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Tour de France 2014

Date range:
July 5-27
  • Tour de France, France, WorldTour
  • Stages Expand the race menu
    • Stage 1

      Distance:
      190.5km
      Start location:
      Leeds
      End location:
      Harrogate
    • Stage 2

      Distance:
      201km
      Start location:
      York
      End location:
      Sheffield
    • Stage 3

      Distance:
      155km
      Start location:
      Cambridge
      End location:
      London
    • Stage 4

      Distance:
      163.5km
      Start location:
      Le Touquet-Paris-Plage
      End location:
      Lille Métropole
    • Stage 5

      Distance:
      155.5km
      Start location:
      Ypres
      End location:
      Arenberg Porte du Hainaut
    • Stage 6

      Distance:
      194km
      Start location:
      Arras
      End location:
      Reims
    • Stage 7

      Distance:
      234.5km
      Start location:
      Épernay
      End location:
      Nancy
    • Stage 8

      Distance:
      161km
      Start location:
      Tomblaine
      End location:
      Gérardmer La Mauselaine
    • Stage 9

      Distance:
      170km
      Start location:
      Gérardmer
      End location:
      Mulhouse
    • Stage 10

      Distance:
      161.5km
      Start location:
      Mulhouse
      End location:
      La Planche des Belles Filles
    • Rest Day 1

      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Besançon
    • Stage 11

      Distance:
      187.5km
      Start location:
      Besançon
      End location:
      Oyonnax
    • Stage 12

      Distance:
      185.5km
      Start location:
      Bourg-en-Bresse
      End location:
      Saint-Étienne
    • Stage 13

      Distance:
      197.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Étienne
      End location:
      Chamrousse
    • Stage 14

      Distance:
      177km
      Start location:
      Grenoble
      End location:
      Risoul
    • Stage 15

      Distance:
      222km
      Start location:
      Tallard
      End location:
      Nîmes
    • Rest Day 2

      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Carcassonne
    • Stage 16

      Distance:
      237.5km
      Start location:
      Carcassonne
      End location:
      Bagnères-de-Luchon
    • Stage 17

      Distance:
      124.5km
      Start location:
      Saint-Gaudens
      End location:
      Saint-Lary-Soulan Pla d'Adet
    • Stage 18

      Distance:
      145.5km
      Start location:
      Pau
      End location:
      Hautacam
    • Stage 19

      Distance:
      208.5km
      Start location:
      Maubourguet Pays du Val d'Adour
      End location:
      Bergerac
    • Stage 20

      Distance:
      54km
      Start location:
      Bergerac
      End location:
      Périgueux (ITT)
    • Stage 21

      Distance:
      137.5km
      Start location:
      Évry
      End location:
      Paris Champs-Élysées
  • Race history

July 09, Stage 5: Ypres - Arenberg Porte du Hainaut 155.5km

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Daniel Benson

Hello and welcome to our live coverage from stage 5 of the Tour de France.

  1. 13:11:19 BST

    We're at a chaotic start in Ypres for one of the most hotly anticipated stages of the Tour in recent years as the peloton takes on the cobbles of Paris-Roubaix. We're around 40 minutes from the official start and the rain in falling and we've already had confirmation that two of the nine sectors of cobbles have been taken out of the stage: sectors five and seven.

  2. 13:14:50 BST

    • Team Sky

    Former Team Sky rider Juan Antonio Flecha has just come off the team bus. Lets try and get a quick word with him.

    “Chris Froome is looking good and his wrist isn’t troubling him too much. He has a special set-up on his bars with extra gel and bar tape to reduce impact. Chris has the same mechanic that I had on the team and he set up my bike when I came into Roubaix with a broken wrist so Chris is in good hands.
     

  3. 13:18:24 BST

    Dave Brailsford has also just left the Team Sky bus. "It think it’s a wise decision and the safety of the riders has to be put first. It’s a wise decision given the weather. Proportionally it will make it safer and it’s the same for everyone. Chris is sore, his wrist is sore so it’s not ideal but he’s in the right frame of mind and he’s a fighter. He’ll battle through."

  4. 13:19:24 BST

    “The race jury called me and they asked me to inform the teams that sectors five and seven would be removed from the route due to weather. If there are other changes then that’s up to the jury. Safety is one of the most important things for us so it’s a good call,” AIGCP managing director Luuc Eisenga told Cyclingnews.

