Valverde wins Volta a Catalunya stage 5

De Clercq loses lead on aggressive stage

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed his second stage win of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking the select group of favourites who had distanced race leader Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal) and soloing to the win over the final 3km.

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep) took second on the stage, gaining important time bonuses, while Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) denied Richie Porte the final bonus in third. Porte could be consoled by taking over the race lead by five seconds over Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale). Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) is in third overall at seven seconds.

The race was blown apart in strong crosswinds, leaving only a select front group of favourites after the final climb with 10km to go. Not among them was De Clercq, who ran into trouble when the echelons formed 40km earlier.

“It was a really beautiful day for all of us," Valverde said. "We knew there was going to be some wind in the finale, the whole team was attentive and always riding on the front and we decided to accelerate. We were able to make the gap, leave De Clercq and Martin behind, and also cooperated well with the other teams, since we all had an interest to leave the rivals behind - we really pushed at 100 percent."

Once the selection was made after the climb, Valverde set off in search of the time he lost on stage 3 when he was caught up in a crash that split the field. "Seeing that we're 16 seconds behind, that time we lost in Girona is awful for us," he said. "Moreover, the crash did change things completely: it wasn't a hard blow at all, but every time you suffer a crash, you feel in pain when you wake up the following that, and combined with all the efforts into the mountain stage and me suffering with cold into the Creueta descent... all of that made me reach La Molina not in the best condition I'd have wished. Still, I think I'm doing a pretty good work in this Volta, as well myself as the whole team, and we're really happy."

While stage 6 on Saturday is likely a day for the sprinters, the final stage in Barcelona with eight trips over the Alt de Montjuïc can prove tricky. "Let's see what happens until Sunday in Montjuïc. We already did great and we'll fight for what it's left. The GC is close, we're pretty much equal when it comes to energy and even the bonus seconds might be key."

How it unfolded

A large group escaped the field on the run out of Alp, just 5km into the 195.4km stage to Valls. It included Martin Elmiger (IAM), Jan Polanc (Lampre), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Lawson Craddock (Giant-Alpecin), Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing), Luis Mas (Caja Rural), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC), Romain Hardy, Loic Chetout (Cofidis), Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Marinus Minnaard (Wanty Groupe Gobert), and soon added Anton Vorobyev (Katusha).

The Russian's presence seemed to tip the balance toward the field, and the group was caught and the race was all back together for the first sprint of the day, with Lotto Soudal's Boris Vallee and Greg Henderson leading the bunch across the line as they tried to protect race leader de Clercq.

It wasn't until after the sprint that a group could then go clear, and it was Jan Polanc (Lampre), Calvin Watson (Trek) and Yohan Bagot (Cofidis) who had the honours.

Their lead maxed out at five minutes at the second sprint at kilometer 103.4, but drama was soon to unfold behind as strong crosswinds began to blow.

Katusha, Tinkoff-Saxo, Movistar, Sky and Etixx-Quick Step all made the front chase group as the peloton fractured into echelons. De Clercq was not among the group of favourites with Porte, Contador and Uran, and Sky made sure he stayed behind and in the process swept past the three previous leaders. Also missing out on the break was Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), whose podium hopes would vanish in the breeze.

On the day's sole climb, the category 2 Alt de Lilla, the leading group split further thanks to an injection of pace from the pre-race favourites. Nine riders emerged at the front: Valverde, Uran, Porte, Contador, Fabio Aru (Astana) and teammate Tiralongo, Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r), Rafael Valls (Lampre) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC).

As they hurtled downhill toward the finish, there was a brief hesitation and Valverde took advantage of the opportunity to attack ahead of a series of roundabouts that helped to slow the chase. He was able to hold onto his gap of five seconds and celebrate the victory, which he dedicated to former teammate Xavier Tondo, who died in 2011, and Pablo Lastras, who broke his pelvis in a crash on stage 4.

