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TDF 2014 - Stage 5 Report & Photos
By Mark Sharon
Date: 7/9/2014
TDF 2014 - Stage 5 Report & Photos
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Tour de France 2014 - 5-27 July

10 July, 2014

Stage 5 : Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, 155.5 km


Lars Boom (Belkin) takes stage win on day of grime and crashes which saw Chris Froome abandon, Alberto Contador distanced and Vicenzo Nibali extend his lead in yellow.

Lars Boom Victorius on the Pave © A.S.O/X.Bourgois

When Christian Prudhomme and his team chose the pave of Belgium to test the courage and skills of the peloton he probably envisaged a day played out under baking sun, plumes of dust drifitng across the countryside like the amoke from the WWI guns that fired salvo after salvo here a hundred years ago. He might not have foreseen that the carnage that would inevitably have occurred would instead taken place under heavy grey skies rain hammering down, riders slipping sliding and crashing through puddles. He might not have dared hope that the top of the General Classification would be decimated (literally) with the loss of Chris Froome (Sky) after crashing twice on roads that had become as slick as linoleoum. All before the first block of pave had been crossed.

Pavé Pummels Peloton

The pave certainly took its toll, but its first impact was in the minds of the peloton. The rain had been falling for days and the spectre of the pave was looming large. The organisers were equally wary and as a precaution withdrew two sections in the morning that had become inundated. These were sector 7, a 1,000-metres stretch of cobbles at Mons-en-Pévèle, and sector 5, a 1,400-metres long portion from Orchies to Beuvry-la-Forêt.It still left 13km of cobbles. The notion of thes 13km menat added urgency in the peloton to get into the best position to protect team leaders.

The rain played intot the hands of a small group that went away just after the start held in the prescence of King Phillipe of Belgium. Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R) accelerated but it was an attack by Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) that generated the first breakaway. The pair were joined by Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Tony Martin (OPQS), Janier Acevedo (Garmin), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Simon Clarke and Matt Hayman (Orica) to make it a nine-man front group. They eventually lost Acevedo due to a crash and Burghardt who was called back by his team to race as a helper for Tejay van Garderen and Greg van Avermaet.

The nervousness was palable, and riders who were not unconfidnet in normal rainy conditions were at teh limit and beyond of their ability. In Froome's case both his crashes were solo affairs and took place long before the pavé. The first was after 29km and saw the Brit land on his right side. While it knocked the wind out of him he was able to be paced back through the cars. His second crash was after 83km with the cobles still ahead. This time the damage was obvious as he held his right arm and abandoning was inevitable, climbing into the team-car with a look that suggested was as much apologetic as pain.

The break worked to create a maximum advantage of 3.05 at km 60, but the peloton was being stretched and broken by a chase dominated by Peter Sagan’s Cannondale as the race approached the pavé. The gaps in the peloton became chasms with the entrie Movistar team having to lead one group to keep Alejandro Valverde in contention. The second cobbled section at Ennevelin saw Alberto Contador losing contact to the yellow jersey group, and then struggle to keep up wiht his own men.

Nibali and Sagan together with a dozen of riders steamed on becoming unrecongisable under a growing layer of mud eventaully catching the remaining breakaway riders with 26km to go. The emergence of Nibali as an afficiando of the cobbles would have caught his rival sby surprise, even more so when it came to the closing kilometres and cobblestone specialist Lars Boom went away with only Nibali and lieutenant Fuglsang in close pursuit. Of course the out and out risk taking that riders like Fabian Cancellara could indulge in a one-day Classic had to be tempered by the long game in favour of team leaders but nonetheless the achievements of Nibali and the suffering of his rivals was significant.

At the final reckoning Nibali gained nearly three minutes on Contador while Andrew Talansky (Garmin), Rui Costa (Lampre), Tejay van Garderen (BMC) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) were lucky to keep the gap to around two minutes. Contador might have thought it was a price worth paying to finish injury free. It is a long way to Paris but if Nibali has a weakness it is becoming hard to find.

Nibali & Fuglsang on the final stretch © A.S.O/B Bade

Lars Boom © A.S.O/B Bade


Race Route for 2014

2014 Tour de France Race Route

2014 Tour de France Race Route

Stage List

Stage date To - From Length
Stage 1 Jul 5 Leeds - Harrogate 191 km
Stage 2 Jul 6 York - Sheffield 198 km
Stage 3 Jul 7 Cambridge - London 159 km
Stage 4 Jul 8 Le Touquet - Paris-Plage 164 km
Stage 5 Jul 9 Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 156 km
Stage 6 Jul 10 Arras - Reims 194 km
Stage 7 Jul 11 Épernay - Nancy 233 km
Stage 8 Jul 12 Tomblaine - Gérardmer La Mauselaine 161 km
Stage 9 Jul 13 Gérardmer - Mulhouse 166 km
Stage 10 Jul 14 Mulhouse - La Planche des Belles Filles 161 km
Rest Day 1 Jul 15 Besançon
Stage 11 Jul 16 Besançon - Oyonnax 186 km
Stage 12 Jul 17 Bourg-en-Bresse - Saint-Étienne 183 km
Stage 13 Jul 18 Saint-Étienne - Chamrousse 200 km
Stage 14 Jul 19 Grenoble - Risoul 177 km
Stage 15 Jul 20 Tallard - Nîmes 222 km
Rest Day 2 Jul 21 Carcassonne
Stage 16 Jul 22 Carcassonne - Bagnères-de-Luchon 237 km
Stage 17 Jul 23 Saint-Gaudens - Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet 125 km
Stage 18 Jul 24 Pau - Hautacam 145 km
Stage 19 Jul 25 Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour - Bergerac 208 km
Stage 20 Jul 26 Bergerac - Périgueux (ITT) 54 km
Stage 21 Jul 27 Évry - Paris Champs-Élysées 136 km


