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Cavendish outkicks bunch to win his first Tour stage

With 10km to go in stage 5 of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish’s Team Columbia teammates drilled it at the front of the chaotic peloton, burying themselves to set up their British sprint star. With 150 meters to go — and early breakaway rider Nicolas Vogondy of Agritubel still barely clear of the chase — Cavendish lit it up and repaid his teammates with a dominant win ahead of Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Erik Zabel (Milram). Race leader Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) finished in the bunch to retain the yellow jersey.

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Schumacher retains yellow jersey as Team Columbia takes control of stage 5

Columbia's Mark Cavendish wins his first Tour stage.

Columbia’s Mark Cavendish wins his first Tour stage.

Photo: AFP

With 10km to go in stage 5 of the Tour de France, Mark Cavendish’s Team Columbia teammates drilled it at the front of the chaotic peloton, burying themselves to set up their British sprint star. With 150 meters to go — and early breakaway rider Nicolas Vogondy of Agritubel still barely clear of the chase — Cavendish lit it up and repaid his teammates with a dominant win ahead of Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Erik Zabel (Milram).

Race leader Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) finished in the bunch to retain the yellow jersey.

Cavendish, 22, has quickly progressed since turning pro in 2005. In his second Tour, this was his first stage win. It was also a gratifying first Tour stage win of 2008 for Columbia, which had come frustrating close with Kim Kirchen on two occasions.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: The countryside.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: The countryside.

Photo: Graham Watson

“I’m ecstatic,” said Cavendish. “It was so close for the team all week. It’s great to get that win for the team. It’s the Tour — every child dreams about racing the Tour. It’s nice to have the world championship on the track, but the Tour stage will be remembered forever.”

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: Garmin-Chipotle's Pate and Vande Velde.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: Garmin-Chipotle’s Pate and Vande Velde.

Photo: Graham Watson

Schumacher also was pleased with his first day’s ride in the maillot jaune. “We had the race under control. The team was strong from the beginning; we were confident and we controlled the race. It was long, hot, but a lot of supporters on the road. It was great to enjoy this day in the yellow jersey.”

Stage 5 was the longest of the Tour, a 232km charge from Cholet to Chateauroux. Despite being the longest, it went quickly as it was the first flat day of this year’s Tour. Bombing east across the southern part of the Loire Valley, it seemed destined to be a day for the sprinters. However, three men put in an earnest effort to make it otherwise.

At 11km, Lilian Jegou (FDJ), Florent Brard (Cofidis) and French champion Vogondy of Agritubel went clear, buoyed by an early tailwind. Jegou was the man to instigate the first successful attack of the 95th Tour de France when he went clear early on stage 1. The trio built up a maximum lead of more than eight minutes before Schumacher’s Gerolsteiner squad began to turn the screws in defense of the yellow jersey.

Gerolsteiner steadily drove the pace at the front of the peloton, hoping some sprinters’ teams would come forward. When the break hit the 20km-to-go mark, the gap had dwindled to 1:17, as Gerolsteiner started to get help chasing from Crédit Agricole and Columbia, among others.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: French champ Vogondy escaped from the break in the final kilometers, and was caught at the line.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: French champ Vogondy escaped from the break in the final kilometers, and was caught at the line.

Photo: Graham Watson

At under 10km, the break battled on as the pace became frenetic in the peloton and the sprinters’ teams bumped and battled for position. Just inside 4km, the threesome had just 19 seconds, but they weren’t giving up.

Team Columbia then took control, forming a fierce blue line back to the arrow-shaped peloton. American George Hincapie commanded the charge, but it looked as though the break just might survive as it weaved through the city streets of Chateauroux.

Then, at 1.5km, Vogondy attacked his breakaway companions. Going under the red kite in his country’s tricolor kit, Vogondy gave it everything. The other two were caught, but Vogondy battled on.

Behind, Columbia riders flogged themselves to bring him in. “We had nine guys there in the last kilometer,” said Cavendish.

As the pack neared 300 meters, Thor Hushovd’s Crédit Agricole teammate Mark Renshaw moved up to the right of the Columbia train to launch his sprinter. When Cavendish saw that, he jumped off teammate Gerald Ciolek’s wheel, throwing his full weight into the sprint.

