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Tour de France 2009

Date range:
July 4-26, 2009
  • Tour de France, France, GT
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      15.5km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Monaco (ITT)
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      187km
      Start location:
      Monaco
      End location:
      Brignoles
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Marseille
      End location:
      La Grande-Motte
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      39km
      Start location:
      Montpellier
      End location:
      Montpellier (TTT)
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      196.5km
      Start location:
      Le Cap d'Agde
      End location:
      Perpignan
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      181.5km
      Start location:
      Gérone
      End location:
      Barcelone
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      224km
      Start location:
      Barcelone
      End location:
      Andorre Arcalis
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      176.5km
      Start location:
      Andorre-la-Vieille
      End location:
      Saint-Girons
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      160.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Tarbes
    • Rest day

      Location
      Limoges
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      194.5km
      Start location:
      Limoges
      End location:
      Issoudun
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      192km
      Start location:
      Vatan
      End location:
      Saint-Fargeau
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      211.5km
      Start location:
      Tonnerre
      End location:
      Vittel
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      200km
      Start location:
      Vittel
      End location:
      Colmar
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      199km
      Start location:
      Colmar
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      207.5km
      Start location:
      Pontarlier
      End location:
      Verbier
    • Rest day

      Location
      Verbier
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      159km
      Start location:
      Martigny
      End location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      169.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-Saint-Maurice
      End location:
      Le Grand-Bornand
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      40.5km
      Start location:
      Annecy
      End location:
      Annecy (ITT)
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      178km
      Start location:
      Bourgoin-Jallieu
      End location:
      Aubenas
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      167km
      Start location:
      Montélimar
      End location:
      Mont Ventoux
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      164km
      Start location:
      Montereau-Fault-Yonne
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 08, Stage 5: Le Cap d'Agde - Perpignan 196.5km

Sprinters foiled in Perpignan

By:
Anthony Tan
Published:
July 08, 2009, 15:55 BST,
Updated:
July 22, 2009, 18:18 BST

Voeckler once more the darling of France

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom wins after a long day in a break.

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler (BBOX Bouygues Telecom wins after a long day in a break.

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Another day, another maillot jaune for Cancellara

Lethargy on behalf of the peloton resulted in the first successful breakaway Wednesday in Perpignan, and the re-emergence of Thomas Voeckler as the darling of the Tour de France.

Away in an escape for almost the whole stage from Le Cap D'Agde, 196.5 kilometres from their destination, it appeared at first that this was just going to be another misguided breakaway attempt, as so many of its kind are. And similar in difficulty to the third stage to La Grande-Motte that caught out all bar 28 riders, this time with the Tramontane wind blowing south from the Pyrenées, most believed the real race was behind in the peloton, not with the six hopefuls in front.

Some 60 kilometres from Perpignan, split the race did at the behest of Saxo Bank, the team of maillot jaune Fabian Cancellara, who retained his jersey for the fourth day in succession. But unlike the stage two days prior, all the GC favourites made the 40-man split, and by consequence, nothing came of it, leading to a regrouping 10 kilometres later.

So, as each kilometre ticked by en route to the southern French town that's positioned at the gateway to the Roussillon, it subsequently saw the chances of success tip in favour of the sextet who never gave up on their slim hopes, despite a tenuous 41-second lead some 30 kilometres from the finish.

Française des Jeux was best represented with two in the move, Anthony Geslin and Yauheni Hutarovich; the rest had one. Six kilometres out, Katusha's Mikhael Ignatiev went first, and Albert Timmer of Skil-Shimano followed. Lampre's Marcin Sapa was cooked and dropped off the pace. Along with the two FDJ riders, Voeckler of BBox Bouygues Telecom just covered the moves. Then they all came back.

A kilometre later Ignatiev went again, and this time Voeckler was the first to respond, then countering to go solo. Ever since he took the maillot jaune on the fifth stage of the 2004 Tour de France and stirred the French public's consciousness, exactly five years ago to this day, he'd been dreaming of reliving another such moment, even though he wasn't thinking about it right then.

