Vuelta 2022: Attacker Soler wins in Bilbao, Molard new leader

Marc Soler - Vuelta 2022: Attacker Soler wins in Bilbao, Molard new leaderfoto: Cor VosMarc Soler wins the 5th stage of La Vuelta from the breakaway, while his fellow attacker Rudy Molard moves into the overall race lead. Fred Wright and Nikias Arndt sit in second and third. (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage 2022 Vuelta

1. Marc Soler
2. Daryl Impey + 0.04
3. Fred Wright s.t.
4. Rudy Molard s.t.
5. Lawson Craddock s.t.
6. Nikias Arndt s.t.
7. Victor Langelotti s.t.
8. Vadim Pronskiy s.t.
9. Gregor Mühlberger s.t.
10. Roger Adrià s.t.
– GC riders + 5.09

GC after stage 5

1. Rudy Molard
2. Fred Wright + 0.02
3. Nikias Arndt + 1.09
4. Lawson Craddock + 2.27
5. Primoz Roglic + 4.09
6. Sepp Kuss + 4.22
7. Pavel Sivakov + 4.35
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart s.t.
9. Remco Evenepoel + 4.36
10. Richard Carapaz + 4.42

Race report
After 70 kilometer of ferocious racing a group of 9 riders give it a go. Jaakko Hänninen, Fred Wright, Jake Stewart, Alessandro De Marchi, Gregor Mühlberger, Fausto Masnada, Lawson Craddock, Victor Langellotti and Roger Adrià are joined by Vadim Pronskiy, Rudy Molard, Julius Johansen, Nikias Arndt and Anthony Delaplace. Jonathan Caicedo, Daryl Impey, Kamil Malecki and Ibai Azurmendi also join the break.

While Hänninen drops back from the lead group after a crash, Marc Soler goes after the leaders on the Puerto de Gontzagarigana. He makes the catch on the Balcón de Bizkaia. The 18 leaders extend their advantage to more than 5 minutes.

Craddock goes solo on the first climb up the Alto de Vivero, with 45 kilometres to go. He reaches the summit a few metres ahead of Langellotti. The peloton is more than 4 minutes in arrears.

Stewart attacks from the lead group after the first finish passage. He tackles the Alto de Vivero 30 seconds ahead of the chase group, while Soler goes after him with 2 kilometres to climb. He overhauls the Briton 800 metres later.

Soler reaches the summit 10 seconds ahead of Wright, Molard, Pronskiy and Langellotti. Stewart and Craddock rejoin them in the descent before Stewart loses contact on a small uphill kick.

Mühlberger, Arndt, Adria, Impey and Masnada join Wright, Molard, Pronskiy, Craddock and Langellotti inside the last 4 kilometres. The chase lacks pure will power and Soler wins the stage with a lead of 4 seconds.

Molard finishes in fourth place to take the red jersey. Wright sits in second, only 2 seconds down on the race leader.

Another interesting read: route 5th stage Vuelta 2022.

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