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Tour de Suisse 2005 – Stage 5

June 15, 2005 – Swiss rider Michael Albasini (Liquigas) won the 172km fifth stage of the Tour of Switzerland from Bad Zurzach to Altdorf, outsprinting six other breakaway riders for the win. With none of the breakaway riders a threat on GC, it was another comfortable day for Jan Ullrich (T-Mobile), who continues to nurse a slim 2-second lead in the overall.

The winning break attacked after 50km, with Maarten Den Bakker (Rabobank), Grégory Rast (Phonak Hearing Systems), Allan Johansen (Team CSC), Gustav Erik Larsson (Fassa Bortolo), Yannick Talabardon (Crédit Agricole), and René Haselbacher (Gerolsteiner) joining Albasini. With Talabardon the best-positioned on GC more than seven minutes behind Ullrich, it was the ideal scenario for the German. The break gained more than six minutes, but was severely reeled in near the end, maintaining only a 38-second advantage at the finish.

Canadian Mike Barry (Discovery) finished 27th in the main bunch, and now stands at 39th overall, 4:57 down.

1. Michael Albasini (Swi) Liquigas-Bianchi 3.48.01
2. Gregory Rast (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems
3. Rene Haselbacher (Aut) Gerolsteiner
4. Allan Johansen (Den) Team CSC
5. Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe) Fassa Bortolo
6. Yannick Talabardon (Fra) Credit Agricole
7. Maarten Den Bakker (Ned) Rabobank
8. Aurelien Clerc (Swi) Phonak Hearing Systems 0.38
9. Angelo Furlan (Ita) Domina Vacanze
10. Marcus Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner

27 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel

GC after Stage 5
1. Jan Ullrich (Ger) T-Mobile Team 17.02.33
2. Bradley McGee (Aus) Française Des Jeux 0.02
3. Michael Rogers (Aus) Quick Step 0.18
4. Dario Frigo (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 1.12
5. Beat Zberg (Swi) Gerolsteiner 1.14
6. Fabian Jeker (Swi) Saunier Duval-Prodir 1.25
7. Georg Totschnig (Aut) Gerolsteiner 1.31
8. Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC 1.41
9. Patrick Sinkewitz (Ger) Quick Step 1.47
10. Tadej Valjavec (Slo) Phonak Hearing Systems 1.53

39 Michael Barry (Can) Discovery Channel 4.57

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