Cycle//Tour de France
by Jonathan Davies
Andre Greipel secured his second stage win of the 2015 Tour de France, again denying Mark Cavendish his first 25th career win.
Cavendish launched his sprint 250-300m from the line, but his German rival powered ahead to take the win on stage five. And white jersey holder Peter Sagan also pipped Cavendish to the line.
On day two, the Brit criticised his team for making a mistake, but this time around, he just admitted he was beaten.
“I didn’t feel great in the sprint, but nobody felt good today,” Cavendish said. “I was going OK, they just went fastest. The other day it was a mistake we made; today I was just beaten.”
Etixx-Quick-Step team manager Brian Holm said he should've instructed the sprinter to take it easy on Tuesday's cobbles, when teammate Tony Martin secured the yellow jersey.
“It’s hard to say, but we got the yellow jersey,” Cavendish responded. “I think the Tour de France is 21 days long and every day, everything you do every day, has an effect on the day after and the weeks after. But that’s what it’s about; we have the yellow jersey and we were up there yesterday and today. My confidence is good. I’ve done good all week. I’m sure we’ll get wins and I think everyone was on a good buzz when Tony got yellow.”
Tony Martin retained the yellow jersey for a second day, finishing inside the main group. GC favourites Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Vincenzo Nibali also finished in the main group leaving standings unchanged.
Classification after Stage 5
1 - Tony Martin (Etixx-Quick-Step) - 12h 40' 26"
2 - Chris Froome (Team Sky) - +12"
3 - Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) - +25"
4 - Tony Gallopin (Lotto-Soudal) - +38"
5 - Peter Sagan (Tinkoff Saxo) - +39"
6 - Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) - +40"
7 - Rigoberto Uran Uran (Etixx-Quick-Step) - +46"
8 - Alberto Contador (Tinkoff Saxo) - +48"
9 - Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) - +1' 15"
10 - Zdenek Stybar (Etixx-Quick-Step) - 01' 16"
13 - Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) - +1' 50"
16 - Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) - +2' 03"
17 - Nairo Quintana (Movistar) - +2' 08"
21 - Romain Bardet (AG2R) - +3' 06"
30 - Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) - +6' 30"