Vuelta a España: Jasper Philipsen wins crash-marred stage 5

Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) won his second stage of the Vuelta a España, coming out on top in the hectic sprint finish during stage 5 in Albacete.

At the end of what was largely a quiet day of racing, the Belgian beat Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) to the line, with Alberto Dainese (Team DSM) taking third as the race leadership switched hands after a late crash.

Elsewhere, red jersey Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) trailed home at 2:21 down after being held up by the mass crash in the peloton 11 kilometres from the line, handing the race lead over to Kenny Elissonde (Trek-Segafredo) as a result.

"It makes it even more beautiful if you see the final five kilometres how we were there together all with the team. I cannot describe that," said Philipsen, who now leads Jakobsen by a single point in the points classification.

"This team, we haven't been riding so long together but it's incredible what we all do for each other, and I think it's so beautiful to finish it off together.

"After yesterday I was a bit disappointed that I couldn't do my sprint how I wanted but to win today is super nice to turn a page from yesterday and enjoy this moment together with the team.

"It's not particularly that I'm already thinking about the end of the Vuelta and the green jersey but it's nice to wear it day by day and then we'll just see how far we can get."

Philipsen led from the front in the sprint, benefitting from the most organised lead out in the finale. He hit the wind at 200 metres to go with Dainese and Reinardt Janse van Rensburg (Qhubeka NextHash) positioned on his wheel.

Jakobsen's positioning proved to be his undoing, with the Dutchman having to come from around sixth wheel to go the long way around to pass the South African. He was in clear air at the 100-metre mark, and managed to pass Dainese, but Philipsen was already in clear air, poised to celebrate, and set for victory by that point.

Further back, Elissonde's 23rd position on the day assured him of the red jersey for Thursday's hilltop finish at the Alto de la Montaña de Cullera, with the Frenchman now leading Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) by five seconds in the general classification.

All but one of the GC contenders came home safely in the peloton, with Romain Bardet (Team DSM) going down in the crash and losing over 12:32 at the finish.

How it unfolded

The fifth stage of the Vuelta a España took the peloton south across the central region of Castilla-La Mancha, a flat 184-kilometre ride from Tarancón to Albacete and another day for the sprinters.

No categorised climbs lay en route for the riders, with only a few small lumps coming on the stage along with an intermediate sprint after 132 kilometres of racing.

With little to battle for during the course of the stage, barring TV time and a tiny chance of victory, there wasn't much stomach for a battle to make the break of the day as the flag dropped at kilometre zero.

Pelayo Sanchez (Burgos-BH), Oier Lazkano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), and Xabier Mikel Azparren (Euskaltel-Euskadi) were the three men who jumped away from the peloton at the very start of the day, the trio encountering no resistance as they ventured out into what would be the break of the day.

No other riders attempted to make it out front, as the break jumped out to a seven-minute lead at the end of the first hour of racing. Back in the peloton, Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert did the work on the front on behalf of race leader Rein Taaramäe.

Alpecin-Fenix and Deceuninck-QuickStep – working for sprinters Jasper Philipsen and Fabio Jakobsen – were also present at the front in the early kilometres of what would certainly be a day for the fastmen. Groupama-FDJ also sent men to the front to work for stage 4 runner-up Arnaud Démare.

It was a largely quiet day out on the road, with little incident in the peloton and nothing to fight for in the break until they reached the intermediate sprint at 53 kilometres to go.

There, it was Lazkano who took the maximum points, leading Sanchez and Azparren across the line. Back in the peloton it was Philipsen who won the sprint for 13 points ahead of Démare on 10.

Following that touch of drama, a new group of teams took charge of the peloton as the GC-focused squads of Jumbo-Visma, Ineos Grenadiers, and Movistar, among others, moved up in anticipation of crosswinds on the run to the finish.

With 34 kilometres to go, Sanchez was the first man to drop from the break, falling backwards as the peloton lurked two minutes further back down the road. Lazkano and Azparren continued on into the headwind, which would switch to a crosswind at the 30-kilometre mark as the road turned to the south.

The break's advantage had fallen to 1:30 at the 25-kilometre mark, following an upping of pace at the head of the peloton, while Azparren didn't last much longer out front, dropping back with 22 kilometres to go.

Deceuninck-QuickStep and Groupama-FDJ were back on the front inside the last 20 kilometres, the teams driving the pace on along with several other squads, though the wind wasn't strong enough to provoke any echelons in the peloton.

Lazkano was finally brought back just inside the final 16 kilometres as Deceuninck-QuickStep pushed on at the front, his efforts enough to secure the combativity prize for the day. However, the smooth, quick run to the line was disrupted at 11 kilometres to go following a large crash in the middle of the peloton.

