Wednesday July 9th, 2014

Stage 5Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Start 14h00 (Local time)

Focus on a team

Focus on a team08.07.2014Stage 5- Ypres / Arenberg Porte du Hainaut

Trek Factory - More questions than answers

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 between Ypres and Arenberg. However the outfit led by Kim Andersen and Alain Gallopin will start the day with more questions than answers.

First of all the Luxembourg team will finish the Tour without one of its charismatic leaders, Andy Schleck, forced out after his crash in the streets of London on Monday. But Andy's brother Frank, the team's nominal leader on this Tour, also has bad memories of the cobbles, having crashed out of contention in a similar stage in 2010 . As a result, even Franck Cancellara himself wonders about his chances on the cobbles, especially as rain is forecast on the course, a situation no active rider has known on Paris-Roubaix in recent years.

“When it's nice weather, cobbles are not bad, but for tomorrow? Really I don't know - maybe I will laugh tomorrow, or maybe I will cry. Ask me tomorrow after the race and I can answer that question,” said the three-times winner of the Queen of Classics, who forecast “chaos” and “a disaster” because only 10 to 15 riders in the Tour peloton are cobble specialists.

Real concern or psychological warfare? The answer this afternoon...

  • 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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