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Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco 2018: Stage 5


The sun is out in the Basque Country as we join the race for the decisive part of the stage.

After the rolling roads and drop from the Plateau, the rider are about to face the two key climbs of the stage.

The 164km stage to Eibar and especially the two climbs will be the first test for Primoz Roglic after he took the race leader by wining the key 19km TT yesterday. 

There are 13 riders in the break of the day. LottoNL and Roglic seem happy to let then take the glory today. 

The riders in the break are José Rojas (Movistar), Pierre Latour (Ag2r La Mondiale), Omar Fraile (Astana), José Herrada, Daniel Teklehaimanot (Cofidis,) Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida), Jay McCarthy (BORA-hansgrohe), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Soudal), Michael Albasini, Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott), Alex Howes (EF-Drapac), Jonathan Castroviejo (Sky), Jason Hindley (Sunweb) and Matteo Bono (UAE-Emirates).

60km remaining from 164km

Behind the Movistar is leading the chase and are setting a fast pace on the climb.

We have listed all the riders in the break in our situation panel on the right. We will continue to update the time gaps and the splits in the peloton there.  

Padun is first to the top of the climb. 

Both the break and the peloton dive down the fast descent. 

49km remaining from 164km

The Movistar surge has left just 40 or so riders left in the peloton. 

 And there's an attack from Team Sky in the bunch. The rider looks back to survey the damage but they're just trying to set things up for later. 43km to go with the gap at 3'03. 

The break, and it's a strong one, has extended their lead by another 25 seconds. 

Movistar, Team Sky and Roglic are all near the front and the pace has jumped up once more. It's Anacona - massively underrated as a rider - who is on the front and setting the pace. 

Landa has Quintana on his wheel, as the gap to the break moves out to 3'28. Cummings has just moved up the front of the peloton as we head to the next climb. 

A reminder of the GC coming into today's stage:

1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 13:41:26
2 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:00:34
3 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:33
4 Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:36
5 Gorka Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:01:42
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:01:48
7 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:01:57
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:02:08
9 Jon Izaguirre Insausti (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:11
10 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team

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3'41 now for the leaders with 35km to go but we're about to hit the penultimate climb, we're on the approach and it's still Movistar setting the pace. 

Trek Segafredo are also hitting the front. They have Mollema in their ranks and just want to keep him well-placed before the climb starts. 

Fraile for Astana hits the climb, and we're on the tougher parts, of around 16 per cent. The break lines out and already riders are starting to struggle.

And the bunch are climbing, with Roglic well placed near the front. Movistar lead and the gap is down to 3'01.

Roglic is fourth wheel with Mollema on his wheel. Landa and Quintana are both there but there are already gaps in the main field.

Alaphilippe is in there too, all the big GC men are still in contention but Movistar are still doing all the work on the front. Up ahead the break is starting to really struggle. 

No time gaps but the advantage is dropping and dropping fast. It's 2'40.

Uran is on Roglic wheel, Landa is second as the gradient rises once more. At the front of the break, Hindley sets the pace.

Landa has just one teammate left, so he's going to need to attack soon if he wants to keep the pace up. And he goes right away.

It's not a full on attack but he lifts the pace. Roglic responds but I think Quintana is there, at the back of the group.

32km remaining from 164km

The GC group is down to around eight riders. 

Gorka Izaguirre attacks, Lopez, Mollema, Landa, Roglic, Uran and the rest all able to respond. 31km to go.

31km remaining from 164km

The Landa group have about eight seconds on the chasers as the road levels off. Up ahead, the original break is down to about seven riders. 

Landa's group has twenty seconds now. 29km to go as we go over the top of the climb. The Landa group has picked up a few of the early breakaway riders, and they'll help with the pace setting.

De la Cruz has made it to the Landa group. They'e picked up Rojas, who moves to the front and sets the pace. 

The key riders in the first GC group are: Landa, Gorka Izaguirre, Roglic and de la Cruz. Alaphilippe is in the next group on the road with Uran and Mollema.

25km remaining from 164km

We're climbing again and Rojas cracks. So that leaves Gorka Izaguirre, Landa and Roglic. They're 54 seconds off the break with Uran setting the pace with Quintana, around 35 seconds down on the yellow jersey.

How important is this move in the grand scheme of things? Quintana has attacked and is now chasing the Landa group. 

22km remaining from 164km

And Gorka Izaguirre lifts the pace once more, with Roglic and Landa responding. Quintana is still alone and chasing. 

And Quintana has been caught by the Uran/Mollema group. 21km to go but no sign of Alaphilippe.

Verona still leads but he only has 23 seconds and he's not yet on the descent. The chase group is now:

17km remaining from 164km

There's a climb to the line, before the finish, a great chance for a late attack, as we see Verona is about to be caught. Fraile, and Herrada are in the mix too now, with the Roglic group.

15km remaining from 164km


Through a tunnel and there's a split out the other side with the Bahrain duo creating a gap. Landa is forced to chase. Padun leads at the front of the race.

8km remaining from 164km

Padun shuts down the move from Fralie, arches his back and moves into TT mode. 8km to go.

Roglic looks a good bet to take another stage. He's not had to work today, and has just followed moves. Verona has a decent kick but how much does he have in the tank?

Padun moves to the front again and takes another long pull. The chasers are now at 1'27. 

Fraile is telling the rest he can't come through and work. Lets see what he does in the sprint, shall we?

Just under 2km to go, who will attack first?

Verona has drifted to the back of the group. 1km to go.

Bahrain are going to lead this one out.

We reach that small climb and there's an attack.

Roglic shuts down and attack.


Fraile hits the front.

Omar Fraile takes the stage. 

That's a huge win for the Astana ride. He's already off the bike, handing out high-five and hugs to all in close proximity. 

Here come the Mollema group, 1'27 down. 

Big loser of the day is Alaphilippe. He's still not home.

Canny ride from Fraile, although he didn't win any friends in Verona. 2'14 for Alaphilippe.

Here are the stage results:

And here's your new GC:

General classification after stage 5

1 Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo 17:35:19
2 Ion Izagirre (Spa) Bahrain-Merida 0:02:13
3 Mikel Landa (Spa) Movistar Team 0:02:17
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:55
5 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:03:06
6 Emanuel Buchmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:21
7 Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:03:30
8 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:03:41
9 David De La Cruz (Spa) Team Sky 0:03:49
10 Rigoberto Uran (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:03:57

So  a good day for Fraile but an even better one for Roglic, who extends his lead with one, albeit difficult stage to come. 

You can find our report, images, and results, right here.

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