The legendary stage of the north of France including some cobbled sections has seen the abandon of defending champion Chris Froome who has crashed on two occasions... before the pavés. On a rain soaked day of racing, Lars Boom took a valuable victory in Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut, Vincenzo Nibali retained and increased his lead in the overall ranking while Alberto Contador lost more time than most of the other GC contenders.read more
Alberto Contador, the 2007 and 2009 Tour de France champion, limited the damage on the cobbles by not crashing, but still lost 2:37 to an impressive Vincenzo Nibali and vowed to fight back.read more
Team Sky manager Dave Brailsford called Chirs Froome's forced withdrawal from the Tour de France «devastating» and confirmed Richie Porte would now be the British outfit's new leader in the race.read more
Most agressive rider in stage 5.read more
“I'm happy that I came safe out of this stage. I didn't crash, which is good for being able to continue the Tour de France. I've taken some more points over the other sprinters. But I'm also a little bit disappointed because I was at the front and I lost the possibility of winning the stage by my own mistake. I was riding a little bit too far behind with Cancellara when an Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider let a bit of a gap in front of us and we never managed to make it back to the front of...read more
Stage 5 winner.read more
Off the bus quotes09.07.2014
All the fuss around the team buses at the start of stage 5 in Ypres was about the decision of the organisers to suppress two cobbled sectors - Mons-en-Pevele and Orchies - because of the weather conditions...read more
The of the town09.07.2014
Like always before a crucial Tour de France stage, questions abounded at the Village Depart of stage 5 in Ypres, a town annihilated by WWI...read more
Prior to the Grand Départ in Yorkshire, Fabian Cancellara answered to the skeptics that cobblestones are as legitimately part of the Tour de France as the mountains and the time trials. This is a big day for Paris-Roubaix specialists: Cancellara is one of the winners of the queen of the classics in contention at the Tour, along with Niki Terpstra and Johan Vansummeren. But there'll be two races in one stage, one for the win, the second one as a survival exercise. With nine pavés sections...read more
How was the first time ?09.07.2014
He's one of the attractions of this Tour de France as the first Chinese to take part in the race...read more
Focus on a team08.07.2014
Team Trek Factory should tackle the crucial 5th stage of the Tour de France on the cobbles of the North in a position of strength, especially as Fabian Cancellara is seen as the arch-favourite...read more
Newsflashes (Local time)
1. Lars Boom (Belkin)
2. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), at 0.19
3. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), st
4. Peter Sagan (Cannondale), 1.01
5. Fabian Cancellara (Trek), st
Alberto Contador crossed the line with a deficit of 2.55.
|17:15||Fuglsang and Nibali make the top three|
Nibali and Fuglsang take the second and third place while Contador struggles at the back, being dropped off by his group.
|17:13||The winner is... Lars Boom|
Lars Boom (Belkin) claims his first stage victory at the Tour de France.
|17:08||Westra the most agressive rider|
Lieuwe Westra has been awarded the most agressive rider price of the day.
Boom takes profit of the last cobbled sector to go away solo.
|17:06||Last cobbled sector|
Boom, Nibali and Fuglsang are on the last cobbled sector with 6km to go.
|17:04||Nibali, Fuglsang and Boom in the lead|
Nibali is flying! He goes away with Fuglsang and Boom.
|17:02||10km to go: eight in the lead|
With 10km to go, Nibali, Westra, Fuglsang, Boom, Keukeleire, Cancellara, Lemoine and Sagan are in the lead
|16:59||Three Astana riders in the lead|
Westra has put the hammer down in the cobbled sector number 2. Only Fuglsang and Nibali, with Boom a bit later, have managed to follow him!
|16:57||Thomas and Porte attack Contador|
Geraint Thomas and Richie Porte try to escape from the Contador group, two minutes behind the leaders who have dropped Hayman and Renshaw off.
|16:53||Front group in cobbled section number 2|
The yellow jersey group is in the second last cobbled sector.
|16:50||12 riders in the lead|
Vanmarcke (Belkin), Gallopin (Lotto) and Clarke (Orica) are no longer in the front group. 12 riders in the lead with 17km to go.
|16:48||Regrouping at the front|
Boom and Sagan are reined in by the Nibali group with 20km to go. The Talansky group is at 1.18. The Contador group is at 1.43.