  5. 13:20:44 BST

    • Team Belkin

    However it seems that not all the teams or all the riders were happy to see the sectors cut. Sp Vanmarcke has been on Twitter this morning and as you might expect has called on ASO to run the full route. Vanmarcke is of course one of the riders looking for a hard stage, given that his talents perfectly suit the stage.

  6. 13:21:56 BST

    As of noon local time, the other seven stretches of cobbles on the parcours were set to be tackled as originally planned, starting with the Carrefour de l’Arbre with 69 kilometres remaining.

    The removal of the two sectors reduces the total amount of cobbles on the stage from 15.4 kilometres to 13 kilometres.

    The stage to Arenberg brings the Tour peloton through terrain covered by Paris-Roubaix for the first time since 2010. On the corresponding stage four years ago, Fränk Schleck was forced out of the race with a broken collarbone, while a number of other pre-race favourites suffered setbacks in their bids for overall honours.

  7. 13:23:30 BST

    ASO:

    Due to bad weather and road conditions, two cobbled sectors have been removed from stage 5. They are sector 7, the 1,000-metres stretch of cobbles at Mons-en-Pévèle, and sector 5, which is the 1,400-metres long portion from Orchies to Beuvry-la-Forêt. It takes the total of pavés sections down to 13 kilometres but the race will remain highly attractive!

     

  8. 13:24:42 BST

    The penultimate pavé sector, Wandignies-Hamage à Hornaing, is the longest of the entire race. This 3.7-kilometre section has a four star rating and is an ideal place to launch an attack, especially if your rivals are looking uncomfortable.

    When the race hit the cobbles in 2010, it wreaked havoc in the peloton. Fränk Schleck managed to make it over two sectors before the third - Sars-et-Rosières – ended his race. His brother Andy fared better, using the wheel of Roubaix master Fabian Cancellara. Team-mates will be hugely important on this stage, if the GC boys hope to get through unscathed.

    In terms of the stage victory, Omega Pharma-QuickStep will be one of the favourites, with reigning Paris-Roubaix champion Niki Terpstra in their midst. They will have to keep in mind their GC contender Michal Kwiatkowski.

  9. 13:28:39 BST

    The riders and teams are signing on as the rain falls and the roll out is set for 13:45, so roughly 15 minutes from now.

  10. 13:41:14 BST

    Pre-stage favourite Fabian Cancellara is in fighting spirits, having talked to CN's Stephen Farrand at the start line: "We go, we race, warriors always race. There are two sectors less but t won't change anything. It's going to be a mess, a roulette, a race."

  11. 13:41:16 BST

    Pre-stage favourite Fabian Cancellara is in fighting spirits, having talked to CN's Stephen Farrand at the start line: "We go, we race, warriors always race. There are two sectors less but t won't change anything. It's going to be a mess, a roulette, a race."

  12. 13:48:12 BST

    Ahead of the stage Barry Ryan has picked out the main contenders for the stage. There's an interesting dynamic within the list as some of the riders may need to ride for their team's GC riders. One rider who doesnt have that concern is Fabian Cancellara. You can read the full list of favourites for today, right here.

  13. 13:54:53 BST

    • Team Sky

    Defending Tour de France champion Chris Froome has just signed on. The British rider crashed yesterday and had several medical check-ups after the stage. Today is a huge test for his left wrist which took the brunt of the fall.

     

    "I had a crash yesterday which isn’t the best situation before today’s cobbles but I’m happy to be starting and I think that we have a great team. I slept well last night. The wrist is going to be painful today and that’s the big test but there’s going to be pain for everyone."

  14. 13:57:44 BST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Sky have brought couple of classics experts to the race this year, in fact most teams have at least one or two riders suited to the stage. Alberto Contador will be looking for the experienced Matteo Tosatto, who is riding his 29th Grand Tour. Contador of course rode the cobbles in the Tour in 2010 and finished well. If it wasn't for a late mechanical he would have finished in the lead group. Will he be the hammer or will he be the nail?

  15. 14:04:10 BST

    The stage is underway with a break slipping clear already.