Red jersey Taaramäe was caught up for the second day running after Danish champion Mads Würtz Schmidt (Israel Start-Up Nation) fell victim to a touch of wheels near the front of the peloton. While many of those involved were back up and running with minimal fuss, Bardet and Mikel Nieve (Team BikeExchange) were among those still on the ground minutes later.

A visible slowdown in the peloton followed the pileup as groups of felled riders made it back on, while Bardet – sporting a torn-up jersey – got back on his bike to finish the stage, albeit minutes behind the peloton.

With the crash happening late in the day, the peloton couldn't continue the slow pace to the line, duly getting back up to speed with five kilometres to run. The red jersey was still in trouble though, with Taaramäe still chasing at a minute and a half down.

Alpecin-Fenix took charge on the front of the peloton heading into the final two kilometres, with UAE Team Emirates moving up to join them shortly after. Deceuninck-QuickStep and Groupama-FDJ were also present at the front in what turned out to be a messy drive to the line.

Philipsen's squad came back at the perfect time in the final kilometre, delivering what turned out to be the most organised lead out of the sprint teams, resulting in their man taking victory by a clear bike length ahead of Jakobsen.

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Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 4:24:41
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
4Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates
5Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
7Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
8Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
9Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Qhubeka NextHash
10Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
11Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
12Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
13Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates
14Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
15Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
16Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
17Lilian Calmejane (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
18Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
19Nico Denz (Ger) Team DSM
20Damiano Caruso (Ita) Bahrain Victorious
21Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma
22Rudy Molard (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
23Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Trek-Segafredo
24Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
25Michael Matthews (Aus) Team BikeExchange
26Felix Grossschartner (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
27Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
28Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
29Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Bahrain Victorious
30Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ
31Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team BikeExchange
32Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
33Sacha Modolo (Ita) Alpecin-Fenix
34Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
35Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
36Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Team BikeExchange
37Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Ineos Grenadiers
38Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) Jumbo-Visma
39Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team
40Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
41Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
42Alexander Krieger (Ger) Alpecin-Fenix
43Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma
44Martin Laas (Est) Bora-Hansgrohe
45Aritz Bagües Kalparsoro (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
46Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
47Connor Brown (NZl) Qhubeka NextHash
48Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
49Gorka Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
50Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers
51Richard Carapaz (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
52Julen Amezqueta Moreno (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
53Bert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
54Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
55Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
56Magnus Cort (Den) EF Education-Nippo
57Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo
58Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
59Louis Meintjes (RSA) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
60Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team
61David de la Cruz (Spa) UAE Team Emirates
62Fabio Aru (Ita) Qhubeka NextHash
63Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ
64Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
65Jack Haig (Aus) Bahrain Victorious
66Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
67Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
68Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
69Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team
70Ander Okamika Bengoetxea (Spa) Burgos-BH
71Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Team BikeExchange
72Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
73Odd Christian Eiking (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
74Miguel Angel Lopez Moreno (Col) Movistar Team
75Jens Keukeleire (Bel) EF Education-Nippo
76Guy Niv (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
77James Knox (GBr) Deceuninck-QuickStep
78Oscar Cabedo Carda (Spa) Burgos-BH
79Wout Poels (Ned) Bahrain Victorious
80Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Burgos-BH
81Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
82Rafal Majka (Pol) UAE Team Emirates
83Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
84Mikel Iturria Segurola (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
85Jonathan Lastra Martinez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
86Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
87Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
88Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
89Anthony Roux (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
90Alvaro Cuadros Morata (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
91James Piccoli (Can) Israel Start-up Nation
92Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
93Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
94Anton Palzer (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
95Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
96Jose Herrada (Spa) Cofidis
97Antonio Nibali (Ita) Trek-Segafredo
98Ryan Gibbons (RSA) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:20
99Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:36
100Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
101Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
102Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
103Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
104Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
105Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep
106Edward Planckaert (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:00:44
107Wesley Kreder (Ned) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:00:48
108Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:54
109Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ
110Damien Howson (Aus) Team BikeExchange 0:01:02
111Floris De Tier (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:08
112Josef Cerny (Cze) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:14
113Geoffrey Bouchard (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:01:25
114Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education-Nippo
115Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Burgos-BH 0:01:27
116Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:30
117Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
