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Froome, already nursing pain in his left wrist from a crash on Tuesday, took his third and last spill in two days about halfway through the stage. With a cut under his right eye, the Team Sky leader limped over to a team car, climbed in, and drove away.
Froome crashes out on bumpy 5th Tour stage
of the weather. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
Nibali expressed little reaction to Froome pullout.
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is a special, special day for me, said Boom, who rides for Belkin Pro Cycling. was really looking forward to the cobblestones. Nibali leads Astana teammate Fuglsang by 2 seconds. Cannondale rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia was third, 44 seconds back. Contador, breathing hard under a mask of mud at the finish, lost about 2 1/2 minutes to Nibali: He 2:37 back, in 19th place. Sky Porte was eighth overall, 1:54 back, and Valverde was 10th, 2:11 behind.
Froome tweeted he was to have to withdraw. wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible, he wrote. He wished luck to new Sky leader Richie Porte of Australia and his other teammates for the rest of the race.
poor conditions critics in social media had a field day it made for great racing imagery: Many riders were caked in sloppy, wet mud on their faces and shins, their biceps jiggling as they held their handlebars. A mix of sweat, rain, mud and drool dropped from many chins. Many looked as if they ridden through a shower of chocolate pudding.
ARENBERG, France (AP) Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed twice and quit the Tour de France on Wednesday during a chaotic, nerve jangling, filthy fifth stage full of spills.
The race heads to Champagne country on Thursday, with a mostly flat 194 kilometer (120 mile) run from Arras to Reims in Stage 6.
devastating for Chris and for the team, Sky boss Dave Brailsford said. really believed in Chris and his ability to win this race. But it not to be this year.
Italy Vincenzo Nibali, wearing the overall leader yellow jersey, in second position, Denmark Jakob Fuglsang, right, stage winner Lars Boom of The Netherlands, center in green, and Switzerland Fabian Cancellara, second left rear, ride during the fifth stage of the Tour de France cycling race over 155 kilometers (96.3 miles) with start in Ypres, Belgium, and finish in Arenberg, France, Wednesday, July 9, 2014. (AP Photo/Bernard Papon, Pool)
The withdrawal of the Team Sky leader left the race wide open with 16 stages still left.
Sensing the danger from the rain, race organizers scrapped two of the nine scheduled cobblestone patches, and reduced the stage by three kilometers (two miles). But that still wasn enough to stop many riders from tumbling.
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have to be calm. The road to Paris is very long, he said. is made of crashes, and we have to take that into account. who went down but kept going included Americans Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen, Spain Alejandro Valverde, and Germany Marcel Kittel, winner of three of the first four stages. In what was perhaps the day most visually dramatic crash, Belgium Jurgen van den Broeck went hurtling over his handlebars in a bend on a cobblestone patch, and tumbled into a grassy roadside.
you have a day like today, when you have a setback, you have to roll ahead and go again, you have to recalibrate your goals. Richie Porte came on the Tour to be the team leader No. 2, and he showed great ability to ride the cobbles the way he did.
Froome fell even before the seven cobblestone patches on the slick road from Ypres, Belgium, to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in France. Riders had known months ago about the bone jarring course; incessant rain made it even more treacherous.
Nibali, too, was one of several high profile riders who crashed, recovered and excelled on the 152.5 kilometer (95 mile) route. The Italian finished third and extended his lead. He and second place Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark were 19 seconds behind stage winner Lars Boom of the Netherlands.
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