Defending champ Froome abandons Tour, Boom wins Stage 5

The Sports NetworkJuly 8, 2014 

Arenberg Porte du Hainaut, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Defending champion Chris Froome pulled out of the Tour de France after crashing twice during Wednesday's fifth stage.

A day after hurting his wrist in a crash in the fourth stage, Froome took another spill in the rainy conditions of the 152.5-kilometer trek from the Belgian town of Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut in France.

He managed to rejoin the peloton, but withdrew from the race after falling hard again in advance of the first of seven cobblestoned sections.

Lars Boom won the fifth stage, completing the treacherous route in a time of 3 hours, 18 minutes and 35 seconds. The stage was to include nine patches of cobblestones, but the wet conditions forced race organizers to remove two of them before the start.

Vincenzo Nibali will continue to wear the leader's yellow jersey after finishing third on the stage. Nibali remains two seconds ahead of Jakob Fuglsang, who finished second. Both riders were 19 seconds behind Boom.

Former Tour winner Alberto Contador lost 2:35 on Nibali after a 37th-place finish Wednesday.

Thursday's Stage 6 is a 194-kilometer jaunt from Arras to Reims.

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