Vaitkus takes stage in Denmark

Tomas Vaitkus was the surprise winner of the fifth stage of the Tour of Denmark, which Jens Voigt st

Tomas Vaitkus was the surprise winner of the fifth stage of the Tour of Denmark, which Jens Voigt st
PICTURE BY TIM DE WAELE What was supposed to be a fairly easy fifth stage in the Tour of Denmark, 195 kilometres from Odense to Roskilde, turned out to be a lot of work for the peloton due to strong winds, small and twisty roads, and a string of attacks. "It was very nervous all day with a lot of wind and a lot of attacks. I had expected it to be much easier, but we actually had to work a lot," said CSC rider Jens Voigt, who, despite riding with a flat tyre for the last kilometre, kept his yellow jersey. The tough stage resulted in the peloton crossing the finish-line in several groups, but after all the battle for stage victory came down to a sprint. Stuart O'Grady, who had dropped to fourth place on the GC after the time trial, was clearly eager to earn some bonus seconds and his Cofidis team-mates undertook the job of chasing down the last breakaway. On the finish-line Lithuanian champion Tomas Vaitkus managed to squeeze himself just ahead of O'Grady, but the Australian still accomplished his mission of moving into third place as Brian Vandborg, who had been holding the third spot, couldn't quite keep up with the first group. The stage also saw the first serious crashes in the race - both victims being Alessio riders. First Claus Michael Moller, while reaching out for a bottle from his service car, rode straight into a parked car, breaking its front window with his head. But the Dane got off very lucky with about 10 stitches in the wound and a badly split lip. It could have been much worse. Shortly after Michael Skelde went down in the last of the final three laps. The Dane, riding his only third race since he almost lost his life in a crash in the Three Days of de Panne in March, once again hit the tarmac head-first. Fortunately, only his chin took a bad beating and needed a number of stitches. But Skelde was clearly shaken after the incident. Stage 5, Odense-Roskilde 1 Tomas Vaitkus (Lit) Landbouwkrediet-Colnago 195km in 5.01.14 (38.84kph) 2 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 3 Andr Korff (Ger) T-Mobile 4 Fabrizio Guidi (Ita) CSC 5 Jeremy Hunt (GB) MrBookmaker.com 6 Lars Michaelsen (Den) CSC 7 Giosu Bonomi (Ita) Saeco 8 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) CSC 9 Fabio Baldato (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 10 Michel Van Haecke (Bel) MrBookmaker.com Overall standings 1 Jens Voigt (Ger) CSC 16.23.13 2 Kurt Asle Arvesen (Nor) CSC 0.01 3 Stuart O'Grady (Aus) Cofidis 0.51 4 Brian Vandborg (Den) Post Danmark 0.57 5 Peter Van Petegem (Bel) Lotto-Domo 1.04 6 Max van Heeswijk (Hol) US Postal 1.05 7 Michael Barry (Can) US Postal 1.06 8 Joost Posthuma (Hol) Rabobank 1.12 9 Ellis Rastelli (Ita) Alessio-Bianchi 1.33 10 Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Bankgiroloterij 1.35
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