With 10km to go, Mark Cavendish’s Team Columbia teammates drilled it at the front setting up their British sprint star. With 150 meters to go — and early breakaway rider Nicolas Vogondy of Agritubel still barely clear of the chase — Cavendish lit it up and repaid his teammates with a dominant win ahead of Oscar Freire (Rabobank) and Erik Zabel (Milram).
Race leader Stefan Schumacher (Gerolsteiner) finished in the bunch to retain the yellow jersey
Stage 5 results
1. Mark Cavendish (GB), Team Columbia, 5:27:52
2. Oscar Freire (ESP), Rabobank, s.t.
3. Erik Zabel (GER), Milram, s.t.
4. Thor Hushovd (NOR), Credit Agricole, s.t.
5. Baden Cooke (AUS), Barloworld, s.t.
6. Robert Hunter (RSA), Barloworld, s.t.
7. Fabio-leonardo Duque (COL), Cofidis, s.t.
8. Robbie Mcewen (AUS), Silence-Lotto, s.t.
9. Francesco Chicchi (ITA), Liquigas, s.t.
10. Julian Dean (NZL), Garmin-Chipotle, s.t.
There was essentially no change in the yellow, white, or polka-dot jersey competition, but Thor Hushovd takes over the green with his 4th on the stage.
General Classification after Stage 5
1. Stefan Schumacher (GER), Gerolsteiner, 19:32:33
2. Kim Kirchen (LUX), Team Columbia, at 0:12
3. David Millar (GBR), Garmin-Chipotle, at 0:12
4. Cadel Evans (AUS), Silence-Lotto, at 0:21
5. Fabian Cancellara (SUI), CSC, at 0:33
6. Christian Vande Velde (USA), Garmin-Chipotle, at 0:37
7. George Hincapie (USA), Team Columbia, at 0:41
8. Thomas Lovkvist (SWE), Team Columbia, at 0:47
9. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA), Liquigas, at 0:58
10. Ivan Gutierrez (ESP), Caisse d’Epargne, at 1:01