  16. 14:07:04 BST

    The break contains around seven riders and the gap is over 20 seconds with Lotto, Omega, BMC, Astana, Orica all represented. On the front of the peloton Astana have positioned three riders to set the pace, with Nibali neatly tucked in, his yellow jersey covered by a rain jacket. The cobbles are still some way off, around 70-80 km from here.

  17. 14:08:04 BST

    Two riders are trying to bridge up to the early break as the rain continues to fall as the race heads north.

  18. 14:08:55 BST

    Van Garderen:

     

    You’ve got to be offensive. If you’re sitting in 10th position then it’s better to be sitting fifth and if your sitting fifth position then it’s better to be sitting third, so you always have to fight no matter where you are.

     

     

    I think just staying glued to my teammates wheels. They’re experts, they know the task and I just need to stay glued to their wheel.

     

  19. 14:10:42 BST

    Orica have two men in the move with Hayman and Clarke there. BMC have Burghardt and Gallopin is there for Lotto. Rather interestingly Rein Taaramäe is also in the lead break.

  20. 14:14:55 BST

    Here's the complete break: Lieuwe Westra (Astana), Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Belisol), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Rein Taaramae (Cofidis), Simon Clarke (Orica-GreenEdge), Mat Hayman (Orica-GreenEdge), Janier Acevedo (Garmin-Sharp), Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2r-La Mondiale).

  21. 14:15:23 BST

    For an early break it's stacked with power and talent, with world time trial champion in the mix.

  22. 14:16:37 BST

    The break has 1'10 over the main field with 136km to go. The wind has also picked up so the conditions are getting worse with the race cars with their lights on full beam. We're in for a truly epic stage today.

  23. 14:19:30 BST

    • Trek Factory Racing

    At the front of the field Netapp, Sky, BMC, Astana and Saxo are already looking to keep their GC riders out of trouble. Cancellara is near the front too. He doesn't have to ride for a Schleck(s) as he did in 2010 and he's going all out to win the stage. He was so prominent last time the race tackled cobbles in 2010 but sacrificed his chances to help his team.

  24. 14:22:38 BST

    Here's where we stand on GC coming into the stage. Nibali leads but only just:

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 17:07:52
    2 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:02
    3 Michael Albasini (Swi) Orica Greenedge
    4 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team
    5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
    6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team
    7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
    8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol
    9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling
    10 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team

  25. 14:24:16 BST

    Chavanel led coming into the cobbled stage in 2010 but had a nightmare with falls and mechanicals. Nibali will of course be hoping for a calmer stage. He'll need a lot of luck for that to happen because the weather is only getting worse.

  26. 14:27:07 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Here's how the cobbled Tour de France stage finished in 2010. Cancellara moved into yellow at the finish.

     

    1 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team 4:49:38
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    3 Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing Team
    4 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - Transitions
    5 Andy Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank
    6 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank
    7 Johan Van Summeren (Bel) Garmin - Transitions 0:00:53
    8 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Professional Cycling Team
    9 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
    10 Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana
    11 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank
    12 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
    13 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:01:13

  27. 14:30:49 BST

    Herman Frison has said that the teams were not informed about the specific details of the adapted course. "We only know that we will reach the remaining cobbled sectors from the same direction."


    Frisson feels the two sectors were not too dangerous. "The second sector in the race is the worst to me and that one is kept in the race. It will be a spectacular race but one might wonder if it has its place in the Tour. The wind will be a big factor too."

  28. 14:34:13 BST

    Nibali has never raced Roubaix and most of his team lack experience too when it comes to the cobbles. Nibali though is one of the best bike handlers in the world so that alone will count for a lot on the stage. He's riding well at the moment, at the front, and keeping out of trouble but the real test will come when the peloton sprint towards the first sector. You want to be in first or second wheel at that point but of course that's where everyone wants to be.

  29. 14:35:29 BST

    And there's a crash in the main field with an FDj rider down and Froome is down too.

  30. 14:36:22 BST

    The Sky rider is back on his bike but he he's crashed for the second stage in row. 119km to go and hthe medical car is with him again.

  31. 14:37:21 BST

    It looks like he has a new bike and he's chasing back to the peloton right now with a BMC rider. The team car is up with him and he's having a few words. It looks like he came down on the right side this time with his shorts cut.

  32. 14:38:06 BST

    Froome now has a Cofidis rider with him and finally a rider from Sky has dropped back to help him. He's lost a minute on the bunch but they should slow up for him. And now more Sky riders are helping him back.