"Every time we come to the Volta a Catalunya we always remember Xavi a lot; we always do, in every race, and every victory we achieve, though we don't always say it, is for him," Valverde said. "We also remember Pablo, after his crash yesterday. Let this victory serve so we can remind him we're by his side, giving every bit of energy on the road to make him happy - this is also for you."

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team4:25:52 
2Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:05 
3Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
4Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky  
5Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
6Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
8David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:00:12 
9Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team0:00:05 
10Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
11Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida  
12Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:00:42 
13Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:44 
14Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
15Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky  
16Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing  
17Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:01:35 
18Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team  
19Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling  
20Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky  
21Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
22Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
23Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha  
24Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
25Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
26Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
27Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
28Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha  
29Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
30Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:01:48 
31Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:01:51 
32Alex Cano (Col) Colombia0:02:44 
33Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:53 
34Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing  
35David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
36Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
37Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia  
38Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin  
39Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
40Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
41Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
42Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
43Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
44Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
45Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida  
46Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge  
47Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
48Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
49Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
50Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
51Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr  
52Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling  
53Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha  
54Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha  
55Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
56Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing  
57Heiner Parra (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
58Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha  
59Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
60Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step  
61Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
62Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
63Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
64Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
65Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
66Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
67Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
68Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
69Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr0:03:19 
70José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:26 
71Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky  
72Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team  
73David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:03:38 
74Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
75Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:04:24 
76Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:04:56 
77Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale0:05:50 
78Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
79Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin  
80Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing  
81Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling  
82Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:06:26 
83Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:08:40 
84Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge  
85Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
86Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
87Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
88Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling  
89Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr  
90Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr  
91Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
92Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:10:21 
93Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal0:10:30 
94Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
95Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:10:45 
96Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:11:00 
97Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:11:32 
98Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:13:33 
99Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step  
100Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing  
101Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha  
102Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
103Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
104Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
105Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin  
106Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin  
107Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
108Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
109Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
110Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr  
111Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-Merida  
112Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
113Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
114Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
115Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia  
116Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia  
117Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
118Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia  
119Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo  
120Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
121Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
122Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida  
123Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
124Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
125Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
126Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
127Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo  
128Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar  
129Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo  
130Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
131Edward Diaz (Col) Colombia  
132Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team  
133Janier Acevedo (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
134Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
135Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
136Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
137Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
138Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr  
139Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
140Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
141Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
142Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
143Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing  
144Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
145Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar  
146Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
147Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
148Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
149Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
150Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida  
151Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida  
152Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar  
153Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar  
154Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
155Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
156Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team  
157Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha  
158Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
159Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
160Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr  
161Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
162Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
163Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
DNFDanilo Napolitano (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
DNFGeorge Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
DNFMiguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana Pro Team  
DNSRomain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
DNSRafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo  
DNSAlberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha  
Mountain 1 - Alt De Lilla (Cat. 2), km. 185.3
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky10 pts
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale7 
3Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step5 
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team3 
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo2 
6Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team1 
Sprint 1 - La Seu D'urgell, km 38,60
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal3 pts
2Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal2 
3Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team1 
Sprint 2 - Ponts, km 103,40
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing3 pts
2Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida2 
3Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1 
Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team13:18:28 
2Astana Pro Team0:00:02 
3Team Sky0:00:09 
4Movistar Team0:04:09 
5Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:20 
6AG2R La Mondiale0:04:59 
7Etixx - Quick-Step  
8Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:11 
9Team Katusha  
10Trek Factory Racing0:05:38 
11Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:06:29 
12Team Giant-Alpecin  
13Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
14Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:07:47 
15IAM Cycling0:09:26 
16Lampre-Merida0:10:46 
17BRETAGNE-S.ENVIRONNEM0:11:33 
18Orica GreenEdge0:12:29 
19FDJ.fr0:14:00 
20Lotto Soudal0:15:24 
21Tinkoff-Saxo0:15:39 
22Colombia0:18:18 
23CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:29:07 
24Team Europcar0:35:13 
General classification after stage 5
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky22:58:20 
2Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:05 
3Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo0:00:07 
4Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:16 
5Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx - Quick-Step0:00:18 
6Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:00:27 
7Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team0:00:33 
8Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Lampre-Merida0:00:43 
9Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:09 
10Daniel Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:01:35 
11Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling0:02:16 
12Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:27 
13Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:02:29 
14Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:02:33 
15Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge0:02:35 
16Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha0:02:37 
17Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin0:03:38 
18Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing0:03:59 
19Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step0:04:00 
20Yury Trofimov (Rus) Team Katusha0:04:01 
21Amaël Moinard (Fra) BMC Racing Team  
22Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:04:22 
23Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:04:25 
24Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:05:37 
25David Arroyo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:05:43 
26Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:06:41 
27Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr0:07:05 
28Luis Angel Mate (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:07:49 
29Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing0:09:35 
30Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:09:39 
31Alex Cano (Col) Colombia0:10:28 
32Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:12:20 
33Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:14:28 
34Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:15:36 
35Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team0:15:38 
36Diego Rosa (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:15:59 
37Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar0:16:17 
38Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:17:58 
39Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky0:19:20 
40Romain Sicard (Fra) Team Europcar0:22:04 
41Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Team Katusha0:22:23 
42Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida0:22:25 
43Andre Cardoso (Por) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:22:43 
44David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:22:47 
45José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team0:23:17 
46Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Team Katusha0:27:11 
47Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:27:36 
48Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team0:28:04 
49Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:29:21 
50Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling0:29:23 
51Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
52Jonathan Hivert (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:29:41 
53Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
54Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:29:43 
55Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team0:29:53 
56Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:29:57 
57Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team0:31:31 
58Sergio Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo  
59Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:32:11 
60Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Tinkoff-Saxo  
61Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:32:21 
62Cyril Gautier (Fra) Team Europcar0:33:05 
63Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:34:07 
64Leopold Konig (Cze) Team Sky0:34:21 
65Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:35:02 
66Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge0:35:40 
67Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr0:35:42 
68Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha0:35:45 
69Marinus Cornelis Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
70Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ.fr0:36:34 
71Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:36:36 
72Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky0:36:46 
73Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:37:53 
74Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team0:37:59 
75Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida0:38:16 
76Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling0:39:17 
77Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