“I saw Renshaw with Hushovd with 250m,” Cavendish said. “That’s still too early for me … (but) I had to go then, and my form’s good enough that I was able to hold it to the line.”

The British speedster pulled even with a full-flight Hushovd just as Vogondy was finally being caught, then sat up to cruise triumphantly across the line.

“I was anxious to do it. The team was anxious for me to do it. Now I am finally atop the podium,” exulted Cavendish. “I already thought of myself as a big name, but until you win a stage in the Tour, you can’t count yourself as a great sprinter. When you have a team like my leadout, it’s impossible not to win. I’m glad I could pay them back.”

As for Vogondy, he was philosophical about his near-miss.

“It’s my first big escape in this year’s Tour. I take pleasure from it because my legs felt good,” he said. “We expected the sprinter teams to catch us earlier than they did. We were collaborating well. I attacked at the end when we still had some seconds. You never know in the Tour. I almost made it! It was so close. 50 meters less and I would have won.”

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: Mark Cavendish gets the win.

2008 Tour de France, stage 5: Mark Cavendish gets the win.

Photo: Graham Watson

Next up: Stage 6, a 195.5km leg from Aigurande to Super-Besse. The stage includes four categorized climbs and a 10-percent-grade summit finish. It’s not long — less than 2km — but the road does pitch to 12 percent in spots.

And look for Schumacher to fight for that jersey once more.

“I was stupefied yesterday after winning the time trial,” he said. “To win the maillot jaune was a bonus. Now I will try to defend it tomorrow. If we can keep it tomorrow then we can hold it for another few days, but we have to see how the legs are. The sixth stage is the first in the (medium) mountains, with an uphill finish, and all the favorites are sure to be there. But we’ll be trying.”

Race notes

  • Stage 1 winner and GC hopeful Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d’Épargne) fell at 85km, and was later seen back in the caravan getting his arm and leg checked out. Team manager Eusebio Unzue later ruled out taking Valverde to hospital for a scan but said he may do so as a precaution depending on a first diagnosis from the team doctor. “Alejandro fell when he rode over an object on the road,” explained Unzue. “His shoulder is hurting and he’s got grazes on his forearm and his elbow, but for now we’re not treating it as too serious. First he will see the team doctor and then, if needed, we will go to hospital to check things out.”
  • After gritting it out through a couple of days with a badly injured wrist, Barloworld’s Mauricio Soler quit at 12km. The Colombian won the King of the Mountains competition last year, and was hunting for a top GC spot this year before a stage-1 crash on the wrist he broke at the Giro d’Italia snuffed out his dreams.

—VeloNews editor Ben Delaney, European correspondent Andrew Hood and Agence France Presse contributed to this story.

Provisional top 5
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), Team Columbia
2. Oscar Freire (Sp), Rabobank
3. Erik Zabel (G) , Milram
4. Thor Hushovd (Nor), Crédit Agricole
5. Baden Cooke (Aus), Barloworld