  33. 14:38:30 BST

    Astana and Saxo are at the front of the peloton, keeping their men out of trouble.

  34. 14:40:06 BST

    There are now four riders with Froome and the gap to the bunch is at a minute.

  35. 14:41:17 BST

    Meanwhile the lead break has 1'30 over the Nibali peloton.

  36. 14:42:26 BST

    The rain, the crashes, the injuries, this is all starting to look like Wiggins' 2013 Giro d'Italia for Chris Froome.

  37. 14:43:04 BST

    And now Tony Martin has crashed according to race radio.

  38. 14:43:27 BST

    Acevedo has apparently fallen too.

  39. 14:43:57 BST

    As we see Froome and his Sky are coming back through the team cars.

  40. 14:44:15 BST

    Acevedo is on his bike but has now been caught by the bunch.

  41. 14:46:19 BST

    Froome is starting to make contact with the back of the bunch. At the very least his fall came early in the stage, when the pressure isn't that intense and the bunch have eased up enough to let him and his teammates make contact.

  42. 14:50:52 BST

    After his fall Martin is coming back towards the break but he's 25 seconds down. Froome now needs to move to the front of the peloton and make sure that he has his teammates with him. Burghardt is now sitting up it seems. Perhaps BMC think it's so dangerous out there that they need him back, especially as the break only has 1'37.

  43. 14:51:44 BST

    Eisel and Porte have moved Froome to the front again as we see Astana to continue to set the pace.

  44. 14:52:57 BST

    Find out the news on Froome's crash, right here.

  45. 14:58:21 BST

    The rain continues to fall as we head into the final 100km of racing. There's around 30km to go until the first cobbled section. As Martin and Dumoulin make contact with the break.

  46. 15:03:52 BST

    There looks to have been a split in the peloton but everything is coming back together.

  47. 15:04:50 BST

    A number of riders are having comfort breaks as we see Froome once again near the rear of the field. For the first time today Sagan's Cannondale team are near the front of the bunch.

  48. 15:07:39 BST

    Into the final 95km and the bunch has eased up slightly with the gap to the break up to 2'19.

  49. 15:11:19 BST

    Nibali has played it perfectly so far with a man in the move and his team setting the pace on the front of the peloton. He's positioned his riders well and covered the bases, a vital play in a stage that could flip on its head at any moment.

  50. 15:13:06 BST

    • BMC Racing

    BMC are near the front too, with van Garderen out of the wind. When the American turned pro back in 2010 he asked his then team, HTC, to send him to cobbled races and he did a number of races in Belgium. That experience will help him during today but he also has a team full of Classics experience.

  51. 15:17:42 BST

    Peter Sagan's Cannondale have now assumed control on the front of the bunch. The Slovak is a key favourite for today and will be gunning for the stage win, his first in the race so far this year.  A good result would almost certainly extend his lead in the green jersey ahead of his rivals.

  52. 15:21:00 BST

    Movistar have moved up alongside Cannondale as the rain continues to fall on the bunch. Sagan now has his entire team on the front of the bunch as they race towards the first section of cobbles.

  53. 15:24:07 BST

    Greipel has fallen but he's now back on his bike and chasing. There's a big group off the back of the bunch though so he has company. We've not even hit the cobbles and riders are all over the place.

  54. 15:25:26 BST

    We're approaching the first sector, the Carrefour de l'Arbre, which of course is such a key feature to Paris-Roubaix.

  55. 15:26:17 BST

    It's all Cannondale on the front at the moment as Tony Martin drops back to his team car from the break.

  56. 79km remaining from 155.5km

    15:28:06 BST

    Astana have Nibali wrapped up in support as we see Contador move up with a couple of teammates. Froome isnt' near the front at the moment.

  57. 15:30:04 BST

    Valverde is near the front, we can see BMC look after van Garderen but there are no Sky riders near the front of the bunch. That's a worrying sign at the moment for Froome and his teammates. He needs to be at the front and if he's not there, then why not? Did he pick up more injuries from the early fall?

  58. 15:31:12 BST

    A right hand corner and there's another fall with an AG2R rider but now there's another crash and this one is much bigger.

  59. 15:31:35 BST

    The second fall was near the front and Kittel is down.

