Stage 5 of the 2012 Tour de France featured an entertaining late push from Andre Greipel and Matthew Goss, and in the end Greipel claimed his second-straight stage win by jumping at just the right time on the day's route that connected connected Rouen to Saint-Quentin to the valley of the Somme in Northern France.
Here is a quick recap of the decisive push from Chris Fontecchio of SB Nation's Podium Cafe.
Andre Greipel of Lotto-Belisol timed his jump perfectly again to win his second consecutive sprint stage of the Tour de France in Saint-Quentin. Matt Goss of Orica GreenEdge opened up the sprint, coming past the riders from the breakaway and clear into the lead, but he jumped far too early, and Greipel stayed cool, shifting from his leadout to the wheel of Cofidis' Sammy Dumoulin, just behind Goss. World Champion Mark Cavendish of Sky had no response to any of it, but Greipel did, coming past Goss and Dumoulin at the perfect moment.
1. Andre Greipel, 4:41:30
2. Matthew Goss, s.t.
3. Juan Jose Haedo, s.t.
4. Mark Cavendish, s.t.
5. Samuel Dumoulin, s.t.
6. Tom Veelers, s.t.
7. Oscar Freire, s.t.
8. Alessandro Petacchi, s.t.
9. Sebastien Hinault, s.t.
10. Yohann Gene, s.t.
Here are the other standings via SB Nation's Podium Cafe.
- Bradley Wiggins, Sky, at 0.07
- Sylvain Chavanel, OPQS, s.t.
- Tejay Van Garderen, BMC, at 0.10
- Boasson Hagen, at 0.11
- Peter Sagan, Liquigas, 155 points
- Goss, 137
- Greipel, 132
- Cavendish, 119
- Petacchi, 91
The official Tour de France website provides details on each stage and an overview of the race.