A stage for the sprinters.
Stage 5 Review: Simon Clarke won the day, beating Bauke Mollema and Alessandro de Marchi after a nailbiting finish where the trio spent the final kilometres marking each other as if none of them believed in their chances in the sprint. Clarke’s won a stage of the Vuelta before and has a collection of track titles and sure enough he was the best in the sprint. Mollema and de Marchi didn’t win but with hillier, harder finishes ahead they’ll have more chances. Meanwhile Groupama-FDJ’s Rudy Molard is the new race leader.
The Route: 155km and if there’s climbing the two ascents are short at 4km each.
The Finish: fast and flat but with an awkward bend with 700m to go, notionally a left turn but this involves going three quarters of the way around a roundabout, 270 degrees to the right rather than 90 degrees to the left. Then a straight dash to the line.
The Contenders: Elia Viviani (Quick Step) once again. He’s got the speed and he’s got the team which counts for the tricky finish. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) doesn’t have the lead out train but should be close, ditto Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) and Giacomo Nizzolo (Trek-Segafredo)
|Nacer Bouhanni, Giacomo Nizzolo|
|Trentin, van Poppel|
Weather: warm and sunny but not hot, just 27°C and a 20km/h headwind for much of the stage.
Tune in: the finish is forecast for 5.40pm CEST.