Vuelta 2015 stage 5: Caleb Ewan outsprints Degenkolb and Sagan, Dumoulin new leader

Caleb EwanThe stage from Rota to Alcalá de Guadaíra is 167.3 kilometres and the fast men are pleased since it is a flat one. Then again, the arrival is a false flat and it boils down to a tough sprint with young Caleb Ewan outpowering Degenkolb and Sagan. Tom Dumoulin is the new overall leader because Chaves finishes on the wrong side of a late split in the peloton. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage Vuelta

1. Caleb Ewan (aus)
2. John Degenkolb (ger) s.t.
3. Peter Sagan (svk) s.t.
4. Jean-Pierre Drucker (lux) s.t.
5. Jose-Joaquin Rojas (spa) + 0.02
6. Kristian Sbaragli (ita) s.t.
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) s.t.
8. Daniel Moreno (spa) s.t.
9. Tosh Van der Sande (bel) s.t
10. Nikolas Maes (bel) s.t.

GC after stage 5
1. Tom Dumoulin (nld)
2. Esteban Chaves (col) + 0.01
3. Nicolas Roche (irl) + 0.16
4. Daniel Martin (irl) + 0.27
5. Daniel Moreno (spa) + 0.31
6. Alejandro Valverde (spa) + 0.33
7. Chris Froome (gbr) + 0.35
8. Joaquim Rodriguez (spa) + 0.36
9. Nairo Quintana (col) + 0.39
10. Fabio Aru (ita) + 0.52
11. Mikel Landa (spa) + 0.56
12. Domenico Pozzovivo (ita) + 0.59

Race report
Lampre-rider Tsgabu Grmay feel like having fun as as soon the flag is dropped he sets sail. With 11 km’s done the 24-yo Ethiopian enjoys a 2 minutes advantage. At first no rider in the pack shows any ambition to join him, but when the gap gets down to 1 minute Iljo Keisse and Antoine Duchesne cross over. The trio races to a 7 minutes lead.

When the delay is 7’20” after one hour in the saddle, Giant moves to the front of the peloton to bring the gap down. When it’s down to 2 minutes Keisse jumps off the front for a solo, but he doesn’t make it and with 9 km’s left he is caught.

The arrival offers a 4% uphill for the last 750 metres. John Degenkolb pushes hard but it’s young Caleb Ewan besting him, while Sagan finishes third.

Chaves is behind a late split in the pack and Dumoulin is now the new leader with a 1 second advantage over the Colombian.

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