Thursday July 5th, 2012

Stage 5Rouen / Saint-Quentin

Start 12h45 GMT 2+

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video05.07.2012 in 23:00Summary of the race

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Summary of the race

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Stage summary05.07.2012 in 17:48Tension until the very end but Greipel gets a second win

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These stages are meant to run to a script: an escape goes early, they gain a big advantage and then the peloton slowly reels them in and there's a sprint at the end. That's roughly what happened on the flat race from Rouen to St-Quentin but someone forgot to tell Jan Ghyselinck of Cofidis and Pablo Urtasun of Euskadi-Euskaltel; this pair were part of the attack that went clear in the first kilometer. And they were only caught in the final 500 meters! There was another crash in the final 3km...

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video05.07.2012 in 16:00Interview - Stage Winner

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interview05.07.2012 in 18:51Wiggins and Sky again!

The riders of Sky Procycling can consoles themselves about the defeat in the fifth stage, sprint opportunity for Mark Cavendish who was fifth in Saint-Quentin, despite the lingering effects of his crash the previous day; his team has won the team ranking for a fourth time this year. The British squad also retains the overall lead, of course.
There was no change to the overall classification after today's race: RadioShack-Nissan is still four seconds behind, and BMC is six seconds back....

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interview05.07.2012 in 18:45Sagan: «I was only angry»

Peter Sagan was caught up in the crash in the final three kilometers and thus missed out on a chance to sprint...

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interview05.07.2012 in 18:42Ladagnous: This is the second time it happens!

He started today's escape at the first kilometer and was caught inside the final kilometer and Matthieu Ladagnous took home a few lessons from the experience - as well as a red dossard as winner of the 'Fighting Spirit' award.

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interview05.07.2012 in 18:34Cancellara: a dream is not a goal

Tomorrow Fabian Cancellara will spent his 27th day in a yellow jersey at the Tour de France , that's more than any other rider who has not won the overall title. He's happy with his time in the lead but is realistic about his abilities...

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interview05.07.2012 in 16:00Greipel: I just had some power left

He was almost taken out by a rider who crashed right in front of him with three kilometers to go in stage five, but André Greipel survived... and won his second successive stage in the Tour de France of 2012.

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video05.07.2012 in 11:45Analysis of the stage

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video05.07.2012 in 10:30The day's route

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The day's route

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Sporting stakes04.07.2012 in 19:10Every sprint is different

Peter Sagan has won two stages but his success has been achieved at the top of hills. He was asked at the finish of stage four if he believes he's able to win a pure bunch sprint and he waivered, before answering that, “every sprint is different”. He was stranded without his key lead-out man in Rouen as Daniel Oss crashed with 2.6km to go. Perhaps the Italian's presence would have altered the result.
The consensus is that stage five to St-Quentin will be a bunch sprint but nothing...

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