  60. 15:32:05 BST

    He just lost his front wheel and a number of riders came down as they hit the brakes.

  61. 15:32:29 BST

    The German is up and on his bike and Demare is also down.

  62. 15:32:50 BST

    We're not even on the cobbles yet and it's almost complete carnage.

  63. 15:33:15 BST

    Riders are sliding out at nearly every corner but Cannondale continue to set the pace.

  64. 15:34:20 BST

    It looks like Froome has moved up towards the front but he's on his own at the moment.

  65. 15:35:12 BST

    Demare is chasing back to the bunch so he's back up at least.

  66. 15:36:27 BST

    A few more Sky riders have moved up as well with Thomas, Eisel and Froome there. Demare is now two minutes down on the peloton.

  67. 15:37:25 BST

    And Sky have replaced Cannondale at the head of the bunch with Nibali and Froome close to each other.

  68. 15:38:20 BST

    Cannodale sweep over Sky and lead the race. Rui Costa is up there too, and there's another fall.

  69. 15:38:54 BST

    There are two falls in fact and Sky have another rider down but it's not Froome. Cancellara is down though.

  70. 15:39:16 BST

    Chavanel came down with Cancellara in fact.

  71. 15:39:52 BST

    Valverde is chasing back with his team and van Garderen too so it looks like both of those riders were involved in that crash.

  72. 69km remaining from 155.5km

    15:40:29 BST

    That last crash came with 69km to go as we see BMC and Movistar bring their leaders back to the bunch.

  73. 15:41:34 BST

    And there's a group of around 20 riders off the front but race radio says that Froome is down again.

  74. 15:41:58 BST

    Froome is standing up but he looks is real pain.

  75. 15:42:11 BST

    He just cant' hold the bars.

  76. 15:42:22 BST

    I think he's done.

  77. 15:43:04 BST

    Froome is shaking his head and hold his wrist. They're trying to get him a bike but I think he might get in the car at this stage.

  78. 15:43:23 BST

    He doesnt want a bike and he's going to get in a team car.

  79. 15:43:53 BST

    The door is open, he's getting in. Chris Froome is out of the 2014 Tour de France. The race has lost the defending champion.

  80. 15:44:37 BST

    What a massive blow for Froome and Team Sky. He's fallen twice today and it was clear that couldn't hold the bars.

  81. 15:45:14 BST

    And meanwhile the leaders are on the first sector of cobbles.

  82. 15:45:43 BST

    They line out as they hit the sector with a gap of 2'04 with 65km to go.

  83. 15:47:52 BST

    The bunch has split again as they hit the first sector too. Nibali is right up there along with Contador and it's Saxo who lead the peloton.

  84. 15:48:31 BST

    It looks like Sagan and his group are clear of the Contador/Nibali group and we have 63km to go.

  85. 15:50:00 BST

    Saxo have a couple of riders on the front. It now looks like Sagan is with the GC favourites but there are groups all over the road at the moment.

  86. 15:52:29 BST

    In case you're just joining us Chris Froome is out of the Tour de France. The defending champion crashed twice in the stage and was forced out to due to his injuries. It looked like he couldnt grip the bars. The team tried to get him back on another bike but he's now in a car and leaving the race. You can read the full story, right here.

  87. 15:54:40 BST

    4km to go until the intermediate sprint as we see Tinkoff set the pace at the front of the maillot jaune group. Nibali is there to but van Garderen and Valverde are chasing back after a crash. There are splts everywhere and we still have 58km to go.

  88. 15:56:00 BST

    Tinkoff are riding on the front of the yellow jersey group but it looks like van Garderen is in a group just ahead of Valverde. The Contador/van Garderen/Valverde groups have about 45 seconds between them.

  89. 15:57:40 BST

    We see Froome now in the Team Sky car, still with helmet on as he comes to terms with what's played out today.

  90. 15:59:36 BST

    It looks like Valverde is close to making contact with the Contador/Nibali group.

  91. 16:00:57 BST

    Talansky is in the Contador group as wee see BMC and van Garderen make contact with the yellow jersey group as well.

  92. 16:05:18 BST

    Thomas is now at the front and he has Porte on his wheel. Will Thomas be allowed to ride for himself or will he now have to look after the Australian for the day? It will be interesting to see how and when Sky issue a plan B.