78Heiner Parra (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:39:26 
79Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Team Europcar0:40:32 
80Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:40:33 
81Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling0:41:36 
82Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:41:53 
83Martin Elmiger (Swi) IAM Cycling0:42:10 
84Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin0:42:23 
85Ricardo Vilela (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
86Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step0:42:51 
87Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx - Quick-Step  
88Lawson Craddock (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin0:43:06 
89Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:43:23 
90Janier Acevedo (Col) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:43:39 
91Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:46:54 
92Davide Malacarne (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:47:16 
93Florian Vachon (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:48:51 
94Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:49:36 
95Egor Silin (Rus) Team Katusha0:49:57 
96Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
97Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia0:50:22 
98Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo0:50:30 
99Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:51:06 
100Sylwester Szmyd (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:51:13 
101Walter Pedraza (Col) Colombia0:51:25 
102Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:53:03 
103Steve Chainel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
104Yannick Eijssen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
105Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal0:53:26 
106Ivan Basso (Ita) Tinkoff-Saxo0:54:27 
107Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:54:41 
108Bryan Coquard (Fra) Team Europcar0:55:31 
109Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Lampre-Merida0:55:43 
110Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing0:55:46 
111Jérôme Cousin (Fra) Team Europcar  
112Pierre-Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:57:05 
113Fabio Silvestre (Por) Trek Factory Racing0:57:47 
114David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step0:58:18 
115Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:59:04 
116Matthieu Boulo (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement0:59:41 
117Carlos Barbero Cuesta (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1:00:24 
118Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo1:00:27 
119Carlos Betancur (Col) AG2R La Mondiale1:00:30 
120Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1:00:35 
121Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr  
122Olivier Le Gac (Fra) FDJ.fr1:00:37 
123Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Lampre-Merida1:01:10 
124Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1:01:22 
125Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA1:02:37 
126Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing Team1:03:56 
127Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Team Sky1:04:30 
128Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr1:04:34 
129Timo Roosen (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo1:05:30 
130Carter Jones (USA) Team Giant-Alpecin1:05:46 
131Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica GreenEdge1:06:33 
132Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo1:07:43 
133Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team1:08:36 
134Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1:09:30 
135Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits1:11:16 
136Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team1:11:19 
137Stefan Schumacher (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1:11:20 
138Anton Vorobyev (Rus) Team Katusha1:12:02 
139Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
140Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Alpecin1:12:38 
141Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team1:12:59 
142Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1:13:46 
143Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica GreenEdge1:14:19 
144Christophe Laborie (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement1:14:37 
145Edward Diaz (Col) Colombia1:15:40 
146Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida1:16:33 
147Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team1:17:49 
148Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal1:18:06 
149Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ.fr1:18:17 
150Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida1:18:38 
151Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing1:18:39 
152Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin1:19:14 
153Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing1:20:10 
154Cayetano Sarmiento (Col) Colombia1:20:13 
155Marcel Wyss (Swi) IAM Cycling  
156Armindo Fonseca (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
157Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Bretagne-Séché Environnement1:21:32 
158Julien Morice (Fra) Team Europcar1:24:50 
159Marco Coledan (Ita) Trek Factory Racing  
160Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica GreenEdge  
161Daniel Martínez (Col) Colombia1:25:03 
162Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert1:29:24 
163Josef Cerny (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice1:30:24 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team64 pts
2José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team53 
3Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky42 
4Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing39 
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo35 
6Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice32 
7Leonardo Duque (Col) Colombia30 
8Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale28 
9Jerome Coppel (Fra) IAM Cycling28 
10Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal23 
11Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits22 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA11 pts
2Thomas Danielson (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team5 
3José Herrada (Spa) Movistar Team4 
4Calvin Watson (Aus) Trek Factory Racing3 
5Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Soudal3 
6Riccardo Zoidl (Aut) Trek Factory Racing3 
7Loic Chetout (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits3 
8Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo3 
9Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky3 
10Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida2 
11Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Soudal2 
Young rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team LottoNL-Jumbo  
2Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin  
3Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr  
4Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
5Joseph Lloyd Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team  
6Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
7Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
8Pierre-Henri Lecuisinier (Fra) FDJ.fr  
9Heiner Parra (Col) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
10Clement Chevrier (Fra) IAM Cycling  
11Eduardo Sepulveda (Arg) Bretagne-Séché Environnement  
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Eduard Prades Reverte (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
2David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step  
3Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Sky68:59:30 
2BMC Racing Team0:00:25 
3Cannondale-Garmin Pro Cycling Team0:07:06 
4Etixx - Quick-Step0:11:57 
5Astana Pro Team0:14:23 
6Team Katusha0:23:19 
7Team LottoNL-Jumbo0:23:48 
8Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:26:56 
9AG2R La Mondiale0:28:37 
10Tinkoff-Saxo0:31:29 
11Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:36:32 
12Lampre-Merida0:37:40 
13Movistar Team0:38:20 
14IAM Cycling0:49:15 
15Lotto Soudal0:51:36 
16Trek Factory Racing1:01:16 
17Team Europcar1:01:22 
18FDJ.fr1:06:01 
19Team Giant-Alpecin1:11:56 
20Bretagne-Séché Environnement1:39:57 
21Wanty - Groupe Gobert1:40:02 
22Orica GreenEdge1:40:18 
23Colombia1:47:45 
24CCC Sprandi Polkowice2:08:54 

