Friday 6 April 2012

Vuelta Ciclista al Pais Vasco Stage 5 report and results

Kiserlovski (now with Astana) didn't
win the stage, but he can rightfully
claim to have done a good day's
work today
(image credit: BestKevin CC BY-SA 2.0)
For the second consecutive day the mountains of the Basque Country played host to an epic battle between Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) and Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi), and once again it was Rodriguez who gained the upper hand.

Third place Robert Kiserlovski had spent a lot of time and effort in a solo break, remaining unmolested until the Spaniards attacked simultaneously, sparring with each other and overtaking him after just 500m. He managed to stay with them for a short while, then couldn't and then - just when it seemed he'd given up, he somehow dredged up enough energy to have another go. However, his efforts were to no avail and Rodriguez and Sanchez knew it, neither man paying him much more than cursory attention as they concentrated on trying to wear one another down before an explosive sprint. Against riders of their ilk, he did fantastically well to cross the line 2" after them.

Sanchez lies 9" behind Rodriguez in the General Classification.

  1.  Joaquin Rodriguez  Katusha 4h27'16"
  2.  Samuel Sanchez  Euskaltel-Euskadi ST
  3.  Robert Kiserlovski Astana +2"
  4.  Vasil Kiryienka Movistar +5" 
  5.  Lars Petter Nordhaug Sky ST
  6.  Daniele Ratto Liquigas - Cannondale ST
  7.  Michele Scarponi Lampre-ISD ST
  8.  Damiano Cunego Lampre-ISD +7" 
  9.  Rui Alberto Faria Da Costa Movistar ST
  10.  Jean-Christophe Peraud AG2R-La Mondiale ST

Best Brit: 109. Luke Rowe (Sky)

(Full results)

Tour of the Basque Country: 1 (video) / 2 (video) / 3 (video) / 4 (video) / 5 (video) / 6

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