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Tour de France - Cagnes-sur-Mer - Marseille

 

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  1. 0km - Simon Gerrans retained the yellow jersey - no changes at the finish because the crash occured within the final 3km.

  2. 0km - There was a bit crash further back towards the end of that sprint, with numerous riders down and half the field held up.

  3. 0km - The Omega Pharma-Quick Step sprinter takes it ahead of Boasson Hagen, Sagan and Greipel.

  4. 0km - It's number 24 for Mark Cavendish!

  5. 1km - Under the banner and it's still Lotto on the front. But OPQS are now coming forward!

  6. 1.5km - Lotto come to the front now for Greipel... Kittel is lurking.

  7. 2km - Now OPQS are on the front through Chavanel - they're determined to deliver ill Mark Cavendish to the line.

  8. 2.5km - Euskaltel and Vacansoleil are there for their men Lobato and Van Poppel...

  9. 3km - There's a big bend with 500m to go - that will play a big part in today's finish. We're poised for the first big bunch sprint of the 2013 Tour de France...

  10. 4km - Now Lutsenko calls it a day so it's back as one with just 4km to go!

  11. 5km - Kevin Reza throws in the towel and so we have just Alexey Lutsenko ahead...

  12. 6km - Just 10 seconds now for the two leaders Reza and Lutsenko. It looks like Mark Cavendish is in a solid position to get his 24th win on the Tour. But Lotto, Argos and Cannondale are all poised too.

  13. 7km - It's a second team time trial in as many days for OPQS, who come to the front for their man Mark Cavendish.

  14. 9km - Arashiro and De Gendt are caught. Now it's Tony Martin, heavily bandaged, who's leading the chase for OPQS.

  15. 9km - Arashiro and De Gendt are caught. Now it's Tony Martin, heavily bandaged, who's leading the chase for OPQS.

  16. 10km - Sylvain Chavanel, on his special orange Specialized bike, pushing on the front of the peloton for Cofidis. Meanwhile the leaders pass under the 10-to-go banner. They have 17 seconds.

  17. 11km - Attack by Lutsenko! The Astana rider has one last throw of the dark, and takes Reza with him. But the pack is just 15 seconds back, and closing in on Arashiro and De Gendt on this descent.

  18. 13km - French national champion Arthur Vichot drives the pace now for FDJ. They're probably thinking about their man Nacer Bouhanni. The gap is just 30 seconds now so it looks like it's curtains for the break.

  19. 13km - French national champion Arthur Vichot drives the pace now for FDJ. They're probably thinking about their man Nacer Bouhanni. The gap is just 30 seconds now so it looks like it's curtains for the break.

  20. 13.5km - Back to the leaders and they only have 55 seconds now, depite that big crash behind. OPQS, Argos and GreenEdge are setting the pace, with BMC and Cannondale lurking. Sky are near the front to keep out of trouble.

  21. 14km - Rolland and Vandevelde are both up and back onto the peloton. No other names to being you yet from that crash - but it involved quite a few people, but was quite far back in the pack, at least not near the front.

  22. 15km - Polka dot jersey Pierre Rolland (Europcar) was one of 10 or so riders who went down hard there. Worse off, it seems, was Garmin's Christian Vandevelde, who fell heavily on the left verge but then had his leg run over by another ride as he lay prone.

  23. 16km - There are a few discussions and arguments on the front of the peloton - it looks rather nervous... AND BIG CRASH! There's a pile-up on the left-hand side of the peloton.

  24. 17km - Arashiro puts in a big dig on the front of the break - but he's reeled back. Europcar are slightly nervous because De Gendt and Lutsenko are both better sprinters than Arashiro and Reza, and yet they have the numerical advantage. That said, the peloton has the big numerical advantage - and they're just 1:40 back.

  25. 18km - Now Ag2R-La Mondiale and Cannondale are on the front of the peloton. The white jersey of Kziatkowski is there as well.

  26. 18.5km - We have a glimpse of Philippe Gilbert, the world champion, guiding his team-mates Cadel Evans and Tejay van Garderen on the front of the pack. Sky's Chris Froome is there too. Numerous riders dropped off the back on this climb...

  27. 19km - Reza is pulled back and the four are riding together. They still have two minutes. Exciting racing!