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Results

Tour de France: Stage 5
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), Team Columbia, 5:27:52
2. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank, s.t.
3. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram, s.t.
4. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole, s.t.
5. Baden Cooke (AUS), Barloworld, s.t.
6. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld, s.t.
7. Fabio-leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, s.t.
8. Robbie Mcewen (AUS), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
9. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas, s.t.
10. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
11. Robert Forster (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
12. Gert Steegmans (BEL), Quick Step, s.t.
13. Romain Feillu (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
14. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
15. Jimmy Casper (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
16. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
17. Magnus Backstedt (SWE), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
18. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
19. Jérôme Pineau (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
20. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
21. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
22. Ruben Perez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
23. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Rabobank, s.t.
24. Filippo Pozzato (ITA), Liquigas, s.t.
25. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r, s.t.
26. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
27. Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
28. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
29. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
30. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Credit Agricole, s.t.
31. Sébastian Langeveld (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
32. Mark Renshaw (AUS), Credit Agricole, s.t.
33. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
34. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Cofidis, s.t.
35. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
36. Paolo Longo (ITA), Barloworld, s.t.
37. Markus Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
38. William Bonnet (FRA), Credit Agricole, s.t.
39. Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia, s.t.
40. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia, s.t.
41. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
42. Fabian Wegmann (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
43. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia, s.t.
44. Oscar Pereiro (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
45. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia, s.t.
46. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Quick Step, s.t.
47. Yury Trofimov (RUS), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
48. Christian Knees (GER), Milram, s.t.
49. Jésus Del Nero (ESP), Saunier Duval-Scott, s.t.
50. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
51. Martin Elmiger (SUI), Ag2r, s.t.
52. Gérald Ciolek (GER), Team Columbia, s.t.
53. Manuel Beltran (ESP), Liquigas, s.t.
54. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
55. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
56. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
57. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, s.t.
58. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram, s.t.
59. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
60. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
61. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
62. Arnaud Coyot (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
63. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
64. Daniele Righi (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
65. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank, s.t.
66. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
67. Josep Jufre (ESP), Saunier Duval, s.t.
68. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
69. Murilo Fischer (BRA), Liquigas, s.t.
70. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step, s.t.
71. Carlos Barredo (ESP), Quick Step, s.t.
72. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas, s.t.
73. Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
74. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
75. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
76. Matteo Bono (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
77. Steven De Jong (NED), Quick Step, s.t.
78. John-lee Augustyn (RSA), Barloworld, s.t.
79. Stuart O’Grady (AUS), CSC, s.t.
80. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, s.t.
81. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC, s.t.
82. Dario Cioni (ITA), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
83. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC, s.t.
84. Juan Jose Cobo (ESP), Saunier Duval-Scott, s.t.
85. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas, s.t.
86. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
87. Sebastien Rosseler (BEL), Quick Step, s.t.
88. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
89. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
90. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Credit Agricole, s.t.
91. Mario Aerts (BEL), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
92. Egoi Martinez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
93. Peter Velits (SVK), Milram, s.t.
94. Mikel Astarloza (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
95. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
96. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas, s.t.
97. Sandy Casar (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
98. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
99. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team Columbia, s.t.
100. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
101. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
102. Nicolas Portal (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
103. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
104. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
105. Trent Lowe (AUS), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
106. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r, s.t.
107. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Credit Agricole, s.t.
108. Martin Mueller (GER), Milram, s.t.
109. Will Frischkorn (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
110. Christophe Moreau (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
111. Ralf Grabsch (GER), Milram, s.t.
112. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC, s.t.
113. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre, s.t.
114. David de la Fuente (ESP), Saunier Duval-Scott, s.t.
115. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC, s.t.
116. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel, s.t.
117. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
118. Stéphane Goubert (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
119. Rubens Bertogliati (SUI), Saunier Duval, s.t.
120. Riccardo Ricco (ITA), Saunier Duval, s.t.
121. Moises Duenas (ESP), Barloworld, s.t.
122. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Française des Jeux, s.t.
123. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
124. Frederik Willems (BEL), Liquigas, s.t.
125. Joost Posthuma (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
126. Hubert Dupont (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
127. Freddy Bichot (FRA), Agritubel, s.t.
128. Alexander Botcharov (RUS), Credit Agricole, s.t.
129. Laurens Ten (Dam), Netherlands National, s.t.
130. Jeremy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
131. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC, s.t.
132. Volodomir Gustov (UKR), CSC, s.t.
133. Mathieu Sprick (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
134. Chris Froome (GBR), Barloworld, s.t.
135. Niki Terpstra (NED), Milram, s.t.
136. Jose Luis Arrieta (ESP), Ag2r, s.t.
137. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre, s.t.
138. Jurgen Vandewalle (BEL), Quick Step, s.t.
139. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
140. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA), Barloworld, s.t.
141. Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR), Team CSC, s.t.
142. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Crédit Agricole, s.t.
143. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR), Liquigas, s.t.
144. Ama‘l Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
145. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
146. Félix Cardenas (COL), Barloworld, s.t.
147. Gorka Verdugo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, s.t.
148. David Moncoutié (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
149. Stéphane Auge (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
150. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, s.t.
151. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, s.t.
152. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
153. Stef Clement (NED), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
154. Laurent Lefevre (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
155. David Le Lay (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
156. Danny Pate (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
157. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
158. Remi Pauriol (FRA), Credit Agricole, s.t.
159. Ronny Scholz (GER), Gerolsteiner, s.t.
160. John Gadret (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
161. David Arroyo (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
162. Christophe Riblon (FRA), Ag2r, s.t.
163. Florent Brard (FRA), Cofidis, s.t.
164. David Lopez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
165. Nicki Sšrensen (DEN), CSC, s.t.
166. Johann Tschopp (SUI), Bouygues Telecom, s.t.
167. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Française des Jeux, s.t.
168. Leonardo Piepoli (ITA), Saunier Duval, s.t.
169. Vicente Garcia Acosta (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, s.t.
170. Wim Vansevenant (BEL), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
171. Bjoern Schroeder (GER), Milram, s.t.
172. Leif Hoste (BEL), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
173. Brett Lancaster (AUS), Milram, at 0:33
174. Marcus Burghardt (GER), Team Columbia, at 0:57
175. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia, at 1:41
176. Aurélien Passeron (FRA), Saunier Duval, at 4:55
177. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 6:30
DNF: Mauricio Soler (COL), Barloworld

