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Summary

  1. Andre Greipel wins sprint finish
  2. Peter Sagan second, Mark Cavendish third
  3. Chris Froome remains second in general classification
  4. Tony Martin remains in yellow

Live Reporting

By Paul Fletcher

All times stated are UK

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Well, that is just about it from me today. Nothing happened for some time as the riders headed towards Amiens and then, boom, an explosive finish and more disappointment for Cav.

Could he possibly get on board with the slightly uphill finish on Thursday? Join me then to find out.

What about Thursday?

Stage six
Tour de France

Here is what Team Sky's Geraint Thomas is expecting: "There's a little uphill finish so it could be one for Sagan or Australia's Michael Matthews rather than the pure sprinters. Maybe Valverde might get up there, too. It depends on what that little kick is like but certainly those riders' teams will try to take the legs out of the pure sprinters like Cavendish and Kristoff."

Our riders are warming down right now after a hard but impressive day in the saddle! #AllezTeamSky #TDF2015

Our riders are warming down right now after a hard but impressive day in the saddle! #AllezTeamSky #TDF2015

Stage 5 result

1. Andre Greipel (Ger) Lotto 4hrs 39mins

2. Peter Sagan (Slo) Tinkoff - Saxo same time

3. Mark Cavendish (GB) Etixx - Quick-Step

4. Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Katusha

5. Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Team MTN

6. John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant

7. Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ

8. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Europcar

9. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre

10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing

Martin retains yellow

Yellow Jersey

Classification

1. Tony Martin (Ger) / Etixx - Quick-Step 17hrs 19mins 26secs

2. Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky +12secs

3. Tejay van Garderen (US) BMC Racing +25secs

4. Tony Gallopin (Fra) Lotto +38secs

5. Peter Sagan (Svk) Tinkoff - Saxo +39secs

6. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing +40secs

7. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step +46secs

8. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff - Saxo +48secs

9. Geraint Thomas (GB) Team Sky +1min 15secs

10. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step +1min 16secs

You have to hand it to Greipel, he came from a long way back there #bbccycling

Cav & EQS are going to have to re-think their sprint strategy, again. #bbccycling #tdf

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"Peter Sagan is going to be furious, within three of four bike lengths he was past Greipel with such a fast late surge but he completely mistimed it. From the overhead shot it looked like he left it too late.

"Normally it would be a stage for Mark Cavendish but Greipel left it so, so late and timed it to perfection. Sagan was probably the fastest rider but it is not all about top-end speed but about crossing the line and it is so difficult to get it right."

Yellow jersey

No change at the top of the general classification, so Tony Martin remains in yellow, with Chris Froome 12 seconds behind him.

Andre Greipel crosses the line
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Superb timing from German Andre Greipel, known as the Gorilla. Peter Sagan was finishing extremely fast but left it moments too late.

And Peter Sagan got second with Mark Cavendish third.

Greipel wins stage five

Andre Greipel celebrates
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And in a big sprint finish Andre Greipel takes it to win his second stage of the 2015 Tour.

400m to go

Round the right-hand bend. Seconds left.

1km to go

Big left-hand turn successfully negotiated. Tony Martin on the front with his Etixx - Quick-Step team-mates, including Mark Cavendish. 

John Degenkolb is lurking.

2km to go

Mark Cavendish tucked in behind Tony Martin, plus another three of his team-mates. The riders are in Amiens now.

3.5km to go

Another roundabout successfully negotiated. Andre Greipel got squeezed out crossing one and has lost ground.

The riders on the road
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The roads look dry. We are down to less than 6km now. Trains are forming at the front of the peloton.

Kristoff, Cavendish, Sagan, Greipel - they're all up there as they negotiate a roundabout.

"It looks like Alexander Kristoff is on the wheel of Mark Cavendish," said Rob Hayles. "They are all starting to bunch up now."

"So many people want the same piece of road," reckons Simon Brotherton.

8km left.

Safety first

#TDF2015 the big goal for us as the race enters the final 10kms is to arrive safely. It has been a nervous day with all the wind and rain.

Hmm, I stand corrected. We have another quick dash through the open roads before we approach Amiens. Less than 10km, BMC take to the front. The train moving. 

We've left the countryside behind for the day, there are less than 11km left now. Some familiar teams - Sky, BMC, Tinkoff-Saxo, Movistar - at the front.

Tony Martin has a very focused look on his face.

"It is getting very physical out there," remarks Simon Brotherton.

The second group is more than six minutes behind. Forget all about them.

The pace is still on the up. How are your nerves?

Thibaut Pinot back in touch.

Well, we've had a few spills today, the rate of attrition has not diminished with a few more riders climbing aboard the broom wagon. But it looks like we might just get our first sizeable charge to the line at this year's Tour. Mark Cavendish was my pick earlier and I'm sticking with him. He has punctured and been caught behind a crash, but he is still in there, with Etixx teammates. I imagine his trials have only added to the fire in his belly.

Matt SlaterBBC Sport at the Tour de France

Bantz.

Closing in on 15km left. Everything is starting to speed up...

#bbccycling Jack Bauer hospitalized after 2 crashes? Damn it, he died on Day 2 of @24fox & got up to kill more baddies. #harsh?

