Mark Cavendish caught up in crash in final 500 metres; Tony Martin continues race lead. Photos by Graham Watson

Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took the victory on stage five of the Tour de Suisse after a crash in the final 500 metres put Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) out of contention.

Points classification leader Peter Sagan (Cannondale) placed second, with John Degenkolb (Giant-Shimano) in third.

Cavendish fell to the ground after another rider crashed directly in front of him on the first of two hairpin bends in the finale of the stage in Buren an der Aare. It appeared from overhead footage that Danny Van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) had nudged Matt Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) sideways into Cavendish’s path.

After dusting himself down, Cavendish got back on his bike and rolled over the line, with blood seeping through the right shoulder of his British national champion’s jersey.

During the stage, Omega Pharma-QuickStep manager Patrick Lefevre had aired his concerns via Twitter about the succession of corners toward the finish.

There was no change to the general classification, with Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) retaining his position at the top of the table ahead of Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Shimano).

At the start of the stage, Sander Armee (Lotto-Belisol), Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat) and Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty Groupe Gobert) formed the day’s break. Inevitably, the trio were reeled in with around 10 kilometres to go as the sprinters’ teams wound up the pace.

Bradley Wiggins (Sky) was a non-starter after withdrawing from the race due to a knee injury sustained as a result of a crash on stage four.

The 2014 Tour de Suisse concludes on Sunday, June 22.

Tour de Suisse 2014, stage five: Ossingen to Buren an der Aare, 184km
1. Sacha Modolo (Ita) Lampre-Merida in 4-08-06

2. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale
3. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano
4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha
5. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar all same time

Overall classification after stage five
1. Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Phrma-QuickStep in 18-27-47

2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano at 6 secs
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale at 10 secs
4. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin at 17 secs
5. Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp at 23 secs
6. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale at 27 secs
7. Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Movistar at 27 secs
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo at 28 secs
9. Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling at 29 secs
10. Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 29 secs

The peloton on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

The peloton on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Frederic Veuchelen leads an escape on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Frederic Veuchelen leads an escape on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Omega chases on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

Omega chases on stage five of the 2014 Tour de Suisse

  • poisonjunction

    Presumably all UCI authorised races have their routes authorised/veto’ed by the UCI, in particular where race organisers fail to display a duty of care and safety for competitors?

    There appear to be ample dual carriageways etc in Switzerland where finishes could safely be located, whats the problem! If the Swiss want the race …. ‘let them eat cake’!

    Nigel Wynn’s assessment of that last crash reads…

    … ‘.Van Poppel had nudged Goss sideways into Cavendish path’ …

    .. a ‘nudge’ eh! ….. Just sufficient to dislodge Goss from his bike!

    WOW, some nudge, but not an accident, a deliberate action …
    … what perhaps Nigel Wynn’s assesses as a ‘nudge’ from up to five hundred feet altitude[are they allowed to fly lower over built-up areas?], probably transfers at ground level, to a serious almost rugby style tackle/ attack ……
    ……the Race Judges opinions and actions will make interesting reading.

    Such deliberate actions, race midst like this, could endanger an entire fast moving bunch of riders, with the threat of career ending injuries for who knows how many, very unprofessional!

    Astonishingly Van Poppel carried on to contest the sprint as if nothing had happened!
    I sincerely hope for Van P sake, there are no repercussions on the road, the Td F starts in Yorkshire remember …. if found at fault/ guilty by the race judges ….. DQ’ing or suspending him, might literally save his skin.

    PS Circumstances totally different to those involving Cavendish in the past, which is not to say his actions were acceptable.

  • dourscot

    Lefevere is spot on about the finish – needlessly risky to have such narrow tight turns in a sprint. Interesting is one thing, career-ending another.