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Tour de France 2012

Date range:
June 30 - July 22, 2012
  • Tour de France, Fra, WorldTour
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July 05, Stage 5: Rouen - Saint-Quentin 196.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Susan Westemeyer

Another sprint showdown is expected in this fifth stage of the Tour de France.

  1. 12:42:45 CEST

    Today the peloton will tackle 196.5 relatively flat kilometers from Rouen to Saint-Quentin. There is not a single ranked climb to be seen, so we expect the usual breakaway followed by a mass sprint.

  2. 12:45:33 CEST

    As far as we know, all 195 riders were at the start today. They should be having the sharp start any moment now.

  3. 12:49:04 CEST

    You can check out our preview of the stage, along with Chris Boardman's video comments here.

  4. 12:50:28 CEST

    The sharp start came at 12:46 -- one minute late --  and almost immediately three riders jumped. But they were soon caught.

  5. 193km remaining from 196.5km

    12:57:22 CEST

    But just like that, a group has formed and built up a 1:35 gap: Mathieu Ladagnous (FDJ), Pablo Urtasun (EUS), Jan Ghyselinck (COF) and Julien Simon (SAU).

  6. 13:02:33 CEST

    Today's weather forecast: Dry at the start, showers off and all afternoon, but clearing up in time for the finish.

  7. 13:07:02 CEST

    The biggest news of the day, of course, is that George Hincapie, Levi Leipheimer, Christian Vande Velde, David Zabriskie and Jonathan Vaughters may or may not have agreed to testify against Lance Armstrong and may or may not face six-month bans themselves.

    Vaughters denies the suspensions, at any rate, for his riders.

  8. 186km remaining from 196.5km

    13:10:48 CEST

    We have gone 10km now, and have a 2:35 gap.

  9. 13:13:02 CEST

    Wow, let's make that 4:45 now!

  10. 13:17:38 CEST

    We are very sorry to announce the death of Rob Goris of Accent Jobs-Willems Veranda's last night, from a heart attack.

  11. 13:21:11 CEST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) got caught behind the crash, but thanks to the 3 km rule, which is in place just because of things like this, held on to the overall lead.

    1     Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan     20:04:02      
    2     Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling     0:00:07      
    3     Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep            
    4     Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team     0:00:10      
    5     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling     0:00:11      
    6     Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team     0:00:13      
    7     Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team     0:00:17      
    8     Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale     0:00:18      
    9     Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp            
    10     Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan     0:00:19

  12. 13:25:55 CEST

    • Green Jersey

    And Peter Sagan of Liquigas used a fifth place finish to increase his lead in the race for the green jersey/point ranking.

    1     Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale     147      pts
    2     Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team     92      
    3     André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team     87      
    4     Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling     86      
    5     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling     81      
    6     Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan     74      
    7     Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD     71      
    8     Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano     56      
    9     Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling Team     46      
    10     Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank     40      

  13. 171km remaining from 196.5km

    13:27:23 CEST

    Lotto Belisol has jumped into the lead work and brought the gap down to 4:15. They want to make sure that Andre Greipel has a good chance to take his second straight stage win.

  14. 13:31:16 CEST

    • Red Polka Dot Jersey

    Saxo Bank-Tinkoff's Michael Morkov was not in the break group yesterday, for a change, but still easily held on to the polka dot jersey in the mountain classification.

    1     Michael Morkov (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank     9      pts
    2     Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale     2      
    3     Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale     2      
    4     David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne     2      
    5     Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - Sojasun     2      
    6     Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi     1      
    7     Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan     1      
    8     Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale     1

  15. 13:37:42 CEST

    Young rider? The best one is Tejay Van Garderen (BMC), who has the narrowest of leads over Edvald Boasson Hagen of Sky.

    1     Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team     20:04:12      
    2     Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling     0:00:01      
    3     Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne     0:00:12      
    4     Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale     0:00:13      
    5     Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     0:00:14      
    6     Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat     0:00:37      
    7     Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team     0:00:43      
    8     Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     0:00:51      
    9     Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-Nissan     0:01:28      
    10     Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi     0:02:30      

  16. 13:42:29 CEST

    Tony Martin (OPQS) and Luis Leon Sanchez (Rabobank) are once again together at the rear of the field. We suspect that they are becoming best of friends at this point, and sharing broken-hand-bone tips.

