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  • ARENBERG, France -- Reigning champion Chris Froome crashed twice and quit the Tour de France on Wednesday during a chaotic, nerve-jangling, filthy fifth stage full of spills. Dante Pettis 49ers Jersey . Froome fell even before the seven cobblestone patches on the slick road from Ypres, Belgium, to Arenberg-Porte du Hainaut in France. Riders had known months ago about the bone-jarring course; incessant rain made it even more treacherous. The withdrawal of the Team Sky leader left the race wide open with 16 stages still left. Overall race leader Vincenzo Nibali wasted little time in speeding ahead, notably after he saw that his other big rival for the title this year, two-time Tour victor Alberto Contador, had trouble on the second run on cobbles. Sensing the danger from the rain, race organizers scrapped two of the nine scheduled cobblestone patches, and reduced the stage by three kilometres (two miles). But that still wasnt enough to stop many riders from tumbling. Froome, already nursing pain in his left wrist from a crash on Tuesday, took his third and last spill in two days about halfway through the stage. With a cut under his right eye, the Team Sky leader limped over to a team car, climbed in, and drove away. Froome tweeted he was "devastated" to have to withdraw. "Injured wrist and tough conditions made controlling my bike near to impossible," he wrote. He wished luck to new Sky leader Richie Porte of Australia and his other teammates for the rest of the race. "Its devastating for Chris and for the team," Sky boss Dave Brailsford said. "We really believed in Chris and his ability to win this race. But its not to be this year. "When you have a day like today, when you have a setback, you have to roll ahead and go again, you have to recalibrate your goals. Richie Porte came on the Tour to be the team leader No. 2, and he showed great ability to ride the cobbles the way he did." The last time a defending champion abandoned the Tour was five-time winner Bernard Hinault of France in 1980, according to French cycling statistics provider Velobs.com. Nibali, too, was one of several high-profile riders who crashed, recovered and excelled on the 152.5-kilometre (95-mile) route. The Italian finished third and extended his lead. He and second-place Jakob Fuglsang of Denmark were 19 seconds behind stage winner Lars Boom of the Netherlands. "This is a special, special day for me," said Boom, who rides for Belkin Pro Cycling. "I was really looking forward to the cobblestones." Overall, Nibali leads Astana teammate Fuglsang by 2 seconds. Cannondale rider Peter Sagan of Slovakia was third, 44 seconds back. Contador, breathing hard under a mask of mud at the finish, lost about 2 1/2 minutes to Nibali: Hes 2:37 back, in 19th place. Skys Porte was eighth overall, 1:54 back, and Valverde was 10th, 2:11 behind. Svein Tuft of Langley, B.C., was tied for 99th in the stage, 13:51 off the lead. Christian Meier, also from Langley, was 15:23 off the pace in a tie for 117th. Tuft is 140th overall and Meier is 144th. Nibali expressed little reaction to Froomes pullout. "We have to be calm. The road to Paris is very long," he said. "Cycling is made of crashes, and we have to take that into account." Others who went down but kept going included Americans Andrew Talansky and Tejay van Garderen, Spains Alejandro Valverde, and Germanys Marcel Kittel, winner of three of the first four stages. In what was perhaps the days most visually dramatic crash, Belgiums Jurgen van den Broeck went hurtling over his handlebars in a bend on a cobblestone patch, and tumbled into a grassy roadside. While the chaos on the course raised questions about riding in such poor conditions -- critics in social media had a field day -- it made for great racing imagery: Many riders were caked in sloppy, wet mud on their faces and shins, their biceps jiggling as they held their handlebars. A mix of sweat, rain, mud and drool dropped from many chins. Many looked as if theyd ridden through a shower of chocolate pudding. The race heads to Champagne country on Thursday, with a mostly flat 194-kilometre (120-mile) run from Arras to Reims in Stage 6.Tarvarius Moore 49ers Jersey . Jamies number grades given are out of five, with five being the best mark. Darcy Kuemper, Minnesota (5): He was calm, poised, and looked comfortable all game. Fred Warner 49ers Jersey . He made that dream a reality Wednesday