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Tour Notebook Stage 5: Henderson delivers, Sky ramps it up for Wiggo

  • By Andrew Hood
  • Published Jul. 5, 2012
Henderson and Greipel have gone for two-in-a-row in the Kiwi's Tour debut. Photo: Casey B. Gibson | www.cbgphoto.com

The jerseys

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.

Jury decisions

DS Frans Massen (Rabobank) fined 200 CHF for not “following rules of the road” Art. 12.0.040.25

Medical report

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.

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Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood

Andrew Hood cut his journalistic teeth at Colorado dailies before the web boom opened the door to European cycling in the mid-1990s. Hood has covered every Tour de France since 1996 and has been VeloNews' European correspondent since 2002.

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