July 08, 2004
Stage 5: 200.5 km Amiens-Chartres
Fairly straightforward stage for the sprinters. One 4th-category climb on the day, at about 70 kms. One possible gotcha is heavy crosswinds expected late in the stage, where it's possible the field could split, leaving some of the sprinters out of the lead group.
BBC Sport says the stage is well-suited to Alessandro Petacchi, and he's got to be just itching for a stage win; he hasn't even been that close yet this Tour. Robbie McEwen will also be looking for the stage win.
I'm still hoping for a successful break Bobke can use on Al Trautwig.
Starting Stage 5, it's:
Kessler is more than a minute ahead of former white jersey Fabian Cancellara.
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