Eleven seconds ahead of Ignatiev under the kilometre kite and strong enough to take the win, Voeckler continued to ride as if he could feel the Russian breathing down his neck, looking back far more than he needed to. Only 200 metres from the finish at the Place de Catalogne did the 30-year-old from Martinique look behind one last time, shake his head in disbelief, and smile a grin a mile wide.

Locked in ecstasy and agony, Voeckler said, "I didn't calculate any of this at all. I thought that it was impossible that we'd keep our advantage, because we only had 50 seconds left with 35 kilometres to go. I told myself, even if we get through, there are two riders from the same team, one of which is really fast in the sprint [referring to Hutarovich]. But once I got the gap, I went flat out, and when I got under the flamme rouge and still had 10 seconds, I started to believe it."

Leaderboard status quo, although Spartacus was ready to fight

Seven seconds later, Ignatiev was lucky to hold on for second, barely ahead of fast-charging maillot vert Mark Cavendish (Columbia-HTC), who claimed a 154-man field sprint for third from his eternal shadow at this year's Tour, Tyler Farrar of Garmin-Slipstream, leaving the GC leader board at status quo.

"From the first kilometre, I was ready [to split the peloton]," Cancellara told Cyclingnews, "but it did not really happen, because I was expecting to get more of the good wind, the right wind, to explode the whole peloton. Today felt like Belgium, like a small Gent-Wevelgem - small roads from the left and right, you don't know from where the wind is actually coming from.

"Everyone knew the wind would be from the coast when we passed those two climbs [near the middle of the stage]. We tried to be ready and put the hammer down when the moment came, and I pulled as long as I could. I wasn't disappointed, only happy that the whole team was there. I think I've shown for a couple of weeks now my form is here, and I feel I'm getting better and better into the race, because that's what counts for me now.

"I look forward to the Pyrenees and the next stages," he said, Cancellara increasingly becoming a protected rider at Saxo Bank as the days evolve.

Can Bouygues continue their excellent adventure?

How much did Voeckler think about the day that turned him from obscurity to top-of-the-pops five years prior at the 2004 Tour?

"I didn't think once about the fact that it was today," he said.

"I was told after the finish line. This morning, we only celebrated [directeur-sportif] Jean-René's birthday... but I didn't win for him today! Of course, I'm happy I won because the future of the team is not really safe, so this victory means a lot to us. If it can help the team to continue its adventure, then that's perfect. I remember five years ago, we got another sponsor after my ride in yellow, too," he said.

Picture perfect in Le Cap D'Agde

Starting on a tip of coastline near the town of Béziers, the 178-strong peloton got underway in perfect conditions from Le Cap D'Agde, already 27 degrees Celsius and breezy at the 12:45 p.m. départ réel.

After 29 kilometres, two breakaway groups of three combined to form a lead sextet, including Voeckler (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Geslin and Hutarovich (Française des Jeux), Sapa (Lampre-NGC), Ignatiev (Team Katusha) and Timmer (Skil-Shimano). When the peloton behind them decided to take to the call of nature, it became a definitive sign that the aforementioned six would be the break du jour.

Forty kilometres in, 8:45 was the distance between break and bunch, and that's as far as they got; the undulating mid-section of Wednesday's stage with a pair of Cat. 4 climbs after 112 and 115 kilometres, combined with the inevitable start of the chase-down, inexorably reduced the lead group's advantage.

Determined not to be caught out in the wind again, Astana and Saxo Bank began assembling their troops at the fore some 80 kilometres from the finish, and when the team of maillot jaune Cancellara started driving in the heavy Tramontane crosswinds, the peloton eventually split, a lead group of 40 forming at the head. This time, however, most of the GC favourites made the move - the exception being Rabobank's star climber Robert Gesink, who crashed hard before the mayhem and never recovered, X-rays later revealing he had broken his wrist and ruling him out of starting the following day.

A consequence of the crosswind craziness was that it all but chewed-up-and-spat-out the lead of the early escape. But when those driving at the front let up, realising there was nothing to gain, a regrouping occurred, the break's advantage went back out to a minute-and-a-half, and stood an even chance of surviving to Perpignan.

