2011 Tour of the Mediterranean Photos - Stage 5

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Unorganized remnants of an early 17-man breakaway ride through Sainte-Maxime on the Mediterranean.  They know the peloton is right behind them, so they may as well enjoy the scenery.
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The peloton is stretched out as it prepares to ride along the Mediterranean sea.
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Jack Bauer and Rene Mandri of Endura Racing follow Thomas Voeckler (Europcar)
and Christian Knees (Sky Procycling).
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Race leader Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) had his team to thank the previous day for helping haul in a breakaway and setting him up for another stage win and another day in yellow.  But Stage 5 to Mont Faron in Toulon would be more complicated.
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David Moncoutie (Cofidis), left, rides in his usual spot in the latter half of the peloton.
But unlike Feillu he likes this stage finish to Mont Faron.
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With the breakaway caught, things have relaxed somewhat in the peloton.
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On Mont Faron, Jean-Christophe Peraud (AG2R La Mondiale) battles with David Moncoutie (Cofidis), twice before winner on this mountain, in the final kilometer.
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Feillu gave it all he could but finished 41st on the day, two minutes behind the stage winner.
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German national champion Christian Knees (Sky Procycling)
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Davide Apollonio (Sky Procycling)
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Michael Barry (Sky Procycling)
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Nicki Sorensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard)
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Moncoutie wins again atop Mont Faron and also takes overall victory
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Moncoutie on the podium
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A very happy Moncoutie in yellow
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