  17. 13:46:02 CEST

    And Sky will be sporting those yellow helmets again today, as the best team.

    1     Sky Procycling     60:12:40      
    2     RadioShack-Nissan     0:00:04      
    3     BMC Racing Team     0:00:06      
    4     Omega Pharma-Quickstep     0:00:13      
    5     Liquigas-Cannondale     0:00:29      
    6     Katusha Team     0:00:38      
    7     Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team     0:00:50      
    8     Astana Pro Team     0:00:52      
    9     Rabobank Cycling Team     0:01:01      
    10     Euskaltel - Euskadi     0:01:51      

  18. 159km remaining from 196.5km

    13:48:19 CEST

    Evidently the field has decided to let this group go, as the gap is now up to 5.30.

  19. 13:53:28 CEST

    That was quite a crash at the end of yesterday's stage. The most prominent victim was World Champion Mark Cavendish, but the Sky rider was  at the start again today. As was his teammate Bernie Eisel, sporting four stitches in his eyebrow.

  20. 13:55:38 CEST

    Here is some news that is no real surprise: Marcel Kittel of Argos-Shimano has abandoned. The young German had been plagued by gastro-intestinal problems and a bad knee, and it just was too much.

  21. 14:00:28 CEST

    Let's take a look at these four riders in the break group.

    Matthieu Ladagnous of FdJ is the highest-ranked rider in the break, at 108th and 8:04 down. There is actually a good possibility that he might slip into “virtual yellow” today. The 27-year-old has spent his whole career with this one team, and this is his third Tour. He is also quite active on the track.

  22. 14:03:55 CEST

    We now have our first live pictures from the race and we see: rain. It is really coming down at the finish, although we understand it is dry for the riders at the moment.

  23. 146km remaining from 196.5km

    14:05:28 CEST

    The gap has dropped slightly and is back down to 4:45.

  24. 14:09:57 CEST

    Urtasun is 32 years old and has been with Euskaltel since 2009. So far this year he has been second in the Vuelta a la Rioja and third overall in the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

  25. 14:12:40 CEST

    Tyler Farrar's last win was on July 4 in the Tour last year. This year, the Garmin-Sharp rider felt he was in good position to go for a repeat, but he too was one of those caught in the closing crash. Nor was it his first crash of this year's Tour.

  26. 14:16:05 CEST

    Jan Ghyselinck is a 24-year-old Belgian riding for Cofidis. He made his pro debut with HTC-Highroad.

  27. 14:18:36 CEST

    Frenchman Simon, 26, with Saur-Sojasun, has had quite a good season so far. He has won the Tour de Finistere and the Grand Prix de Plumelec-Morbihan, plus two stages at the Volta a Catalunya.

  28. 136km remaining from 196.5km

    14:20:15 CEST

    The gap is now at 5:14.

  29. 14:25:12 CEST

    It is probably safe to say that Kenny Van Hummel is not a member of the Mark Cavendish fan club. Why not? Read about it here.

  30. 14:28:19 CEST

    Happy Birthday today to Philippe Gilbert! The Belgian, riding for BMC Racing Team, has turned 30 today.

    This has not been his best year, in fact, he doesn't have a single win so far. But how could anyone have expected him to equal 2011, when he won virtually everything?


  31. 14:29:06 CEST

    The sun is out now -- for the moment at least.

  32. 14:31:12 CEST

    We have a lone RadioShack-Nissan rider at the head of the field -- we suspect it is Jens Voigt -- followed by what looks like the whole Lotto Belisol team.

  33. 14:34:08 CEST

    And just in case you forgot what all happened yesterday, here some video highlights for you too look it.

  34. 14:34:48 CEST

    Up front, Ladagnous does some stretching, while behind him, Cancellara drops back to the team car.

  35. 124km remaining from 196.5km

    14:38:22 CEST

    The gap is now at 5:12. Still a long ways to go on a fairly easy course, so no one is panicking yet.