Française des Jeux held the upper hand with two in the move - but among them there was someone who'd been itching for a big win ever since he became a household name at the Tour de France, exactly five years ago.

For images of stage five click here

Full results
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 4:29:35  
2 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:07  
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
6 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha    
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank    
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
11 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
12 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
13 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
14 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
15 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
16 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana    
18 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
20 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
21 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step    
22 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
23 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
24 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank    
25 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank    
26 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
27 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
28 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
29 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step    
30 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
31 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
32 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux    
33 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
34 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
35 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas    
36 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
37 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
38 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step    
39 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana    
40 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC    
41 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
42 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
43 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team    
44 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
45 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
46 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
47 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
48 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
49 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram    
50 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha    
51 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step    
52 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana    
53 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale    
54 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
55 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
56 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
57 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
58 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step    
59 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana    
60 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha    
61 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
62 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
63 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
64 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
65 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas    
66 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank    
67 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
68 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step    
69 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream    
70 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux    
71 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
72 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano    
73 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
74 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne    
75 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
76 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC    
77 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank    
78 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
79 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
80 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream    
81 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
82 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
83 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana    
84 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
85 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram    
86 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
87 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
88 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
89 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
90 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel    
91 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux    
92 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
93 David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel    
94 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale    
95 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
96 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto    
97 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
98 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC    
99 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC    
100 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
101 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
102 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream    
103 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha    
104 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream    
105 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
106 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel    
107 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
108 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
109 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
110 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
111 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
112 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
113 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
114 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram    
115 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux    
116 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank    
117 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
118 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
119 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
120 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
121 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale    
122 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
123 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas    
124 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
125 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank    
126 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
127 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC    
128 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
129 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana    
130 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
131 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
132 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
133 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
134 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
135 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team    
136 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
137 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
138 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
139 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel    
140 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel    
141 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC    
142 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
143 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team    
144 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
145 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
146 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
147 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
148 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
149 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi    
150 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana    
151 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha    
152 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto    
153 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
154 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
155 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
156 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux    
157 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step 0:00:26  
158 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank 0:00:29  
159 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team    
160 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:00:33  
161 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano    
162 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:00:37  
163 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux    
164 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux    
165 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel    
166 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas    
167 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto    
168 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas    
169 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
170 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
171 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:22  
172 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
173 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
174 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
175 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:01:47  
176 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:55  
177 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:09:35  
178 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank    
DNS Piet Rooijakkers (Ned) Skil-Shimano

 

 

