Vuelta a España stage 5 reactions: Alberto Dainese, Egan Bernal, Nathan Van Hooydonck
Aug 19 2021 09:28 am CET

Vuelta a España stage 5 reactions: Alberto Dainese, Egan Bernal, Nathan Van Hooydonck
Vuelta a España stage 5 reactions: Alberto Dainese, Egan Bernal, Nathan Van Hooydonck
Photo by ASO/Alex BROADWAY

The fifth stage of the Vuelta a España has been won by Jasper Philipsen, but many riders were affected by a crash on the last kilometres.

After the wind didn't blow on the stage, and it was easy to think that it was going to finish uneventfully, a crash after the ten-kilometre mark changed the course of it. Although many riders were physically affected by the crash -like Romain Bardet, Mads Würtz Schmidt and Mikel Nieve- one of the biggest victims of the day was Rein Taaramäe, who lost the red jersey because of it.

Alberto Dainese finished in the third position of the day, Egan Bernal maintained the White jersey, and Nathan Van Hooydonck explained the stress of the day from the point of view of Jumbo-Visma. Here are their reactions:

Alberto Dainese (Team DSM):

"In the final it was super stressful because of the side wind, and it was really unfortunate to lose Romain in the crash too. Me and Nico tried our best to get into position in the last kilometre and then had to ride hard to find Jasper’s wheel, and from there I didn’t quite have the legs anymore to get around him."

Egan Bernal (Ineos-Grenadiers, leader youth classification):

"I think it is a team effort from the car to each rider who does the work at the beginning of the stage. We saved the day, that’s what matters. There was a lot of headwind and when we turned it was supposed to turn sideways, but it wasn’t enough to break the peloton. You had to stay calm and try to have men in the end. The crash was right next to me, but I was very focused on going in front and I didn't notice."

Nathan Van Hooydonck (Jumbo-Visma)

"It was definitely possible to set up echelons in the final. The wind blew in such a way that teams could always come to the front. It was more of a chaos than really racing in echelons. It’s good that Primoz [Roglic] crossed the finish line unscathed and without losing any time. That makes it a good day for us. These are really stressful days, especially for me as a domestique. You know that on days like this you are responsible for your leader. We did well as a team."






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