  93. 16:07:02 BST

    Langeveld is on the front now with Talansky on his wheel as the bunch race towards the next sector of cobbles. The break has just reached sector 8.

  94. 16:09:17 BST

    And now the peloton hit the sector with each corner a risk as we see Contador being led by a teammate.

  95. 16:10:35 BST

    Vanmarcke is forcing a split as we see Contador take it slower through the sector. He will need his team around him again once they get through the sector has up ahead Vanmarcke leads a group that contains Nibali.

  96. 16:11:29 BST

    More splits through sector 8 as Nibali makes it through about 9 seconds up on Contador. As you'd expect Astana hit the front as they look to distance Contador.

  97. 16:12:24 BST

    Contador looks to be on his own but he'll need to work because he's losing time to his main rival. Garmin have Talansky with Nibali so they are helping to put time into the Spaniard.

  98. 16:12:53 BST

    Nibali is even taking turns on the front because he knows that with 45km to go this could be a real chance.

  99. 16:14:30 BST

    Contador now has a teammate with him but Nibali is in a really strong position here and he's getting help from several other teams.

  100. 16:17:19 BST

    Lotto have joined Astana on the front and there are 28 riders in the yellow jersey group. Cancellara is here, Nibali, Talansky too but we see Contador has been dropped and his chasing with his team. He's around 45 seconds down.

  101. 16:18:33 BST

    Astana, Lotto and Garmin have linked up and they're putting time into Contador and van Garderen and there's no sign of Valverde at the moment.

  102. 16:18:55 BST

    Sagan is with Nibali and it looks like Mollema is in that group too.

  103. 16:20:06 BST

    The leading six riders are still working well together but all eyes right now are on Contador and Nibali as the break hit sector 6.

  104. 16:20:24 BST

    Contador is still around 40 seconds down on Nibali.

  105. 16:21:09 BST

    Nibali's group hit sector 6 with 38km to go and there's a crash.

  106. 16:21:32 BST

    A Lotto rider over cooks a corner and he's down. Talansky too we hear.

  107. 16:22:09 BST

    Valverde it seems is with the Contador group and it's van den broeck who has crashed from the Nibali group.

  108. 16:23:09 BST

    Nibali is pushing on though with his Astana team. It's all going right for the race leader at the moment has we Boom and Vanmarcke clear of Nibali.

  109. 16:23:39 BST

    Nibali is chasing but he's still ahead of Contador and Valverde.

  110. 16:24:24 BST

    There are so many groups all over the road though with Nibali in a group ahead of Contador Valverde and van Garderen.

  111. 16:25:03 BST

    Nibali has a teammate all infront of him but the Italian keeps it together. He has to stop but he's riding now.

  112. 16:26:06 BST

    The latest time check has Contador at over a minute down on Nibali despite that problem for the Astana man. The race is turning on its head right now.

  113. 16:27:18 BST

    Vanmarcke and Boom are together and chasing the early break but behind them the GC contenders are fighting to stay in the race.

  114. 16:29:20 BST

    Sagan is back with his team car but he's still in the mix along with Cancellara and there's around 20 riders in the Nibali group. There are three or for Astana men with him.

  115. 16:29:58 BST

    Contador has group with Valverde and Rui Costa so they have the firepower to chase.

  116. 16:31:10 BST

    That crash for Talansky and Van den Broeck was a slice of luck for Contador because it meant that Lotto and Garmin stopped riding.

  117. 16:35:03 BST

    Contador though is still a minute down on Nibali. Tinkoff are using the flat sections between the cobbles do to the work but they're running out of ground as there's less than 30km to go.

  118. 16:37:19 BST

    We're almost at sector 4 and the early break has been caught. BMC have linked up with the Contador group, which is now 1'16 down on the yellow jersey.

  119. 16:38:25 BST

    It seems that Nibali is the only GC rider in that lead group but Omega are up there too with a number of riders. Sagan and Cancellara are there too. Vanmarcke and the early break have been caught.

  120. 26km remaining from 155.5km

    16:39:33 BST

    Nibali couldn't wish to be in a better position right now as Omega with Tony Martin help to set the pace. BMC, Saxo, Europcar, Movistar are all chasing now.