With 22km to go, Lars Boom accelerates and takes three riders with him.
|16:41||15 riders in the lead|
15 leaders with 25km to go: Nibali, Fuglsang, Westra (Astana), Sagan (Cannondale), Boom, Vanmarcke (Belkin), Kwiatkowski, Renshaw, Trentin (OPQS), Gallopin (Lotto), Cancellara (Trek), Lemoine (Cofidis), Clarke, Hayman and Keukeleire (Orica). The Contador group is at 1.05.
|16:35||26km to go: end of the breakaway|
With 26km to go, the yellow jersey group reels the breakaway in. 18 riders in the lead.
|16:34||Yellow jersey close to the front|
With 30km to go, the yellow jersey group catches Boom and Vanmarcke and is about to come across to the four remaining leaders, Martin, Clarke, Hayman and Gallopin.
|16:32||Contador 45 seconds behind|
The Contador group is 45 seconds behind the yellow jersey group.
|16:31||The Nibali group|
Porsev (Katusha), Nibali, Fuglsang, Westra (Astana), Sagan (Cannondale), Kwiatkowski, Renshaw, Trentin (OPQS), Cancellara, Rast (Trek), Lemoine (Cofidis) and Keukeleire (Orica) compose the yellow jersey group.
Five riders left in the lead as Westra waits for Nibali.
|16:26||Boom and Vanmarcke at 21 seconds|
With 35km to go, Boom and Vanmarcke are 21 seconds behind the six leaders. The Nibali group is at 38 seconds. The Contador group is at 1.46.
|16:23||Boom and Vanmarcke on the move|
Paris-Roubaix specialists Lars Boom and Sep Vanmarcke put the hammer down and go away from the yellow jersey group, racing for the stage victory.
|16:22||Talansky and Van den Broeck crash|
Jurgen Van den Broeck and Andrew Talansky have crashed in the cobbled sector 7.
|16:20||Six riders in the lead|
Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Tony Martin (OPQS), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Simon Clarke and Matt Hayman (Orica) compose the front group as Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis) has been dropped on the cobbles.
|16:17||28 riders in the yellow jersey group|
28 riders form the first group 54 seconds behind the breakaway. Van Garderen and Bardet are 20 seconds behind. The Contador group is 45 seconds behind.
|16:13||Contador in difficulty|
With five cobbled sections and 45km to go, Contador is about 30 seconds behind the Nibali-Sagan group that is 1.18 behind the breakaway riders.
|16:11||Nibali takes an advantage in sector 8|
In the cobbled sector 8, Nibali looks back and realizes that Contador hasn't followed him!
|16:07||Valverde back in the main group|
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) is back in the main group. The race is in the second pavé section within 50km to go.
|16:04||Westra first at intermediate sprint|
Result of the intermediate sprint in Templeuve, km 97
|16:00||47.8km/h after two hours|
The seven escapees have covered 46.4km in the second hour of racing. Average speed so far: 47.8km/h.
|15:58||All distinctive jersey holders in the main group|
Nibali, Sagan, Lemoine and Bardet are all the group of the Tour favorites with Contador and Rui Costa. Chris Froome who has pulled out follows the race in his team car.
|15:55||Rolland, Schleck, Kwiatkowski off the back|
Pierre Rolland, Fränk Schleck and Michal Kwiatkowski are among the riders off the back. The main peloton is regrouping with Rui Costa back with the GC contenders.
|15:51||Contador, Nibali and Sagan in the first split|
There's a split in the peloton with Contador, Nibali and Sagan identified in the first part but Kwiatkowski is off the back. Rui Costa and Talansky also behind...