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Stage Results - Full

1 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 3:18:35
2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:01:01
5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing  
6 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge  
7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:07
8 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
9 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:21
10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:45
11 Alexander Porsev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:02
12 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
13 Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
14 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
15 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
16 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
17 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
18 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto-Belisol  
19 Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto-Belisol 0:02:08
20 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:02:11
21 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:02:19
22 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:22
23 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:02:28
24 Thibaut Pinot (Fra)  
25 Rui Alberto Costa (Por) Lampre - Merida  
26 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
27 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
28 Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
29 Dmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
30 Peter Velits (Svk) BMC Racing Team  
31 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
32 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
33 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Garmin - Sharp 0:02:33
34 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:02:44
35 Marco Marcato (Ita) Cannondale  
36 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:02:54
37 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
38 Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
39 Tom Veelers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
40 Gregory Rast (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:03:17
41 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Sharp 0:03:38
42 Maarten Wynants (Bel) Belkin Pro Cycling  
43 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:03:43
44 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team Sky 0:03:46
45 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
46 Jean-Christophe Péraud (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
47 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge  
48 Paul Voss (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
49 José Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team  
50 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
51 Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
52 Bram Tankink (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
53 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Sky 0:03:53
54 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:04:16
55 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling  
56 Tiago Machado (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
57 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
58 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) IAM Cycling  
59 Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
60 Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra)  
61 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre - Merida  
62 John Gadret (Fra) Movistar Team  
63 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
64 Roger Kluge (Ger) IAM Cycling  
65 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
66 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
67 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Team Europcar 0:04:22
68 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:04:30
69 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:05:35
70 Koen De Kort (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
71 Vladimir Isaichev (Rus) Team Katusha  
72 Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Cannondale  
73 Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
74 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
75 Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Sharp  
76 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - Sharp 0:07:20
77 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:08:10
78 Frank Schleck (Lux) Trek Factory Racing  
79 Brice Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
80 Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
81 Arthur Vichot (Fra)  
82 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Lampre - Merida  
83 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
84 Egoitz Garcia Echeguibel (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
85 Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team  
86 Thomas Leezer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling  
87 Daniel Oss (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:08:20
88 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:09:19
89 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:09:55
90 Markel Irizar Arranburu (Spa) Trek Factory Racing 0:11:05
91 Lars Bak (Den) Lotto-Belisol  
92 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
93 Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar Team  
94 Michael Rogers (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo  
95 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp-Endura  
96 Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar  
97 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:13:25
98 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Team Giant-Shimano  
99 Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:13:51
100 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing  
101 Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
102 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar Team  
103 Benat Intxausti (Spa) Movistar Team  
104 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team  
105 Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto-Belisol  
106 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
107 Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Team Netapp-Endura  
108 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica Greenedge  
109 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
110 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre - Merida  
111 José Serpa (Col) Lampre - Merida  
112 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
113 William Bonnet (Fra)  
114 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar  
115 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Tinkoff-Saxo  
116 Heinrich Haussler (Aus) IAM Cycling  
117 Jean-Marc Bideau (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:15:23
118 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge  
119 Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
120 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar  
121 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica Greenedge  
122 Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale  
123 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
124 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Cannondale  
125 Mickaël Delage (Fra)  
126 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
127 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
128 Michael Morkov (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
129 Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
130 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lampre - Merida  
131 Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
132 Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
133 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale 0:15:28
134 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Cannondale  
135 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky  
136 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:16:50
137 Florian Guillou (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:16:57
138 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling 0:17:29
139 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Team Katusha 0:18:03
140 Simon Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge  
141 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto-Belisol  
142 Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Team Katusha  
143 Jérémy Roy (Fra)  
144 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
145 Benjamin King (USA) Garmin - Sharp  
146 Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
147 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp-Endura  
148 Reto Hollenstein (Swi) IAM Cycling  
149 Luca Paolini (Ita) Team Katusha  
150 Albert Timmer (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano  
151 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
152 Cedric Pineau (Fra)  
153 John Degenkolb (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano  
154 José Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team Netapp-Endura  
155 Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
156 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement 0:19:00
157 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team Netapp-Endura  
158 Danny Van Poppel (Ned) Trek Factory Racing 0:20:48
159 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:21:24
160 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
161 Roy Curvers (Ned) Team Giant-Shimano 0:22:03
162 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:22:40
163 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
164 Romain Feillu (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
165 Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
166 Adrien Petit (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
167 Jesus Alberto Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
168 Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin - Sharp  
169 Ariel Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Lampre - Merida  
170 Elia Viviani (Ita) Cannondale  
171 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
172 John Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team  
173 Arnaud Gerard (Fra) Bretagne - Seche Environnement  
174 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar  
175 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team Europcar  
176 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
177 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha  
178 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto-Belisol  
179 Simon Spilak (Slo) Team Katusha  
180 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
181 Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) IAM Cycling  
182 Edward King (USA) Cannondale  
183 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky  
184 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
185 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
186 Matthew Busche (USA) Trek Factory Racing  
187 Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky  
188 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team Netapp-Endura  
189 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra)  
190 Arnaud Demare (Fra)  
191 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano 0:23:08
192 Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky 0:32:52
193 Janier Alexis Acevedo Calle (Col) Garmin - Sharp  
DNF Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  

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