  36. 14:42:16 CEST

    We think we can say that the Tour has not so far gone to Matt Goss's satisfaction.  However, he is still second in the hunt for the green jersey, which is his goal  And he is not giving up, although Sagan has a rather large lead already.

  37. 14:45:42 CEST

    Fränk Schleck would of course have liked to have his brother Andy with him at the Tour, but despie that, he is happy enough with the way things have gone so far.

    Looking at the GC, we see he is currently 31st, only 38 seconds down.

  38. 14:49:37 CEST

    Lot of wheatfields here in this part of northern France. And chateaus and lovely old churches.

  39. 113km remaining from 196.5km

    14:54:05 CEST

    Stuart O'Grady of Orica-GreenEdge has moved to the head of the peloton, followed by Lotto Belisol.

  40. 14:59:18 CEST

    Who is to blame for yesterday's closing crash, who is injured and what other short but interesting news is there?  Never fear, we have gathered it all for you.

  41. 15:00:05 CEST

    Ghyselinck drops to the team car for a short chat.

  42. 15:03:00 CEST

    Turning things over to Mark for a spell....

  43. 15:05:29 CEST

    Hi everyone, Mark here. Susan's gone for a well-deserved break.

  44. 15:06:57 CEST

    Samuel Sanchez is being attended to by the team car. Looks like a mechanical problem.

  45. 105km remaining from 196.5km

    15:07:56 CEST

    So we have 105km left today. Gap is currently 4:25.

  46. 15:09:03 CEST

    Bernhard Eisel is being checked over by the Sky medical staff. He was involved in that heavy crash at the end of yesterday's stage.

  47. 15:11:47 CEST

    Plenty of youngsters lining the roads with their families here. Great to see.

  48. 15:15:58 CEST

    As we've seen over the last couple of days, this region is full of history. Riders are currently near the Somme, where over a million soldiers lost their lives in World War One.

  49. 100km remaining from 196.5km

    15:16:38 CEST

    Gap is coming down pretty fast at the moment. Now under three-and-a-half minutes.

  50. 15:19:41 CEST

    Pretty spread out in terms of teams at the front of the peloton at the moment. Sky, RadioShack, Liquigas, Europcar, Lotto all there.

  51. 15:22:58 CEST

    Not too far from the intermediate sprint here. The leaders are less than 10km away from it.

  52. 15:23:59 CEST

    Should be a competitive one as the riders who lost potential points in yesterday's finale crash look to recover some ground.

  53. 15:26:04 CEST

    Gap has now fallen below three minutes

  54. 90km remaining from 196.5km

    15:30:01 CEST

    Lots of grey clouds gathering here...

  55. 15:31:36 CEST

    And Susan is back. After, it appears, a delicious bit of cheesecake...

  56. 15:32:44 CEST

    One has no privacy around here... Thanks, Mark, for giving my fingers a short break.

  57. 15:34:14 CEST

    The lead group is at the intermediate sprint and actually just rolls right through it barely noticing. Ladagnous takes the most points, ahead of Urasun and Simon.

  58. 15:34:46 CEST

    1000 meters for the peloton and the sprint trains are forming.

  59. 15:35:55 CEST

    The sprint is on! Cavendish takes it, ahead of Goss and Renshaw.

  60. 15:38:37 CEST

    Increasing the number of points at the intermediate sprints has certainly made them much more interesting. We enjoy seeing the big names sprinting like that in the middle of the stage.

  61. 84km remaining from 196.5km

    15:39:54 CEST

    84km to go and the gap is 2:40.

  62. 15:41:37 CEST

    The peloton has broken up into numerous little groups, we think it is the wind. Plus a number of riders are taking a nature break.

    Cavendish looks to be having shoe problems. He has fallen way back. He seems to be trying to fix it himself whilst riding, which makes us nervous.

  63. 15:42:45 CEST

    The gap is back up to just over three minutes. And we see raindrops for the first time.