Overall
1. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner, 19:32:33
2. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia, at 0:12
3. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle, at 0:12
4. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 0:21
5. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC, at 0:33
6. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 0:37
7. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia, at 0:41
8. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia, at 0:47
9. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas, at 0:58
10. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:01
11. Denis Menchov (RUS), Rabobank, at 1:12
12. Jens Voigt (GER), CSC, at 1:13
13. Stijn Devolder (BEL), Quick Step, at 1:18
14. Oscar Pereiro (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:22
15. Maxime Monfort (BEL), Cofidis, at 1:24
16. Damiano Cunego (ITA), Lampre, at 1:26
17. Alejandro Valverde (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:27
18. Andy Schleck (LUX), CSC, at 1:29
19. Samuel Sanchez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:31
20. Sebastian Lang (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 1:40
21. Marzio Bruseghin (ITA), Lampre, at 1:41
22. Mikel Astarloza (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 1:42
23. Carlos Sastre (ESP), CSC, at 1:43
24. Bernhard Kohl (AUT), Gerolsteiner, at 1:47
25. Filippo Pozzato (ITA), Liquigas, at 1:48
26. Carlos Barredo (ESP), Quick Step, at 1:48
27. Christian Knees (GER), Milram, at 1:53
28. Frank Schleck (LUX), CSC, at 2:08
29. Sylvain Chavanel (FRA), Cofidis, at 2:10
30. Tadej Valjavec (SLO), Ag2r, at 2:12
31. Vladimir Efimkin (RUS), Ag2r, at 2:25
32. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank, at 2:27
33. Roman Kreuziger (CZE), Liquigas, at 2:29
34. Matteo Carrara (ITA), Quick Step, at 2:30
35. Jérôme Pineau (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, at 2:32
36. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld, at 2:47
37. Manuel Beltran (ESP), Liquigas, at 2:57
38. Simon Gerrans (AUS), Credit Agricole, at 3:01
39. Martin Elmiger (SUI), Ag2r, at 3:05
40. Yury Trofimov (RUS), Bouygues Telecom, at 3:07
41. Romain Feillu (FRA), Agritubel, at 3:07
42. Fabio-leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, at 3:09
43. Paolo Longo (ITA), Barloworld, at 3:15
44. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram, at 3:19
45. Haimar Zubeldia (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:22
46. Cyril Dessel (FRA), Ag2r, at 3:30
47. Marco Velo (ITA), Milram, at 3:31
48. Yaroslav Popovych (UKR), Silence-Lotto, at 3:34
49. Egoi Martinez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:35
50. Alessandro Ballan (ITA), Lampre, at 3:36
51. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole, at 3:36
52. William Bonnet (FRA), Credit Agricole, at 3:38
53. Murilo Fischer (BRA), Liquigas, at 3:38
54. Philippe Gilbert (BEL), Francaise des Jeux, at 3:44
55. Gorka Verdugo (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 3:46
56. Benoît Vaugrenard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 3:48
57. Will Frischkorn (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 3:51
58. Markus Fothen (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 3:55
59. Riccardo Ricco (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 4:08
60. Robert Forster (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 4:08
61. Laurens Ten Dam (Ned), Rabobank, at 4:15
62. Manuel Quinziato (ITA), Liquigas, at 4:15
63. Gert Steegmans (BEL), Quick Step, at 4:16
64. Juan Jose Cobo (ESP), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 4:17
65. Martin Mueller (GER), Milram, at 4:19
66. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Chipotle, at 4:19
67. Sebastien Rosseler (BEL), Quick Step, at 4:34
68. Steven De Jongh (NED), Quick Step at 4:36
69. John-lee Augustyn (RSA), Barloworld, at 4:38
70. Niki Terpstra (NED), Milram, at 4:40
71. Thomas Voeckler (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, at 4:46
72. Bram Tankink (NED), Rabobank, at 4:48
73. Matteo Tosatto (ITA), Quick Step, at 4:48
74. Martijn Maaskant (NED), Garmin-Chipotle, at 4:48
75. Stuart O’Grady (AUS), CSC, at 4:51
76. Joost Posthuma (NED), Rabobank, at 4:56
77. Alexander Botcharov (RUS), Credit Agricole, at 5:07
78. Ruben Perez (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:13
79. Leif Hoste (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 5:17
80. Christophe Moreau (FRA), Agritubel, at 5:19
81. Jose Luis Arrieta (ESP), Ag2r, at 5:21
82. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 5:22
83. Danny Pate (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 5:23
84. Nicolas Jalabert (FRA), Agritubel, at 5:23
85. Ryder Hesjedal (CAN), Garmin-Chipotle, at 5:26
86. Koos Moerenhout (NED), Rabobank, at 5:26
87. Juan Jose Oroz (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:29
