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Tour de France Stage 5: Post-Stage Thread


Not surprising to see the field shattered, by a combination of conflicting agendas, exhaustion from the last couple days, and crosswinds. The break didn't stay away en masse, but Thomas Voeckler made it pay off with a late attack, soloing home in a moment of ultimate French glory. There may be some people disappointed with that result, particularly in the field, but I find Voeckler impossible to dislike. And I can't believe he'd never won a stage before... few riders over the last five years have put themselves into more fruitless attacks. Chapeau!

  1. Thomas Voeckler, Bbox Bweeg
  2. Mikhail Ignatiev, Katusha, at 0.07
  3. Mark Cavendish, Columbia, s.t.
  4. Tyler Farrar, Garmin-Slipstream, s.t.
  5. Gerald Ciolek, Milram, s.t.

No real change to GC, except for Robert Gesink's disappearing hopes:

  1. Fabian Cancellara, Saxo Bank
  2. Lance Armstrong, Astana, at 0.00.22
  3. Alberto Contador, Astana, at 0.19
And with that, the American riders head for home... to Girona, for tomorrow's start. I would imagine there were a lot of smiles when they saw "Girone" on the Tour map. Should be a gorgeous stage. Dan will have the details shortly.