Tour de France – Stage 5 Wrap-up – Karma Police?

Congrats, to Tommy Voeckler for a terrific stage win today! Can you believe this was Voeckler’s first stage victory? It’s often forgotten that his yellow jersey exploit from several years ago was done without actually having won a stage. Voeckler’s Tour tenacity has finally been rewarded.

Tom Boonen flatted at the wrong time, leaving him off the back just as the peloton split along the coast. In the end it didn’t matter, but you’ve got to wonder if Tom and his team will ever get it together. This is his second bout of dumb luck in only 5 stages. Could it be karma?

And what a shame it was to see Robert Gesink struggling off the back for so long following an apparent fall. It took a while, but Rabobank finally gave their young hope some help, but in the end he still finished several minutes down. But don’t be surprised if the time he lost today is enough to give him the leeway he needs to win a stage, especially in the mountains. Maybe karma will reward Robert for hanging tough today.

Hope you enjoyed the stage today. What insights would you like to share with the rest of us?

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About Whit

My experiences might easily fit many cycling fans' definitions of “living the dream.” Since getting hooked on the sport watching Lance Armstrong win the 1993 U.S. Pro Championship, I've raced as an amateur on Belgian cobbles, traveled Europe to help build a European pro team, and piloted that team from Malaysia to Mont Ventoux. As a former assistant director sportif with Mercury-Viatel, I've also seen the less dreamy side of the sport – the side rife with broken contracts, infighting, and positive dope tests. These days, I live with my lovely wife in Pennsylvania and share my experiences and views on the sport at Bicycling Magazine, the Embrocation Cycling Journal, and at my own site, Pavé.
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