Lars Boom takes dramatic fifth stage of Tour de France

Lars Boom wins the fifth stage of the Tour de France following an eventful race from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut.

Belkin rider Lars Boom has won an eventful fifth stage of the Tour de France.

The 152.2km race from Ypres to Arenberg Porte du Hainaut got off to a dramatic start as defending champion Chris Froome fell twice.

Lars Boom of The Netherlands and the Belkin Pro Cycling Team enters the final sections of cobbles en route to victory in the fifth stage of the 2014 Tour de France on July 9, 2014© Getty Images

The second tumble proved too much for the Team Sky rider as it was confirmed shortly after that he had pulled out of the Tour.

In treacherous conditions, Dutchman Boom eventually finished ahead of the Astana duo of Jakob Fuglsang and Vincenzo Nibali, who remains in the yellow jersey.

Cannondale's Peter Sagan secured a fourth-place finish, while Fabian Cancellara of Trek came in fifth.

Germany's Marcel Kittel celebrates his yellow jersey received from Britain's Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge on the podium on July 5, 2014
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