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|13:42||Alaphilippe: "A very nice stage to try and do something"|
With a route that perfectly suits his ability, Julian Alaphilippe (Quick-Step Floors) told lavuelta.com today was a day for him to hunt the victory: “On paper, it's a very nice stage to try and do something. It will be harder than people expect. We'll see how the day goes, what the break will look like, to see when to go on the attack. We'll try but then we'll see how the legs respond. It's a great start of La Vuelta for the team. We'll try to keep going like that. We have GC ambitions...
|13:35||Alaphilippe, Soler and Villella at the front|
This first break attempt features very strong contenders for the stage win: Julian Alaphilippe (Quick Step), Marc Soler (Movistar Team), Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin), Jérémy Maison (FDJ), Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data), Lluis Mas (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Michel Kreder (Aqua Blue Sport) and Jetse Bol (Manzana-Postobón).
Five riders try to bridge the gap with a delay of 30".
A group of nine riders enjoys a 14" lead over the peloton after 7km of hard racing.
|13:22||It is on!|
The flag has been dropped, it's time to battle it out on the way to the first summit finish of La Vuelta 2017.
|13:15||A day for attackers?|
The lumpy terrain from Benicassim to Alcossebre offers attackers an opportunity to try and make it to the finish. Luis Angel Maté (Cofidis) could try his luck as he hinted speaking to lavuelta.com: “Stéphane Rossetto put on a show yesterday. He's in a good shape, he's a great rouleur and he'll definitely try again in the coming days. There's been two stages with breakaways and the team has been up there on both occasions, we want it to...
|13:09||“A nice hard stage” with an unprecedented finish|
Francisco Giner, technical director of La Vuelta: “It's a beautiful place. We go there for the first time ever. It's an explosive climb with 3km at an average gradient of about 9%, with slopes of 19% at some point. I think it's a nice hard stage, that offers ground for attacks with many climbs and winding roads on the way to the finish. And then the finish is really nice. It's a beautiful touristic place where we want to put on a show.”
|13:05||The bunch is on the move|
The riders are on their way to the proper start, set at 13:17.
|12:55||Degenkolb is out of the race|
Trek-Segafredo announced this morning that John Degenkolb wouldn't start stage 5 of La Vuelta 2017. The German rider withdraws due to illness. He hasn't been able to display the power that got him 10 stage wins in the previous editions of the race.
"Unfortunately I got sick two days ago and that was that. I tried to fight myself a way through the stages, hoping that my body would recover, because I had the legs but when you cannot breath properly it's just impossible to keep going",...
Welcome to the official live of stage 5 of La Vuelta 2017, the first one featuring a summit finish. The neutral start from Benicassim is set at 13:00, the proper one at 13:17. A 175.7km route will lead the riders to the finish line set atop the climb up to Ermita de Santa Lucia, at Alcossebre.
Jersey wearers after the stage 4
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