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74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 & Photos
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Date: 6/16/2010
74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 & Photos

74th Tour de Suisse - Stage 5 & Photos
The long wet march to Fruitigen  pays off with a victory for one of a trio of brave adventurers defying the sprinters and their teams...

June 12 - 20, 2010

Stage 5:  Wettingen - Frutigen 172.5 km
L Marcus Burghardt of BMC attacked his three surviving break mates in the final 1.5 km to open a gap and won the days march through the rain and wind to win solo.

Garmin/Transition's Dutchie Martijn Maaskant followed to take second with Liquigas' Daniel Oss third racing to the finish to lead the chasing lead group of 38 to the finish by 47 seconds.

Victory Markus Burghardt!!   Photo © 2010 Fotoreporter Sirotti

Katusha's Robbie McEwen continued to show his growing form by winning the mass sprint for fourth place over Lampre's: Diego Ulissi  fifth, and Vacansoleil's Marco Marcato sixth. The riders were part of the first chase  group of 60 riders led in the final kilometers by HTC/Columbia containing all the leaders of the race.

The trio that owned the podium today were the survivors of a group of 5 that attacked out of the gate after only  ten kilometers into  the 172 km stage gaining a maximum advantage of five minutes as they fought under constant rain and windy conditions. 

The quintet included: Lampre/Farnese Vini sprinter Angelo Furlan who was dropped on the final climb and Euskaltel's Javier Armendia who was dropped after our winning trio chased the rider down in a final 12 km after he gained 35 seconds on his mission to take the final sprint to secure the blue jersey.

The top of the G.C. remains unchanged with HTCs Tony Martin true to his word to do everything he could to keep the yellow jersey, leading Fabian Cancellara by one second, SKY's Thomas Lovkvist third at 9 second... it is still a tightly packed G.C. with 37 riders within a minute of the three leaders with 4 more days of racing and climbing to come tomorrow with two Hors Category climbs on the menu.

The peloton followed in 5 majors groups, some as far back as 11 minutes off the pace, after a tough day in the saddle.

Stage 5:  Wettingen - Frutigen 172.5 km
Today's stage opened in the rain with four riders not taking the start, Ag2r duo: Lloyd Mondory and José-Luis Arrieta; and Arnaud Coyot (Caisse d'Epargne and Heinrich Haussler due to injuries in the crash yesterday.

A break of five separated from the front of the peloton after 10 kilometers with Liquigas' Daniel Oss Liquigas , BMC Racing's Marcus Burghardt,  Lampre/Farnese Vini sprinter Angelo Furlan, Javier Aramendia of Euskaltel/Euskadi  and Garmin/Transitions Martijn Maaskant, what starts with a 42 second gap quickly rose to 5 minutes in the next 12 kilometers showing the peloton was in no mood to chase the break in the rain. With 135 km to go the gap held steady at 5.

The pace picked up in the next 30 km with the lads up front losing a minute to the peloton as Sébastien Hinault (Ag2r la Mondiale) calls up the doctors and abandons and is taken from the course in an ambulance.

With a 100 km to go the gap steadies at 4 minutes; and is the same with 55 km to go as our 5 optimists continued their battle with the elements on the approach to the category 2 climb of the Schallenberg. Behind Garmin/Transitions rider Cameron Meyers called it quits.

The quintet continued to work well together not bothering to contest the KOM with Liquigas' Daniel Oss leading over the summit followed by Burghardt, Maaskant, Aramendia and Furlan... the peloton followed closing in to 2:30 by the top of the climb with 53 km to go.

through the first intermediate sprint with 26 km to go -in Euskaltel's Javier Aramendia led  BMC's Burghardt and Liquigas' Daniel Oss taking the points with Angelo Furlan and Maaskant on their wheels. The quintet drove the gap to 3:40 while the peloton diddled behind in the rain slacking off the previous pace.

The  leaders gap fell again at the 25 km to go banner; but the quintet upped their pace to take it to 2:44 with 20 to go... the cat and mouse game was on and the five up front had their eyes firmly fixed on the goal at the finish in Frutigen. Behind the chase was led by Saxo Bank and RadioShack.

Aramendia attacked shortly after opening up a gap of 35 seconds aiming to be first at the final intermediate sprint... the Spaniard easily won the points Daniel Oss led the chase for the Euskaltel rider who opened a gap of 35 seconds on the trio with the peloton at 1:25 -  the remaining points were taken by Angelo Furlan and Martjin Maaskant. Mission accomplished to take the blue jersey of points leader, behind the red and gray jerseys of  RadioShack led peloton with Yaroslav Popovych on the front.

Furlan was dropped on the climb with and later absorbed by the peloton 14 km to go as Oss, Maaskant and Burghardt chased and caught Aramienda before the summit. Over the summit of the catgory 3 Aeschi our quartet held on to 1:24 with 10 km to go Daniel Oss led Maaskant and Burghardt with Aramendia close. Behind, two Caisse d'Epargne riders launched an attack gaining a fast 200 meters but were caught in the next 2 kilometers.