88. Gérald Ciolek (GER), Team Columbia, at 5:32
89. Inaki Isasi (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 5:38
90. Robbie McEwen (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 5:40
91. Geoffroy Lequatre (FRA), Agritubel, at 5:41
92. Baden Cooke (AUS), Barloworld, at 5:42
93. Lilian Jegou (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 5:45
94. Juan Antonio Flecha (ESP), Rabobank, at 5:50
95. Josep Jufre (ESP), Saunier Duval, at 5:55
96. Fabian Wegmann (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 5:58
97. Mark Cavendish (IDM), Team Columbia, at 5:58
98. Mark Renshaw (AUS), Credit Agricole, at 6:00
99. Dmitriy Fofonov (KAZ), Credit Agricole, at 6:02
100. Mario Aerts (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 6:03
101. Christophe Brandt (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 6:04
102. Sébastian Langeveld (NED), Rabobank, at 6:16
103. Moises Duenas (ESP), Barloworld, at 6:21
104. Ronny Scholz (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 6:23
105. Jurgen Vandewalle (BEL), Quick Step, at 6:24
106. Trent Lowe (AUS), Garmin-Chipotle, at 6:26
107. Stef Clement (NED), Bouygues Telecom, at 6:27
108. Sebastien Chavanel (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 6:29
109. Frederik Willems (BEL), Liquigas, at 6:31
110. Mauro Facci (ITA), Quick Step, at 6:34
111. Jésus Del (Nero),, at 6:43
112. Eduardo Gonzalo (ESP), Agritubel, at 6:46
113. Jimmy Casper (FRA), Agritubel, at 6:50
114. Florent Brard (FRA), Cofidis, at 6:56
115. David Moncoutié (FRA), Cofidis, at 6:57
116. Nicolas Vogondy (FRA), Agritubel, at 7:02
117. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA), Cofidis, at 7:04
118. Nicolas Portal (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, at 7:13
119. Amets Txurruka (ESP), Euskaltel-Euskadi, at 7:18
120. Félix Cardenas (COL), Barloworld, at 7:29
121. Sandy Casar (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 7:31
122. Stéphane Goubert (FRA), Ag2r, at 7:33
123. Kanstantsin Siutsou (BLR), Team Columbia, at 7:35
124. Daniele Righi (ITA), Lampre, at 7:36
125. Adam Hansen (AUS), Team Columbia, at 7:40.
126. Ama‘l Moinard (FRA), Cofidis, at 7:42
127. Volodomir Gustov (UKR), CSC, at 7:43
128. Peter Velits (SVK), Milram, at 7:49
129. Ralf Grabsch (GER), Milram, at 7:51
130. Matteo Bono (ITA), Lampre, at 7:59
131. Freddy Bichot (FRA), Agritubel, at 7:59
132. Arnaud Gerard (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 8:17
133. Hubert Dupont (FRA), Ag2r, at 8:23
134. Brett Lancaster (AUS), Milram, at 8:33
135. David Le Lay (FRA), Ag2r, at 8:34
136. Christophe Le Mevel (FRA), Crédit Agricole, at 8:36
137. Remy Di Gregorio (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 8:39
138. Bernhard Eisel (AUT), Team Columbia, at 8:40
139. Dario Cioni (ITA), Silence-Lotto, at 8:46
140. Kurt Asle Arvesen (NOR), Team CSC, at 8:47
141. Massimiliano Mori (ITA), Lampre, at 8:52
142. Magnus Backstedt (SWE), Garmin-Chipotle, at 8:53
143. Vicente Garcia (Acosta),, at 8:56
144. Xavier Florencio (ESP), Bouygues Telecom, at 9:01
145. Jimmy Engoulvent (FRA), Credit Agricole, at 9:21
146. Pierrick Fedrigo (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, at 9:23
147. Yoann Le Boulanger (FRA), Française des Jeux, at 9:33
148. Johann Tschopp (SUI), Bouygues Telecom, at 9:40
149. Sven Krauss (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 9:44
150. Remi Pauriol (FRA), Credit Agricole, at 9:49
151. Christophe Riblon (FRA), Ag2r, at 10:18
152. Johan Van Summeren (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 10:22
153. Marcus Burghardt (GER), Team Columbia, at 10:22
154. Arnaud Coyot (FRA), Caisse d’Epargne, at 10:22
155. Sylvester Szmyd (POL), Lampre, at 10:37
156. Laurent Lefevre (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, at 10:39
157. Marco Marzano (ITA), Lampre, at 10:46
158. Paolo Tiralongo (ITA), Lampre, at 10:59
159. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas, at 11:00
160. Aurélien Passeron (FRA), Saunier Duval, at 11:00
161. Jeremy Roy (FRA), Francaise des Jeux, at 11:05
162. Chris Froome (GBR), Barloworld, at 11:08
163. Bjoern Schroeder (GER), Milram, at 11:23
164. David de la Fuente (ESP), Saunier Duval-Scott, at 11:25
165. Pieter Weening (NED), Rabobank, at 11:26
166. Heinrich Haussler (GER), Gerolsteiner, at 11:32
167. John Gadret (FRA), Ag2r, at 12:07
168. Rubens Bertogliati (SUI), Saunier Duval, at 12:38
169. Aliaksandr Kuschynski (BLR), Liquigas, at 12:54
170. Giampaolo Cheula (ITA), Barloworld, at 12:58
171. David Arroyo (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 13:31
172. Stéphane Auge (FRA), Cofidis, at 13:41
173. Leonardo Piepoli (ITA), Saunier Duval, at 13:59
174. David Lopez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 14:09
175. Nicki Sorensen (DEN), CSC, at 15:06
176. Mathieu Sprick (FRA), Bouygues Telecom, at 17:55
177. Wim Vansevenant (BEL), Silence-Lotto, at 20:05

