Making a move just 3 miles from the finish, Thomas Voeckler of BBOX Bouygues Telecom was able to solo to victory. This is Voeckler's first tour stage win in five years, but it's sure to be just as sweet.
Fabian Cancellara remains in the Maillot Jaune.
Stage 5 Results
1 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) BBOX Bouygues Telecom - 4:29:35
2 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus) Team Katusha - 0:00:07
3 Mark Cavendish (GBr) Team Columbia - HTC
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin - Slipstream
5 Gerald Ciolek (Ger) Team Milram
6 Danilo Napolitano (Ita) Team Katusha
7 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne
8 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank
10 Thor Hushovd (Nor) Cervelo Test Team
General classification after stage 5
1 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank 15:07:49
2 Lance Armstrong (USA) Astana
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Astana 0:00:19
4 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Astana 0:00:23
5 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Astana 0:00:31
6 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:00:38
7 Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa) Astana 0:00:51
8 Tony Martin (Ger) Team Columbia - HTC 0:00:52
9 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:06
10 David Millar (GBr) Garmin - Slipstream 0:01:07
Full results here..
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"Voeckler wins 5th Tour de France stage
By SAMUEL PETREQUIN
PERPIGNAN, France (AP) - Thomas Voeckler of France claimed a solo victory Wednesday in the fifth stage of the Tour de France, a 122-mile ride from Le Cap d'Agde to Perpignan.
Following a long breakaway, Voeckler made his move 3.1 miles from the finish to escape from a small group of riders and cross the finish line by himself.
Fabian Cancellara of Switzerland retained the yellow leader's jersey. Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong is second overall, by a fraction of a second, with Astana teammate Alberto Contador of Spain 19 seconds back in third." Read more from the AP...
"Voeckler succeeds from breakaway on sprinter's stage
Five years is a long time between drinks at the Tour and it had been that long since Thomas Voeckler tasted Tour glory. The drinks are on him in Perpignan tonight after he won stage five in that city. An all-day break bore fruit for the Frenchman and he narrowly outran the peloton on another challenging day.
As the old adage goes, 'Once bitten, twice shy', those wary of another Astana-assisted assault on the front of the peloton were more vigilant today." Read more from CyclingNews.com...