The Gorilla, Andre Greipel

Andre Greipel Wins Stage Five of the 2012 TDF

Rouen to Saint-Quentin (196.5 kilometers)

From a distance, stage 5 sounds quite like stage 4. On this mostly flat road another crash mere kilometers from the finish claimed several riders and the Gorilla won again. However, it is here at the gates of Saint-Quentin where we are beginning to see emotions running high and the personality of this race emerging. Thus, we would like to leave you with just a few quotes– thoughts on victory from our verbally austere German, words of humility bordering on heartbreak from the great Cancellara (who still wears the yellow jersey), and utter pissed-off-ness from the lately crash cursed Tyler Farrar

Griepel on victory
“I’m happy because I won another stage in the Tour de France.”

Griepel on his strategy for success
“Somehow I stayed on my bike.”

Cancellara on determination
“Everything is possible in life if you believe in it. However, in my opinion, from what I’ve seen of the Planche des Belles Filles climb and what I’ve heard about it, it’s a little bit too hard for me.”

Farrar yelling at Tom Veelers outside of the Argos-Shimano bus
“You don’t do that to someone! [expletives redacted]“