Tour de France

Cavendish wins TDF Stage 5

2013-07-03 18:20
Mark Cavendish (Getty Images)
Marseille - Britain's Mark Cavendish won a crash-marred fifth stage of the Tour de France in Marseille on Wednesday as Australian Simon Gerrans retained the race leader's yellow jersey.

Cavendish, of the Omega-Pharma team, finished over a bike length ahead of Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) and Slovakian Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in a reduced bunch sprint after they had avoided a crash inside the final kilometre.

It was the Isle of Man rider's 24th stage win on the race and left him only 10 short of equalling the absolute record of 34 held by Belgian legend Eddy Merckx.

A month after winning five stages at the Giro d'Italia, Cavendish looks to be in unstoppable form but he was quick to pay tribute to his main lead-out man, Gert Steegmans.

"Gert took me in at such a speed and I just kept that speed going. I only had to accelerate in the final 150 metres. I'm super happy with that," added Cavendish, who in recent days has been recovering from a chest infection.

"I'm still not 100 percent after being ill last week. But it's good to get the account open here at the Tour de France. The morale is good in the team and the only way to make it better is by winning more stages."

On what was the second-longest stage (228.5 kilometre ) of the 100th edition the peloton gave the green light to an early six-man breakaway which formed in the opening kilometres after Belgian Thomas De Gendt had gone on the attack.

By the 37km mark they had built a maximum lead of nearly 13 minutes on the main peloton, which only really decided to start the chase with a little over 100km remaining.

With Gerrans in the race leader's yellow jersey, Orica-GreenEdge spent long spells leading the bunch but with a stage win on a flat home straight up for grabs the other teams with top sprinters soon began sending riders to the front to boost the chase.

Sixty kilometres from the finish the lead had halved to just over six minutes and 10km further on the lead group was split in two as De Gendt, Yukiya Arashiro and Alexey Lutsenko - a former under-23 world champion who is making his race debut with Astana - left their companions behind.

Not wanting to miss out on contending a possible stage win, Arashiro's Europcar teammate Kevin Reza, also a race debutant, dug deep to bridge the gap.

The quartet's lead over the main bunch, however, had been trimmed to 5:05 with 40km to race as riders from Argos, Lotto, and Omega-Pharma joined Orica in the hunt.

Attempts to pull clear at the front by Reza and then Arashiro came to nothing and despite a tough headwind on the Gineste climb the escapees appeared to have little chance of keeping the pack at bay.

It was on the Gineste, whose summit was 12 km from the finish, that a crash in the chasing bunch took down around a dozen riders.

The incident left no visible casualties but delayed several including German Marcel Kittel, the winner of stage one, and Orica's main sprinter Matt Goss.

"Today we had two objectives," Gerrans said. "To try and win the stage and keep the yellow jersey within the team.

"Matt Goss got distanced on the final climb but I still have the yellow jersey on my shoulders and I managed to stay up the front and stay out of trouble."

The main peloton crested the summit only 19secs in arrears and despite Lutsenko taking Reza with him with an ambitious attack the pair were reeled in in succession with 4km to go.

The Lotto team of German sprinter Andre Greipel took command of the race inside the final kilometre after a crash further behind had stopped much of the peloton in its tracks.

Greipel, however, could only finish fifth as Cavendish made his move inside the final 250 metres to claim his first win of this year's race.

Results of the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 228.5km ride from Cagnes-sur-Mer to Marseille:

1. Mark Cavendish (GBR/OPQ) 5hr 31min 51sec

2. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR/SKY) at 0:00.

3. Peter Sagan (SVK/CAN) 0:00.

4. Andr Greipel (GER/LTB) 0:00.

5. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/LAM) 0:00.

6. Alexander Kristoff (NOR/KAT) 0:00.

7. Juan Jos Lobato (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

8. Ramunas Navardauskas (LTU/GRM) 0:00.

9. Cyril Lemoine (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

10. Jos Joaquin Rojas (ESP/MOV) 0:00.

11. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

12. John Degenkolb (GER/ARG) 0:00.

13. Daryl Impey (RSA/ORI) 0:00.

14. Danny van Poppel (NED/VAC) 0:00.

15. Simon Gerrans (AUS/ORI) 0:00.

16. Egoitz Garca (ESP/COF) 0:00.

17. Fabio Sabatini (ITA/CAN) 0:00.

18. Gert Steegmans (BEL/OPQ) 0:00.

19. Wout Poels (NED/VAC) 0:00.

20. Julien El Fars (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

21. Simon Clarke (AUS/ORI) 0:00.

22. Simon Geschke (GER/ARG) 0:00.

23. Boy Van Poppel (NED/VAC) 0:00.

24. Jean Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

25. Nicolas Roche (IRL/SAX) 0:00.

26. Greg Henderson (NZL/LTB) 0:00.

27. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:00.

28. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:00.

29. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:00.

30. Maxime Monfort (BEL/RSH) 0:00.

31. Tom Dumoulin (NED/ARG) 0:00.

32. Matteo Trentin (ITA/OPQ) 0:00.

33. Ruben Perez Moreno (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

34. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA/OPQ) 0:00.

35. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

36. Daniele Bennati (ITA/SAX) 0:00.

37. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) 0:00.

38. Gatis Smukulis (LAT/KAT) 0:00.

39. Alberto Contador (ESP/SAX) 0:00.

40. Richie Porte (AUS/SKY) 0:00.

41. Maciej Bodnar (POL/CAN) 0:00.

42. Maxime Mederel (/SOJ) 0:00.

43. Christophe Riblon (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

44. Marcel Sieberg (GER/LTB) 0:00.

45. Jan Bakelants (BEL/RSH) 0:00.

46. Rui Costa (POR/MOV) 0:00.

47. Johnny Hoogerland (NED/VAC) 0:00.

48. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) 0:00.

49. Jakob Diemer Fuglsang (DEN/AST) 0:00.

50. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA/COF) 0:00.

51. Vasil Kiryienka (BLR/SKY) 0:00.

52. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 0:00.

53. Roy Curvers (NED/ARG) 0:00.

54. Robert Gesink (NED/BKN) 0:00.

55. Igor Anton (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

56. Kristjan Koren (SLO/CAN) 0:00.

57. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP/VAC) 0:00.

58. John Gadret (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

59. Eduard Vorganov (RUS/KAT) 0:00.

60. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:00.

61. Davide Cimolai (ITA/LAM) 0:00.

62. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 0:00.

63. Cyril Gautier (FRA/EUC) 0:00.

64. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC) 0:00.

65. Yukiya Arashiro (JPN/EUC) 0:00.

66. Przemyslaw Niemiec (POL/LAM) 0:00.

67. Amal Moinard (FRA/BMC) 0:00.

68. Markel Irizar (ESP/RSH) 0:00.

69. Philippe Gilbert (BEL/BMC) 0:00.

70. Julien Simon (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

71. Mikel Nieve (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

72. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

73. Laurens ten Dam (NED/BKN) 0:00.

74. Lars Boom (NED/BKN) 0:00.

75. Alan Marangoni (ITA/CAN) 0:00.

76. Daniel Navarro (ESP/COF) 0:00.

77. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP/MOV) 0:00.

78. Jos Serpa Perez (COL/LAM) 0:00.

79. Bram Tankink (NED/BKN) 0:00.

80. Michael Schr (SUI/BMC) 0:00.

81. Gorka Izagirre (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

82. Jon Izagirre (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

83. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

84. Manuele Mori (ITA/LAM) 0:00.

85. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:00.

86. Andy Schleck (LUX/RSH) 0:00.

87. Roman Kreuziger (CZE/SAX) 0:00.

88. Francesco Gavazzi (ITA/AST) 0:00.

89. Jrme Pineau (FRA/OPQ) 0:00.

90. Peter Velits (SVK/OPQ) 0:00.

91. Niki Terpstra (NED/OPQ) 0:00.

92. Maarten Wijnants (BEL/BKN) 0:00.

93. David Lopez (ESP/SKY) 0:00.

94. Matteo Bono (ITA/LAM) 0:00.

95. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR/SKY) 0:00.

96. Matteo Tosatto (ITA/SAX) 0:00.

97. Manuel Quinziato (ITA/BMC) 0:00.

98. Steve Morabito (SUI/BMC) 0:00.

99. Peter Kennaugh (IDM/SKY) 0:00.

100. Lars Petter Nordhaug (NOR/BKN) 0:00.

101. Guillaume Levarlet (FRA/COF) 0:00.

102. Lars Ytting Bak (DEN/LTB) 0:00.

103. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN/GRM) 0:00.

104. Daniel Martin (IRL/GRM) 0:00.

105. Murilo Fischer (BRA/FDJ) 0:00.

106. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

107. Bauke Mollema (NED/BKN) 0:00.

108. Laurent Didier (LUX/RSH) 0:00.

109. Audrey Amador (CRC/MOV) 0:00.

110. Michael Rogers (AUS/SAX) 0:00.

111. Enrico Gasparotto (ITA/AST) 0:00.

112. Brian Vandborg (DEN/CAN) 0:00.

113. Pavel Brutt (RUS/KAT) 0:00.

114. Tony Gallopin (FRA/RSH) 0:00.

115. Sergio Paulinho (POR/SAX) 0:00.

116. Jonathan Castroviejo (ESP/MOV) 0:00.

117. Alexandre Geniez (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

118. Tom Leezer (NED/BKN) 0:00.

119. Michael Albasini (SWI/ORI) 0:00.

120. Arthur Vichot (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

121. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:00.

122. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP/RSH) 0:00.

123. Jens Voigt (GER/RSH) 0:00.

124. Moreno Moser (ITA/CAN) 0:00.

125. Thomas Voeckler (FRA/EUC) 0:00.

126. Alberto Losada (ESP/KAT) 0:00.

127. Alexis Vuillermoz (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

128. Davide Malacarne (ITA/EUC) 0:00.

129. Rubn Plaza (ESP/MOV) 0:00.

130. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/VAC) 0:00.

131. Bart De Clercq (BEL/LTB) 0:00.

132. Adam Hansen (AUS/LTB) 0:00.

133. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:00.

134. Daniel Moreno (ESP/KAT) 0:00.

135. Andreas Kloden (GER/RSH) 0:00.

136. Johannes Frhlinger (GER/ARG) 0:00.

137. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF) 0:00.

138. Rein Taaramae (EST/COF) 0:00.

139. Jrome Coppel (FRA/COF) 0:00.

140. Alessandro De Marchi (ITA/CAN) 0:00.

141. Brice Feillu (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

142. Tom Danielson (USA/GRM) 0:00.

143. Tony Martin (GER/OPQ) 0:00.

144. Arnold Jeannesson (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

145. Hubert Dupont (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

146. Jurgen Van den Broeck (BEL/LTB) 0:00.

147. Janez Brajkovic (SLO/AST) 0:00.

148. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE/AST) 0:00.

149. Alexey Lutsenko (KAZ/AST) 0:00.

150. Jonathan Hivert (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

151. Jean-Marc Marino (FRA/SOJ) 0:00.

152. Kvin Reza (FRA/EUC) 0:00.

153. Maxime Bouet (FRA/ALM) 0:00.

154. Mikel Astarloza (ESP/EUS) 0:00.

155. Sbastien Minard (FRA/ALM) 4:52.

156. Nacer Bouhanni (FRA/FDJ) 0:00.

157. Svein Tuft (CAN/ORI) 7:23.

158. Jrgen Roelandts (BEL/LTB) 7:43.

159. Brent Bookwalter (USA/BMC) 7:43.

160. Luis ngel Mat (ESP/COF) 8:57.

161. Imanol Erviti (ESP/MOV) 8:57.

162. Jeremy Roy (FRA/FDJ) 10:08.

163. Albert Timmer (NED/ARG) 10:08.

164. Tom Veelers (NED/ARG) 10:08.

165. Stuart O'Grady (AUS/ORI) 10:08.

166. Anthony Delaplace (FRA/SOJ) 10:08.

167. Lieuwe Westra (NED/VAC) 10:08.

168. Blel Kadri (FRA/ALM) 10:08.

169. Matthew Goss (AUS/ORI) 10:08.

170. Brett Lancaster (AUS/ORI) 10:08.

171. William Bonnet (FRA/FDJ) 10:08.

172. Jack Bauer (NZL/GRM) 10:08.

173. Rohan Dennis (AUS/GRM) 10:08.

174. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR/KAT) 10:08.

175. Cameron Meyer (AUS/ORI) 10:08.

176. Adriano Malori (ITA/LAM) 10:08.

177. Elia Favilli (ITA/LAM) 10:08.

178. Assan Bazayev (KAZ/AST) 10:08.

179. Dmitry Muravyev (KAZ/AST) 10:08.

180. Kris Boeckmans (BEL/VAC) 10:08.

181. Serguey Lagutin (UZB/VAC) 10:08.

182. Geraint Thomas (GBR/SKY) 10:08.

183. David Millar (GBR/GRM) 10:08.

184. Christian Vande Velde (USA/GRM) 10:08.

185. Jesus Hernandez (ESP/SAX) 10:08.

186. Benjamin Noval (ESP/SAX) 10:08.

187. Marcel Kittel (GER/ARG) 10:08.

188. Koen de Kort (NED/ARG) 10:08.

189. Sep Vanmarcke (BEL/BKN) 10:08.

190. Ian Stannard (ENG/SKY) 10:08.

191. Frederik Willems (BEL/LTB) 10:08.

192. Yohann Gene (FRA/EUC) 10:08.

193. Jrme Cousin (FRA/EUC) 10:08.

194. David Veilleux (CAN/EUC) 10:08.

195. Romain Sicard (FRA/EUS) 13:00.

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