Tour de Suisse: Mark Cavendish crashes in sprint finale as Sacha Modolo wins
Mark Cavendish is denied a chance of his second stage win at the Tour de Suisse after a crash-affected sprint finish.
By Niall McGlone
Last Updated: 18/06/14 5:17pm
Sacha Modolo (Lampre-Merida) took the win after avoiding the mass pile-up on the penultimate corner and the Italian had the pace to come around Peter Sagan (Cannondale) in the dash for the line, with John Degenkolb bouncing back from a fall yesterday to take third.
Cavendish had been well marshalled by a strong lead out from his Omega Pharma - Quick-Step team-mates, but the Manxman couldn't avoid crashing after two riders collided immediately in front of him, leaving him with nowhere to go.
Race leader Tony Martin meanwhile, rolled in with the large front group to ensure that he maintained his six-second advantage over Tom Dumoulin at the top of the general classification, with Sagan still in third.
The relatively flat stage had taken the riders 183.6km from Ossingen and it wasn't long before a three-man breakaway established itself as the peloton headed west towards the finish in Buren A.D Aare.
Tony Martin and Omega Pharma - Quick-Step were content to let the break go as Sander Armee (Lotto-Belisol), Jaroslaw Marycz (CCC Polsat) and Frederik Veuchelen (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) slipped up the road in the opening kilometres.
The escapees were eventually reeled in with 10.3km to go as the sprinters teams came to the fore, with Tinkoff-Saxo, Katusha, Garmin and AG2R La Mondiale all attempting to disrupt the Omega Pharma - Quick-Step sprint train ahead of the technical finish.
Cavendish looked to be in prime position to take his second stage win in as many days, but he couldn't avoid Matt Goss (Orica GreenEdge), who crashed in front him after being clipped by Danny van Poppel (Trek Factory Racing) on the tight right-hand corner.
Both Sagan and Modolo managed to avoid the carnage behind them and it was the Italian who had enough to come around the Cannondale rider for his seventh win of the season, with Degenkolb holding on for third.
Stage five result
1 Sacha Modolo (ITA) - Lampre, 4:08:06
2 Peter Sagan (SVK) - Cannondale, same time
3 John Degenkolb (GER) - Giant-Shimano, st
4 Alexander Kristoff (NOR) - Katusha, st
5 José Joaquín Rojas (SPA) - Movistar, st
6 Danny van Poppel (NED) - Trek, +2secs
7 Jonas Van Genechten (BEL) - Lotto, +4
8 Heinrich Haussler (AUS) - IAM Cycling, st
9 Nino Schurter (SUI) - Orica GreeEdge, +5
10 Jacopo Guarnieri (ITA) - Astana, +7
1 Tony Martin (Ger) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, 18:27:47
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Shimano, +6secs
3 Peter Sagan (Svk) Cannondale, +10
4 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin, +17
5 Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Garmin-Sharp, +23
6 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondakle, +27
7 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar, same time
8 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Tinkoff-Saxo, +28
9 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling, +29
10 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st