|15:49||Two minutes at Carrefour de l'Arbre|
The deficit of the peloton is two minutes at the exit of the first cobbled section.
|15:47||On the cobbles|
The race is at the Carrefour de l'Arbre. Race leader Vincenzo Nibali is well positioned in fourth place of the peloton.
|15:43||Chris Froome quits|
Chris Froome is injured. He calls it a quit.
|15:42||Froome crashes again!|
Chris Froome has crashed again. He looks like giving up at km 85.
|15:41||Close to the cobbles|
Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R), Rein Taaramäe (Cofidis), Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Tony Martin (OPQS), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Simon Clarke and Matt Hayman (Orica) have 2.18 lead ahead of the Carrefour de l'Arbre.
|15:39||Van Garderen and Valverde on the ground|
Van Garderen (BMC) and Valverde (Movistar) are caught in a crash with 70km to go. All riders are back on their bike.
|15:38||Time gap: 2.30 with 72km to go|
With 72km to go, the gap is 2.30 between the seven breakaway riders and the pack.
|15:36||Démare on his own|
French champion Arnaud Démare who was chasing behind the peloton has crashed again and is now on his own 2.20 behind the bunch.
One more crash at the first positions of the peloton, it's three-time stage winner Marcel Kittel who slipped and went down. He waits for his team car to get a new bike because of a broken cleats.
|15:30||Minard crashed on a roundabout|
Sébastien Minard (AG2R) went down after slippering near a roundabout.
|15:26||Peloton at Roubaix|
The peloton is riding near the Roubaix velodrome where Paris-Roubaix finishes in April. The first cobbled section is twenty kilometres ahead.
|15:23||Greipel and Busche crash|
André Greipel (Lotto) and Matthew Busche (Trek) crash and get back on their bike.
|15:19||Kristoff gets a new bike|
After chasing hard following his crash, Alexander Kristoff gets a new bike from his support car due to a mechanical.
|15:16||Peter Sagan: "We'll need luck..."|
It's now Cannondale doing most of the work at the head of the peloton, three minutes behind the leaders with 88km to go. Just before starting stage 5, Peter Sagan said: “It's too difficult to predict what will happen today. There's too much of unknown and the rain can make everything more complicated. For someone like me who already knows what it is to race on the cobbles, it can be an occasion to do well but I'd better not hope for too much. Let's go, let's race and we'll see how this...
|15:09||Back to France|
As the breakaway has made it back to France, entering Tourcoing, the time gap to the pack is 2.43 with 93km to go.
|15:08||Yvon Ledanois: "Burghardt waited for our leaders"|
Questioned by France Televisions, BMC's DS Yvon Ledanois explained why Marcus Burghardt waited for the bunch. It wasn't because of hungerflat but tactical instructions. “Our priority is to remain united”, said the Frenchman. “Our plan today is to back our leader Tejay van Garderen and we also have a chance [to take the yellow jersey] with Greg van Avermaet who is our protected rider for the whole first week.”
|15:03||Molard and Kristoff have crashed|
Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) are riding behind the peloton after crashing.
|15:01||100km to go|
With 100km to go and still rainy conditions with a tailwind, the seven leaders have an advantage of 1.34 over the peloton led with determination by riders from NetApp, Tinkoff, Astana, Movistar...
|14:58||49.2km in the first hour|
49.2km have been covered by the seven breakaway riders in the first hour of racing.
|14:57||Pineau down again|
Cédric Pineau (FDJ) has crashed once again. He's back on his bike but looks demoralized.
|14:55||Burghardt back in the bunch|
At km 50, Martin and Dumoulin have rejoined the breakaway. Burghardt has been reined in by the peloton. Seven riders in the lead.