  121. 16:40:37 BST

    There's 15 riders in the Nibali group, at least four of them from Omega as they lead onto sector 4.

  122. 16:41:36 BST

    This is a short section and Nibali is having a great rider as he follows some of the best Classics riders in the World.

  123. 16:42:37 BST

    It looks like Van den Broeck and Talansky have their own group in between the Nibali and Contador groups.

  124. 16:42:50 BST

    Contador is now 1'09 down on Nibali.

  125. 16:43:34 BST

    Nibali is now going around QuickStep riders as Boom sets the pace with Sagan behind him.

  126. 16:44:56 BST

    Boom is the first rider through the end of the sector but he's waiting for the rest of the group to come back up to him.

  127. 16:45:51 BST

    Cancellara is there too but he's swarmed by Omega riders. There are so many battles within battles as we head towards the final 20km of the stage. Two more sectors of cobbles still remain.

  128. 16:46:47 BST

    And they're onto sector 3 and now Sagan hits the front.

  129. 16:47:13 BST

    Nibali and Astana keep at their own pace as Sagan leads out a small split.

  130. 16:47:30 BST

    Westra who was in the break, closes that gap for Nibali.

  131. 16:48:22 BST

    And now the Contador group hit sector 3. No time checks at the moment.

  132. 16:49:01 BST

    Sagan has been brought back and Astana take over setting the pace.

  133. 16:49:36 BST

    Now there's a time check and Contador is now 1'53 down on Nibali with 18km to go.

  134. 16:51:10 BST

    Contador is in all kinds of trouble but Michal Kwiatkowski and Renshaw are both in the Nibali group. Trentin too, and Cancellara and Sagan.

  135. 16:51:47 BST

    Van Garderen, Contador, Rui Costa, Valverde are all losing serious time at the moment.

  136. 16:53:38 BST

    There's real panic in the Contador group because they're losing more and more time with Westra taking a huge turn on the front for the Nibali group.

  137. 16:54:44 BST

    Talansky has teammates with him but he's losing time on Nibali too. Not as much as Contador though.

  138. 16:56:29 BST

    Talansky is 1'30 down on Nibali, Contador now at 2'02 as we race into the final 15km of the stage. Nibali's group is down to less than 10 riders but they're gaining more and more time.

  139. 16:57:23 BST

    Thomas has attacked from the Contador group with Porte on his wheel.

  140. 16:57:59 BST

    Westra is having the ride of his life as he takes Nibali towards the finish. 

  141. 16:59:18 BST

    Westra is now clear with Fuglsang and Nibali. One, two, three for Astana. They're dropping the best Classic riders in the world and Sagan is forced to chase.

  142. 16:59:47 BST

    Boom has made it over so we now have one non-Astana rider in the lead.

  143. 17:00:53 BST

    It looks like a Movistar rider has fallen back in the Contador group as we see Astana stamp their authority all over this race. They could go one, two, three at the finish at this race.

  144. 17:01:20 BST

    Contador is now 2'18 down on Nibali with 10km to go.

  145. 17:01:51 BST

    As you might expect Boom is just sitting in as Cancellara and Sagan work together.

  146. 17:03:40 BST

    Now we have three riders in the lead as Westra pulls over, leading Nibali, Fuglsang and Boom.

  147. 17:04:15 BST

    Cancellara and Sagan are chasing and they'r forced to work together from a small group that contains the KOM leader.

  148. 17:04:44 BST

    And Boom takes a turn on the front for the first time in a while.

  149. 17:05:44 BST

    Nibali works too because he wants to put more time into his GC riders. He and his team have simply been in total command.

  150. 17:06:28 BST

    And Boom makes his move on the final sector as Fuglsang slows and Nibali chases.

  151. 6km remaining from 155.5km

    17:06:51 BST

    Boom is on his own though and he's got a gap on Sagan.

  152. 17:07:28 BST

    It looks as though Contador, Rui Costa and Van Garderen are in a group that's over two minute down.

  153. 17:07:57 BST

    Contador's group are closing on the Talansky group though, even though they're 2'13 down.

  154. 17:08:28 BST

    Boom is clear with around 5km to go but Fuglsang and Nibali are riding a two up TT towards the finish.

  155. 17:09:13 BST

    Sagan and Cancellara can't get back at this stage as we see Boom head towards the biggest win of his career. He has around 4km to go before the finish.