Sprint 1 - Capestang, 40.5 km
1 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6 pts
2 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 4  
3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
Sprint 2 - Saint-Jean-de-Barrou, 107.5 km
1 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 6 pts
2 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 4  
3 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
Sprint 3 - Canet-en-Roussillon, 158.5 Km
1 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 6 pts
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 4  
3 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
Finish - Perpignan, 196.5 km
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 35 pts
2 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 30  
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 26  
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 24  
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 22  
6 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 20  
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 19  
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 17  
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 16  
11 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 15  
12 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
13 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 13  
14 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 12  
15 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
16 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 10  
17 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 9  
18 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 8  
19 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 7  
20 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
21 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 5  
22 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
23 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
24 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 2  
25 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1  
Mountain 1 - Col de Feuilla (Cat. 4) 112.5 km
1 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 3 pts
2 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 1  
Mountain 2 - Côte de Treilles (Cat. 4) 116.5 km
1 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 3 pts
2 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
3 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1  
Young riders
1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 4:29:42  
2 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC    
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
6 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
7 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano    
8 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
9 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas    
10 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas    
11 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto    
12 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha    
13 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC    
14 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank    
15 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale    
16 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel    
17 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha    
18 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
19 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
20 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team    
21 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne    
22 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano    
23 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC    
24 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
25 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto    
26 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux    
27 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC    
28 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
29 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne    
30 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom    
31 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:00:26  
32 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:00:30  
33 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram    
34 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:01:15  
35 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel    
36 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:01:40  
37 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:09:28  
Teams
1 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 13:28:59  
2 Team Katusha 0:00:07  
3 Team Columbia - HTC    
4 Liquigas    
5 Team Saxo Bank    
6 Garmin - Slipstream    
7 Quick Step    
8 Astana    
9 Lampre - N.G.C    
10 Team Milram    
11 Skil-Shimano    
12 AG2R-La Mondiale    
13 Cervelo Test Team    
14 Rabobank    
15 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne    
16 Caisse d'Epargne    
17 Agritubel    
18 Silence - Lotto    
19 Francaise Des Jeux    
20 Euskaltel - Euskadi    
General classification after stage 5
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 15:07:49  
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana    
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:19  
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:00:23  
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0:00:31  
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:38  
7 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:00:51  
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:00:52  
9 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:06  
10 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:07  
11 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Astana 0:01:16  
12 Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - Slipstream    
13 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:22  
14 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:29  
15 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:01:31  
16 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:32  
17 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 0:01:36  
18 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana    
19 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas    
20 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:01:41  
21 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:46  
22 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:03  
23 Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:05  
24 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:16  
25 Fränk Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:17  
26 Brian Vandborg (Den) Liquigas 0:02:25  
27 Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:31  
28 Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:32  
29 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:44  
30 Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank    
31 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 0:02:50  
32 Bert Grabsch (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:51  
33 Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:02:54  
34 Luis Pasamontes Rodriguez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:56  
35 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:02:59  
36 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha    
37 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team    
38 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:00  
39 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:02  
40 Oscar Pereiro Sio (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:03  
41 Hayden Roulston (NZl) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:05  
42 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:06  
43 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:07  
44 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:09  
45 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 0:03:11  
46 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:03:12  
47 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:13  
48 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:16  
49 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 0:03:17  
50 José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
51 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
52 Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Team Katusha 0:03:18  
53 Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne    
54 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:21  
55 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 0:03:23  
56 Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:24  
