Francesco Ventoso Wins Stage 5 of 2011 Tour Down Under

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01/22/2011| 0 comments
by AP and Roadcycling.com
Team Movistar's Francesco Ventoso wins stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under 2011. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.
Team Movistar's Francesco Ventoso wins stage 5 of the Santos Tour Down Under 2011. Photo Fotoreporter Sirotti.

Francesco Ventoso Wins Stage 5 of 2011 Tour Down Under

Team Movistar's Francesco Ventoso won the fifth of six stages at the Tour Down Under on Saturday as Lance Armstrong finally made a mark on his final bike race outside the United States, taking his turn at the front before finishing 75th.

Willunga and helped the breakaway open a 40-second lead before they were reclaimed by the peleton near the 102-kilometer mark.

Three riders, Ben Hermans and Australians Jack Bobridge and Richie Porte, broke away on the second slog to the summit of Old Willunga, claiming King of the Mountains points. They were then joined by a group of 18 riders including Ventoso, Meyer and Australians Michael Matthews and Goss, who finally dueled for the stage win.

The leading group was down to 18 riders with three kilometers to go and was being chased by a second group which included defending champion Andre Greipel of Germany, who was desperate to keep his tour chances alive. Greipel started the stage in fifth place overall and 15 seconds off the lead, but his 27th-place showing on Saturday dropped him to eighth, 27 seconds behind Meyer and out of contention.

Ventoso surged to the finish line narrowly ahead of Matthews with Goss third.

"I'm a little bit frustrated because I probably should have won the sprint," said Goss, who still has a chance to win the tour on Sunday.

He is eight seconds behind Meyer while Laurens Ten Dam of the Netherlands is third, 10 seconds down on Meyer.

"I got boxed in on the barriers with about 200 meters to go and had to stop and go again," he said. "I'm not saying I would have won but if I didn't have to stop I could have been a lot closer."

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