Tour of California 2018 Stage 5: Gaviria takes his second, Van Garderen still leader

fernando gaviria - Tour of California 2018 Stage 5: Gaviria takes his second, Van Garderen still leaderThe 5th stage on the Tour of California is mainly flat, which is good news for all stellar sprinters at the start. Gaviria outsprints Ewan and Sagan, while Van Garderen finishes safely in the bunch and retains in the lead. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage 2018 Tour of California

1. Fernando Gaviria (col)
2. Caleb Ewan (aus) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
4. Rick Zabel (ger) s.t.
5. John Murphy (usa) s.t.
6. Sean Bennett (usa) s.t.
7. Lucas Sebastian Haedo (arg) s.t.
8. Ivo Oliveira (por) s.t.
9. Alexander Kristoff (nor) s.t.
10. Travis McCabe (usa) s.t.

GC after the 5th stage
1. Tejay van Garderen (usa)
2. Egan Bernal (col) + 0.23
3. Daniel Felipe Martinez (col) + 0.37
4. Adam Yates (gbr) + 1.07
5. Tao Geoghegan Hart (gbr) + 1.15
6. Rafal Majka (pol) + 1.29
7. Brandon McNulty (usa) + 2.08
8. Laurens De Plus (bel) + 2.13
9. Kristijan Durasek (Cro) + 2.15
10. Brent Bookwalter (usa) + 2.34

Race report
Once the flag is dropped five riders jump clear. Stijn Vandenbergh, Ruben Companioni, Tanner Putt, Fabian Lienhard and Michael Rice race to a maximum lead of more than 3 minutes.

Both Cavendish and Kittel have a mechanic problem in the last kms, although Cav makes it back to the bunch. A little later, with 2 kms to go, Vandenbergh, Putt and Lienhard are the last attackers to be reeled in.

In the ensuing sprint once again outpowers Ewan and Sagan. It’s his second win in five days of Californian racing.

Read also: route 5th stage 2018 Tour of California.

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