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In what can only be described as an insane day for the annals of the Tour de France, Graham Watson kept busy capturing a very tough day in the race. See stage 5 results here.


Boom Break

Stage winner Lars Boom (Belkin) dropped the hammer late in the stage to take the win in what might be the most epic day the Tour de France has seen in years. Photo by Graham Watson

Boom Boom

A jubilant Lars Boom (Belkin) celebrates one of the biggest victories of his career on Stage 5 of the 2014 Tour de France. Photo by Graham Watson

Breathe Deep

BMC's Michael Scharr digs deep during today's rain-slicked stage. Photo by Graham Watson


Overall contender Alberto Contador (Tinoff-Saxo) had a tough day on Stage 5, crashing at least once and finishing some 2 minutes and 40 seconds behind race leader Vincenzo Nibali. Photo by Graham Watson


We're not used to seeing Fabian Cancellara (Trek) struggling, but the Swiss strongman both crashed and showed some pain on today's epic stage. Photo by Graham Watson

Frank Blech

If it weren't for his Luxembourg national championship jersey it would be hard to tell this is Trek's Frank Schleck. The elder of the Schleck brothers dragged himself to the finish, a day after brother Andy abandoned the race and underwent knee surgery. Photo by Graham Watson

Goin Dutch

Lars Boom put his years of cyclocross experience into today's stage to take the win. Photo by Graham Watson

Johan Von Winteran

Today's grim conditions were just another day at the office for Garmin-Sharp's Johan Van Summeren who hails from Belgium. Photo by Graham Watson

Nibali Cobbali

Race leader Vincenzo Nibali and his Astana teammates made some serious progress in their campaign today, staying out of trouble and putting minutes into the GC contenders. Photo by Graham Watson

Nibali Fabian

Though Vincenzo Nibali has never been a man for the Classics, his strategy of hanging with the likes of Fabian Cancellara on today's stage paid huge dividends in his quest to add a Tour victory to his palmares. Photo by Graham Watson

Porte Rocket

With Team Sky's leader and defending Tour champ Chris Froome abandoning the race today, it may be Tasmania's Richie Porte who needs to step up. Photo by Graham Watson

Six Eyes Sagan

Cannondale's Peter Sagan raced admirably in the nasty conditions on Stage 5. Photo by Graham Watson

Talanski Tough

Though he crashed and lost a couple minutes to Nibali, American hopeful Andrew Talanski (Garmin-Sharp) hung tough and even put some time on Alberto Contador today. Photo by Graham Watson

Tejay Speaks

BMC's Tejay van Garderen was chatty before today's stage, but his post-race commentary was pretty scathing towards race organizers. It didn't help that he crashed hard negotiating a roundabout. Not a happy camper. Photo by Graham Watson