There was no real question about Stage 5 – this was the sprint stage, hands down, it was a guarantee. At this point, I’m nervous to even think the word guarantee, but the end result was reassuring to my world of absolutes.
Mark Cavendish signed in and looked just as confident as ever.
Lance signed in and looked just as hounded as ever.
The early break got away and did its thing.
Kings County isn’t known for its stunning and varied scenery, but it ain’t bad!
Astana did their thing on the front…
The mountains did their thing in the back…
Lance was once again the able-bodied teammate.
This might sound odd, but I used to live around these parts.
It gets hot and dry out there.
Matt Crane’s efforts in the day’s break earned him the most aggressive rider jersey.
The break was solid until they started attacking each other. It didn’t take long for the field to grab em after that.
Getting ready to do some sprinting!
Different day, same story: all Cav.
Um, is he giving us all the Rock’s infamous, Suck It?
This looks a little more traditional.
Yeah, kisses are good.
Cav, Boom Boom, and Horrillo.
Wine is good.
Stage 5 Results
1 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia – Highroad 5.07.28
2 Tom Boonen (Bel) Quick Step
3 Pedro Horrillo (Spa) Rabobank
4 Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Liquigas
5 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervйlo TestTeam
6 Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Colavita / Sutter Home p/b Cooking Light
7 Freddy Rodriguez (USA) Rock Racing
8 Martin Elmiger (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Bernard Sulzberger (Aus) Fly V Australia
10 Karl Menzies (Aus) OUCH Presented By Maxxis
General Classification After Five Stages
1 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 23.41.20
2 Michael Rogers (Aus) Team Columbia – Highroad 0.24
3 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin – Slipstream 0.28
4 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana 0.30
5 Christopher Horner (USA) Astana 0.34
6 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana 0.38
7 Thomas Lцvkvist (Swe) Team Columbia – Highroad
8 Josй Luis Rubiera (Spa) Astana
9 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas
10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank 0.39
11 Oscar Sevilla (Spa) Rock Racing
12 Jens Voigt (Ger) Team Saxo Bank 0.40
13 Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas 0.42
14 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin – Slipstream
15 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quick Step 0.51
16 Francisco Mancebo (Spa) Rock Racing 0.53