Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Stage 5Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Start 14h00 (Local time)

Key moments

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Summary

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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.

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Analysis09.07.2014

Inside the race

Nibali, the man to beat

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News from the sick bay…09.07.2014

Medical news

Multiple crashes on the "pavés"

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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.

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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.

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King of the Mountains.

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Most agressive rider in stage 5.

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“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...

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Off the bus quotes09.07.2014

A wise decision

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...

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The of the town09.07.2014

Will Froome's wrist hold?

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...

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Sporting stakes09.07.2014

A mini Paris-Roubaix in July

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...

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How was the first time ?09.07.2014

Cheng Ji - The breakaway killer

He's one of the attractions of this Tour de France as the first Chinese to take part in the race...

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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...

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Carrefour de l'Arbre (Crossroads of the Tree) is every year in mid-April, one of the key sections of the Queen of Classics, Paris-Roubaix...

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