69th Tour de Suisse - PT
Switzerland, June 11-19, 2005
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& report Stage
Stage 5 - June 15: Bad Zurzach - Altdorf UR, 172.4 km
Commentary by Jeff Jones, with additional reporting from Anthony Tan
Complete live report
Live coverage starts: 15:00 CEST
Estimated finish: 17:30 CEST
Welcome back to the Tour de Suisse
for our live coverage of Stage 5, 172 km between Bad Zurzach and Altdorf UR.
Today's stage is fairly lumpy, with a couple of Cat. 3 climbs at km 120 and
km 143 sure to liven things up. There are also two bonus sprints at Arth (km
133) and Brunnen (km 157).
After yesterday's sprinters' stage, Jan
Ullrich (T-Mobile) is still in yellow with a two second advantage over Brad
McGee (Francaise des Jeux), who has kept the pressure off his team by not going
for the bonus seconds en route. That means the T-Mobile boys will ride to defend
the jersey, even if it's not their main goal in this tour.
15:09 CEST 86.4km/86km to go
At the moment, we
have a breakaway of seven riders: Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank), Grégory Rast
(Phonak Hearing Systems), Allan Johansen (Team CSC), Gustav Erik Larsson (Fassa
Bortolo), Yannick Talabardon (Crédit Agricole), Michael Albasini (Liquigas -
Bianchi), René Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner), who have 3'46 on the T-Mobile led
peloton. They escaped after 50 km, and have never gained more than 4'22. That's
enough to keep Jan in yellow, as Talabardon is the best placed on GC, starting
the day in 55th at 7'09 behind.
15:14 CEST 93.4km/79km to go
(Illes Balears) didn't start today, reducing the field to 151 riders. And during
the stage, Christophe Le Mevel (Credit Agricole) also abandoned.
Davitamon-Lotto has put a couple of men in front of the peloton to control the
break. After McEwen's huge sprint yesterday, he probably fancies his chances
of another stage win.
15:29 CEST 105.4km/67km to go
has pegged the gap to about 4'00, not letting this break of seven get too far
15:38 CEST 109.4km/63km to go
(Domina Vacanze) has abandoned, reducing the field to 149 riders.
The weather today is quite good, although it was a bit humid at the start. The
sun is out at least.
15:48 CEST 125.4km/47km to go
Rast takes the
5 points at the top of the Cat. 3 climb at Udligenswil, ahead of Talabardon,
Den Bakker, and Haselbacher.
Davitamon-Lotto has pulled the gap back
to 3'41 now with 47 km to go.
15:52 CEST 127.4km/45km to go
FDJ has put a man
in front of the peloton to help the chase. There are a couple of T-Mobile jerseys
up there, as well as Moos (Phonak). The gap is up to 3'56 again.
15:55 CEST 130.4km/42km to go
With his 5 points
on that last climb, Gregory Rast has now put himself on equal points with leader
Koldo Gil, so he will probably take the mountains jersey at the end of the day
as there is another climb to come.
Sprints leader Michael Albasini
(Liquigas) will also consolidate his lead today, as he is in the break too.
Lotto, FDJ, Phonak, and Lampre are chasing now.
15:58 CEST 132.4km/40km to go
As predicted, Albasini
takes the sprint points in Arth ahead of Johansen and Haselbacher.
16:01 CEST 134.4km/38km to go
The peloton has
upped the speed as it flies through Arth, 3'37 behind the breakaways. The front
of the bunch is strung out now.
16:05 CEST 136.4km/36km to go
The seven leaders,
working hard, hit the second climb of the day as the peloton starts to haul
them back. It's 3'29 now, but the break definitely has a chance.
16:08 CEST 138.4km/34km to go
Rast drive it up the climb, putting Haselbacher in a bit of difficulty. But
the Austrian is hanging on OK.
Talabardon now opens up a gap, but
the others are able to come back.
16:12 CEST 139.4km/33km to go
Now Albasini does
a strong turn...still, Haselbacher can hang on. He's the fastest on paper in
this break, so they probably don't want to take him to the finish.
The gap is 3'24, so the leaders are doing a good job.
16:14 CEST 140.4km/32km to go
The leaders reach
a flatter section of the climb, and Haselbacher actually rides to the front
and does a turn. Much harder to get dropped from the front than it is from the
16:16 CEST 141.4km/31km to go
The seven leaders
are less than a km from the top of the Sattel climb. Looks like Rast will be
back in the mountains jersey at the end of the day.
16:18 CEST 142.4km/30km to go
as the climb steepens in the last 500m, then drops back to third wheel, before
moving up again and taking the points ahead of Johansen and Larsson . The leaders
still have 3'28 at the top.
Rast has that Swiss TV camera on the
back of his saddle today.
Back in the peloton, and it's Lampre
doing most of the chasing now. It's not having much of an affect.
16:21 CEST 145.4km/27km to go
The peloton, led
by Lampre's Gerrit Glomser, crosses the summit of the Sattel climb 3'19 behind
the break. All the sprinters have survived, so maybe their teams will start
to chase again. 3'20 in 27 km is still possible.
