Omar Fraile wins 5th stage at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Apr 06 2018 11:15 pm CET

Omar Fraile wins 5th stage at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Omar Fraile wins 5th stage at Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Primoz Roglic keeps GC lead
Photo of Omar Fraile by Astana Pro Team

Astana's Omar Fraile has won the fifth stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco. The Spaniard was part of the original escape and fought for the victory in a reduced sprint after joining the leader's group.

The fifth stage of the Spanish race was 163 kilometres long and took place between Vitoria-Gasteiz and Eibar. The escape of the day was created in the first 15 kilometres and included riders like Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar), Omar Fraile (Astana), Jose Herrada (Cofidis), Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-Scott) and Jonathan Castroviejo (Sky).

LottoNL-Jumbo took charge from early on to control the pace of the peloton and the gap with the front group. The first and second climbs of the day shattered the front group and the peloton, but the descents gave the opportunity for most to rejoin the others.

During the last ascent of the day, teams like Movistar and Bahrain-Merida tried to attack from the peloton in an attempt to leave race leader Primoz Roglic behind, but the Slovenian could stay at their wheel. Moments later Movistar's Mikel Landa tried again to get away and took Roglic and Ion Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) with him.

This change of rhythm proved to be too difficult for riders like Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo). The trio of Landa, Roglic and Izagirre was soon joined by Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First-Drapac), David de la Cruz (Sky) and Rojas, who dropped from the front group to be caught by the chasers.

With 23 kilometres to go, only Landa, Roglic and Izagirre remained in the leader's group. Ahead of them, all the escapees dropped until only Verona was left in front.

Behind, Alaphilippe struggled to stay in the third group while Quintana made a move and went solo in the pursuit of the leader's group but was soon reeled back in by the third group. Back in the Roglic group, some of the original escapees like Fraile and Herrada were caught but managed to keep up with the pace.

On the descent, the leader's group caught Verona and several riders attempted to attack but were soon caught by the others. The group rode together to the end and Fraile was the fastest at the sprint.

Roglic was second in the stage and keeps the lead in the General Classification ahead of the last stage of the race.




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