Tour de France: Filippo Pozzato wins stage 5

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Thursday, July 12, 2007

Andreas Klöden in 2006.
Image: Alex Anlicker.

Italian rider Filippo Pozzato has won stage 5.

Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland kept the overall lead, again.

The 182.5 km fifth stage from Chablis to Autun featured eight climbs, including one Category 2 climb. Many of the sprinters lost contact with the peleton, but all of the major contenders finished together, apart from Alexandre Vinokourov. Vinokourov crashed before the final climb, and ended up losing more than a minute to the rest of the field.

A tailbone injury may force Andreas Klöden, who is second in the overall standings, to withdraw from the Tour. Teammates Vinokourov and Klöden were both taken to the hospital.

General classification after after stage 5

Rank Rider Team Time
1 Fabian Cancellara Team CSC 24h 28'56"
2 Andreas Klöden Astana Team 33"
3 Filippo Pozzato Liquigas-Bianchi 35"
4 David Millar Saunier Duval-Prodir 41"
5 George Hincapie Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 43"
6 Vladimir Gusev Discovery Channel Pro Cycling Team 45"
7 Vladimir Karpets Caisse d'Epargne 46"
8 Mikel Astarloza Euskaltel-Euskadi 49"
9 Thomas Dekker Rabobank 51"
10 Benoît Vaugrenard Française des Jeux 52"