Angel Madrazo conquers first mountain finish in Vuelta a España, Miguel Angel Lopez tops GC
Aug 29 2019 12:02 am CET

Angel Madrazo conquers first mountain finish in Vuelta a España, Miguel Angel Lopez tops GC
Angel Madrazo conquers first mountain finish in Vuelta a España, Miguel Angel Lopez tops GC
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Burgos BH's Angel Madrazo has taken the victory of the fifth stage at the Vuelta a España. The rider overtook his escape companions in the last kilometre and went on to take a solo win in Javalambre.

The peloton faced its first mountain finish in the Alto de Javalambre, a first category ascent that put an end to a 170.7-kilometre stage. The day started with the escape of Angel Madrazo, Jetse Bol (Burgos BH) and José Herrada (Cofidis), and it formed a gap of more than ten minutes with the pack.

Teams like Ineos, Sunweb and Movistar took the lead of the peloton in order to work for their General Classification leaders on their first test. With around seven kilometres to go, Madrazo was left behind by Bol and Herrada, and although he returned to them, shortly later he was dropped again.

EF Education First set a high pace at around five kilometres to go and left behind some GC riders like Wilco Kelderman. With three kilometres to go, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) changed the pace and created a cut in the favourites' group that left Esteban Chaves, Rigoberto Uran, Nairo Quintana and Rafal Majka behind, while Primoz Roglic, Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma), Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) and Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) stayed at his wheel.

At two kilometres from the end, Lopez changed the pace and went ahead on his own and left Valverde and Roglic trying to catch him by themselves while everyone else was dropped. Madrazo got back to the front in the last kilometre and left his companions behind to take the mountain victory on his own.

Bol and Herrada crossed the finish line shortly after. Moments later, Lopez arrived to the end and took the lead of the General Classification, while Roglic and Valverde did it 12 seconds behind the Colombian.

Roglic climbed fourth positions in the overall classification and sits in the second place, Quintana dropped to the third position, Valverde is in the fourth place and Nicolas Roche closes the top five of the race.









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