Yep - here's Wim Vansevenant and
Nick Gates, who move to the front and start working.
16:23 CEST 147.4km/25km to go
At the back of
the bunch, Arnaud Coyot goes back to the Cofidis team car for bidons.
The riders in the break: Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank), Grégory Rast (Phonak
Hearing Systems), Allan Johansen (Team CSC), Gustav Erik Larsson (Fassa Bortolo),
Yannick Talabardon (Crédit Agricole), Michael Albasini (Liquigas - Bianchi),
René Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner).
The leaders are now on the descent
down to Brunnen, where the second sprint of the day is located. Haselbacher
has survived OK up until now.
16:26 CEST 150.4km/22km to go
It's 3'01 at the
bottom of the climb, as the bunch picks up speed. This will be touch and go
for the peloton. The breakaways might just stay away. We'll see in about 10
km how much the bunch has made up.
16:30 CEST 154.4km/18km to go
The seven have
2'33 on the peloton now with 19 km to go. It's coming down quickly, and the
leaders realise it. They are working harder.
It's still Vansevenant,
Gates, and Lampre chasing. They go through Altdorf and Vansevenant has to go
onto the footpath after taking a corner a bit fast.
16:32 CEST 155.4km/17km to go
also joined in the chase, with Knaven. 2'27 with 17 km to go.
Albasini takes the last sprint in
Brunnen ahead of Rast and Talabardon.
16:35 CEST 157.4km/15km to go
Lotto is really
working hard now, with Steegmans, Gates, and Vansevenant. There's a few FDJ
and Quick.Step jerseys up there too. It's 2'05 with 15 km to go.
Some sad news from Spain: Italian
rider Alessio Galletti (Naturino-Sapore di Mare) has been reported by VRT
as dying of a heart attack. He was 37.
16:38 CEST 160.4km/12km to go
The gap is now
under two minutes as the break rides alongside a beautiful blue lake. It's 1'52
with 12 km to go, and the peloton is running out of kilometres...
16:40 CEST 162.4km/10km to go
We have four teams
chasing this break of seven fairly hard, but it looks like the leaders will
stay away. It's not over yet though, but 1'48 in 10 km is hard to peg back.
16:41 CEST 163.4km/9km to go
1'42 now as the
peloton flies along at 55 km/h. There's not going to be much in it at the end,
and the break had better work all the way to the finish...
16:44 CEST 164.4km/8km to go
The leaders can
sense a victory, even though they only have 1'25 now. Although both Albasini
and Haselbacher are decent sprinters, one of the others could easily steal the
stage with a well timed attack.
16:45 CEST 165.4km/7km to go
The chase is relentless
though - if it's a minute in 6 km, it will be extremely close. Still Lotto,
FDJ, Quick.Step and Lampre working.
16:47 CEST 167.4km/5km to go
Johansen does a
turn in the break, then Den Bakker. Larsson attacks! That'll stir things up.
It strings everyone out, but the Swede can't get a gap. 1'13 with 5 km left.
16:48 CEST 168.4km/4km to go
but is pegged by Albasini and Den Bakker. He sits up. Albasini urges the others
to keep working.
16:49 CEST 169.4km/3km to go
The gap is a minute
as Den Bakker attacks with 3 km to go. He gets a gap. But Larsson is chasing
him, and Albasini.
16:49 CEST 169.4km/3km to go
chasing, not Larsson. But Den Bakker is back and the seven are together again.
1'03, so they should stay away.
16:50 CEST 170.4km/2km to go
but Albasini sees him coming and marks him. Now Talabardon counters - nice!
Den Bakker and Rast chase down Talabardon.
Larsson leads the rest of the group at 20m. This is dangerous.
Now it's Rast and Den Bakker together
in front. They've dropped Talabardon, but the others are coming back.
16:51 CEST 171.4km/1km to go
Albasini and Haselbacher
catch Rast and Den Bakker with 1 km to go. The other three also claw their way
It's more or less a seven man sprint.
Albasini is in front. Larsson goes very very early.
16:53 CEST 172.4km/0km to go
Albasini hits out
as Haselbacher gets himself boxed in, then Rast comes at Albasini but can't
quite get him and Albasini wins the stage! Rast second, ahead of Haselbacher.
Aurelien Clerc wins the sprint for 8th ahead of Angelo Furlan (Domina Vacanze)
and Markus Zberg (Gerolsteiner), 38 seconds behind.
No real changes
to the GC and Ullrich keeps yellow.
That's all folks from stage five.
Please join us again in the blimp for tomorrow's sixth stage between Bürglen
UR and Arosa, which has two very serious climbs in it. Should be fun!
1 Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi 3.48.01
2 Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
3 Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
4 Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC
5 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo
6 Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole
7 Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
8 Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.38
9 Angelo Furlan (Ita) Domina Vacanze
10 Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner
General classification after stage 5
1 Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 17.02.33
2 Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 0.02
3 Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 0.18
4 Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.12
5 Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 1.14
6 Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir 1.25
7 Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 1.31
8 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 1.41
9 Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step 1.47
10 Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.53
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