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Vuelta a España 2017

Stage Five Re-cap:

Sometimes, it pays to be in a breakaway, ask Alexey Lutsenko (Astana).

After many breaks and attacks within those breakaways, Alexey Lutsenko proved the strongest when it counted and collected his first stage win of this year’s Vuelta by pedaling away from his breakaway rivals on a grinding uphill finish – Froome and Sky were focused on “the race within the race” – the General Classification.

The leaders kept it close but while Nibali had some weakness in his legs after his previous stage win, Contador seems to have found the right “sensations” and kept pace with Froome to the finish line. Tejay van Garderen, the Great American Hope for this race, now finds himself in second place just 10 seconds outside of Froome’s time. Long-term, I suspect Sky see Nibali is the greater threat, so I’m sure there will be smiles all around in “The Death Star” tonight.

So if Froome can stay consistent and his rivals continue to produce fluctuating performances, it bodes well for Froome’s chances to don the final red jersey in Madrid. But there is some tough riding between Froomie and his dream Tour/Vuelta Double – lots can happen – too early to pop the corks.

Top-ten on General Classification after Stage Five:
1) Christopher Froome (Sky) 18:07:10
2) Tejay van Garderen (BMC) 0:00:10
3) Johan Esteban Chaves Rubio (Orica-Scott) 0:00:11
4) Nicolas Roche (BMC) 0:00:13
5) David de la Cruz (Quick-Step) 0:00:23
6) Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 0:00:36
7) Fabio Aru (Astana) 0:00:49
8) Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) 0:00:50
9) Simon Yates (Orica-Scott) 0:01:09
10) Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac) 0:01:13

Jersey Distribution after Stage Five:
Leader: Christopher Froome (Sky)
Points: Matteo Trentin (Quick-Step)
Mountains: Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac)

Stage Six: Vila-real/Sagunt, 204.4 km

With four Cat 3 mountains and one Cat 2, this stage will put some tired in the legs. But the final stretch is a downhill run which looks good for another breakaway or sprint finish. I’m thinking Trentin will go for the double today.

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Contador and Trek attacking!
 

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Nibali and Aru missed the move, but Froomie and van Garderen are in the slipstream of El Pistolero!
 

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TJ hits the deck...

Contador tries in vain to shake Froome.
 

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Van Garderen crashed! Froome and Conti push on...
 

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A shake-up in the GC is in the making!

Poor Tejay - whenever things start looking up for him, something like this happens.
 

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Pantano and Conti push the pace while Froomie sucks wheel, perhaps waiting for help from his Sky teammates or just conserving energy in case Conti puts in another acceleration?
 

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The breakaway is imploding and the big dogs are catching the stragglers.
 

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If this continues, Tejay, Zakarin, Nibali, and Aru will lose gobs of time at the finish.

Conti has a huge gap to make up, so the more he and Froome can take on those guys, the better. Froomie just has to sit tight on Conti's wheel and let this play out.
 

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Also having a tough day is David de la Cruz - desperately playing catch-up now.

Enric Mas (Quick-Step) looking for a dream stage win here.
 

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3 of the breakaway have reformed and have a 38 seconds and increasing gap with 7Km to go. The Contador / Froome group don't seem to interested enchasing them down - yet.
 

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de la Cruz and others still behind the Froome group...
 

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Tejay seems to be the GC man who will suffer most here.

Conti has shown resurgent strength even though he will not make a huge advance in the GC today. He tends to get stronger as these GTs progress, so has moved from a side-show to a danger man today.
 

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Mas kicked off the sprint but the prize went to Lotto-Soudal's Tomasz Marczynski!
 

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Marcynski of Lotto Soudal wins in a 3 way sprint. Contador / Froome group come in together LL Sanchez missed his chance when he didn't go with the 3 man breakaway near the end
 

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I think Tejay has had enough of this Stagus horriblis! :D
He just wants to go home.
 

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TG only loses 17 seconds to Froome. Not bad considering his repeated impersonations of the Pope visiting a new country during the stage
 
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