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Tour of California 2009 Stage 5: Cavendish Noses Boonen; Leipheimer Still Leads

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Stage 5 was another good one, but I wasn't able to catch it all. I did see Cavendish win again, this time just a bit further ahead than the day before, giving him more time to mug for the cams. 

Team Columbia-Highroad again delivered Cavendish to the finish line at the front, where he sprang off the lead-out wheels to win with ease.  And once again it was Quick Step's Tom Boonen (BEL) who finished second in the stage, just ahead of Pedro Horrillo (ESP) of Rabobank.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/press/2009-stage5-results.html

It turns out the first hour of many bike races has some of the best racing, as cyclists try to go off the front and make it stick. Depending on who is there in the front group, the peloton may be indifferent, or they may all reel them in with one team who cares the most doing the most work. 

Despite the apparent ease of victory for Cavendish, it was a long, hard stage for him and the rest of the field.  A six-man group escaped only seven miles into the 134.3- mile route from Visalia to Paso Robles, with early attacks led by Jelly Belly's Matthew Crane (USA), who was eventually joined by Jeff Louder (USA) of Team BMC, Robert Gunn (AUS) of Fly V Australia Powered by Successful Living, Glen Chadwick (NZL) of Rock Racing and Cameron Evans (CAN) Ouch Presented by Maxxis.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/press/2009-stage5-results.html

Cam Evans looked good when the others were struggling. But it was not to be...

At 50 miles to go, Quick Step, Team Columbia-Highroad and Saxo Bank began sharing the load at the front, and the time differential decreased rapidly.  The breakaway splintered under the pressure, with Chadwick being the last one reeled in with less than three miles to go, when Team Columbia-Highroad led Cavendish to take over.
http://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/news/press/2009-stage5-results.html

Fifty-nine riders tied, and here are the top 20. The GC (overall) remained much the same... 

1.   22   GBR 19850521 CAVENDISH Mark* THR 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
2.   41   BEL 19801015 BOONEN Tom QST 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
3.   54   ESP 19740927 HORRILLO MUNOZ Pedro RAB 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
4.   63   ITA 19801127 CHICCHI Francesco LIQ 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
5.   83   NOR 19780118 HUSHOVD Thor CTT 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
6.   133   ARG 19830418 HAEDO Lucas Sebastian COL 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
7.   166   USA 19730903 RODRIGUEZ Freddy RRC 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
8.   73   SUI 19780923 ELMIGER Martin ALM 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
9.   152   AUS 19831205 SULZBERGER Bernard VAU 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
10.   107   AUS 19770617 MENZIES Karl OCM 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
11.   17   ARG 19810126 HAEDO Juan Jos SAX 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
12.   56   GER 19751103 NIERMANN Grischa RAB 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
13.   111   USA 19780922 JACQUES-MAYNES Ben BPC 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
14.   33   USA 19780313 DANIELSON Thomas GRM 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
15.   1   USA 19731024 LEIPHEIMER Levi AST 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
16.   38   USA 19790112 ZABRISKIE David GRM 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
17.   16   GER 19710917 VOIGT Jens SAX 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
18.   26   SWE 19840404 LVKVIST Thomas THR 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
19.   2   USA 19710918 ARMSTRONG Lance AST 05.07'28" 00.00'00"
20.   4   USA 19711023 HORNER Christopher AST 05.07'28" 00.00'00"

Locations

Visalia, California
United States
36° 19' 48.594" N, 119° 17' 32.5104" W
Paso Robles, California
United States
35° 41' 2.2164" N, 120° 48' 14.2092" W
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