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Andre Greipel wins Stage 5 of Tour de France

The German rider gets his second consecutive stage victory after a crash-marred bunch sprint to the finish.

July 05, 2012|Staff and wire reports
  • Andre Greipel of Germany celebrates as he wins stage five of the 2012 Tour de France
Andre Greipel of Germany celebrates as he wins stage five of the 2012 Tour… (Doug Pensinger / Getty Images )

Stage 5: A mostly flat 122.1-mile trek from Rouen to Saint-Quentin.

Winner: Andre Greipel of Germany, who earned his second stage victory in a row after a crash-marred bunch sprint to the finish.

Yellow jersey: Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland. He leads Bradley Wiggins of Britain by seven seconds. Defending champion Cadel Evans of Australia is seventh, 17 seconds off the pace.

Stat of the day: 4. The number of riders who have withdrawn from the Tour so far after young German sprinter Marcel Kittel abandoned the race with a sore knee and a stomach bug that plagued him all week.

Quote of the day: "When you make history in this kind of way at the Tour, it's more special." — Cancellara, after earning his 27th yellow jersey, a record for a rider who has yet to win the Tour.

Friday's sixth stage: A 128.9-mile flat trek from Epernay to Metz in eastern France. It is the last chance for sprinters to battle for a stage win before riders enter the Vosges Mountains on Saturday.

Stage 5 results 1. Andre Greipel, Germany4:41:302. Matthew Goss, Australiasame time3. Juan Jose Haedo, Argentinasame time4. Samuel Dumoulin, Francesame time5. Mark Cavendish, Britainsame time Overall standings 1. Fabian Cancellara, Switz.24:45:322. Bradley Wiggins, Britain:07 behind3. Sylvain Chavanel, Francesame time4. Tejay van Garderen, U.S.:10 behind5. E. Boasson Hagen, Nor.:11 behind

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