This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.
Lars Boom (Belkin) claimed stage victory, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) placed a significant down payment on final overall victory and Chris Froome (Sky) was forced to abandon on a dramatic day of racing on the cobbles on stage 5 of the Tour de France.
Persistent rain conditioned the racing from before the start – two of the planned nine sectors of cobbles were removed from the parcours by the race jury – and the greasy conditions ended Froome’s Tour defence even before the first cobbled section. He crashed after 35 kilometres and once again …read more
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