It was all about the crashes, smashes and holding wheels in the sprint at Stage 5 of the Tour de France from Arras to Amiens.
9 Jul 2015 - 10:09 AM  UPDATED 9 Jul 2015 - 10:38 AM
Thursday 9 Jul 2015

In a stage that was riddled with riders hitting the deck, the biggest incident involved French star Nacer Bouhanni. The highly rated Cofidis sprinter hit the deck just 15km from the start. The incident aggravated an existing rib injury sustianed in a crash at the French national championships just a week before the Tour began.

Bouhanni has retired from the Tour and is expected to be out of action for eight to ten days.

Closer to home, Cannondale-Garmin's Jack Bauer was also a casualty of the crashes on Stage 5. The New Zealander was taken to hospital after crashing around 100km into the stage, where it was confirmed he had broken his hip. Bauer will return to European base Girona to recuperate.

Meanwhile, Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Albasini will not start stage 6 after it was discovered he had fractured his upper arm. His retirement means the Australian team have just six riders left in the race.

 

The riders may have been alternately avoiding crashes and hitting the deck throughout Stage 5, but they're not the only ones having a mare of a time as this moto rider can attest. Ooops...

 

The GC contenders battened down the hatches and went into survival mode today after the excitement of the previous stages' echelons, the Mur de Huy and the pave. There was no change in the general classification time gaps, with Tony Martin retaining the yellow jersey, Chris Froome 12 seconds back and Tejay Van Garderen in third at 25 seconds. The Fab Four of Contador, Froome, Nibali and Quintana all made it through the stage unscathed.

 

After yesterday's teeth-rattling cobbles footage, today's pick of the onboard rider footage is all about two things: crashing and sprinting. Go on, adrenaline junkies - you know you want to. You might even learn some new French swear words too.