m. But, to the surprise of many, Cav was able to work through the group, battling off the likes of Greipel to find himself on the wheel of Geraint Thomas (foreshadowing?) with 200m to go. From there, he has the wheels and was able to surge past Gilbert and hold of Rojas to take the win.
The stage was a massive crash filled affair with Contador, Boonen, Wiggins, Horner, Popovych, Sorenson, amongst many others hitting the deck in separate incidences. Janez Brajkovic also crashed hard and thus far is the only rider forced out of the Tour due to injury, although things look bad for Boonen, who was struggling to finish on time.
Another choatic day tomorrow with another uphill sprint and likely a windy day as well. Let’s hope everyone gets through without losing too much skin.
Stage 5 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (HTC)_______(45)___3h38’32”
2. Philippe Gilbert (Lotto)_______(35)
3. J.J. Rojas (Movistar)_________(30)
4. Tony Galopin (Cofidis)_______(26)
5. Geraint Thomas (Sky)________(22)
Complete Stage results: Le Tour
General Classification Top Three after Stage 5
1. Thor Hushovd (Garmin)_______17h36’57”
2. Cadel Evans (BMC)__________+1″
3. Frank Schleck (Leopard)______+4″
Complete Overall results: Le Tour
Green Jersey (points) Top Three after Stage 5
1. Philippe Gilbert (Lotto)______(120)
2. J.J. Rojas (Movistar)_______(112)
3. Cadel Evans (BMC)________(90)