Boom rode away from his rivals after 152.5km from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut that included 13km of cobblestones over seven different sections.
152.5km from Ypres in Belgium to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut that included 13km of cobblestones over seven different sections.
Two time former winner Alberto Contador lost 2:37, Alejandro Valverde gave up 2:11 and American Andrew Talansky, the winner of last month's Criterium du Dauphine, rolled in 2:05 behind Nibali.
The biggest victim of today rainy, cobbled stage was certainly Team Sky Chris Froome. Froome already came into the day nursing a sore wrist following a crash yesterday. Two more crashes today before the race even hit the first sector of cobblestones enough to send the defending Tour champ home for good. For Team Sky, Froome loss is tremendous. The squad will do its best to carry on in support of Australian Richie Porte, but to lose a rider who finished second and first in the last two Tours de France is catastrophic matter whom he leaves behind.
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While Lars Boom victory couldn have come at a better time for Belkin (another team in search of a new title sponsor for next season), the day biggest winner is once again Vincenzo Nibali and Astana. Despite coming into the race with a roster many thought was built more for the mountains than the cobblestones, the Kazakh squad performed valiantly on the pav The team laid the foundation for its success early by sending Dutchman Lieuwe Westra up the road in the day long breakaway, which positioned a powerful rider up the road, ready to lend a hand later in the stage. His presence played a major role in Astana ability to drive its group once Contador, Talansky, and Valverde, were gapped.
trivia fans: Boom win today ended two rather long Tour droughts. His victory was the first for a Dutch since Pieter Weening won Stage 8 in 2005 and the first to be won on a Bianchi bicycle since Jan Ullrich won Stage 12 in 2003.
the brutal fifth Red Air Force 1 High Tops stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday as British defending champion Chris Froome pulled out of the race after crashing twice.
But the big winner was Nibali, who came home in third and gained significant time on all his overall rivals.
Nibali now leads his key rivals by more than two minutes and Tinkoff Saxo Alberto Contador by 2:37, an incredible advantage after only five stages. Better still, Nibali top lieutenant, Denmark Jakob Fuglsang, who finished seventh in last year Tour, sits second overall. As we seen with Team Sky in the past Tours, having two GC contenders can be better than one, and Fuglsang position means opposing teams will have two riders to mark in the mountains.
he failed to win today stage, Cannondale Peter Sagan added another 27 points to his lead in the green jersey competition; he now has a 50 point advantage over Kittel. Assuming Sagan finishes the Tour, a third straight green jersey will be his.
With such an advantage, the pressure is on everyone else to attack Astana, while Nibali (with Fuglsang help) can mark his rivals and defend the yellow jersey. But dropping the Italian should prove hard to do: he already one of the sport best climbers, and he just might be its best descender. In the end, while some consider it too early to say that the Italian has won the 2014 Tour de France, he certainly looking well on his way.
They hadn't even reached the cobbles yet.
is also the leader in the Tour Best Young Rider competition and as such is entitled to wear the white jersey. But since the green jersey is more prestigious (both to the riders and the Tour sponsors), the white jersey will be worn by the current second place rider in the classification, Omega Pharma Michal Kwiatkowski. Assuming Sagan starts losing time in the mountains, this competition looks to be a battle between Kwiatkowski, Ag2r Romain Bardet, FDJ Thibaut Pinot, and Giant Shimano Tom Dumoulin. All four riders sit within two minutes of one another on GC, making this one of the more interesting competitions to watch moving forward.
Only Australian Richie Porte, now the Team Sky leader in Froome's absence, kept his losses to within two minutes.
of numerous crashes but the most dramatic involved the champion and race favorite.
the roads will be smoother tomorrow, rain is forecast throughout the day. Temperatures will be in the low 70s at least, a bit warmer than they were today.
He seemed to have injured his right arm and climbed into a Sky team car, his race and defense over.
Froome had already gone down once on Tuesday and was wearing a splint to protect his injured left wrist. He fell again 40 minutes into Wednesday's stage but when he crashed a second time that day an hour later, it was all over.
But the big winner of the day was yellow jersey holder Vincenzo Nibali of Italy who came home in third and gained significant time on all his overall rivals. He finished just 17sec behind Boom but more than two minutes ahead of most of his main rivals.
might have noticed the polka dot jersey of Cyril Lemoine, the Tour leader of the King of the Mountains competition, in the Nibali group throughout much of today stage. It was quite a heroic performance by the Frenchman, although one that did nothing to add to his lead as there were no categorized climbs in today stage. But tomorrow stage offers two Category 4 ascents for a total of two points. Only Ag2r Blel Kadri and Trek Factory Racing Jens Voigt are within two points of Lemoine; don be surprised if one or both of them goes on the attack tomorrow.
Lars Boom Wins Stage 5 of 2014 Tour de France
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Froome departure is also bad for the Tour itself, as race organizers ASO will now have to face the question: Is a stage such as today really appropriate for an event as important as the Tour de France? Of course, there are still more than two weeks of racing left, including six summit finishes and a long individual time trial, but if today stage proves to have effectively determined the outcome of the 2014 Tour de France, many will complain about the fairness of the course.
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