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Tour de Suisse 2011

Date range:
June 11-19, 2011

June 15, Stage 5: Huttwil - Tobel-Tägerschen 204.2km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews coverage of stage five of the Tour de Suisse. The 204.5km stage from Huttwil – Tobel-Tägerschen is expected to end with a sprint finish.

  1. 15:36:14 CEST

    The stage includes several minor climbs but is expected to end in a sprint finish.

  2. 15:39:43 CEST

    The riders have covered 125km of the stage under a warm sun and dry conditions.

  3. 15:41:27 CEST

    Yesterday world champion Thor Hushovd (Garmin-Cervelo) won the stage, beating Peter Sagan (Cannondale-Liquigas) in the sprint, to take his first win in the rainbow jersey. You can read about his win and see a gallery of photographs here.

  4. 15:44:30 CEST

    The racing today has been quite tame with an early breakaway of four riders going clear after just a few kilometres. The peloton was happy to let them quickly open a gap.

  5. 15:45:44 CEST

    The four adventurers of the day are Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank), Alessandro Bazzana (Type 1), Jan Barta (NetApp) and Daniel Sesma (Euskatel-Euskadi).

  6. 74.2km remaining from 204.2km

    15:46:30 CEST

    The current gap between the quartet ajnd the peloton is 4:20.

  7. 15:54:49 CEST

    Sesma is the best placed rider overall but he is 22:19 and so no threat to Damiano Cunego's overall lead.

  8. 15:56:00 CEST

    The lead of the four hit ten minutes after just 30km of the stage but since then Liquigas-Cannondale and Team Sky have been on the front leading the chase.

  9. 15:57:28 CEST

    Omega Pharma-Lotto has also done its share of the work for Andre Griepel, hoping the German sprinter can find his fast finish after a so-far disappointing season.

  10. 16:00:03 CEST

    We've already had a couple of retirements today. Giro d'Italia stage winner Eros Capecchi (Liquigas-Cannondale) did not start due to his facial injuries he incurred in a post-stage one crash. He was riding to his hotel but hit a speed bump and landed on the left side of his face.

  11. 16:00:43 CEST

    Fellow Italian Rinaldo Nocentini (Ag2r-La Mondiale) has also retired mid-stage.

  12. 59.2km remaining from 204.2km

    16:03:42 CEST

    The peloton has closed the gap slightly but is palying a classic game of cat and mouse. 

  13. 16:05:55 CEST

    The Tour de Suisse is the traditional final stage race for riders building towards the Tour de France. However the Ster KLM Toer also stsarts today in the Netherlands.

  14. 16:09:52 CEST

    The Tour de Suisse is the traditional final stage race for riders building towards the Tour de France. However the Ster KLM Toer also starts today in the Netherlands.

  15. 16:10:33 CEST

    The Tour de Suisse is the traditional final stage race for riders building towards the Tour de France. However the Ster KLM Toer also starts today in the Netherlands.

  16. 16:17:04 CEST

    Many of the Tour de France contenders not in Switerland are currnetly at training camp. David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is camped up in the Pyrenees not far from his base in Gerona, while several Astana riders are in St Moritz, Switzerland and or just over the border in Livigno Italy.

  17. 16:17:17 CEST

    Many of the Tour de France contenders not in Switerland are currently at training camp. David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is camped up in the Pyrenees not far from his base in Gerona, while several Astana riders are in St Moritz, Switzerland and or just over the border in Livigno Italy.

  18. 16:17:46 CEST

    Many of the Tour de France contenders not in Switerland are currently at training camps. David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is high up in the Pyrenees not far from his base in Gerona, while several Astana riders are in St Moritz, Switzerland and or just over the border in Livigno Italy.

  19. 16:17:58 CEST

    Many of the Tour de France contenders not in Switerland are currently at training camps. David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is high up in the Pyrenees not far from his base in Gerona, while several Astana riders are in St Moritz, Switzerland and or just over the border in Livigno Italy.

  20. 16:18:02 CEST

    Many of the Tour de France contenders not in Switerland are currently at training camps. David Millar (Garmin-Cervelo) is high up in the Pyrenees not far from his base in Gerona, while several Astana riders are in St Moritz, Switzerland and or just over the border in Livigno Italy.

  21. 16:24:59 CEST

    Alberto Contador is currently in the Alps. Richie Porte is with him and told Cyclingnews here that he is riding L'Alpe d'Huez for the first time today. 

  22. 40km remaining from 204.2km

    16:29:31 CEST

    The breakaway is just 40km from the finish now and is  passing thorugfh the finish of today's stage. The final 200m rises gradually and should throw in an extra factor to the sprint.

  23. 16:31:34 CEST

    The peloton is now passing through the finish and is no doubt noticing how narrow the finish is. 

  24. 16:34:12 CEST

    The next hour of racing is set to be fast and in crescendo as the sprinters and their teams fight for victory.

  25. 35km remaining from 204.2km

    16:35:45 CEST

    The break is now just 1:40 ahead of the peloton, as Bazzana goes clear alone by a few seconds

  26. 16:37:04 CEST

    The four are now back together but Sesma is struggling to hang on.

  27. 172.2km remaining from 204.2km

    16:38:30 CEST

    The four are now attacking each other, trying to take the final moments of television glory. Barta has now had a dig.

  28. 16:40:29 CEST

    Bert Grabsche (HTC-Highroad) is now on the front, churning a big gear in pursuit of the break.

  29. 16:41:07 CEST

    Race television os now showing some great on bike images.