Points, after Stage 5
1. Thor Hushovd CREDIT AGRICOLE 88 pts
2. Oscar Freire RABOBANK 85 pts
3. Kim Kirchen TEAM COLUMBIA 81 pts
4. Erik Zabel TEAM MILRAM 72 pts
5. Robert Hunter BARLOWORLD 60 pts
6. Mark Cavendish TEAM COLUMBIA 51 pts
7. Alejandro Valverde CAISSE D’EPARGNE 49 pts
8. Romain Feillu AGRITUBEL 49 pts
9. Robbie Mc Ewen SILENCE – LOTTO 49 pts
10. Jérôme Pineau BOUYGUES TELECOM 46 pts
11. Leonardo Duque COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 46 pts
12. Samuel Dumoulin COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 43 pts
13. William Frischkorn GARMIN CHIPOTLE 38 pts
14. Paolo Longo Borghini BARLOWORLD 34 pts
15. Cadel Evans SILENCE – LOTTO 33 pts
16. Philippe Gilbert FRANCAISE DES JEUX 32 pts
17. Robert FÖrster GEROLSTEINER 32 pts
18. Jimmy Casper AGRITUBEL 29 pts
19. Juan Jose Cobo Acebo SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT 27 pts
20. Francesco Chicchi LIQUIGAS 27 pts
21. David Millar GARMIN CHIPOTLE 26 pts
22. Gerald Ciolek TEAM COLUMBIA 26 pts
23. Martin Elmiger AG2R-LA MONDIALE 25 pts
24. Julian Dean GARMIN CHIPOTLE 23 pts
25. Riccardo Ricco SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT 22 pts
26. Inaki Isasi EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 22 pts
27. Baden Cooke BARLOWORLD 22 pts
28. Stefan Schumacher GEROLSTEINER 21 pts
29. Martijn Maaskant GARMIN CHIPOTLE 21 pts
30. Filippo Pozzato LIQUIGAS 20 pts
31. Yury Trofimov BOUYGUES TELECOM 20 pts
32. Nicolas Vogondy AGRITUBEL 19 pts
33. Frank Schleck TEAM CSC SAXO BANK 19 pts
34. Matteo Carrara QUICK STEP 19 pts
35. Gert Steegmans QUICK STEP 19 pts
36. Sylvain Chavanel COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 18 pts
37. Geoffroy Lequatre AGRITUBEL 18 pts
38. Lilian Jegou FRANCAISE DES JEUX 18 pts
39. Samuel Sanchez EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 17 pts
40. Fabian Cancellara TEAM CSC SAXO BANK 16 pts
41. Oscar Pereiro Sio CAISSE D’EPARGNE 16 pts
42. Andy Schleck TEAM CSC SAXO BANK 16 pts
43. Vladimir Efimkin AG2R-LA MONDIALE 16 pts
44. Sébastien Chavanel FRANCAISE DES JEUX 16 pts
45. Mikel Astarloza EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 13 pts
46. Florent Brard COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 12 pts
47. Carlos Sastre TEAM CSC SAXO BANK 12 pts
48. Thomas Voeckler BOUYGUES TELECOM 12 pts
49. Christian Vandevelde GARMIN CHIPOTLE 11 pts
50. Ruben Perez EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI 10 pts
51. Magnus Backstedt GARMIN CHIPOTLE 9 pts
52. Tadej Valjavec AG2R-LA MONDIALE 8 pts
53. Xavier Florencio BOUYGUES TELECOM 8 pts
54. George Hincapie TEAM COLUMBIA 7 pts
55. Dmitriy Fofonov CREDIT AGRICOLE 6 pts
56. Sven Krauss GEROLSTEINER 6 pts
57. Denis Menchov RABOBANK 5 pts
58. Damiano Cunego LAMPRE 5 pts
59. Jens Voigt TEAM CSC SAXO BANK 4 pts
60. John-lee Augustyn BARLOWORLD 4 pts
61. Stéphane Auge COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 4 pts
62. Sebastian Lang GEROLSTEINER 3 pts
63. Carlos Barredo QUICK STEP 3 pts
64. Antonio Flecha Juan RABOBANK 3 pts
65. Vincenzo Nibali LIQUIGAS 2 pts
66. Christian Knees TEAM MILRAM 2 pts
67. David Lelay AGRITUBEL 2 pts
68. Manuel Beltran LIQUIGAS 1 pts

