Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Stage 5Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Start 14h00 (Local time)

A mini Paris-Roubaix in July

Sporting stakes09.07.2014Stage 5- Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

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 on the map and the same stage finish location in front of the Arenberg forest as four years ago, the danger is around the corner for GC riders. Defending champion Chris Froome fears the day even more after he hurt his left wrist in a crash during stage 4 but yellow jersey wearer Vincenzo Nibali also knows how much a race leader can lose on gravel roads because of going down or not handling the pace on that particular terrain. In the 2010 Giro d'Italia, he lost the pink jersey in similar circumstances.

  • Boom wins, Nibali triumphs, Contador struggles, Froome pulls out

    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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