2013 Vuelta – Stage 5 – Parts of Spain are Flat

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The first of the sprinters stages today as the Vuelta said adios to Galicia and plunged into Castilla y Leon finishing at Lago de Sanabria. The true sprinters had some serious work to do today not only reeling in the 5 man break containing Edet, Van De Walle, Courteille and Piedra, but also expending quite some energy getting over the climbs to get to the finish. But, for the fast men, they must have been relieved that finally there was a flat finish in the Vuelta.

With 3.2km remaining Tony Martin gobbled up the break with ease ripping through the windy roads in time trial fashion. However, immediately after the break was caught Martin eased the pace allowing Pablo Urtasan (EUS) to launch a doomed counter attack which only provided the carrot, colour and all, for Argos-Shimano to go after. The peloton roared to the right and over a narrow bridge and it was Michael Matthews launching past Philippe Gilbert with 200 to go and holding off Gianni Meersman and Maximiliano Richeze to take the win.

2013 Vuelta Stage 5 Top Five
1. Michael Matthews (OGE)______4h28’22”
2. Maximiliano Richeze (LAM)
3. Gianni Meersman (OPQ)
4. Miklas Arndt (ARG)
5. Tyler Farrar (GRS)

Overall Classification after 5 stages
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_______18h43’52″
2. Chris Horner (RLT)_________+3″
3. Nicolas Roche (TST)_________+8″
4. Haimar Zubeldia (RLT)______+16″
5. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+21″
6. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)____+26″
7. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+28″
8. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+31″
9. Rafal Majka (TST)__________+38″
10. Roman Kreuziger (TST)______+42″

14. Bauke Mollema (BEL)_______+49″

16. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___+53″

21. Michele Scarponi (LAM)____+1’15″

26. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+1’30″
27. Ivan Basso (CAN)_________+1’32″

29. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_______+1’41″
30. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)__+1’45″
31. Dan Martin (GRM)_________+1’47″

40. David Arroyo (CJR)________+2’52″

42. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)___+2’59″

47. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+3’57″

51. Igor Anton (EUS)__________+5’42″

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