night. Olt, who grew up in Branford, Connecticut, attended UConn and made a nearly 2 1-2 hour trek to Boston a handful of times to watch the Red Sox, belted a two-run homer, one of four hit by Cubs in a 16-9 rout that completed a three-game interleague series sweep.To celebrate Sky Sports 25th birthday this week, we relive some laugh-out-loud Soccer Saturday moments with Jeff Stelling and the gang. From Chris Kamara not having a clue whats going on in his game to Paul Merson capturing a classic Premier League moment in the only way he can, Soccer Saturday has produced some classic live TV moments.Hit the video at the top of the page to watch our special montage or read on... I feel good!The James Brown dancing doll became infamous during the 2008/09 season when striker James Brown scored eight goals for Stellings beloved Hartlepool. However, the doll was rarely seen on the show for a couple of years due to Browns lack of goals, but it made a rare appearance in January 2012, and he struck when Matt Le Tissier was covering the game in the studio. What scenes! Geoff celebrates a James Brown goal in true Soccer Saturday style Fire at HQJeff and the lads were forced to evacuate the studio in 2015 after a fire alarm went off at Sky Studios. The live programme was forced off air for nearly 30 minutes while firefighters investigated the problem. Thankfully, no serious incidents were found and the guys returned to the studio unscathed with Jeff addressing the nation in a firemans helmet joking that it was pretty hot in here. Unbelievable JeffThe classic Kammy phrase has become synonymous with the show. He uses it every week to describe incidents, even ones that arent really worthy of the meaning of the word. However, the phrase slipped his mind when reporting from the Vitality Stadium as Bournemouth scored with the last kick of the game to salvage a draw against Everton but Jeff was on hand to remind him.I cant believe what Im seeing Johnny Phillips reports from a rocking Vicarage Road One of the most incredible endings to a game was brought to life by reporter Johnny Phillips. The play-off tie between Watford and Leicester was tied at 2-2 on aggregate going into the 96th minute when Leicester were awarded a contentious penalty. Philips provided live commentary of a spectacular double-save from Manuel Almunia which triggered a remarkable counter attack with Watford breaking up the field and Troy Deeney netting at the other end to seal a place in the play-off final. With the gantry shaking, Phillips somehow managed to deliver his report - but only just.Kammys a real head turner Whats going on Kammy? Some of the funniest Soccer Saturday moments have occurred when ggoals go in during a live report from the ground, meaning reporters are sometimes caught on the hop. San Francisco 49ers Jerseys. The chief culprit in this department is Chris Kamara. His most famous moment came in 2007 when David Healy seemingly equalised for Fulham against Middlesbrough when Kammy was live. As his monitor wasnt working, Kammy kept turning around to watch the action and had little clue whether the goal was disallowed. Jeff had to step in and clear up the incident for the viewers.  Why does it always rain on me The best bits from Jeff Stelling and the Soccer Saturday panel. Sent to report on the League Two match between Dagenham & Redbridge versus Scunthorpe, reporter Bianca Westwood got caught up in a storm that caused the game to be abandoned. Unfortunately for Bianca, her position near pitch-side wasnt sheltered from the elements and she got an absolute soaking and there was little sympathy from the studio.Merson reacts to THAT Aguero winnerMerson was the lucky man in the hot seat for one of the most stunning moments in Premier League history when Sergio Aguero netted a late winner in a 3-2 victory over QPR that saw Manchester City win the title. Mersons accompanying commentary of the memorable goal only added to the incredible drama. He said: Its gone mad. Mancinis on the pitch, running around. Theyre all cuddling each other - theyve got love bites and everything.Oblivious Kammy Red card, Geoff? Has there? Kammy is oblivious to a sending off in his game Perhaps the most iconic moment in the shows 24-year history is Kammys report from Portsmouth and Blackburn in 2007. The camera cuts to Kammy to discuss Anthony Vanden Borres sending-off which had come through on the vidiprinter. 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