Greipel doubles up on Tour de France stage 5

Andre Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) sprinted to victory at stage five of the 2012 Tour de France in the town of Saint-Quentin for his second consecutive stage win. He took advantage of a flat and fast run-in and swooped very late to deny Matthew Goss (Orica-GreenEdge), JJ Haedo (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) and Mark Cavendish (Sky).

"I'm happy because I won another stage in the Tour de France," said Greipel. "There was a bit of a crash and I was behind it at 3k to go, but Greg Henderson was waiting for me. The Lotto Belisol train was working perfectly today. It was a hard sprint, I think it was one of the hardest sprints I've ever done."

For the second consecutive day the finale was marred by a large crash less than 3km from the finish, with the most high profile victim being points leader Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale), who was well-placed at the time but was forced to check his momentum dramatically as several riders hit the floor around him. Ultimately a downed bike caused the Slovak to tumble, leaving contusions on his left elbow and buttock, but he was more concerned with the lost points toward the green jersey competition.

"I missed a great opportunity, especially for points toward winning the green jersey," said Sagan. "Unfortunately, every time there is a sprint the script is always the same: everyone wants to stay ahead, everyone thinks they have good legs and do manoeuvres that cause crashes. We are at the Tour de France and a victory here is worth a lot, but the risks are just too high. Though the thought that I could have been hurt worse helps me overcome the sorrow."

Garmin-Sharp's Tyler Farrar, his arm dripping blood after being taken down in a squeeze between Tom Veelers (Argos-Shimano) and a Lampre rider, was furious following his second major spill in as many days. He attempted to enter the Argos team bus to have it out with Veelers, but was pulled away by team staff.

Veelers explained via the team's press release: "Tyler wanted to get in the wheel of Koen de Kort, but I was already there. He didn't respect my train, but that's his problem. I get why he’s upset, because a crash is never very pleasant."

Emotions are running high as the pressure is on for the sprinters, who have just one flat stage left tomorrow before the race hits the hills on Saturday. The next possible sprint stage after stage 6 to Metz comes on July 13, when stage 12 hits a plateau after a cat 3 climb near the finish, or the following stage to Le Cap d'Agde.

Cavendish, still smarting from his crash the previous day, did not blame his injuries on the fifth place finish, rather he said he intentionally positioned himself behind in order to get a run at the finish but found himself too far back.

"The final didn't work out quite how we wanted it but the guys were all there and they did a good job," said Sky director Sean Yates. "We upped the ante and next time it will be better. Cav dropped back a bit at the finish and had a bit too much work to do at the end.

"We need to keep this going starting tomorrow and we will look to keep Bradley safe and set Mark up heading into the finish."

After today's stage Sagan adds only 8 points (won in the intermediate sprint) to his booty for the green jersey. The ranking sees him still in first place with 155 points, followed by Goss, who moves closer at 137, Greipel (winner today) at 132 and Cavendish at 119, although Goss said that he doesn't want to gain an advantage because of crashes.

"It's not the way I want to take points, I don't want to gain in the competition because someone has crashed but we did definitely take back quite a lot of points today," Goss said.

Meanwhile, it was another quiet day for the general classification contenders, who steered clear of the sprinters in the finale.

The overall race lead remains with Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan), who expects to concede the yellow jersey on the first major uphill finish in La Planche des Belles Filles on Saturday.

"Everything is possible in life if you believe in it. However, in my opinion, from what I’ve seen of the Planche des Belles Filles climb and what I’ve heard about it, it’s a little bit too hard for me," Cancellara admitted.

It was another hectic day in Northern France, with more wind, more narrow roads and nerves. The only abandon of the day came from Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano), who finally gave up after nearly a week of fighting gastroenteritis and knee pain.

The majority of the race was dominated by a four-man breakaway, who went clear just three kilometres into the stage. Matthieu Ladagnous (FDJ-BigMat), Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Jan Ghyselinck (Cofidis) and Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) rode on the front for over 190km.

Ladagnous took the maximum points at the day's intermediate sprint in Breteuil as the four leaders rolled through the line. Behind, the peloton's green jersey battle continued, with Cavendish getting the better of Goss, Renshaw and Sagan for the points.

The four leaders eked out an advantage of 5:40 but after the sprint the elastic began to contract again, and they were reeled in steadily by the chasing sprinters' teams.