 Aramienda was was caught and dropped by his former companions and lingered off the front of the Saxo Bank and RadioShack as our surviving trio led with 1:15 with six km to go. Behind HTC/Columbia sent 5 riders to the front to lead the chase.

In the next 3 km the gap slowly came down to just over a minute with the HTC and Saxo Bank led peloton unable to close the gap... Euskaltel's Aramendia was finally caught by the chasers with 2.5 km to go.

Entering the final 2 kilometers the three amigos held a minute on the chase, finally dipping to :58 seconds in the final 1.5 km when Markus Burghardt surprised his breakmates launching an attack from the back to gain 50 meters.

Oss responded taking the front as it appeared Maaskant fought to regain his wheel. Maaskant held on as Daniel Oss drove the front eventually pulling through to help with the chase.

Burghardt couldn't be caught as he went under the 1 km to go banners and led at the line taking the victory with Maaskant coming around Oss to take second with the Liquigas rider third.

Robbie McEwen led the chase group of 60 riders to the finish to claim fourth with Lampre's: Diego Ulissi fifth.

Stage 5 Preview below - Full results here.  
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Stage 5Results
Wettingen - Frutigen
172.5 km - 4:21:23
1 53 Marcus BURGHARDT BMC Racing Team 4:21:23
2 144 Martijn MAASKANT Garmin - Transitions 00:00:02
3 24 Daniel OSS Liquigas - Doimo 00:00:04

4 16 Robbie MCEWEN Team Katusha 00:00:47
5 98 Diego ULISSI Lampre - Farnese Vini 00:00:47

6 165 Marco MARCATO Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 00:00:47
7 122 Carlos BARREDO LLAMAZALES Quick Step 00:00:47
8 183 Johannes FRÖHLINGER Team Milram 00:00:47
9 87 Jose Joaquin ROJAS GIL Caisse d'Epargne 00:00:47
10 155 Simon GERRANS Sky Pro Cycling Team 00:00:47
11 94 Francesco GAVAZZI Lampre - Farnese Vini 00:00:47
12 105 Bauke MOLLEMA Rabobank 00:00:47
13 132 Andreas KLODEN Team RadioShack 00:00:47
14 113 Nicolas Jonathan CASTROVIEJO Euskaltel - Euskadi 00:00:47
15 68 Greg VAN AVERMAET Omega Pharma - Lotto 00:00:47

General Classification Afte Stage 5
1 41 Tony MARTIN Team HTC - Columbia 18:57:47
2 1 Fabian CANCELLARA Team Saxo bank 00:00:01
3 151 Thomas LÖVKVIST Sky Pro Cycling Team 00:00:09

4 88 Rigoberto URAN Caisse d'Epargne 00:00:10
5 124 Dries DEVENYNS Quick Step 00:00:11

6 57 Steve MORABITO BMC Racing Team 00:00:11
7 7 Frank SCHLECK Team Saxo bank 00:00:13
8 3 Jacob FUGLSANG Team Saxo bank 00:00:14
9 113 Nicolas Jonathan CASTROVIEJO Euskaltel - Euskadi 00:00:15
10 105 Bauke MOLLEMA Rabobank 00:00:17
11 177 Nicolas ROCHE AG2R - La mondiale 00:00:18
12 122 Carlos BARREDO LLAMAZALES Quick Step 00:00:19
13 133 Levi LEIPHEIMER Team RadioShack 00:00:19
14 11 Joaquim RODRIGUEZ OLIVER Team Katusha 00:00:21
15 191 Sandy CASAR Française des jeux 00:00:24

Stage 6: Meiringen to La Punt 213.3 km
Tomorrow's stage is a monster with the road going towards the sky for the over the Hors Category 2,224 meter climb of the Sustenpass in the first 28.5 km.  After the descent into Wassen at 46 kilometers the riders once again start the long ascent of the 2,046 meter Oberalppass that summits at  67.7 km.

Intermediate sprints are strategically placed in the foothills leading to the next and final gravity challenge in Surava at 175.5 km  and Filisur at 183.1 km.

After a tough day today, the and two climbs under their belts, the riders have 100 km to catch their collective breath to prepare for the leg breaking 2,315 meter climb of the Hors Category Albulapass with the summit at  203.6 only 9.3 kilometers descending remain to the he finish in La Punt.

Previous Tour of Switzerland Coverage
3rd Tour de Suisse - 2009 Stages
            June 13 - 21
Stage 1:Mauern  - Rugell (Lichtenstein) ITT 7.8 km
Stage 2: Davos - Davos   150 km
Stage 3 Davos - Lumino  195 km
Stage 4: Biasca - Stäfa   197 km
Stage 5: Stäfa - Serfaus (AUT)  202 km ^^^
Stage 6: Oberriet - Bad Zurzach, 178 km
Stage 7: Bad Zurzach - Vallorbe Juraparc  204 km
Stage 8: Le Sentier - Crans Montana   182 km^^^
Stage 9: Bern - Bern  ITT  38.5 km
Final General Classification
Total length: 1,355 kilometres
Tour de Suisse - 2008 Race Coverage Index

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