Stage winner: André Greipel (Lotto-Belisol) won his second stage in a row, good for his third career Tour win.
Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Nissan) defended up the rising finale to keep the maillot jaune.
Green jersey: Peter Sagan (Liquigas-Cannondale) kept the green, but missed out on the finish line points. With third in the stage, Matt Goss (GreenEdge-Orica) moved within 18 points.
Polka dot jersey: Michael Mørkøv (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) kept the climber’s jersey on a day with no rated climbs.
White jersey: Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing) held tough against Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky) to finish in the main pack and keep the young rider’s jersey
Best team: Sky held the classification for another day.
The peloton: Kittel folds
German ace Marcel Kittel (Argos-Shimano) finally succumbed to knee pain and a bad stomach to abandon his first Tour; 194 riders remain in the peloton.
DS Frans Massen (Rabobank) fined 200 CHF for not “following rules of the road” Art. 12.0.040.25
Julien Fouchard (Cofidis), small cut to the shoulder
Rui Costa (Movistar), right knee pain
Bernhard Eisel (Sky), scrapes to his right side
Brice Feillu (Saur-Sojasun), chills
Crash at the finish line:
Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), cuts and abrasions to right elbow, leg and back
Jonathan Cantwell (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank), cuts to right side, back
Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), cuts to right wrist, X-rays planned (AFP reports a fractured scaphoid)
Weather forecast: Warmer temperatures
Fairer weather is on tap, with warmer temperatures in the mid-70s F, mostly sunny skies, gusting SW winds 20-30kph.
Tomorrow’s stage: Sprinter’s chance
The 99th Tour continues Friday with the 207.5km sixth stage from Épernay to Metz. The undulating stage features one Cat. 4 climb at a 145km; otherwise it’s a fast, rolling run into the finale. It’s the sprinter’s last chance ahead of the Vosges.