Team HTC-Columbia used their proven Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish strategy to win stage 5 of the 2010 Tour de France. The 187,5km stage from ?pernay to Montargis saw a long breakaway of three riders, Spanish Caisse d’Epargne rider Jos? Gutierrez, French rider Julien El Fares of Team Confidis and Belgium rider Jurgen Van de Walle of Team Quick Step.
The three break away riders remained in front for most of the stage though HTC-Columbia, Cervélo TestTeam and Lampre moved the peloton forward to catch the riders. As the peloton caught the riders, Gutierrez attempted a solo break away with about 5km to go though was soon caught.
Through the narrow streets of Montaargis, the peloton was lead by Garmin Transitions who were trying to place Tyler Farrar in the final kilometres. Team HTC Columbia were also moving forward along with the other top sprinters however it was once again Mark Renshaw and Mark Cavendish of HTC Columbia who used their formula for success to outpace the Garmin riders and other challengers. Mark Cavendish was well placed in the final sprint and took a convincing stage victory.
The standings once again remain largely unchanged, Cerv?lo TestTeam rider Tor Hushovd in the Green points leader jersey and Fabian Cancellara of Team Saxobank holds onto the yellow leaders jersey.
Tomorro sees the peloton riding 227,5km, the longest stage of the 2010 Tour de France from Montargis to Gueugnon.