Cavendish involved in mass pile-up, Roche 11th in Tour de Suisse

Mark Cavendish today completed the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse, a day after being involved in a mass pile up.

Mark Cavendish today completed the fifth stage of the Tour de Suisse, a day after being involved in a mass pile up.

The 25-year-old from the Isle of Man finished well down on today’s winner Marcus Burghardt (BMC Racing) after the 172.5-kilometres stage to Frutigen.

Going into stage 6, Ireland's Nicolas Roche of the AG2R La Mondiale team is 18 seconds behind the leader Tony Martin from Germany who rides for Team HTC - Columbia. Roche is 11th overall while Donegal man Philip Deignan is in 128th place, 32 minutes 51 seconds behind the leader.

Cavendish (HTC-Columbia) was reportedly the subject of a two-minute rider protest at the beginning of today’s stage following his involvement in yesterday’s crash.

Heinrich Haussler and Cavendish clashed in a high-speed collision as they were striving for victory in stage four.

Both hit the tarmac at speed, wiping out numerous other riders, and Haussler (Cervelo Test Team) was forced to retire from the race due to his injuries.

“I didn’t see Cavendish coming,” said Haussler yesterday.

“He drove into my wheel and before I knew it, I went down and was lying on the ground.”

Cavendish also underwent X-rays before being cleared to return to the saddle as he continues his preparations for next month’s Tour de France.

UCI Road Tour de Suisse, Frutigen, Switzerland

Leading final positions after Stage 5 (Wettingen – Frutigen, 172.5km): 1 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 4hrs 21mins 23secs, 2 Martijn Maaskant (Ned) Garmin – Transitions at 0.02secs, 3 Daniel Oss (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo at 0.04, 4 Robbie McEwen (Aus) Team Katusha at 0.47, 5 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini at same time, 6 Marco Marcato (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team at same time, 7 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step at same time, 8 Johannes Frohlinger (Ger) Team Milram at same time, 9 Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at same time, 10 Simon Gerrans (Aus) Sky Professional Cycling Team at same time, 11 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini at same time, 12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at same time, 13 Andreas Kloden (Ger) Team Radioshack at same time, 14 Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi at same time, 15 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto at same time

Selected Others: 105 Jeremy Hunt (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team 4hrs 30mins 16secs, 129 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team HTC – Columbia at 11mins 07secs

General classification after Stage 5: 1 Tony Martin (Ger) Team HTC – Columbia 18hrs 57mins 47secs, 2 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) Team Saxo Bank at 0.01sec, 3 Thomas Lofkvist (Swe) Sky Professional Cycling Team at 0.09, 4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Caisse d’Epargne at 0.10, 5 Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick Step at 0.11, 6 Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team at same time, 7 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank at 0.13, 8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Team Saxo Bank at 0.14, 9 Nicolas Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel – Euskadi at 0.15, 10 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at 0.17, 11 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale at 0.18, 12 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa) Quick Step at 0.19, 13 Levi Leipheimer (USA) Team Radioshack at same time, 14 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha at 0.21, 15 Sandy Casar (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux at 0.24

Selected Others: 108 Mark Cavendish (Gbr) Team HTC – Columbia 20hrs 22mins 53secs, 128 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervelo Test Team 19hrs 30mins 38secs, 132 Jeremy Hunt (Gbr) Cervelo Test Team at 33mins 53secs

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