57 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:25  
58 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Cervelo Test Team 0:03:28  
59 Frederik Willems (Bel) Liquigas 0:03:32  
60 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 0:03:33  
61 Stéphane Goubert (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:34  
62 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:03:36  
63 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:38  
64 Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:42  
65 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:44  
66 Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:46  
67 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:47  
68 Aleksandr Kuschynski (Blr) Liquigas    
69 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:03:48  
70 Alexandre Botcharov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:03:51  
71 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank 0:03:52  
72 José Luis Arrieta Lujambio (Spa) AG2R La Mondiale    
73 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step 0:03:55  
74 Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank 0:03:57  
75 Sébastien Rosseler (Bel) Quick Step 0:04:03  
76 Rémi Pauriol (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:04  
77 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:09  
78 Juan Manuel Garate Cepa (Spa) Rabobank    
79 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:04:10  
80 Sandy Casar (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:16  
81 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:17  
82 Jérémy Roy (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:23  
83 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 0:04:25  
84 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:27  
85 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram    
86 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 0:04:29  
87 José Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Cervelo Test Team 0:04:30  
88 Stijn Devolder (Bel) Quick Step    
89 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 0:04:31  
90 Christian Knees (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:32  
91 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Rabobank    
92 Alessandro Ballan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:04:35  
93 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:40  
94 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 0:04:48  
95 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:49  
96 Benoït Vaugrenard (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:50  
97 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:04:51  
98 Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas 0:04:53  
99 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:04:54  
100 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 0:04:56  
101 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:04:57  
102 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:58  
103 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:04:59  
104 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:00  
105 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:05:02  
106 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Liquigas 0:05:04  
107 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:05:05  
108 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:08  
109 Joost Posthuma (Ned) Rabobank    
110 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:05:11  
111 Sebastian Lang (Ger) Silence - Lotto 0:05:17  
112 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:27  
113 Sébastien Minard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne    
114 Amaël Moinard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:05:28  
115 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:05:32  
116 Joan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Team Katusha 0:05:34  
117 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:05:39  
118 David Lelay (Fra) Agritubel 0:05:46  
119 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:05:54  
120 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:05:57  
121 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:01  
122 Bingen Fernandez Bustinza (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 0:06:03  
123 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:06:04  
124 Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:11  
125 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram    
126 David Loosli (Swi) Lampre - NGC 0:06:15  
127 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
128 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:06:17  
129 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:18  
130 Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Silence - Lotto 0:06:19  
131 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Slipstream 0:06:26  
132 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:27  
133 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:31  
134 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:06:33  
135 Eduardo Gonzalo Ramirez (Spa) Agritubel 0:06:35  
136 Nicolas Vogondy (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:40  
137 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC    
138 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:48  
139 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:49  
140 Christophe Moreau (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:54  
141 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:57  
142 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:07:07  
143 Arnaud Coyot (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne 0:07:08  
144 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:07:13  
145 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:15  
146 Sébastien Joly (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:07:17  
147 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:07:18  
148 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:07:22  
149 Sylvain Calzati (Fra) Agritubel 0:07:24  
150 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 0:07:35  
151 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:07:51  
152 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:07:52  
153 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:07:56  
154 Charles Wegelius (GBr) Silence - Lotto 0:08:09  
155 Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Quick Step    
156 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:08:16  
157 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:08:44  
158 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:08:48  
159 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 0:08:52  
160 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 0:08:54  
161 Grégory Rast (Swi) Astana 0:09:12  
162 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:09:22  
163 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram 0:09:34  
164 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 0:09:43  
165 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin - Slipstream 0:09:54  
166 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:10:07  
167 Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Team Columbia - HTC 0:10:09  
168 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:10:40  
169 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:11:07  
170 Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:11:08  
171 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:11:09  
172 Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:12:09  
173 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:13:04  
174 Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank 0:13:44  
175 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 0:14:35  
176 Andreas Klier (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:15:30  
177 Dmitriy Muravyev (Kaz) Astana 0:19:31  
178 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:22:10  
Points classification
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 96 pts
2 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 70  
3 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 54  
4 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 42  
5 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 41  
6 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 39  
7 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 37  
8 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 36  
9 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 34  
10 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 34  
11 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 31  
12 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 30  
13 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Lampre - NGC 29  