  28. 20km - Thomas de Gendt has clearly read the road-book - he takes the correct and shorter left-hand turn in a roundabout, while his fellow escapees go all the away around on the right. They're onto the Col de la Gineste - and it's Kevin Reza who attacks!

  29. 22km - Orica-GreenEdge are back on the front. They yellow jersey looks to be secure now, but they will want a third successive win through Matt Goss today.

  30. 25km - It's really going to be touch and go for the break, who have 2:30 on the chasing pack. There's still the punchy Col de la Gineste too - and that's a real leg-sapper and comes after more than 200km of riding.

  31. 30km - Kevin Reza gesticulated to spectators to get out of the way on the side of the road - he has good reason, for on the last climb, he was almost taken out when one fan pushed another onto the road. Thomas De Gendt rides the leaders over the summit to take the solitary point to move to 4pts in the KOM standings.

  32. 32km - Omega Pharma-Quick Step are driving the pace of the peloton on this climb. They have reduced the deficit to 3:25 so Arashiro is no longer the virtual yellow jersey...

  33. 34km - De Gendt drives the pace up this climb before looking back to implore his fellow escapees to lend a hand. They have four minutes over the pack now.

  34. 36km - Europcar make up 50% of the break through Reza and Arashiro, who are joined with Vacansoleil's De Gendt and Astana's Lutsenko. They're onto the Cat.4 Cote des Bastides - 5.7km at 3.1%

  35. 38km - Lotto Belisol are really cranking it up now. The gap is 4:45 as the riders zip down a descent ahead of the last categorised climb of the day - but not the last climb.

  36. 42km - It's now getting quite quick in the peloton, with Lotto and Argos putting in some big pulls. The gap is 5:20 and it's coming down quite quickly.

  37. 45km - The two chasers - Sicard and Delaplace - are now 50 seconds behind the four leaders, who have 6:05 over the peloton. It's not guaranteed that the peloton will bring this one back together - the rule of thumb is one minute for every 10km.

  38. 50km - There's a bit of movement in th peloton, with Arashiro, De Gendt and Lutsenko pulling clear. Reza manages to fight back on, but Sicard and Delaplace are struggling to make the connection and have been dropped. The peloton is still at 6:20 so it's going to be tight.

  39. 55km - The six leaders - who broke clear from kilometre zero - now have 6:45 over the peloton. A reminder of who they are: Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), Kevin Reza (Europcar), Romain Sicard (Euskaltel), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

  40. 60km - Geraint Thomas of Team Sky needs a rear wheel change. The Welshman is riding with a small fracture in his pelvis - so he wouldn't have liked that push on the backside from the long-haired Sky mechanic...

  41. 62km - Kloden is now receiving some treatment from the medical car on his left knee. Nacer Bouhanni is there, drafting behind the medical car, and waiting for his turn to see the doctor. Meanwhile one of the escapees, Romain Sicard, needs a rear wheel change after picking up a flat.

  42. 68km - The gap only dropped one minute in the past 20km so it's looking quite good for the breakaway. It all depends how hard the peloton pushes to bring it back together for a sprint. The gap is 7:25 and we have 68km to go. You'd think the yellow jersey is safe for GreenEdge because that gap will certainly drop below the 3:42 that Arashiro needs to make up to move to the top. But the break, which now rides pretty hard, could yet stay out all the way for the stage win.

  43. 72km - RadioShack's Kloden and Voigt are still trying to get back on to the peloton. They have Haimer Zubeldia with them too after the Spaniard also stopped back when Kloden had an issue with his saddle.

  44. 75km - Arashiro pulled clear of the leading group to take the solitary point atop the climb - perhaps thinking about his team-mate Pierre Rolland's lead in the KOM standings. Rolland has 10 points and De Gendt had moved onto 3pts, so he wasn't an immediate threat, but there's no harm in being sure.

  45. 77km - The leaders are onto the Cat.4 Côte de la Roquebrussanne - 3.5km at 4.2%. Will De Gendt try and snare more points?

  46. 78km - Andreas Kloden has a problem with his saddle and needs a bike change. RadioShack team-mate Jens Voigt waits for him so he can pace his German compatriot back into the pack. Kloden is heavily bandaged after crashing in the opening stage of the race near Bastia.

  47. 80km - The lead continues to drop: 7:50 at the latest check. The Tour's last two visits to Marseille - in 2003 and 2007 - were won from breakaways by Jakob Piil and Cedric Vasseur. Inspiration for the six leaders...

