McEwen Wins Stage 5 of Tour
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) has won his second stage of this year?s Tour de France.
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) has won his second stage of this year?s Tour de France. McEwen took a bunch sprint to win Stage 4, a flat, 207-km run from Huy, Belgium to Saint-Quentin in 4:49:50. Isaac Galvez (Caisse d?Epargne) took second, and Oscar Freire (Rabobank) took third. Tom Boonen (Quick Step) remains the maillot jaune .<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The stage started in sunny, mild conditions. The break of the day formed early, with Egoi Martinez (Discovery Channel) escaping with Bradley Wiggins (Cofidis), Christophe Mengin (Francaise des Jeux), Laurent Lefevre (Bouygues Telecom), and Cedric Coutouly (Agritubel) at 21 km. The bunch was in no mood to chase, and the break ran up a lead of about 5:00 by 85 km. Quick Step rode tempo to peg the break.
Quick Step began to up the peloton?s tempo. The escapees? advantage dropped to 3:30 at 135 km and 2:30 at 156 km. Quick Step, which had been joined by Davitamon, received additional help from Milram.
With 12 km remaining, Martinez, Lefevre, and Coutouly dropped Wiggins and Mengin. Five km later, the peloton, which was now led by Liquigas, scooped up Wiggins and Mengin. At this point, the leading trio had 0:30 on the bunch. With three km left, Lefevre attacked his companions. One and a half km later, the bunch caught the break.
Milram led the field into the last km. Julian Dean (Credit Agricole) crashed but took down no one else. Gert Steegmans (Davitamon) led out McEwen who charged into the lead up the center of the road and was not headed.
In the overall, Boonen leads Michael Rogers (T-Mobile) by 0:01 and George Hincapie (Discovery Channel) by 0:05. Stage 5 will be a rolling, 225-km run from Beauvais to Caen that should end in a bunch sprint. Will someone pick up enough seconds to take the yellow jersey from Boonen? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!