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Last Updated: Thursday, 10 July, 2003, 10:29 GMT 11:29 UK
Stage five as it happened
Stage Five: Troyes - Nevers - 196km.

All the action as it happened from the fifth stage of the centenary Tour de France which took the riders from Troyes to Nevers.

1544 Alessandro Petacchi launches a brilliantly timed attack to take his third stage win of the Tour. Australia's Baden Cooke and Robbie McEwen had looked well placed to clinch victory but Petacchi appeared out of nowhere to steal glory.

1543 Once's Angel Vicioso, one of the sprinters, takes a tumble as the finish nears.

1541 Pineau's brave attack is over as the peloton swallow him up, spearheaded by the team.

1538 Jerome Pineau is the latest to break away from the peloton, but he only has a 10 second lead with less than 8km remaining.

1528 Italian champion Paolo Bettini of Quick Step leads a three-man breakaway. He is joined by Alexandre Vinokourov and Sebastian Hinault and the trio soon establish a 15 second advantage over the peloton.

1523 Finot's lead does not last long. The sprinters teams, Fassa Bortolo, Lotto-Domo, and Rabobank, take charge at the front.

1519 Frederic Finot, the new leader of the mountains classification, hits the front as the stage heads towards the finish in his home town.

1516 The peloton step up the pace again and reduce the gap to 25 seconds.

1502 The sprinters in the peloton appear to be playing a waiting game with the leaders, allowing the gap to increase to over a minute. They could wait until the final 20km before making their move.

1454 Laszlo Bodrogi makes it a clean sweep of today's sprints.

Result of the Bazolles sprint:
1 Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step)
2 Nicolas Jalabert (Team CSC)
3. Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole)

1444 The leaders now look certain to be swallowed up soon, with the peloton only a minute and a half behind.

Result of Cote de Rennebourg climb
1 Frederic Finot (Jean Delatour)
2 Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole)
3 Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step)

1430 France's Frederic Finot will take the polka dot jersey at the end of the stage after picking up maximum points in the two climbs on Thursday.

Result of Bailly sprint
1 Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step)
2 Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole)
3 Ludovic Turpin (AG2)

1418 The leaders' advantage is down to less than two minutes with 70km remaining. Vladimir Karpets, top of the young riders' classification, suffers a puncture.

1403 The leaders are being caught by the peloton with the sprinters' teams forcing the pace. Lance Armstrong, a second off the overall lead at the start of the stage, is currently ahead of US Postal team-mate Victor Hugo Pena, the yellow jersey wearer.

1347 The leading five are now three minutes ahead of the peloton. Tyler Hamilton has the strapping on his broken collar bone removed by the race doctor. The American was injured in a crash during the first stage.

1328 Jens Voigt receives treatment from the race doctor after being stung by a bee but is quickly back with the leading pack.

1319 The peloton reaches the first intermediate sprint of the stage with a two minutes 35 seconds deficit to make up. Hungary's Laszlo Bodrogi takes maximum points in the sprint.

Result of Nitry intermediate sprint:
1 Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick Step)
2. Jens Voigt (Credit Agricole)
3. Nicolas Jalabert (Team CSC)

1305 The leading group maintain their two-minute advantage after 69km. Laszlo Bodrogi, one of the group of five, began the race one minute and a half behind overall leader Victor Hugo Pena and could take over at the top should he stay in front.

1252 The peloton reach the summit of the Cote de Tonnerre nearly two minutes behind the leaders.

Result of Cote de Tonnerre climb:
1 Frederic Finot (Jean Delatour) 5 points
2 Laszlo Bodrogi (Quick-Step) 3 points
3 Nicolas Jalabert (Team CSC) 1 point

1241 The leading five have an advantage of a minute and a half at the 50km mark. Credit Agricole's Jens Voigt is the only previous stage winner among them.

1220 The leading pack now comprises Nicolas Jalabert, Laszlo Bodrogdi, Jens Voigt, Ludovic Turpin and Frederic Finot. The five riders are a minute ahead of the peloton.

1208 The peloton slices 10 seconds off the escape group's lead, which was 30 seconds at the 25km mark.

1157 14 riders escape the peloton, including US Postal's Roberto Heras and ONCE's Angel Vicioso, and are 35 seconds ahead at the 20km mark.

1150 Auge is quickly caught by the peloton and the Kelme and CSC teams lead the pack at the 10km mark.

1147 Credit Agricole's Stephane Auge is the first to go on the attack and is 50m ahead of the peloton.

1144 The temperature at road level is 40 degrees celsius.

1135 All 196 riders set off from Troyes.

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