HTC-Columbia’s Mark Cavendish proved critics wrong by winning stage 5 of the 97th Tour de France. Through the efforts of teammate Mark Renshaw and the rest of the HTC-Columbia team, Cavendish did not disappoint and finished first on the 187.5km flat tour de France stage.
Second place went to Gerald Ciolek of Team Milram and third place went to Edvald Boasson Hagen of Sky Professional Cycling Team. This was the 11th stage win for young Brit throughout his entire cycling career.
The stage 5 race began at Epernay and ended in Montargis. An early breakaway was instigated by of José Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d’Epargne), Jurgen van de Walle (Quick Step) and Julian El Fares (Cofidis). With four kilometers left before the finish line, Guiterrez made an effort for a solo lead but the HTC-Columbia team were on top of the peloton as it entered the town. Other teams like Lampre-Farnese Vinia dn Team Garmin-Transitions also attempted to take over the lead but Cavendish bested them all and rode fiercely, leaving the rest of the peloton behind him.