King of the Mountains, after Stage 5
1. Thomas Voeckler BOUYGUES TELECOM 19 pts
2. Sylvain Chavanel COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE 11 pts
3. Björn SchrÖder TEAM MILRAM 9 pts
4. Fuente David De La SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT 4 pts
5. Lilian Jegou FRANCAISE DES JEUX 3 pts
6. Christophe Moreau AGRITUBEL 3 pts
7. Geoffroy Lequatre AGRITUBEL 1 pts
8. David Lelay AGRITUBEL 1 pts
9. David Arroyo CAISSE D’EPARGNE 1 pts

Young Rider, after Stage 5
1. Thomas LÖvkvist TEAM COLUMBIA in 19:33:20
2. Vincenzo Nibali LIQUIGAS in 19:33:31 at 00:11
3. Maxime Monfort COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE in 19:33:57 at 00:37
4. Andy Schleck TEAM CSC SAXO BANK in 19:34:02 at 00:42
5. Roman Kreuziger LIQUIGAS in 19:35:02 at 01:42
6. Yury Trofimov BOUYGUES TELECOM in 19:35:40 at 02:20
7. Romain Feillu AGRITUBEL in 19:35:40 + 02′ 20″
8. Riccardo Ricco SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT in 19:36:41 at 03:21
9. John-lee Augustyn BARLOWORLD in 19:37:11 at 03:51
10. Niki Terpstra TEAM MILRAM in 19:37:13 at 03:53
11. Martijn Maaskant GARMIN CHIPOTLE in 19:37:21 at 04:01
12. Luis-leon Sanchez CAISSE D’EPARGNE in 19:37:55 at 04:35
13. Gerald Ciolek TEAM COLUMBIA in 19:38:05 at 04:45
14. Mark Cavendish TEAM COLUMBIA in 19:38:31 at 05:11
15. Sebastian Langeveld RABOBANK in 19:38:49 at 05:29
16. Trent Lowe GARMIN CHIPOTLE in 19:38:59 at 05:39
17. Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez AGRITUBEL in 19:39:19 at 05:59
18. Peter Velits TEAM MILRAM in 19:40:22 at 07:02
19. Matteo Bono LAMPRE in 19:40:32 at 07:12
20. Arnaud Gerard FRANCAISE DES JEUX in 19:40:50 at 07:30
21. Rémy Di Gregorio FRANCAISE DES JEUX in 19:41:12 at 07:52
22. Sven Krauss GEROLSTEINER in 19:42:17 at 08:57
23. Marcus Burghardt TEAM COLUMBIA in 19:42:55 at 09:35
24. Aurélien Passeron SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT in 19:43:33 at 10:13
25. Jérémy Roy FRANCAISE DES JEUX in 19:43:38 at 10:18
26. Christopher Froome BARLOWORLD in 19:43:41 at 10:21
27. Heinrich Haussler GEROLSTEINER in 19:44:05 at 10:45