If there is anything 24 has taught me it's that Jack Bauer would never give up... #TDF2015 #bbccycling

If there is anything 24 has taught me it's that Jack Bauer would never give up... #TDF2015 #bbccycling

BSE's Armindo Fonseca was towards the back and went down after breaking on the white lines. Didn't even touch anyone. Pinot working hard to get back in touch.

"It looked like a rider clipped the right-hand kerb approaching a corner, about halfway down the main field," said Rob Hayles.

"It started with one of the Katusha riders and it set off all the way down the peloton."

Thibaut Pinot is involved. It wasn't especially high speed but there were plenty down.

Another crash

There has been a big crash that has brought down a sizeable number of riders.

A dull #TDF day, apparently. Fine by me; saw the last 3 stages, but back in work today! Cav to win; Greipel to keep #MaillotVert #bbccycling

Not often I look out of the window in Salford and see a meteorological scene that surpasses what the Tour has to offer....

Last time Cav had the yellow jersey in his lead-out train... well that was pretty successful #bbccycling

#bbccycling I rode that route 2012 on my way to Paris. The scale of death is unimaginable. #lestweforget

#bbccycling I rode that route 2012 on my way to Paris. The scale of death is unimaginable. #lestweforget

There are three roundabouts in the final 6km of the stage, two of them back-to-back.

We've already had a few crashes to day and the retirements of Jack Bauer and Nacer Bouhanni.

It is very windy at the moment.

The riders cycle toward the finish line
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Four minutes now between the two main groups, 32km left. I wish I had more to report. Windy, blustery.

"With the rain the sprinters will have to be careful at the finish," said Rob Hayles. "If it is wet and they go full gas around the bend close to the finish they will be into the barriers. The strong headwind at the finish could be a key factor. You have to bide your time in a headwind and go with 100-150m to go."

The riders at the Tour de France
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Patience....

Calm before the storm?

"You can switch off and let your guard down and that is when you have those silly crashes, you get your handlebars caught up or something like that. The pace can actually be too slow for some riders, you feel like your legs are blocking up," reckons Rob Hayles.

It might not look like much is happening, but today will probably require more mental energy from the riders than any other stage. #TDF2015

The yellow jersey, green, white and polka are all in the sizeable front group. Breaks as a consequence of the strong winds have not materialised.

"This has all the hallmarks of a bunch sprint," remarks Rob Hayles.

It is the teams expected to contest the GC who are currently driving the pace along, although that said yellow jersey Tony Martin briefly appears on the front.

"In contrast to what we have seen in the first four days, it is currently extremely dull," remarks Simon Brotherton.

You can listen to Simon and Rob Hayles by clicking on the play button on this page.

The peloton is currently ambling along (although I should add that it is ambling at 42km per hour). Just over 42km to go. 

The pace has dropped right off.

"There is no way the peloton could have continued to have raced like they did over the opening few days," reckons Rob Hayles.

FDJ's Steve Morabito is back on his bike after an incident that may or may not have involved a water bottle. 

The second group of riders, which include Sky's Richie Porte and Peter Kennaugh as well as Movistar's Alex Dowsett, are more than three minutes behind.

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

"It has been an extremely tough opening week for the riders. Some of them will be relieved to be in the second group just rolling into the finish.

"This is one of the first times that we have seen in this year's Tour the peloton backing off quite considerably, just happy to roll along."

The second group is 2'22" behind the first. #TDF2015

Seems like there's a lot of top riders being spat out the back of the peloton today. #tdf #bbccycling

We've got a shade on the long side of 50km left. The pace is still pretty decent but the rain has disappeared for the moment.

Cav is back in business after his earlier puncture. Still backing him for a stage win? Let us know on 81111 or tweet #bbccycling

Rob Hayles reporting that we are about to hit some slightly undulating road and reckons we could be in for some more splits.  

We asked for your memories of visiting the battlefields.

Every time I look at images of today's stage they appear to be passing a cemetery or memorial.

#bbccycling route today resonates strongly in N Ireland. Bravery & sacrifice of 36th Ulster Division never forgotten

#bbccycling route today resonates strongly in N Ireland. Bravery & sacrifice of 36th Ulster Division never forgotten

Route coming very close to Beaumont-Hamel, where Newfoundland Reg. wiped out on first day of the Somme. Visited in '04. #bbccycling

#bbccycling cemetery at Verdun in 2011. The scale of it was hard to comprehend db.tt/xE9gGrU2

Visited Arnhem last year, one of the most moving experiences ever. Lest we forget #bbccycling

Visited Arnhem last year, one of the most moving experiences ever. Lest we forget #bbccycling

Rob Hayles

Former GB cyclist

"Team Sky offloaded that pressure to everybody else when they lost the yellow jersey on Tuesday but they still sit in a very good position, with Chris Froome in second place."

The field goes past the South African memorial at Bois Delvill. The split in the peloton is now at roughly two and a half minutes. Peter Kennaugh is among those in the latter half, as are Thomas Voeckler and Pierre Rolland.

Apparently Jack Bauer is on his way to hospital after crashing twice today.

About 60km left.

The main field
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