Vouillez wins stage 5

Clementz leads overall

Day five over 39km from Guillames to St-Sauveur-sur-Tinée, regardless of what old timers at the Trans-Provence may think, turned out to be the favourite by some degree with riders so far. The combination of technical trails and the majority of climbing on roads gave the riders a little relief from the standard hike-a-bike and fireroad climbs to the top.

The first trail of the day on special stage 15 definitely dropped a long way but also had some hard pedalling sections combined with technical moves. To quote Chris Porter from Mojo "You need the trials skills of Danny Macaskill and the lungs of Indurain."

A long road climb with opportunities for coffee and cake at the top (which most seemed to take ) led the riders in to special stage 16 a woodland epic that finally saw them fire through arable fields before reaching the feed station.

Another long road col gradually wound the riders to special stage 17 - a fast dusty trail that cut along the edge of ravine and out and along a old road that lead to them through tiny villages and finally into a deep ravine which demanded the only carry of the day.

Finally the Village of Roure was reached and another of the classic Trans-Provence trails. zig zagging across open hill side with an enormous sense of exposure on either your left or right depending on which way the trail was taking you held together with perfect switchback corners - faster and less technical than some of the other stages - it definitely had a bit more flow and speed to it.

A final uplift of the day saw competitors reach there camp for the night and much needed rest for day six, the only day that compares to day two in terms of duration.

Trans Provence Day 5 from Trans-Provence on Vimeo.

Full Results

Stage 5 results
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nicolas Vouilloz0:23:00 
2Jerome Clementz0:01:00 
3Fabien Barel  
4Marc Beaumont0:02:00 
5Matt Ryan0:03:00 
6Rowan Sorrell0:04:00 
7Mick Kirkman  
8Sven Martin  
9James Richards0:05:00 
10Steve Jones0:06:00 
11Pascal Kienast  
12Iain Mathews  
13Tim Graverse  
14Rob Brookes  
15Tracy Moseley  
16Cesar Rojo  
17Mark Weir0:07:00 
18Neil Mclean  
19Arno De Ruyver0:08:00 
20Anka Martin0:09:00 
21Kevin Harper0:10:00 
22Joris Zimmerman  
23Matt Alder  
24Ingrid Hohermut  
25Johann Grognux  
26Alessandro Severino  
27Alun Thomas  
28Guy Shingler0:12:00 
29Jasper Hyde0:14:00 
30Giles Fulford  
31Ben Warrick0:15:00 
32Dan Allen  
33Jason Thomas  
34Kara Boelema0:16:00 
35Joost Van  
36John Hyde0:17:00 
37Andreas Hestler0:19:00 
38Chris Porter  
39Peter Verkest0:20:00 
40Ales Crcek  
41Daniel Bƒck0:21:00 
42Matthias Van Durme  
43Mark Maurissen0:22:00 
44Fiona Thomson  
45Lee Veliss0:23:00 
46Dietbrand Van Durme0:24:00 
47Bernardo Guarita  
48John Couling0:28:00 
49Andy Darke0:36:00 
50Robert Patterso0:37:00 
51Clarkson Pissuerga0:39:00 
General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jerome Clementz2:28:00 
2Nicolas Vouilloz0:01:00 
3Fabien Barel0:04:00 
4Mark Weir0:07:00 
5Matt Ryan0:08:00 
6Marc Beaumont0:15:00 
7Rowan Sorrell0:17:00 
8James Richards0:24:00 
9Steve Jones0:26:00 
10Mick Kirkman0:28:00 
11Sven Martin0:29:00 
12Pascal Kienast0:31:00 
13Iain Mathews0:32:00 
14Tim Graverse0:34:00 
15Neil Mclean0:37:00 
16Rob Brookes  
17Tracy Moseley0:39:00 
18Kevin Harper  
19Andreas Hestler0:42:00 
20Anka Martin0:53:00 
21Chris Porter  
22Joris Zimmerman0:58:00 
23Matt Alder  
24Ingrid Hohermut1:03:00 
25Johann Grognux1:05:00 
26Alessandro Severino1:06:00 
27Alun Thomas1:09:00 
28Guy Shingler1:10:00 
29Lee Veliss1:15:00 
30Jasper Hyde1:16:00 
31Ben Warrick1:24:00 
32Arno De Ruyver1:27:00 
33Giles Fulford1:34:00 
34Kara Boelema1:35:00 
35Daniel Bƒck1:41:00 
36John Couling1:44:00 
37Dan Allen1:49:00 
38Jason Thomas1:58:00 
39Mark Maurissen  
40Joost Van2:00:00 
41John Hyde2:12:00 
42Fiona Thomson2:16:00 
43Dietbrand Van Durme2:18:00 
44Andy Darke2:24:00 
45Matthias Van Durme2:34:00 
46Peter Verkest2:40:00 
47Ales Crcek2:56:00 
48Cesar Rojo2:58:00 
49Bernardo Guarita3:08:00 
50Robert Patterso3:31:00 
51Clarkson Pissuerga3:47:00 
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