July 08, 2015

AMIENS, France (AP) A brief look at the 5th stage of the Tour de France on Wednesday:

Stage: A 189.5 kilometers (117.5 miles) ride in rainy and windy conditions through the battlefields of World War One from Arras to Amiens that was marred with seven crashes.

Winner: Andre Greipel, who overpowered Peter Sagan and Mark Cavendish with an impressive burst of acceleration in the final 300 meters.

Yellow jersey: Tony Martin, who retained the coveted shirt he won in Stage 4. Martin has a 12-second lead over 2013 Tour champion Chris Froome. American Tejay van Garderen is in third place, 25 seconds back.

How did the ''Fab Four'' perform? On slippery roads, the favorites' main concern was to stay safe. They all escaped unscathed, with the general classification unchanged. Second-placed Chris Froome leads Alberto Contador by 36 seconds, Vincenzo Nibali is 1 minute and 38 seconds adrift and Nairo Quintana lags 1:56 behind.

Quote of the day: ''It's mother nature, either you've got the fast twitching muscles, or you don't have them. I've got to thank my mother for the fast-twitching muscles.'' - From Andre Greipel, when asked why German riders are so good in sprints.

Stat of the day: 59.58 - In kilometers per hour, the average speed in the stage final kilometer, on a damp road.

Next stage: Thursday's sixth stage is another mostly flat stage for sprinters, taking the pack over 191.5 kilometers (119 miles) from Abbeville to Le Havre, France's biggest commercial port.

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