  48. 85km - Europcar have been involved in every break so far in the 100th edition of the Tour. Today they have two, including Kevin Reza who is one of two black riders in the Tour peloton, the other being his team-mate Yohann Gene. 25-year-old Reza is a former track star who will have extra motivation to complete his debut Tour: the final stage to Paris starts in his home town of Versailles.

  49. 90km - Lotto Belisol still have one man on the front ahead of the GreenEdge train. Argos-Shimano were woeful in yesterday's TTT, presumably keeping their wick dry ahead of today's finish. As usual, they'll have two cards to play in Marcel Kittel and John Degenkolb, the two German youngsters. They are good options to have - because it's hard to tell what affect that last climb will have, and Degenkolb is better suited to Kittel in getting over it.

  50. 95km - The gap is down to 8:15 for the six escapees as the peloton begin to ramp things up. We're entering the seriously lumpy part of today's stage, with two more categorised climbs, plus the final punchy Col de la Gineste, still on the agenda.

  51. 100km - Nacer Bouhanni, the former French national champion, is off the back of the peloton after either a mechanical issue or a chat with the team car. He's 194th in the overall standings, with just Dutchman Tom Veelers (Argos) below him. Could today be the day that the FDJ sprinter breaks his Grand Tour duck? Not likely, if up against the likes of Cavendish, Greipel, Sagan, Goss, Kittel and Kristoff...

  52. 105km - British national champion Mark Cavendish is riding with his Omega Pharma-Quick Step team-mates near the front of the peloton. They're tucked in just behind Lotto and GreenEdge. Cavendish looks pretty grim - he's been suffering from bronchitis and hasn't exactly enjoyed the Tour so far. He didn't crash in the opening stage - but he was held up by the pile-up and couldn't contest the bunch sprint.

  53. 110km - The riders pass through the feed zone. Our escapees have 9:15 over the pack but it might edge out again while the riders stuff themselves with grub.

  54. 113km - Lotto Belisol have now brought a man to the front to help GreenEdge. The gap for the six leaders has dropped beneath 10 minutes now - hovering around the 9:40 mark.

  55. 115km - Peter Sagan is back with his Cannondale team car. He's not happy about something. He's taking a pull in the vehical's slipstream, then taking a sticky bottle, and now he's talking to his DS. Oh, and now he's having an adjustment to his cleats. Two second places so far in the Tour - can he finally get a victory today?

  56. 120km - It's a battle royale at the intermediate sprint when the main players come along in the peloton. Once again - this is the third time now, Andre Greipel proves the strongest to beat Alexander Kristoff, Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish. That was quite a heated sprint - and bodes well for the finish in Marseille.

  57. 125km - Having said that, the sprint is quite a feisty affair: Arashiro looks motivated early on, but then De Gendt and Lutsenko go at it shoulder-to-shoulder, with the Belgian crossing in first to take the prize and points. De Gendt seems pretty bent on a clean sweep today - so far he has won both climbs and the intermediate sprint. No change in the green jersey standings - but there are still points up for grabs for the peloton when they come in about 10 minutes.

  58. 130km - The next 'obstacle' for the leaders will be the intermediate sprint in about 5km. It is not likely to be contested though. They still have 10 minutes over the peloton.

  59. 135km - The escapees allow Thomas De Gendt to pick up the point over the top - and the Belgian thanks them in return. That puts him onto 3pts in the KOM standings, trailing leader Pierrer Rolland by 7pts. Europcar's nonchalence perhaps a sign that Rolland doesn't seriously see the polka dot jersey as a target for this year's race.

  60. 137km - The leaders are onto the Cat.4 Col de l’Ange - 1.6km at 4.1%.

  61. 138km - Orica-GreenEdge have their full quota of riders on the front of the pack controlling the pace. The peloton trails the break by 10:20. Their DS Matt White told Eurosport this morning that the team had two objectives today: 1. protect the yelloe jersey and, 2. get the stage win for Matt Goss. If they manage both, that will be three wins on the bounce for the Australian team whose previous biggest impact on the finish was through their broken down team bus.

  62. 140km - Interestingly, two of our escapees - Arashiro and Delaplace - were involved in a long break in last year's Tour, alongside now-retired David Moncoutie. The trio were swept up 12km from the finish in Rouen and the sprint was won by... Andre Griepel.

