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Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the Itzulia Basque Country. It's set to be another day of climbing and hard racing. 

As the Cyclingnews blimp takes height, we can see the break of the day. 

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80km to go

These are the riders in the break. They lead by 1:20.

Bilbao is chasing at 20 seconds.

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QuickStep-AlphaVinyl  are keeping the break on a tight leash: The gap is at 1:15.

The riders are on the terrible Alto de Gontzegaraine climb and  Kuss and Sergio Samitier of Movistar have been dropped. 

The peloton is actually at 2:40.

Crash! 

The peloton passes Hamilton as he climbs back over the barriers. He's a little shocked and is being checked by the race doctor.  

62km to go

They lead by 2:50. 

Soler is only 1:08 down, 14th in the GC, so he is riding back up the GC or even near the race lead. 

This is the moment of Hamilton's crash

60km to go

Behind race leader Primoz Roglic is being protected by his Jumbo-Visma teammates. 

QuickStep are also riding in the chase to keep Julian Alaphilippe well-placed overall. 

The riders are the Trabakua climb. It is 3.3km long but at 6.8%. 

Sadly Lucas Hamilton has had to abandon the race after the crash.

Over the top of the climb and Kenny Elissonde is dropped from the break. 

Wow the gap is up to 4:00 as the peloton rides steady.   

55km to go

There are three teams chasing, with 

50km to go

The riders pass Mallabia, where the stage ends. 

We're in the Basque Country and so every riders is cheered along.

The two attackers are on the climb beyond Mallabia. Incredibly it is not a categorised climb.

Soler is doing all the hard work up front, keeping the gap at 4:00.  

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After another climb, comes another descent. Plus some tunnels. 

Jumbo-Visma and Quick Step-Alph Vinyl receive no help in the peloton for the chase but the other teams also lose their chances of success this way.

The GC contenders and their teams are riding a careful stage, thinking of the final climbs but also Saturday's final hilly stage. 

40km to go

Soler and Rodriguez are on another categorised climb, the road winding up though the green fields of the Basque Country.

Bahrain, Bora and even Cofidis are helping the peloton chase Soler and Rodriguez.

Rodriguez is not working because, as Ineos suggest, he is defending the interest of Adam Yates and Dani Martinez.

Over the climb, the riders descend to Abadiño for 15km of flat roads. 

30km to go

The peloton will surely try to surge on the 15km of flat roads to try and reduce Soler's lead. 

The gap has fallen below 2:50. 

Bahrain are dragging the peloton along at speed as the GC riders fight for position before the climb.

20km to go

Jumbo seem to have disappeared from the front of the peloton. 

4km to the summit of the Karabieta climb. 

Alaphilippe seems to be suffering but attacks could come any moment.  

There are less than 20 riders in the chase group now. 

The Karabieta climb eases for a moment now but kicks-up again very soon.

Bam! 

There are five riders with the Belgian.

Remco could be riding into the race lead.  

Rogic is sat down the chase group. He could be on a bad day. 

Rodriguez goes over the top of the climb. 

Remco leads the chase group at 35 seconds. Not everyone in the group wants to work, including Martinez of course, and Vingegaard, who, in theory, is defending Roglic's race lead. 

10km to go

The Evenepoel group sweeps up Soler. He must sit on and try to get a ride to the finish.

Rodriguez is in time trial mode but faces a huge challenge to stay away. 

The Evenepoel group is stick at 30 seconds. Rodriguez is holding them off for now.

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The Roglic group has slipped to 1:30. Groupama is working for Gaudu but the race and the fight for GC are ahead of them.  

2km to go

This is a huge effort by 21-year-old Rodriguez. 

The chasers are running out of road to catch Rodriguez.

Last kilometre up to the finish.

Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos) goes deep and climbs to the line.

He stays away to win.

The road is slippy and so Vingegaard and Vlasov fall off on the 16% climb.  

The other GF riders come, with Adam Yates slightly ahead.  

Rodriguez almost slipped too as he crossed the line. 

Rodriguez hung on to win by 7 seconds. 

Vlasov and Vingegaard finished 7th and 8th, despite crashing and running over the line with their bikes.

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General classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 18:12:29
2Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:02
3Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis 0:00:21
4Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:22
5Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
6Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:29
7Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:37
8Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:05
9Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:15
10Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:30

This is the new top ten on GC.

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General classification after stage 5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 18:12:29
2Daniel Martinez Poveda (Col) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:02
3Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Cofidis 0:00:21
4Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:22
5Pello Bilbao Lopez De Armentia (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
6Jonas Vingegaard (Den) Jumbo-Visma 0:00:29
7Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:37
8Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:05
9Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:15
10Marc Soler (Spa) UAE Team Emirates 0:01:30

So Remco Evenepoel takes the leader's jersey but Dani Martinez is only two seconds down on him. 

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Here's Carlos Rodriguez as he wins the stage.

Here's Rodriguez as he rides to the finish.

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Primoz Roglic spoke briefly post-stage, indicating his overall hopes were over. 

Pello Bilbao initially went in the attack but dropped back when it was clear the peloton would not let him go. 

Here's the final moments of the stage.

To read our full stage report and see the full results and our growing photo gallery, click below.

The Cyclingnews live updates will be back on Saturday for the final stage of the Itzulia Basque Country and then on Sunday for the men's and women's Amstel Gold Race. 

It will be fascinating to see if Evenepoel can defend the yellow jersey on the many steep climbs of the final stage.

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