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) claimed his second stage win of the Volta a Catalunya, attacking the select group of favourites who had distanced the race leader Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal) and soloing to the win over the final 3km.

Rigoberto Uran (Etixx-Quickstep) took second on the stage, gaining important time bonuses, while Paolo Tiralongo (Astana) denied Richie Porte the final bonus in third. Porte could be consoled by taking over the race lead by five seconds over Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale). Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) is in third overall at seven seconds.

The race was blown apart in strong crosswinds, leaving only a select front group of favourites after the final climb with 10km to go, not among them was De Clercq, who ran into trouble when the echelons formed 40km earlier.

“It was a really beautiful day for all of us. We knew there was going to be some wind in the finale, the whole team was attentive and always riding on the front and we decided to accelerate," Valverde said. "We were able to make the gap, leave De Clercq and Martin behind, and also cooperated well with the other teams, since we all had an interest to leave the rivals behind - we really pushed at 100%."

Once the selection was made after the climb, Valverde set off in search of the time he lost on stage 3 when he was caught up in a crash that split the field. "Seeing that we're 16 seconds behind, that time we lost in Girona is awful for us," he said. "Moreover, the crash did change things completely: it wasn't a hard blow at all, but every time you suffer a crash, you feel in pain when you wake up the following that, and combined with all the efforts into the mountain stage and me suffering with cold into the Creueta descent... all of that made me reach La Molina not in the best condition I'd have wished. Still, I think I'm doing a pretty good work in this Volta, as well myself as the whole team, and we're really happy."

While stage 6 on Saturday is likely a day for the sprinters, the final stage in Barcelona with eight trips over the Alt de Montjuïc can prove tricky. "Let's see what happens until Sunday in Montjuïc. We already did great and we'll fight for what it's left. The GC is close, we're pretty much equal when it comes to energy and even the bonus seconds might be key."

How it unfolded

A large group escaped the field on the run out of Alp, just 5km into the 195.4km stage to Valls. It included Martin Elmiger (IAM), Jan Polanc (Lampre), Christian Meier (Orica-GreenEdge), Lawson Craddock (Giant-Alpecin), Jasper Stuyven (Trek Factory Racing), Luis Mas (Caja Rural), Florian Vachon (Bretagne-Seche Environnement), Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC), Romain Hardy, Loic Chetout (Cofidis), Bryan Coquard (Europcar) and Marinus Minnaard (Wanty Groupe Gobert), and soon added Anton Vorobyev (Katusha).

The Russian's presence seemed to tip the balance toward the field, and the group was caught and the race was all back together for the first sprint of the day, with Lotto Soudal's Boris Vallee and Greg Henderson leading the bunch across the line as they tried to protect race leader de Clercq.

It wasn't until after the sprint that a group could then go clear, and it was Jan Polanc (Lampre), Calvin Watson (Trek) and Yohan Bagot (Cofidis) who had the honours.

Their lead maxed out at five minutes at the second sprint at kilometer 103.4, but drama was soon to unfold behind as strong crosswinds began to blow.

Katusha, Tinkoff-Saxo, Movistar, Sky and Etixx-Quick Step all made the front chase group as the peloton fractured into echelons. De Clercq was not among the group of favourites with Porte, Contador and Uran, and Sky made sure he stayed behind and in the process swept past the three previous leaders. Also missing out on the break was Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin), whose podium hopes would vanish in the breeze.

On the day's sole climb, the category 2 Alt de Lilla, the leading group split further thanks to an injection of pace from the pre-race favourites. Nine riders emerged at the front: Valverde, Uran, Porte, Contador, Fabio Aru (Astana) and teammate Tiralongo, Domenico Pozzovivo, Rafael Valls (Lampre) and Tejay van Garderen.

As they hurtled downhill toward the finish, there was a brief hesitation and Valverde took advantage of the opportunity to attack ahead of a series of roundabouts that helped to slow the chase. He was able to hold onto his gap of five seconds and celebrate the victory, which he dedicated to former teammate Xavier Tondo, who died in 2011, and Pablo Lastras, who broke his pelvis in a crash on stage 4.

"Every time we come to the Volta a Catalunya we always remember Xavi a lot; we always do, in every race, and every victory we achieve, though we don't always say it, is for him," Valverde said. "We also remember Pablo, after his crash yesterday. Let this victory serve so we can remind him we're by his side, giving every bit of energy on the road to make him happy - this is also for you."

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