Simon Clark, the 35-year-old Australian rider of Israel Premier Tech, today (Wednesday) won the fifth stage of the Tour de France and made history for the team, which recorded a debut victory in the Tour de France.
Clark dismantled one of the toughest sections in the first week of the column which was laden with 11 cobblestone sections, stones interlocking in the middle of a field full of dust.
It took him 3: 13.35 hours between Lille and Ehrenberg but Clark's victory, which came after he maintained his place in the escape along with four riders, will be remembered by the team for many years to come.
Clark said at the end: "Israel picked me up when I did not have a team and I took the opportunity. I won at Valletta and the Giro but I still do not believe I won here. I must see the finish of the finish, it is not perceived. After 20 years riding in Europe today the dream came true".
Christies Nildes, the Latvian of Premier Tech said at the end: "I am very happy for Clark, we worked hard for it. He always works for the team and it is gratifying that he won such a hard day."
Wat Van Art is left with the yellow shirt despite a bad day for his team Yumbo Wisma and he holds a 13-second lead from the second-ranked.
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