Tadej Pogačar averts disaster to race another day in the Tour de France yellow jersey

Mark Cavendish shares a conversation with race leader Tadej Pogačar during stage 5
Mark Cavendish shares a conversation with race leader Tadej Pogačar during stage 5 (Image credit: Getty Images)

A largely uneventful – verging on dull – fifth stage of the Tour de France followed a flat 177km run from the base of the Alps to Saint-Vulbas, a small village near Lyon, but it was livened up by perhaps only two events.

First and foremost, there were the events of the closing sprint as Mark Cavendish dashed to that record-breaking 35th Tour stage victory he and his Astana Qazaqstan team have fought towards over the past two seasons.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, joining in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Before joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.

Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Demi Vollering, and Remco Evenepoel. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.

Season highlights from the 2024 season include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.