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
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