|14:53||Bauke Mollema: "I like the wind and the pavés"|
Among the GC contenders, Bauke Mollema is probably the only one who has announced his intention to gain time thanks to the cobblestones while the others opted for a lower profile, stating that they'd be happy to just limit the damages. In an exclusive interview with Vélo Magazine, the Dutchman who finished sixth overall last year expressed his ambitions: “Last year I rode well on the day of the echelons (stage 13). This time I might take a benefit from the cobblestones stage. I don't...
|14:50||Peloton at 1.33|
Burghardt gives up at the front, possibly because of hungerflat. He doesn't try to get back on with Martin and Dumoulin who are chasing hard at 25 seconds. Peloton at 1.33 after 45km of racing.
|14:48||Froome back in the peloton|
Before Wevelgem, Froome is back in the main peloton at km 42.
|14:46||Dumoulin has a flat tyre|
Dumoulin has a flat tyre in the front group.
|14:45||Acevedo caught by the bunch|
Acevedo is caught by the peloton after crashing. Martin tries to get back on.
|14:43||Tony Martin crashes|
Tony Martin and Janier Acevedo crash in the breakaway.
|14:42||Bike change for Dumoulin|
Samuel Dumoulin gets a new bike and makes his way back to the breakaway.
|14:41||Froome escorted by four team-mates|
Four Team Sky riders are trying to bring Froome back to the peloton. Dave Brailsford said before the start that Richie Porte would also be a protected rider today as they envisage the necessity of changing leadership, shall Froome be too injured to defend his title in the coming days.
|14:38||Nicolas Portal: "It'll be a question of mental"|
Questioned by France Television, Team Sky's DS Nicolas Portal said before Chris Froome's new crash at km 29: “Things could be better. The medical staff took care of him yesterday. He's ok. We're prepared for that stage. His wrist hurts a bit but it'll be a question of mental as well today.”
One more crash for Chris Froome at km 29. Cédric Pineau (FDJ) also went down. Froome is back on his bike.
|14:30||Tinkoff also in the chase|
Michael Rogers for Tinkoff-Saxo shares the turns with the two NetApp riders at the head of the peloton. Time gap: 1.31 at km 28.
|14:26||Rain, rain, rain...|
It's a pouring rain on Flemish roads as the riders are heading to Roulers, which is the town of Omega Pharma-Quick Step team manager Patrick Lefévère. 54km are to be covered on Belgian roads, through Wevelgem, the finishing town of famous World Tour classic Gent-Wevelgem, and Mouscron, the home of the Vandenbroucke family. The weather won't be different when the riders will cross the border to France.
Time gap after 20km of racing: 1.10
Visconti and Feuillu have given up. They're back in the peloton. The chase is on. NetApp-Endura clearly wants to bring the breakaway back with Bartosz Huzarski and Zak Dempster riding hard.
|14:15||Lieuwe Westra: "To take pressure off the team"|
Astana's Lieuwe Westra warned before the start that he'd be part of the breakaway and explained why: “I'm going to try to get in the breakaway to take the pressure off the team – it's nervous and wet, and we're all working 150 percent for Vincenzo [Nibali] today and for the whole tour. I did Paris Roubaix one time in my career and I know how to ride the cobbles, but that doesn't make it any easier, especially in the rain and wind today.”
|14:09||Two riders in between|
Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) and Brice Feuillu (Bretagns-Séché Environnement) are in between the nine leaders and the peloton.
|14:08||Nine riders in the lead|
At km 8, nine riders are in the lead: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Tony Martin (OPQS), Sam Dumoulin (AG2R), Janier Acevedo (Garmin), Tony Gallopin (Lotto), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Rein Taarämae (Cofidis), Simon Clarke and Matt Hayman (Orica).
|14:03||Tony Gallopin: "It's a bigger problem for Spaniards, Colombians..."|
Questioned by letour.fr prior to the start, Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol) who is only two seconds down on Vincenzo Nibali on GC explained his mission as a domestique for Jurgen Van den Broeck today. “I don't feel more nervous than before any other stage of the Tour de France”, the Frenchman said. “They're all important. On paper, this stage motivates me and I want to do well. I like the cobbles. But our priority is to keep our leader out of trouble. I'm high on GC but today's plan...