118Carlos Verona Quintanilla (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:32
119Jonathan Caicedo (Ecu) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:39
120Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis 0:01:40
121Scott Thwaites (GBr) Alpecin-Fenix 0:01:51
122Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:08
123Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis
124Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain Victorious
125Rein Taaramäe (Est) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 0:02:21
126Jan Hirt (Cze) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
127Simone Petilli (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
128Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Qhubeka NextHash
129Sander Armée (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash
130Matthew Holmes (GBr) Lotto Soudal
131Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
132Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
133Joe Dombrowski (USA) UAE Team Emirates
134Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos-BH
135Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
136Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
137Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
138Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:26
139Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:30
140Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:43
141Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education-Nippo 0:03:43
142Mikaël Cherel (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
143Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:04:33
144Jetse Bol (Ned) Burgos-BH
145Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
146Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain Victorious
147José Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
148Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
149Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
150Lennard Hofstede (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
151Koen Bouwman (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
152Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
153Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
154Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 0:07:00
155Chad Haga (USA) Team DSM
156Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Team DSM
157Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:18
158Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
159Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates 0:08:30
160Jay Vine (Aus) Alpecin-Fenix
161Oscar Rodriguez Garaicoechea (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
162Omar Fraile Matarranz (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
163Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
164Alex Aranburu Deba (Spa) Astana-Premier Tech
165Davide Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation
166Sergio Henao Montoya (Col) Qhubeka NextHash
167Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation
168Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
169Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
170Emmanuel Morin (Fra) Cofidis
171Dimitri Claeys (Bel) Qhubeka NextHash
172Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Qhubeka NextHash
173Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
174Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal
175Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
176Kévin Geniets (Lux) Groupama-FDJ 0:09:07
177Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Israel Start-up Nation 0:11:11
178Sep Vanmarcke (Bel) Israel Start-up Nation 0:11:12
179Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team DSM 0:12:32
180Romain Bardet (Fra) Team DSM
181Ben Zwiehoff (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe
182Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Team BikeExchange
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Sprint 1 - La Roda. Sprint Bonificado km. 131.5
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 20
2Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH 17
3Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 15
4Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 13
5Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 10
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Sprint 2 - Albacete km. 184.4
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 50
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep 30
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM 20
4Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 18
5Piet Allegaert (Bel) Cofidis 16
6Jon Aberasturi Izaga (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14
7Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe 12
8Riccardo Minali (Ita) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux 10
9Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Qhubeka NextHash 8
10Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 7
11Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 6
12Antonio Jesus Soto Guirao (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 5
13Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 4
14Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange 3
15Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2
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Young riders
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jasper Philipsen (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix 4:24:41
2Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Deceuninck-QuickStep
3Alberto Dainese (Ita) Team DSM
4Jordi Meeus (Bel) Bora-Hansgrohe
5Damien Touze (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
6Robert Stannard (Aus) Team BikeExchange
7Gotzon Martin Sanz (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8Maxim Van Gils (Bel) Lotto Soudal
9Rui Oliveira (Por) UAE Team Emirates
10Clément Champoussin (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team
11Egan Bernal Gomez (Col) Ineos Grenadiers
12Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech
13Steff Cras (Bel) Lotto Soudal
14Tobias Bayer (Aut) Alpecin-Fenix
15Connor Brown (NZl) Qhubeka NextHash
16Gino Mäder (Swi) Bahrain Victorious
17Lucas Hamilton (Aus) Team BikeExchange
18Yuriy Natarov (Kaz) Astana-Premier Tech
19Mark Padun (Ukr) Bahrain Victorious
20Mauri Vansevenant (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep
21Jefferson Cepeda Ortiz (Ecu) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
22Simon Carr (GBr) EF Education-Nippo
23Pelayo Sanchez Mayo (Spa) Burgos-BH
24Juan Pedro Lopez Perez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
25Diego Camargo Pineda (Col) EF Education-Nippo
26Sebastian Berwick (Aus) Israel Start-up Nation 0:00:36
27Pavel Sivakov (Rus) Ineos Grenadiers
28Patrick Gamper (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
29Andrea Bagioli (Ita) Deceuninck-QuickStep
30Thomas Pidcock (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:01:30
31Jhonatan Narvaez Prado (Ecu) Ineos Grenadiers
32Stan Dewulf (Bel) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:08
33Dylan Sunderland (Aus) Qhubeka NextHash 0:02:21
34Rémy Rochas (Fra) Cofidis
35Eddy Fine (Fra) Cofidis
36Johan Jacobs (Swi) Movistar Team
37Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Cofidis
38Sylvain Moniquet (Bel) Lotto Soudal
39Joan Bou Company (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:02:26
40Nicolas Prodhomme (Fra) AG2R Citroën Team 0:02:30
41Sergio Roman Martin Galan (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:33
42Florian Vermeersch (Bel) Lotto Soudal
43Andreas Kron (Den) Lotto Soudal
44Xabier Mikel Azparren Irurzun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
45Thymen Arensman (Ned) Team DSM 0:07:00
46Quinn Simmons (USA) Trek-Segafredo 0:07:18
47Itamar Einhorn (Isr) Israel Start-up Nation 0:08:30
48Oier Lazkano Lopez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
49Carlos Canal Blanco (Spa) Burgos-BH
50Michael Storer (Aus) Team DSM
51Harm Vanhoucke (Bel) Lotto Soudal