2012 Tour Down Under Photos: Stage 5

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Willunga Hill awaits
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Bjarne Riis and Luke Roberts of Saxo Bank before the start of Stage 5 in McLaren Vale
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Race leader Martin Kohler and his BMC team have a tough day ahead
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Euskaltel-Euskadi
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Edvald Boasson Hagen (Sky Procycling)
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Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) speaks to fellow Belgian Eddy Merckx
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Simon Gerrans (GreenEdge) rides to sign-in
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The peloton rides along Aldinga Beach on the road from McLaren Vale to Willunga Hill
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The BMC team of race leader Martin Kohler assumes responsibility at the front of the peloton
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Martin Kohler in the ochre jersey
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The finish area at Willunga Hill
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There is a good sized crowd of cycling fans waiting on Willunga
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Nathan Haas (Garmin-Barracuda) on the attack on Willunga
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Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil)
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Simon Gerrans is well-placed in the chase group
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A helicopter hovers above, shooting the action
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The stage comes down to a sprint between Valverde and Gerrans....
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Valverde crosses the line first.  Gerrans takes the leader jersey but he
and Valverde are tied on overall time going into the final stage.
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Celebration for the Movistar team
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Kohler at the finish
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Valverde
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BMC's Manuel Quinziato
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Heinrich Haussler (Garmin-Barracuda)
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Omega Pharma-Quick Step riders hydrate at the finish
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Valverde, back from his suspension, wasted no time in getting back on a victory podium
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Gerrans and podium girls.  Gerrans has the slimmest of leads going into the final stage.
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