Teams, after Stage 5
1. GARMIN CHIPOTLE in 58:37:35
2. TEAM COLUMBIA in 58:39:19 at 01:44
3. TEAM CSC SAXO BANK in 58:40:10 at 02:35
4. COFIDIS CREDIT PAR TELEPHONE in 58:40:55 at 03:20

5. GEROLSTEINER in 58:41:06 at 03:31
6. CAISSE D’EPARGNE in 58:41:18 at 03:43
7. LIQUIGAS in 58:42:05 at 04:30
8. QUICK STEP in 58:42:43 at 05:08
9. BARLOWORLD in 58:43:06 at 05:31
10. EUSKALTEL – EUSKADI in 58:43:49 at 06:14
11. AG2R-LA MONDIALE in 58:43:58 at 06:23
12. RABOBANK in 58:44:14 at 06:39
13. LAMPRE in 58:44:22 at 06:47
14. TEAM MILRAM in 58:44:41 at 07:06
15. AGRITUBEL in 58:44:42 at 07:07
16. SILENCE – LOTTO in 58:44:54 at 07:19
17. BOUYGUES TELECOM in 58:45:38 at 08:03
18. CREDIT AGRICOLE in 58:45:48 at 08:13
19. SAUNIER DUVAL – SCOTT in 58:46:18 at 08:43
20. FRANCAISE DES JEUX in 58:46:52 at 09:17