  63. 145km - Andre Greipel is confident but is concerned about his old team-mate Mark Cavendish, despite the Briton's bronchitis: "Mark, even if he's not too well, is going to be a danger so we will have to watch him. If it comes to a sprint, I should have a good chance because I'm going well and the team is strong. But the finish is tricky -there are some nasty climbs towards the finish and it won't be straight-forward. We've had four really hard days and there will be some tired legs."

  64. 150km - Eurosport spoke to Katusha's Alexander Kristoff this morning about the prospect of a sprint finish: "It's tough in the final and it depends how many sprinters will be there - but I expect everyone will be there. The focus is on Rodriguez not to lose time but I will go for the result and try and use the other teams in the final."

  65. 155km - Wonderful stat coming up: if Daryl Impey finishes nine places ahead of GreenEdge team-mate Simon Gerrans in the pack tonight then he will become the first South African to wear the Tour's yellow jersey. The pair are level on time on GC and so their order comes down to their coefficient stage placings. Interestingly, this is the same rule that saw Gerrans beat Spain's Alejandro Valverde in the Tour Down Under in January after he was level on time with the Movistar rider at the end of the race.

  66. 160km - The gap is down slightly to 11:40 for the six leaders. We haven't talked about Anthony Delaplace much so let's change that. The 23-year-old is riding his third Tour and will have high hopes of finishing the race after crashing out last year in stage seven, The Sojasun star was French junior national champion in 2007 and was very active in his debut Tour in 2011 after getting into breaks in stages 5, 10 and 15. One week after finishing 135th in Paris, he won the Polynormande race in Normandy.

  67. 165km - After a very sunny start to the Tour, the peloton are currently riding near some rather ominous looking grey clouds - although the sun is still peeking through. There has been rain fall in Marseille this morning. The oldest French city is being visted for the 35th time in the history of the Tour.

  68. 170km - In this neck of the French woods, the Mistral wind often blows in briskly from the north. It hasn't been so bad today and the riders are currently enjoying a slightly favourable tailwind. Tomorrow it could be worse: the stage is flatter and the roads are more open, so there is the potential for the wind to cause some chaos. The main GC hopes will have to ride cleverly to avoid being stuck in an echelon and dropped.

  69. 175km - The average speed for the leaders for the first hour of racing today was 37.6kmh. They currently have a 12:45 lead over the peloton, which is being controlled by the Orica-GreenEdge team-mates of yellow jersey Simon Gerrans.

  70. 180km - It's the 29th birthday of Ireland's Nicolas Roche (Saxo-Tinkoff) today. He came within nine seconds of taking the yellow jersey yesterday, which would have been a wonderful early present. Incidentally, it is also your live commentator's birthday too today. My name is Felix Lowe and you can follow me on Twitter @saddleblaze or read my daily Blazin' Saddles blog throughout the Tour de France...

  71. 185km - None of the six escapees has won a stage on the Tour de France before - not a surprise given we have three debutants. Thomas De Gendt famously won the queen's stage of the 2012 Giro d'Italia with a pulsating attack on the Stelvio which saw him move onto the final podium just one day ahead of the finish. He missed the Tour last year because of his wedding - and this year's Tour has been ruined by illness in Corsica. Today is the day he will try and turn things around.

  72. 190km - The most experienced rider in this break is Japan's Yukiya Arashiro, a veteran of three Tours. The 28-year-old has got better in each one of them, finishing 129th in his debut in 2009, 112th one year later and 84th last year. He is the virtual yellow jersey on the road: he trailed Simon Gerrans by 3:42 on GC this morning and the gap of the six escapees is over 12 minutes now.

  73. 195km - The lead is up to 12 minutes for the six escapees, who are: Yukiya Arashiro (Europcar), Kevin Reza (Europcar), Romain Sicard (Euskaltel), Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

  74. 200km - Two of those Tour debutants are youth world champions - Euskaltel's Sicard, who won the junior road race in Mendrisio in 2009, and Lutsenko, who won last year at Valkenburg. We have one national champion too - Yukiya Arashiro of Japan.

  75. 202km - Of the leading group of six, three are making their Tour de France debut this year: Frenchmen Kevin Reza and Romain Sicard, and Kazakhstan's Alexey Lutsenko. The 20-year-old Astana rider is the second youngest rider in the Tour. The youngest is Vacansoleil's Danny van Poppel, who is just 19 and is the first teenager to ride the race since the 30s.