  64. 15:45:06 CEST

    Levi Leipheimer (OPQS) has also pretty much no-commented the story this morning concerning the USADA investigation.

  65. 15:46:09 CEST

    Greipel has dropped back to the team car, and is getting a new helmet.

  66. 77km remaining from 196.5km

    15:48:38 CEST

    The gap has in fact gone back up to 3:20, but there are still lots of kms to go.

  67. 15:50:27 CEST

    Even out here in the middle of nowhere, there are fans along the road.  Great to see the support.

  68. 15:52:13 CEST

    Bradley Wiggins eats a sandwich but we hope avoids biting the aluminum foil. He is not the only one, as we see a number of bulging cheeks.

  69. 15:56:22 CEST

    Alex Rasmussen has spoken out on his 18 month suspension for whereabouts violations. He has been fired by Garmin-Sharp, and will likely miss the Olympics, although his attorney is trying to find a way around that.

  70. 16:00:31 CEST

    There are still some extremely ominous looking clouds here. But there is also sunshine, and those yellow Sky helmets are certainly catching the light.

  71. 16:06:40 CEST

    It is perhaps hard to believe, but there is another race going on. Jakob Fuglsang was peeved when he was not named to the RadioShack-Nissan Tour team, but instead named to the Tour of Austria. The Dane won yesterday's Queen stage and took the overall lead.

  72. 16:08:28 CEST

    Lotto's Marcel Sieberg is second wheel at the moment. He is easy to pick out, as he 1.98m tall. He is also a close friend and the Tour roommate of Andre Greipel.

  73. 59km remaining from 196.5km

    16:13:55 CEST

    The gap is coming down now agaIn, at 2:37. The field doesn't want to catch them too soon, though. Meanwhile, riders are dropping back to pick up fresh bidons.

  74. 16:17:32 CEST

    Luis Leon Sanchez is at the back of the field. He seems to be looking for the Rabobank team car.

  75. 16:23:32 CEST

    And we see another lovely chateau. Looks like it even has a moat around it, although it is all grass now and no water.

  76. 16:26:46 CEST

    It's a familar picture by now at the head of the field: Orica-GreenEdge, RadioShack-Nissand and then a whole bunch of Lottos.

  77. 16:31:01 CEST

    As we reported earlier, Marcel Kittel of Argos-Shimano had to abandon today. You can read more about his various physical problems here.

  78. 16:33:36 CEST

    We were told it should stay dry from here out, but the road looks damp, and we are sure we saw some drops on the camera lens.

  79. 16:36:10 CEST

    The past becomes the present for Garmin-Sharp and the whole Slipstream organization. Will the USADA investiagation have an effect on the team, and on their performance in the Tour? Our managing editor Daniel Benson took a look at the situation.

  80. 16:40:49 CEST

    The peloton is grouped up in one big bunch. 39km to go and 2:37.

  81. 16:43:24 CEST

    Lots of Lotto at the head of the field.  That is behind, the one Orica-GreenEdge and one RadioShack-Nissan riders.

  82. 16:44:57 CEST

    The lead group rides through the town of Nesle. Not Nestle, like the chocolate.

  83. 35km remaining from 196.5km

    16:46:29 CEST

    The gap is under two minutes now. And LLSanchez and T. Martin are at the tail end of the field.

  84. 16:47:26 CEST

    A bagpipe band makes music for the peloton!

  85. 16:49:51 CEST

    Some riders do some impressive bunny-hopping over some traffic islands.

  86. 16:52:10 CEST

    30km now.  Time for things to get serious.

  87. 16:55:39 CEST

    Who is going to win today? The experts here at CN are prediciting a mass sprint, but are at odds as to who the winner will be.  I am picking Greipel to repeat, while Laura and Jane take Matt Goss.  Mark and Pete are saying Cavendish will take it as revenge for yesterday.

  88. 16:57:34 CEST

    The four leaders are still working well together, but they won't be away much longer.

  89. 16:59:17 CEST

    We see another bicycle shaped out of hay bales.  It is always fun to see what ideas the fans come up with.