The four kept working together to hold a handful of seconds inside the 3km to go banner, and Ghyselinck panicked: he made a bold attack for the finish line with just over 1km to go. The Belgian could not hang on, however. Urtasun was able to come by, but he, too, was caught and left behind by the marauding pack in the final 100 metres.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Belisol Team4:41:30
2Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 1 - Cell 2
3Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 2 - Cell 2
4Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 3 - Cell 2
5Mark Cavendish (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 4 - Cell 2
6Tom Veelers (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 5 - Cell 2
7Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 7 - Cell 2
9Sébastien Hinault (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 8 - Cell 2
10Yohann Gene (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 9 - Cell 2
11Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 11 - Cell 2
13Borut Bozic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 12 - Cell 2
14Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 13 - Cell 2
15Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 14 - Cell 2
16Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 16 - Cell 2
18Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 17 - Cell 2
19David Millar (GBr) Garmin - SharpRow 18 - Cell 2
20Michael Schär (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Peter Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 20 - Cell 2
22Andreas Klöden (Ger) RadioShack-NissanRow 21 - Cell 2
23Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tony Gallopin (Fra) RadioShack-NissanRow 23 - Cell 2
25Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 24 - Cell 2
26Cadel Evans (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 26 - Cell 2
28Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 27 - Cell 2
29Andriy Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack-NissanRow 30 - Cell 2
32Fabian Cancellara (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jerome Coppel (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 32 - Cell 2
34Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - SharpRow 34 - Cell 2
36Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Michael Rogers (Aus) Sky ProcyclingRow 37 - Cell 2
39Koen De Kort (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 38 - Cell 2
40George Hincapie (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 41 - Cell 2
43Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - SharpRow 44 - Cell 2
46Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Rein Taaramae (Est) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 46 - Cell 2
48Mikel Astarloza Chaurreau (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 47 - Cell 2
49Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack-NissanRow 49 - Cell 2
51Ruben Perez Moreno (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 50 - Cell 2
52Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 51 - Cell 2
53Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Astana Pro TeamRow 52 - Cell 2
54Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa (Por) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 54 - Cell 2
56Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin - SharpRow 55 - Cell 2
57Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Team EuropcarRow 57 - Cell 2
59Simone Stortoni (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 58 - Cell 2
60Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 59 - Cell 2
61Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 60 - Cell 2
62Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky ProcyclingRow 61 - Cell 2
63Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 63 - Cell 2
65Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 64 - Cell 2
66Bram Tankink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 65 - Cell 2
67Maxime Monfort (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 66 - Cell 2
68Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 67 - Cell 2
69Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 68 - Cell 2
70Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 70 - Cell 2
72Imanol Erviti Ollo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 72 - Cell 2
74Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 73 - Cell 2
75Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team EuropcarRow 74 - Cell 2
76Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77José Ivan Gutierrez Palacios (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 77 - Cell 2
79Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing TeamRow 78 - Cell 2
80Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 79 - Cell 2
81Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 80 - Cell 2
82Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 82 - Cell 2
84Bert Grabsch (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 83 - Cell 2
85Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 84 - Cell 2
86Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 85 - Cell 2
87Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Johan Vansummeren (Bel) Garmin - SharpRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jérôme Pineau (Fra) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 88 - Cell 2
90Dries Devenyns (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 89 - Cell 2
91Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 90 - Cell 2
92Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 91 - Cell 2
93Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 92 - Cell 2
94Nick Nuyens (Bel) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 93 - Cell 2
95Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 94 - Cell 2
96Giovanni Bernaudeau (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 95 - Cell 2
97Federico Canuti (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 96 - Cell 2
98Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Yury Trofimov (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 99 - Cell 2
101Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 100 - Cell 2
102Christophe Riblon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 101 - Cell 2
103Alexandr Vinokourov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 102 - Cell 2
104Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 103 - Cell 2
105Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 104 - Cell 2
106Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Argos-ShimanoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Yauheni Hutarovich (Blr) FDJ-Big MatRow 108 - Cell 2
110Yaroslav Popovych (Ukr) RadioShack-NissanRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nicki Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 110 - Cell 2
112Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 111 - Cell 2
113Maxime Bouet (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 112 - Cell 2
114Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 113 - Cell 2
115Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 114 - Cell 2
116Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 115 - Cell 2
117Anthony Delaplace (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 116 - Cell 2
118Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 117 - Cell 2
119Vasili Kiryienka (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 118 - Cell 2
120Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 120 - Cell 2
122Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 121 - Cell 2
123Jimmy Engoulvent (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 122 - Cell 2
124Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 123 - Cell 2
125Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 124 - Cell 2
126Mark Renshaw (Aus) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 126 - Cell 2
128Baden Cooke (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 127 - Cell 2
129Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 128 - Cell 2
130Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 130 - Cell 2
132Danilo Hondo (Ger) Lampre - ISDRow 131 - Cell 2
133Roy Curvers (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 132 - Cell 2
134Yuriy Krivtsov (Fra) Lampre - ISDRow 133 - Cell 2
135Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Johnny Hoogerland (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 136 - Cell 2
138Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 137 - Cell 2
139Blel Kadri (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 138 - Cell 2
140Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - SojasunRow 139 - Cell 2
141Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 140 - Cell 2
142Vincent Jerome (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 141 - Cell 2
143Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Christian Knees (Ger) Sky ProcyclingRow 143 - Cell 2
145Christophe Kern (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 144 - Cell 2
146Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 146 - Cell 2
148Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 147 - Cell 2
149Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 148 - Cell 2
150Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 149 - Cell 2
151Kristijan Koren (Slo) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 150 - Cell 2
152Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 151 - Cell 2
153Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 153 - Cell 2
155Davide Vigano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 154 - Cell 2
156Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 155 - Cell 2
157Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Katusha TeamRow 156 - Cell 2
158Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 157 - Cell 2
159Matthew Lloyd (Aus) Lampre - ISDRow 158 - Cell 2
160Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 159 - Cell 2
161Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 160 - Cell 2
162Albert Timmer (Ned) Argos-ShimanoRow 161 - Cell 2
163Karsten Kroon (Ned) Team Saxo Bank-Tinkoff BankRow 162 - Cell 2
164Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
165Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team EuropcarRow 164 - Cell 2
166Yann Huguet (Fra) Argos-ShimanoRow 165 - Cell 2
167Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 166 - Cell 2
168Stephen Cummings (GBr) BMC Racing TeamRow 167 - Cell 2
169Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 168 - Cell 2
170David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En LigneRow 169 - Cell 2
171Maarten Wynants (Bel) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 170 - Cell