  76. 206km - The lead of the six escapees is up to 10 minutes now. Things are going well for this break - although it's still hard to see them staying out all the way.

  77. 208km - As expected, it's Thomas De Gendt of Vacansoleil who takes the 2pts over the summit, with Anthony Delaplace crossing in second place for 1pt.

  78. 210km - We're onto the Cat.3 Cote de Chateauneuf-Grasse (1.4km at 8.4%). It's likely that De Gendt will go for the points. Although he can't reach Rolland's KOM tally today, be needs to have some new targets in his race following his horror show in Corsica. With the GC out of the question, the Belgian may go for the polka dot jersey here on in, so these points will help him get started.

  79. 215km - The leaders are approaching to the first climb of the day. There are only five points up for grabs and so Pierre Rolland's polka dot jersey is not under threat.

  80. 218km - CRASH: Enrico Gasparotto of Astana hits the deck back in the peloton. The Italian had a run in with the pavement but is back on his bike.

  81. 220km - The six escapees have more than five minutes on the peloton, so it's going pretty well - especially for Arashiro, who is now the virtual yellow jersey. The Japanese rider is 3:42 down on GC.

  82. 225km - Europcar have two riders in the break - the Japanese national champion Yukiya Arashiro and debutant Kevin Reza. Belgian Thomas de Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) is there after losing over 20 minutes in Corsica. We also have Romain Sicard (Euskaltel), Anthony Delaplace (Sojasun) and Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

  83. 228km - ATTACK: Right from kilometre zero there's an attack and we have six riders out ahead.

  84. 228.5km - They're off! The first road stage on mainland France is under way...

  85. 11:05 - 195 riders start today's stage following the controversial disqualification of Cannondale's Ted King yesterday. The American, who injured himself badly on stage one in that pile up, rode the entire TTT on his own yesterday and finished seven seconds outside the cut off - although there was a confusion with his time and it was thought that he may have been reinstated. But no - the race officials have shown no compassion for the 30-year-old Tour debutant.

  86. 11:00 - The riders are currently in the neutral zone ahead of today's stage - there has been a delay to the official start because of traffic jams.

  87. 10:55 - The white jersey is Polish 23-year-old Michal Kwiatkowski, who has been doing a sterling effort in the sprints for OPQS in the absence of Mark Cavendish, who has been suffering from bronchitis, plus was held up in that crash towards the end of Saturday's opening stage.

  88. 10:55 - Frenchman Pierre Rolland is the polka dot jersey after an active showing in the two hilly stages in Corsica. The Europcar climber has 10pts - double the total of Simon Clarke (GreenEdge) and Blel Kadri (Ag2R). Rolland's team lost over a minute in yesterdays TTT which is a severe dent for his GC hopes. But it does mean he could well be let off the leash to attack a bit more freely in the Pyrenees this weekend. Today there are just five KOM points up for grabs over the four categorised climbs.

  89. 10:50 - Peter Sagan, who will be one of the favourites to end his run of second-place finishes and take the win today, remains in the green jersey after some consistent finishes (but no cigar) in Corsica. He leads Marcel Kittel by 74 points to 57 in the standings.

  90. 10:45 - Simon Gerrans leads team-mates Daryl Impey and Michael Albasini on GC, with all three GreenEdge men level on time at the top. Sitting one second back are OPQS pair Michal Kwiatkowski and Sylvain Chavanel - and both riders may target the maillot jaune over the next few days before the Pyrenees. Sky's Chris Froome is poised in seventh place at three seconds, while Saxo-Tinkoff's Alberto Contador is six seconds further back in 12th place.

  91. 10:42 - Yesterday, Orica-GreenEdge secured successive wins with victory in the team time trial in Nice. One day after Simon Gerrans sprinted to stage three success, GreenEdge put their main man in yellow with a blistering ride to deny world champions Omega Pharma-Quick Step. A new record for the fastest ever team time trial in any Grand Tour capped a remarkable turnaround for the Australian team, whose bus caused something of a fracas on day one when breaking down on the finish line in Bastia.

  92. 10:40 - Welcome to live coverage of stage five of the Tour de France - the first road stage on mainland France in this year's 100th edition of the Grande Boucle. On the menu for the remaining 195 riders is an undulating 228.5km ride through Provence between Cagnes-sur-Mer and Marseille and featuring four lower-category climbs.