  90. 17:01:45 CEST

    22km and still 1:15 for the four leaders. The can't yet feel the peloton breathing down their neck. They are in the village of Ham, by the way.

  91. 17:04:35 CEST

    The four leaders pass under the 20km banner. The gap is holding steady at 1:17.

  92. 17:05:11 CEST

    We now see lots of Sky at the head of the field. Team Sky that is, not blue sky.

  93. 17:07:24 CEST

    There are a lot of straight roads in today's stage.  A lot of them.

  94. 17:09:13 CEST

    The teams are forming in the peloton. We see Sky on one side, BMC on the other.

  95. 17:10:44 CEST

    And now 15km to go, with a gap of 1:05.

  96. 17:11:07 CEST

    Movistar has formed a train next to Sky.

  97. 17:11:57 CEST

    And we see Lampre lurking behind the Spaniards. Petacchi would love to get a win here today. But so would several others.

  98. 17:13:25 CEST

    BMC is all lined up on the right side of the road, with Cadel Evans not all so very far back.

  99. 17:14:28 CEST

    Now Katusha has also moved up. We don't see Lotto, though...

  100. 17:16:55 CEST

    There are only 10km left in the stage, with 45 seconds seperating the lead group and the peloton.

  101. 17:20:21 CEST

    This is going to be a close one, there are still 40 seconds.

  102. 17:22:11 CEST

    And another nice display in a field along the way: tractors forming a large bike.

  103. 17:23:43 CEST

    Baden Cooke of Orica-GreenEdge is back amongst the team cars and riding furiously to get up front where he belongs, to help Goss in the sprint.

  104. 17:24:23 CEST

    It won't be long now. Only 25 seconds and also only 3.5km.

  105. 17:25:04 CEST

    Simon takes off out of the lead group.

  106. 17:26:01 CEST

    But the four are togehter again.

    CRASH.  Within the 3km marker. Veeles, Hutarovich, Farrar, and Peter Sagan down as well!

  107. 17:26:33 CEST

    Sky still in command of things. The four leaders have 15 seconds with 2 km to go.

  108. 17:26:54 CEST

    They must be dreaming of taking it.... 1.5km and 10 seconds.

  109. 17:27:32 CEST

    Boasson Hagen and Cavendish in the lead. Ghyselinck jumps and soloes under the 1km marker.

  110. 17:27:50 CEST

    Will he make it?

  111. 17:28:13 CEST

    He has a slight lead over the othr three, who have a slight lead over the field.

  112. 17:28:33 CEST

    Urtasun takes the lad, but Goss comes by him.

  113. 17:29:17 CEST

    It is Goss against Greipel at the end. And the German takes his second straight sprint!

  114. 17:29:44 CEST

    It is now officially reported as a photo finish: Greipl ahead of Goss and JJ Haedo.

  115. 17:31:20 CEST

    It was a slightly climbing finish, perhaps that was too much for Cavendish.

    The crash once again disturbed all the preparations for the sprints, but again, it couldn't have been more dramatic.

  116. 17:32:13 CEST

    Looks like no changes in the top ten of the GC. Meanwhile "Gorilla" Greipel gets hugs and congratulations from his teammates.

  117. 17:32:53 CEST

    And there the top ten from today's stage:

    1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team 4:41:28
    2 Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team 0:00:00
    3 Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank 0:00:00
    4 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:00
    5 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:00:00
    6 Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-Shimano 0:00:00
    7 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:00
    8 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:00:00
    9 Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:00
    10 Yohann Gene (Fra) Team Europcar 0:00:00

  118. 17:33:27 CEST

    The top ten in GC:

    1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan 24:45:30
    2 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:00:07
    3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-Quickstep 0:00:07
    4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:10
    5 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling 0:00:11
    6 Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team 0:00:13
    7 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17
    8 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:18
    9 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Sharp 0:00:18
    10 Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-Nissan 0:00:19

  119. 17:34:13 CEST

    It really looked like the escape group would make it all the way to the end.  It really couldn't have been much closer!

  120. 17:37:30 CEST

    Thanks for reading along today and join us again tomorrow for another relatively flat stage, and most likely another exciting sprint!