La Vuelta a España 2015 Stages
Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant-Alpecin) took over the lead at the Vuelta a España in Alcalá de Guadaíra, moving into the red leader’s jersey with a one second lead over Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE). Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) remains in third, now 16 seconds back.
It is a strange feeling to have the red jersey now, I wasn’t expecting it today. Our plan was to help John and my part was to lead the team in the final 2km. In the hecticness of the finale I lost my team mates and just sprinted to make sure I didn’t lose any time. On my way to the bus I was a bit disappointed we didn’t get the stage victory until I suddenly heard that I had the red jersey via my radio.
Personally I was disappointed after my crash at the Tour as at the time I had the chance to take the yellow jersey. It took me two weeks to recover and from that moment I was really determined to come back even stronger. We have worked really hard and been very dedicated in training, and the feelings are good. Now I am here in the leader’s jersey and I’m really enjoying it.
Before starting the Vuelta the time trial in third week was my main goal, but now I will try to keep the jersey as long as possible and will not give it up without a fight. There are some hard days coming up so we will see.”
– Tom Dumoulin, Team Giant-Alpecin
Caleb Ewan (Orica GreenEDGE) won stage 5, beating John Degenkolb (Team Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo) in the bunch sprint at the line.
This is by far the happiest day in my career. To beat some of the best sprinters in the world, especially guys like Sagan and Degenkolb on an uphill finish, it really means a lot to me.
It’s an honor to race with those guys and to beat them is just unreal for me.
It was a super tough finish, but my teammates did an awesome job of getting me to the bottom in front position. I even had time to stop back a few spots and that always makes it easier than trying to move up. If it wasn’t for them, there is no way I could have won today.
I hadn’t won a WorldTour race to start with so I always knew it was going to be pretty tough.
But my team believed in me and at the end there when they commit 100% for you, you start to believe in yourself as well.”
– Caleb Ewan, Orica GreenEDGE
La Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 5: Rota to Alcalá de Guadaíra
A three man breakaway formed in the first 20 kilometers of the 167.3 km stage when Iljo Keisse (Etiss-QuickStep) and Antoine Duchesne (Europcar) bridged to Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre-Merida).
The trio held together until just after the sprint point with 19km to go, when Duchesne and Grmay sat up, leaving Keisse on his own.
I was one of the cyclists of the team who had received the task to try to join the breakaways. In the early kilometers of the stage there was a series of attacks and I tried too to escape from the peloton. I had good legs and I could obtain an interesting advantage, then I was joined by two other riders and the gap of the bunch increased.
It would have been necessary to be more than 3 attackers for avoiding the chase of the peloton, even if my two breakaway mates were very strong on the pace. In the final part of the stage, I suffer the high pace on flat roads, who are not my preferred terrain, also because there was the front wind blowing.
I’m happy I succeeded in achieving the goal of joining the breakaway, but I want to try again on the mountains stages, where I’ll have more chance to battle for a top result.”
– Tsgabu Grmay, Lampre-Merida
Keisse stayed away solo until 8.5km remained in the stage, when the peloton caught him as they prepared formations to set up for the bunch sprint to come.
The teams shuffled, scrambling for position as they headed toward the finish, with Orica GreenEDGE, Team Giant-Alpecin, Tinkoff-Saxo and LottoNL-Jumbo each attempting to stake their claim for their sprinter.
They kept me perfectly out of the wind all day. Maarten Wynants could drop me off with five kilometres to go, but he went on until the final two. That was great effort.
A final straight like today’s used to suit me, but of course, that was when I was still riding at EuropeTour level. I started my sprint in the wheel of Degenkolb, but to get there, I’d already had to accelerate. In the final part, I exploded and shut down completely.”
– Tom Van Asbroeck, LottoNL-Jumbo
The jostling continued as the riders hit 1km to go, turning a sharp left hand corner and then heading up a slight hill.
With 150 meters, it was Degenkolb on the front, with Ewan and Sagan giving chase. By 100 meters, Sagan was struggling, as Ewan began to make his move around Degenkolb and headed to the line for the win.
As the peloton filed in behind the sprinters, slight gaps began to form. Dumoulin crossed with a group 2 seconds back and Chaves found himself in the third group crossing 6 seconds behind the winners. The gap was enough to place the leader’s jersey on Dumoulin’s shoulders to start stage 6.
I want to thank my teammates – they did a fantastic job for me again to bring me into a good position for the final sprint. It was a technically difficult finish and today I didn’t have the legs to win. I was in a great position but I think that yesterday’s very hard stage, that, looking back, really didn’t suit me, took a lot of energy and I paid the price today.
Probably, I tried too hard yesterday but we want to try to take the win everyday even if it looks difficult. Tomorrow, I will try to save myself a bit more. It’s a day for Rafal, who is our leader here, and we will have to work for him. It’s a hard stage, but I will not have to fight for the stage win in the finale.”
– Peter Sagan, Tinkoff-Saxo
La Vuelta a España 2015 Stage 5 Top 10
- Caleb Ewan (AUS) #143
ORICA GreenEDGE 03h 57′ 28”
- John Degenkolb (GER) #171
TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 03h 57′ 28” same tiime
- Peter Sagan (SVK) #209
TINKOFF – SAXO 03h 57′ 28” same time
- Jean-Pierre Drucker (LUX) #35
BMC RACING TEAM 03h 57′ 28” same time
- José Joaquin Rojas (ESP) #126
MOVISTAR TEAM 03h 57′ 30” + :02
- Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) #135
MTN – QHUBEKA 03h 57′ 30” + :02
- Domenic Pozzovivo (ITA) #11
AG2R LA MONDIALE 03h 57′ 30” + :02
- Daniel Moreno (ESP) #186
TEAM KATUSHA 03h 57′ 30” + :02
- Tosh Van Der Sande (BEL) #118
LOTTO SOUDAL 03h 57′ 30” + :02
- Nikolas Maes (BEL) #76
ETIXX – QUICK STEP 03h 57′ 30” + :02
La Vuelta a España 2015 General Classification Top 10 after Stage 5
- Tom Dumoulin (NED) #174
TEAM GIANT – ALPECIN 17h 09′ 06”
- Esteban Chaves (COL) #141
ORICA GreenEDGE 17h 09′ 07” + :01
- Nicolas Roche (IRL) #8
TEAM SKY 17h 09′ 22” + :16
- Daniel Martin (IRL) #156
TEAM CANNONDALE – GARMIN 17h 09′ 31” + :25
- Alejandro Valverde (ESP) #121
MOVISTAR TEAM 17h 09′ 35” + :29
- Daniel Moreno (ESP) #186
TEAM KATUSHA 17h 09′ 37” + :31
- Christopher Froome (GBR) #1
TEAM SKY 17h 09′ 41” + :35
- Joaquim Ridriguez (ESP) #181
TEAM KATUSHA 17h 09′ 42” + :36
- Nairo Quintana (COL) #125
MOVISTAR TEAM 17h 09′ 43” + :37
- Fabio Aru (ITA) #21
ASTANA PRO TEAM 17h 09′ 54” + :48
La Vuelta a España 2015 Jersey after Stage 5
Overall leader’s jersey (red): Tom Dumoulin
Points jersey (green): Esteban Chaves, worn by Peter Sagan
Climber jersey (polka-dot): Omar Fraile
All rounder / Combination jersey (white): Esteban Chaves
Date: 26 August, 2015
Finish: Alcalá de Guadaíra
Distance: 167.3 km