Jasper Philipsen wins crash-marred fifth stage at Vuelta a España, Kenny Elissonde takes GC lead
Aug 18 2021 11:52 pm CET

Jasper Philipsen wins crash-marred fifth stage at Vuelta a España, Kenny Elissonde takes GC lead
Jasper Philipsen wins crash-marred fifth stage at Vuelta a España, Kenny Elissonde takes GC lead
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Jasper Philipsen (Alpecin-Fenix) has taken the victory of the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España, on a day that witnessed a crash that changed the GC. Kenny Elissonde finished the day dressed in red.

By: Maritza Cárdenas

The fifth stage of the Spanish grand tour was 184.4 kilometres long between Tarancón and Albacete over a flat route that presented risk of hard winds. Pelayo Sanchez (Burgos-BH), Oier Laskano (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Xabier Mikel Azparren (EUskaltel-Euskadi) formed the escape of the day and got a gap of around seven minutes with the pack.

Most of the stage was uneventful as the wind didn't really pick up and with 34 kilometres to go, Sanchez was dropped from the front. Soon after, he was caught by the pack and moments later, Lazkano's adventure was also over. Just after the ten kilometre mark, there was a heavy crash in the pack that affected riders like Romain Bardet, Mikel Nieve and Mads Würtz Schmidt, and that created a break in the pack that left behind the wearer of the Red Jersey, Rein Taaramäe.

Most of the candidates for a final sprint were in the front group, and Jasper Philipsen was once again the strongest of them all, taking his second stage victory in this edition of the race. Fabio Jakobsen crossed the finish line in the second place and Alberto Dainese, did it in the third position.

Taaramäe crossed the finish line more than three minutes after the winner of the stage, and lost the GC lead to Trek-Segafredo's Kenny Elissonde. Primoz Roglic climbed one position in the overall classification and is now in the second place, at five seconds from the Frenchman.



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