  30. 16:42:08 CEST

    The camera is pointing backwards with the rider's rear wheel spinnig andshowing just how close the riders are in the bunch.

  31. 16:43:18 CEST

    Who is your favourite to win the sprint?

     

  32. 16:44:37 CEST

    These are the big favourites: Mark Cavendish (HTC), Greg van Avermaet (BMC), Koldo Fernandez (EUS), Gerald Ciolek and Tom Boonen (QKSP), Matti Breschel and Oskar Freire (RAB), Ben Swift and Greg Henderson (SKY), Robbie MacEwen and Robert Hunter (RAD).

  33. 16:45:21 CEST

    Garmin-Cervelo and Team Sky are also helping in the chase of the break.

  34. 26km remaining from 204.2km

    16:46:13 CEST

    Barta is on the last little climb of the circuit. It could cause a few splits in the peloton.

  35. 16:48:50 CEST

    Garmin-Cervelo is riding to set-up Hushovd for a second stage win.

  36. 21km remaining from 204.2km

    16:53:23 CEST

    Euskaltel-Euskadi is on the front, leading the chase. They will be riding to set up Koldo Fernandez

  37. 16:54:38 CEST

    The gap to the break is just 50 seconds now.

  38. 16:57:50 CEST

    Ouch. The peloton is lined out as HTC-highroad lead the chase. Peter Velits took a tumble but is still doing his turn on the front.

  39. 17:00:01 CEST

    Barta is still going for it furiously up front but the peloton is on his trial.

  40. 17:01:02 CEST

    Bazzan is now hanging onto the back of the peloton after his long breakaway.

  41. 14km remaining from 204.2km

    17:02:05 CEST

    All together. Barta has now been caught.

  42. 17:02:55 CEST

    Euskaltel-Euskadi are again on the front, mixing turns with Garmin-Cervelo riders. 

  43. 11km remaining from 204.2km

    17:04:14 CEST

    A sharp right turn has reshuffled the pack.

  44. 17:04:33 CEST

    Here comes BMC, as HTC wait before giving it there are.

  45. 17:05:55 CEST

    BMC has four riders on the front, including George Hincapie.

  46. 17:06:48 CEST

    Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) is wearing the green sprinter's jersey and must be a favourite today.

  47. 8km remaining from 204.2km

    17:07:59 CEST

    A high-speed ruondabout lines out the pack even more. The speed is super high now.

  48. 17:08:34 CEST

    The peloton is one long line, with some gaps appearing in the line.

  49. 17:08:55 CEST

    BMC, HTC and Omega Pharma mixing it on the front.

  50. 5km remaining from 204.2km

    17:11:03 CEST

    Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has attacked but is hanging off the front of the peloton.

  51. 17:12:15 CEST

    HTC is now on the front and have decided to take charge.

  52. 17:12:38 CEST

    HTC has four riders in team pursuit formation.

  53. 17:13:02 CEST

    Other riders are trying to take Cavendish's wheel.

  54. 17:13:30 CEST

    Team Sky has hijacked the HTC lead out and taken over. 

  55. 17:13:41 CEST

    Hushovd is also up there.

  56. 17:14:00 CEST

    There are few bumps and hand offs.

  57. 2km remaining from 204.2km

    17:14:26 CEST

    Here come Euskaltel again.

  58. 17:14:50 CEST

    This is tight and nasty.

  59. 17:15:06 CEST

    Quick Step on the front.

  60. 17:15:12 CEST

    left turn!

  61. 1km remaining from 204.2km

    17:15:41 CEST

    Boonen has gone very early on the uphill finish.

  62. 17:16:11 CEST

    Sagan and hushovd and Goss all close.

  63. 17:16:32 CEST

    A Vacansoleil rider is clear.

  64. 17:17:04 CEST

    Phew... that was close.

  65. 17:17:58 CEST

    Oscar Freire (Rabobank) almost caught the Vacnasoleil rider but instead it was Bozic (Vacansoleil) who came off his wheel to snatch the victory.

  66. 17:18:59 CEST

    Bozic could hardly believe he'd won.

  67. 17:19:38 CEST

    Top three:

    1 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale

  68. 17:20:17 CEST

    The sprint finish was hectic and high speed after Tom Boonen took a flyer. 

     

  69. 17:20:46 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (HTC) seemed to lose his lead out and the riders were all over the road.

  70. 17:21:25 CEST

    According to provisional results Tejay Van Garderen (HTC-Highroad) was fourth in the sprint.

  71. 17:22:03 CEST

    Damiano Cunego (Lampre-ISD) kept the overall race lead, 54 ahead of Mauricio Soler (Movistar).

  72. 17:24:30 CEST

    Provisional stage results:

    1 Borut Bozic (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 4:44:48
    2 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale
    4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad
    5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Movistar Team
    6 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    7 Anthony Ravard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
    8 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Leopard Trek
    9 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    10 Ben Swift (GBr) Sky Procycling
     

    General classification after stage 5

    1 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD
    2 Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:54
    3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:16
    4 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:19
    5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) HTC-Highroad 0:01:21
    6 Frank Schleck (Lux) Leopard Trek 0:01:25
    7 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:01:32
    8 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Katusha Team 0:01:53
    9 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:00
    10 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team RadioShack 0:02:10

  73. 17:29:03 CEST

    That's all from the Cyclingnews live coverage from the Tour de Suisse.

    We'll have a full report and photo gallery of all the action shortly on Cyclingnews.

    Join us tomorrow for live coverage of Thursday's sixth stage. It finishes in Triesenberg, in Liechtenstein, with a steep climb to the line. It will surely shake up the overall standings of the race.