|14:02||Bardet still in white|
Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale) is in white since best young rider Peter Sagan is busy with the green jersey. His main threat is Michal Kwiatkowski who is equal time with him on GC and has a bit more experience than the Frenchman of racing on cobblestones.
|14:02||No threat for Lemoine today|
Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) wears the polka dot jersey since stage 2. There isn't any climb today so he'll keep it if he doesn't encounter any major problem and makes it to Arenberg within the time cut.
|14:01||Sagan faithful to green|
Peter Sagan (Cannondale) has accumulated forty days at the Tour de France with the green jersey and he's not ready to give it away. With 158 points already compiled, he has an advantage of 23 points over Marcel Kittel who only targets stage victories but hasn't taken part in any hot spot sprint so far. The intermediate sprint of the day with 20 points up for grab will be contested in Templeuve, km 97, after the first cobbled sector of the famous Carrefour de l'Arbre.
|14:00||Nibali on survival mode|
Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) is in the yellow jersey for the third consecutive day. In similar racing conditions at the 2010 Giro d'Italia, he lost the pink jersey in stage 7 to Montalcino on the gravel roads called “strade bianche”. He has never raced Paris-Roubaix. He has never raced on cobblestones in the northern part of Europe but he expressed his confidence to not lose any time from the other GC favorites. However, his lead is threatened by the likes of Peter Sagan, Greg van Avermaet...
194 riders have taken the start with the likes of Samuel Dumoulin (AG2R), Cyril Lemoine (Cofidis) and Tony Martin (OPQS) riding strongly at the head of the peloton without escaping yet though.
|13:56||Start proper given at 13.57|
The start proper has been given at 13.57 in front of the military cemetery of Ypres.
|13:55||Jersey holders on the front line before the real start|
All cyclists' jerseys will look muddy at the end of stage 5 but on the start line, the four recognizable leaders are Vincenzo Nibali (yellow), Peter Sagan (green), Cyril Lemoine (polka dot) and Romain Bardet (AG2R-La Mondiale).
|13:54||Leterme: "We owed this celebration to the victims"|
Questioned by France Televisions on the start line, former Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme who hails from Ypres said: “I was a fan of Eddy Merckx so I'm delighted that he came to my town to give the start along with the king. One hundred years ago, hundreds of thousands of young men came here to fight and die because of people who have wanted the war. We owed them this celebration together with the organization of the Tour de France.”
|13:48||In the neutral zone|
The riders are leaving Ypres, on their way to the start proper 3.8km after the start line in the medieval town.
|13:44||King Philippe and Eddy Merckx at the start|
As stage 5 kicks off in Ypres, Belgium, King Philippe is present along with the most famous of all Belgians Eddy Merckx. He's here to give the go to the riders and pay tribute to the victims of World War I.
Welcome to the live coverage of stage 5 of the 101st Tour de France. This is presumably a legendary stage with seven cobbled sectors of Paris-Roubaix on the 152.5km long route, even though two stretches have been removed due to rainy weather conditions and bad state of the roads.
|12:41||152.5km in total|
The total distance is of stage 5 will be 152.5km, which is 3km less than initially planned.
|12:38||Two cobbled sectors removed from the route|
Due to bad weather and road conditions, two cobbled sectors have been removed from stage 5. They are sector 7, the 1,000-metres stretch of cobbles at Mons-en-Pévèle, and sector 5, which is the 1,400-metres long portion from Orchies to Beuvry-la-Forêt. It takes the total of pavés sections down to 13 kilometres but the race will remain highly attractive!
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- Yes, they’ll confirm Nibali’s domination9.61%
- No, the real fight will happen in the Alps47.68%
- No, Contador will win the Tour in the Pyrenees30.74%
- No, Porte will beat them all in the time trial11.97%