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Tour de Suisse 2013: Stage 5


Live coverage of stage 5 of the Tour de Suisse, 178.4km from Buochs to Leuggern.

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The BMC squad of Mathias Frank are keeping a watching brief near the head of the peloton but there's no urgency in the chase at this early stage, particularly as the best-placed man in the break is Minard, who lies 70th overall at 20:37.

The general classification situation after stage 4 was as follows:

On paper at least, it seems unlikely that there will be any major shake-up at the top end of the overall standings this afternoon, although with five category 4 climbs dotted inside the final 60km, there is certainly scope to disrupt the sprinters' hopes of another bunch finish.

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Not surprisingly, the Cannondale team of Peter Sagan and the FDJ squad of Arnaud Démare are setting the tempo at the front of the peloton, and they'll be hoping to control affairs over the undulating finale too. Démare scored a fine stage win yesterday, sweeping in ahead of Matt Goss' Orica-GreenEdge lead-out just ahead of the final bend, and the former under-23 world champion will be looking to repeat the feat today.

One early abandon to report from today's stage. Giovanni Visconti (Movistar) was a faller early on. The Italian attempted to continue but after receiving attention from the race doctor, he abandoned the race. His Movistar team has since reported that Visconti suffered contusions but no broken bones in the crash. He was lying fourth overall coming into today's stage.

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A phalanx of Cannondale are riding on the front of the peloton. Sagan is doubtless smarting after he could only manage 7th and will be looking to make amends today. The five climbs in the finale also provide an opportunity for his Cannondale squad to burn off a few of the pure sprinters.

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Cannondale and FDJ lead the bunch through the finish line a shade under two minutes down on the escapees.

Pauwels has been to the fore every time the road goes uphill and it's a similar scenario on the 4th category climb of Loorweg, as he taps out the tempo for his three companions.

Orica-GreenEdge and Argos-Shimano have joined the pursuit at the front of the peloton. There are plenty of fast men left in the race and opportunities are at a premium as the week progresses.

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Pauwels leads the break over the second of three ascents of the Zurzacherberg, while Michale Morkov (Saxo-Tinkoff) has launched an ambitious attack from the main peloton behind.

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The stage seems set for a bunch finish but a number of overall contenders are looking to position themselves well ahead of the finale, with the yellow jersey Mathias Frank (BMC) and Bauke Mollema (Blanco) among those moving up.

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The break hit the climb of the Loorweg once again, and it's no surprise to see that Pauwels is again the man forcing the pace.

Devolder takes over approaching the summit of the climb, attempting to breathe some life into the escape attempt but the bunch is closing in rapidly.

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Roche's pace-setting is causing problems for a number of riders at the rear of the peloton, including Roberto Vrecer (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and the bunch is about to make the juncture with the escapees.

Gruppo compatto over the top of the climb as the four leaders are swallowed up by the main peloton.

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Matt Goss, Tom Boonen, Arnaud Demare, Peter Sagan and Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) are all still in the peloton, and it's hard to imagine that the sprinters will be denied a bunch finish this afternoon.

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IAM Cycling have now nudged their way to the front in a bid to set things up for Heinrich Haussler in the finale.

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Azanza opens out a 9-second lead on the climb as IAM Cycling continue to set the tempo in the field. They're seeking to shed the field of a number of fast men and favour Heinrich Haussler, but the problem for them is that so many of the sprinters in this field can more than look after themselves on the climbs, not least Peter Sagan.

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The pace is searingly quick in the peloton, which is now stretched out in one, long line.

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BMC have now taken over at the front. It's been striking that Philippe Gilbert hasn't contributed to the pace-making yet. The world champion might be tempted to try his luck on that short rise just ahead of the finish line.

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The road kicks up with 500 metres to go and Simon Geschke takes oer on the front.

As the road flattens out with 200 metres to go, Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) opens the sprint and rips clear of Sagan.

Alexander Kristoff (Katusha) wins the stage ahead of Peter Sagan, Arnaud Démare and Matti Breschel.

Mathias Frank (BMC) will retain the overall lead.

That was a well-timed effort from Kristoff. He sat on Matti Breschel's wheel when the Dane went for it with 250 metres, and waited until the road flattened out before opening his sprint in earnest.

Sagan and Démare went a little earlier than Kristoff on the other side of the road, and they had no response when the Norwegian powered past.



General classification:

Thanks for joining us for live coverage of the Tour of Switzerland today. We'll be back with more tomorrow, but in the meantime, stay with Cyclingnews for a full report, results and pictures from today's stage, as well as all the news from Switzerland.

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