Friday, July 13, 2007

Stage 5 - Chablis - Autun

American champ George Hincapie on his way to a fine 6th place.
Alexander Vinokourov limps home on the day after a very nasty crash close to the finish line. The overall favorite lost over 1 minute to his rivals.Italian Filippo Pozatto takes home the win on stage 5.
The first semi-mountain stage brought heartache to team Astana. Overall favorites Andreas Kloden and Alexander Vinokourov crashed at different parts of the day. Kloden fractured his tailbone, and Vino has stitches in his right elbow and both knees, as well as various amount of road rash on his body. However, the day belonged to former Milan-San Remo winner Filippo Pozatto, as he took the field sprint ahead of Erik Zabel and former 3-time world champion Oscar Freire. Saturday will bring the first high mountain stage of the tour. Tomorrow will hopefully be an easy day for the crash victims to recover in anticipation of the mountains.

Stage 5 - top 5
1. Filippo Pozzato (I), Liquigas
2. Oscar Freire (Sp,) Rabobank
3. Daniele Bennati (I), Lampre-Fondital
4. Kim Kirchen (Lux), T-Mobile
5. Erik Zabel (G), Milram

1. Fabian Cancellara (Swi), CSC
2. Andreas Klöden (G), Astana, at 0:33
3. Filippo Pozzato (I), Liquigas, at 0:35
4. David Millar (GB), Saunier Duval-Prodir, at 0:41
5. George Hincapie (USA), Discovery, at 0:43

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