Lars Boom wins Tour de France cobbles stage

Chris Froome crashes out as Vincenzo Nibali places third to distance overall rivals and increase race lead

Lars Boom attacks on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

Lars Boom (Belkin) took a solo win at the end of an eventful day on stage five of the 2014 Tour de France. It was a day that saw Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) extend his overall lead, and Chris Froome (Sky) quit the race after crashing.

It’s hard to know where to begin with this astonishing stage between Ypres and Arenberg Porte de Hainult. It was only 155.5km long, but it featured nine cobbled sections. Or rather, it would have featured nine sections except that the foul weather and strong wind ‘forced’ the race organisers to cut two of them out and shorten the race distance by three kilometres.

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