Greipel wins again at Stage 5 in Amiens; Martin holds onto the yellow jersey

Cover: André Greipel, Peter Sagan, Mark Cavendish, Alexander Kristoff, Tour de France 2015 Stage 5
Photo: Greg K. Hull, Cool Adventures © Chasing Light Media
Article by Kim Hull


André Greipel, Lotto Soudal, picked up another win at stage 5 of the Tour de France edging out Peter Sagan, Tinkoff Saxo and Mark Cavendish, Etixx-QuickStep in the uphill, bunch sprint in Amiens.

Tony Martin, Etixx-QuickStep safely held onto the overall lead remaining 12 seconds in front Chris Froome (Team Sky) and 25 seconds ahead of Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing).

I couldn’t sleep so well last night. I fell asleep maybe at 2 o’clock in the morning and woke up early again, But it was OK for me. I woke up feeling well, thinking directly about the yellow jersey. It gave me a lot of power and morale today in the race. I hope I can find more sleep in the next nights, or else I won’t see Paris (laughs). As for the race, I tried to do my job for Cav in the finale. I wanted to lead him until the last kilometer and a half, and stay safe for yellow. I don’t know what happened with the sprint after that. I did my job for Cav as well as I could and didn’t take any risks. I think the team did well today going into the sprint.

We avoided crashes and were always in good position. The race was super stressful. A lot of nervousness, crashing, and fighting for position. I couldn’t really enjoy the day as I didn’t have time to think about being in yellow. In the end of this kind of stage we were lucky to stay upright. It wasn’t really a day for celebration. We will see about the next days. We have some very good riders that can be active in different kinds of stages. With our team you never know what we can do in the next days and weeks. I just want to keep yellow as long as possible, but I am also realistic that when the big mountains come I probably cannot stay with the best riders. Especially since I didn’t train for those kinds of stages.. My goal is to stay in yellow until the TTT, not the big mountains.”
Tony Martin, Etixx- QuickStep

Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 Top 10

  1. André Greipel (GER) #75
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 04h 39 ’00”
  2. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAX 04h 39 ’00” same time
  3. Mark Cavendish (GBR) #112
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 04h 39 ’00” same time
  4. Alexander Kristoff (NOR) #96
    TEAM KATUSHA 04h 39 ’00” same time
  5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (NOR) #211
    MTN-Qhubeka 04h 39 ’00”  same time
  6. John Degenkolb (GER) #81
    TEAM GIANT-ALPECIN 04h 39 ’00’ ‘ same time
  7. Arnaud Demare (FRA) #24
    FDJ 04h 39 ’00’ ‘ + 00 ’00” same time
  8. Bryan Coquard (FRA) #122
    TEAM EUROPCAR 04h 39 ’00” same time
  9. Davide Cimolai (ITA) #153
    LAMPRE – MERIDA 04h 39 ’00” same time
  10. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 04h 39 ’00” same time

Tour de France 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 5

  1. Tony Martin (GER) #114
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 19′ 26″
  2. Christopher Froome (GBR) #31
    TEAM SKY 17h 19′ 38″ + :12
  3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) #61
    BMC RACING TEAM 17h 19 ’51” + :25
  4. Peter Sagan (SVK) #47
    TINKOFF-SAXO 17h 19 ’59” + :33
  5. Tony Gallopin (FRA) #71
    LOTTO-SOUDAL 17h 20 ’04” + :38
  6. Greg Van Avermaet (BEL) #68
    BMC RACING TEAM 17h 20 ’06” + :40
  7. Rigoberto Uran (COL) #118
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 20 ’12” + :46
  8. Alberto Contador (ESP) #41
    TINKOFF-SAXO 17h 20 ’14” + :48
  9. Geraint Thomas (GBR) #39
    TEAM SKY 17h 20 ’41” + 1:15
  10. Zdenek Stybar (CZE) #116
    ETIXX-QUICK STEP 17h 20 ’42” + 1:16

Tour de France 2015 Jerseys after Stage 4

Yellow (Overall leader): Tony Martin, Etixx – QuickStep
Green (Points): André Greipel, Lotto Soudal
Polka-dot (KOM): Joaquim Rodriguez, Team Katusha
White (Best Young Rider): Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo

Stage 5 – Arras Communauté Urbaine / Amiens Métropole – 189.5km


Stage 5

Date: 8 July, 2015
Start:  Arras Communauté Urbaine
Finish: Amiens
Distance: 189 km


Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 route

Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 route map

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 profile

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Tour de France 2015 Stage 5 last km

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Maps courtesy of Le Tour de France / © A.S.O.