Tour de France Stage 5 result LIVE: Tadej Pogacar takes time from rivals as Simon Clarke wins stage



<p>Wout van Aert, in yellow, on the cobbles of northern France</p>
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Wout van Aert, in yellow, on the cobbles of northern France

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The 2022 Tour de France has been a relative no-brainer for most riders so far, barring a few minor crashes towards the end of the sprint stages. There was Geraint Thomas’ unwanted vest and Jasper Philipsen’s mistaken celebration, but most of the difficulties were minor compared to what could be in store for Stage 5, when the peloton tackles 11 cobblestone sectors that tend to have no shortage of drama bring.

The route is a 157km drive from Lille to Arenberg Port du Hainaut in northern France. An intermediate sprint at the start of the piece should bring the sprinters to the fore as they chase green jersey points ahead of the cobblestones – or pave – Begin. The same cobblestones that create such chaos in Paris-Roubaix (dubbed the “Hell of the North” for good reason) might well be abandoned as drivers zip through narrow, uneven tracks at high speed. Most of the sectors are around 1.3km long and take around 2 minutes to complete, and the main contenders will make it their mission to avoid trouble.

Mathieu van der Poel is the bookmakers’ favorite today, and with good reason, having twice won the Tour of Flanders over cobblestones. The man in the yellow jersey, Wout van Aert, sensationally won Stage 4 at Calais and will be a contender again here after winning cobblestone classics such as Gent-Wevelgem, while Dylan van Baarle (Ineos), Mads Pedersen (Trek–Segafredo), Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies) and Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step) all have Cobble wins to their credit palmares.

Follow all the action live below.

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Tour de France stage 5

In the end, Vingegaard and Van Aert lost just 15 seconds on Pogacar, which is truly incredible given the mechanical issue Vingegaard was suffering from – it shows the power of a strong team to limit the damage. They finished 1min 04s behind winner Clarke, as did Geraint Thomas and his Ineos teammates Adam Yates, Tom Pidcock and Dani Martinez.

However, Roglic finished 2 minutes and 59 seconds behind the stage winner, losing nearly two minutes to Pogacar in the GC standings.

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:36 p.m

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Wout van Aert keeps the yellow jersey

And this is how the overall rating looks like:

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Simon Clarke celebrates the win

Here’s a very worthy winner, Simon Clarke, who claimed his first Tour stage win today at the age of 35:

“After the winter I had when I didn’t have a team, I think you saw all year, I was swinging in every race, I was just trying to make the most of every opportunity.

“The stages I’ve won at the Vuelta before were all in the first week, so this morning I thought ‘maybe today’. I can’t believe I put it on the line, Taco was way ahead, I had cramps in both my legs and I was just praying it was enough. I have to watch the replay, I can’t believe it.

“I moved to Europe when I was 16, on the second day off I’m 36, so 20 years and a dream come true.”

Simon Clarke (right) puts Taco van der Hoorn on the line

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Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:29 p.m

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Tour de France stage 5

Here is the last kilometer of this crazy stage:

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Simon Clarke wins Stage 5

Wout van Aert is doing just enough to stay in the yellow jersey, the only consolation on a tough day for Jumbo-Visma.

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:23 p.m

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Stage 5 Top 5

1.Simon Clarke 2.Taco van der Hoorn 3.Edvald Boasson Hagen 4.Neilson Powless 5.Magnus Cort

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:16 p.m

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Simon Clarke wins Stage 5

Tadej Pogacar comes into play about 50 seconds behind the leaders. Jumbo Visma are back on the road for about a minute…

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:16 p.m

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Simon Clarke wins stage 5 in photo finish!

Aussie veteran Clarke does just enough to round Van der Hoorn and edge him down the line! A photo finish shows how close that was. What a degree. Edvald Boasson Hagen was third.

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:15 p.m

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Tour de France stage 5

Taco van der Hoorn and Simon Clarke fight for victory…!

Lawrence OstlereJuly 6, 2022 4:13 p.m

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Tour de France stage 5

Here they are approaching the target, it’s going to be a shootout…

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