The final stage is a shortened version of the cycling classic Liège-Bastogne-Liège with no fewer than three ascents of La Redoute.
Numerous riders went on the offensive early. The Belgian Cycling Champion Tom Boonen tried (and failed) a couple of times to assert his presence.
A group of eleven, including Sven Nys, Greg Van Avermaet and Björn Leukemans was able to beak free. However, it was over and out after 100km.
Luis Leon Sanchez sprung into life on the second ascent of the Côte de Banneux. He was around half a minute ahead of the rest.
The Belgian Philippe Gilbert tried to make up time on the leader during the final ascent of La Redoute. Meanwhile, a tired Tony Martin wasn’t going to give in.
Gilbert, Klöden, Martin and Gavazzi went after Sanchez during the final 20km. However, it was to no avail and Sanchez took the fifth stage. The Italian Francesco Gavazzi was second with our compatriot Philippe Gilbert coming in third.
Tony Martin’s fifth place in the fifth stage was enough to make him overall winner for the second year running. Luis Leon Sanchez was second overall with Philippe Gilbert ending the Tour of Belgium in third place.