  156. 17:09:53 BST

    Contador is losing more and more time though as he's 2'27 down on Boom.

  157. 17:10:09 BST

    And now Contador is 2'30 down on Nibali.

  158. 17:10:39 BST

    Thomas and Porte have made another move though and they're looking to put time into Contador as well.

  159. 17:11:37 BST

    Boom sprints out of a corner and then gets back into TT mode. He's heading for the first Dutch winner of a Tour stage since 2005.

  160. 17:12:40 BST

    Talansky is pushing on alone as well. This has been one of the most brutal days in recent Tour history. The American is chasing down Porte and Thomas.

  161. 17:13:11 BST

    And Contador is on his own too. He's giving it everything but up ahead Boom is into the last Km.

  162. 17:13:47 BST

    Here comes the Belkin rider, with just 500m to go.

  163. 17:14:42 BST

    A great ride from Boom, a well deserved stage win for the Dutch rider. What a day for Holland to take their first Tour stage since 2005.

  164. 17:15:05 BST

    Nibali and Fuglsang come over the line.

  165. 17:15:23 BST

    Sagan should finish fourth as he sits on Cancellara's wheel.

  166. 17:15:42 BST

    And Sagan takes fourth on the stage.

  167. 17:16:18 BST

    No sign of Contador as the clock ticks by. The Tinkoff rider could lose close to three minutes.

  168. 17:16:52 BST

    That looks like Van den Broeck coming over the line and Porte and Thomas too.

  169. 17:17:23 BST

    That might have been van Garderen it's so hard to see through the rain as Contador is closing on the line.

  170. 17:17:49 BST

    Contador has lost nearly three minutes to Nibali.

  171. 17:19:04 BST

    All we have so far on GC is that Nibali leads Fuglsang by two seconds with Sagan at 44 seconds.

  172. 17:20:09 BST

    1 Lars Boom (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:18:35
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:19
    3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
    4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:01:01
    5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing
    6 Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Orica Greenedge
    7 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:07
    8 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:01:09
    9 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:01:21
    10 Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:45

  173. 17:23:44 BST

    General classification after stage 5

    1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 20:26:46
    2 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:02
    3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale 0:00:44
    4 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:00:50
    5 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Trek Factory Racing 0:01:17
    6 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:01:45
    7 Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto Belisol
    8 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky 0:01:54
    9 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:02:05
    10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:11

  174. 17:25:25 BST

    In terms of the GC Nibali is of coure the biggest winner. A strong ride from Kwiatkowski, who was kept out of trouble by his Omega team. Astana were simply dominant, in numbers and racing style. They hit the front when it mattered and even the best classics riders in the world, like Cancellara and Sagan, had no answer.

  175. 17:27:43 BST

    • Team Sky

    Chris Froome of course lost the most today, he's out of the race after crashing twice in the stage. You can read about the defending champion, right here. The British team fought on though and Porte is still in the top ten. He'll now be the team's GC rider for the next two weeks.

  176. 17:30:24 BST

    • Tinkoff-Saxo

    Contador, he's still in the race, but he's lost in the region of three minutes to Nibali and has dropped out of the top ten. He never really looked comfortable and lost time when the likes of Valverde and Talansky left him behind. His race isn't over but he's going to have to attack just to pull himself back into contention. You can find our brief results,  photos and report, right here.

  177. 17:46:04 BST

    • Yellow Jersey

    Nibali is talking to the press at the finish:

     

    "I'm going to get a very good rest now. It was an unbelieveable day today. I took a lot of risks and there was a moment I nearly fell off.


    "I feel our tactics were spot on sending Westra in the break. He was very strong, Fuglsang was very good as well."
     

    "It's been a great day for me today, definitely. I need ot try to not take too many risks from now on. Alberto will be gunning for me from now on, for sure."

  178. 17:46:55 BST

    • Green Jersey

    Sagan: "It's good I took some points from the other sprinters. I"m a little bit disappointed, because I was dropped from Astana and Boom. It was my mistake. I'm happy I didn't crash."

  179. 18:02:16 BST

    We now have full results with our race report, right here.

  180. 18:03:23 BST

    Thanks for joining us today. We'll have news and race reactions on the home very soon and we'll be back tomorrrow for complete race coverage from stage 6.