14 Mark Renshaw (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 28  
15 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 27  
16 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Skil-Shimano 26  
17 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 25  
18 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 24  
19 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 24  
20 Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Quick Step 22  
21 Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 21  
22 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha 20  
23 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 19  
24 William Bonnet (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 19  
25 Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Team Milram 19  
26 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 18  
27 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Skil-Shimano 18  
28 Kenny Robert van Hummel (Ned) Skil-Shimano 18  
29 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank 17  
30 George Hincapie (USA) Team Columbia - HTC 16  
31 Linus Gerdemann (Ger) Team Milram 16  
32 Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) Astana 15  
33 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 15  
34 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 14  
35 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 14  
36 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 14  
37 Saïd Haddou (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 13  
38 Marcin Sapa (Pol) Lampre - NGC 12  
39 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 12  
40 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 11  
41 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 11  
42 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 11  
43 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 10  
44 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 10  
45 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 10  
46 Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 10  
47 Alexandre Pichot (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 9  
48 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 8  
49 Kim Kirchen (Lux) Team Columbia - HTC 8  
50 Cadel Evans (Aus) Silence - Lotto 6  
51 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 5  
52 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Team Columbia - HTC 5  
53 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step 5  
54 Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi 5  
55 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 4  
56 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quick Step 4  
57 Christophe Kern (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 4  
58 Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) Française des Jeux 4  
59 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 3  
60 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 3  
61 Steven de Jongh (Ned) Quick Step 3  
62 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 2  
63 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 2  
64 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia - HTC 1  
65 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 1  
66 Serguei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha 1  
Mountains classification
1 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) Française des Jeux 9 pts
2 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 6  
3 Anthony Geslin (Fra) Française des Jeux 6  
4 Koen de Kort (Ned) Skil-Shimano 6  
5 Cyril Dessel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 5  
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 4  
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 3  
8 Stéphane Auge (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 3  
9 Marcus Fothen (Ger) Team Milram 3  
10 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 3  
11 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 2  
12 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 2  
13 Laurent Lefevre (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 2  
14 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 1  
15 Leonardo Duque (Col) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne 1  
16 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank 1  
17 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 1  
Young rider classification
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 15:08:41  
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Liquigas 0:00:39  
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas 0:00:44  
4 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank 0:00:49  
5 Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas 0:01:58  
6 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:10  
7 Rui Alberto Faria da Costa (Por) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:14  
8 Heinrich Haussler (Ger) Cervelo Test Team 0:02:15  
9 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:20  
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:24  
11 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne 0:02:25  
12 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:41  
13 Chris Anker Sørensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank 0:02:44  
14 Nikolai Troussov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:02:55  
15 Jérôme Coppel (Fra) Française des Jeux 0:03:25  
16 Peter Velits (Svk) Team Milram 0:03:35  
17 Mickael Delage (Fra) Silence - Lotto 0:03:39  
18 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Silence - Lotto 0:03:59  
19 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:06  
20 Simon Spilak (Slo) Lampre - NGC 0:04:13  
21 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram 0:04:19  
22 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:05:05  
23 Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:05:25  
24 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Agritubel 0:05:39  
25 Thierry Huppond (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:05:41  
26 Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:05:57  
27 Brice Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:06:23  
28 Pierre Rolland (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:06:26  
29 Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) Team Katusha 0:06:30  
30 Marco Bandiera (Ita) Lampre - NGC 0:06:59  
31 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil-Shimano 0:07:00  
32 Yury Trofimov (Rus) BBOX Bouygues Telecom 0:07:04  
33 Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Skil-Shimano 0:07:52  
34 Niki Terpstra (Ned) Team Milram 0:08:30  
35 Romain Feillu (Fra) Agritubel 0:09:15  
36 Albert Timmer (Ned) Skil-Shimano 0:10:17  
37 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0:12:12  
Teams classification
1 Astana 43:49:39  
2 Team Saxo Bank 0:02:33  
3 Team Columbia - HTC 0:02:45  
4 Garmin - Slipstream 0:03:05  
5 Liquigas 0:04:26  
6 Cervelo Test Team 0:05:25  
7 Euskaltel - Euskadi 0:05:34  
8 Cofidis Le Credit En Ligne 0:06:12  
9 Team Milram 0:06:33  
10 Quick Step    
11 Team Katusha 0:06:36  
12 AG2R-La Mondiale 0:06:46  
13 Silence - Lotto 0:06:51  
14 Caisse d'Epargne 0:06:57  
15 Rabobank 0:07:27  
16 Francaise Des Jeux 0:07:29  
17 Lampre - N.G.C 0:08:24  
18 Agritubel 0:08:48  
19 Bbox Bouygues Telecom 0:09:34  
20 Skil-Shimano 0:10:08  

Garmin-Slipstream M.I.A. in Le Cap D'Agde

The clock struck quarter-past midday Wednesday morning - just 10 minutes before the start of the fifth stage - and only 19 teams had signed in. Missing was the man who finished fourth in last year's Tour, Christian Vande Velde, and his Garmin-Slipstream coterie.

The Cyclingnews posse passed the Garmin-Slipstream convoy en route to the start in Le Cap D'Agde - a holiday town known for being the "nudist capital of the world", according to many travel guides - before encountering heavy traffic of their own, and only made the start with a half-hour to spare. So it was no surprise that their big blue and black bus and team vehicles got caught behind.

Tour organisers love to start on time as per the race itinerary, and it would have been interesting to see if the Tour would have waited for them or not. Maybe officials thought that they went for a Mediterranean skinny dip to freshen the legs before tackling the 196.5-kilometre stage to Perpignan.

Turns out, though, there was another exit they could've taken that would've got them to the start sooner than the one indicated on the Tour roadbook. Ironic that for a team part-sponsored by a GPS navigation company, they were the last team to arrive.

Bypassing the parking area and pulling up at the sign-in, all nine men scrambled out and hopped on their bikes just in time for the 12:25 départ.