Madrazo climbs to dramatic stage 5 win as Lopez retakes red in the Vuelta


Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) proved strongest on the final climb to win the fifth stage of the Vuelta, while Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) used a late charge to retake the overall lead.

Madrazo took charge in the final 500 meters of the 170-kilometer stage, which ended atop the Alto de Javalambre.

The Spanish rider had stayed near the front throughout the final kilometers in a breakaway group that included teammate Jetse Bol and Jose Herrada (Cofidis).

Madrazo was left behind by Bol and Herrada several times on the final climb. He got back to the front in the last kilometre and left his companions behind to take the mountain victory on his own.

Bol crossed the line in second place, 10 seconds off the lead, with Herrada coming in 12 seconds later.

Lopez finished fourth in the stage, 47 seconds behind Madrazo. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) was fifth. Lopez and Valverde had been more than six minutes behind the breakaway group entering the final climb but cut most of the gap.

Former race leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) was unable to follow an earlier attack from Valverde and battled valiantly but was forced to concede defeat.

The general classification is now led by Lopez who is 14 seconds up on Roglic, with Quintana now third at 23 seconds. Valverde is fourth 28 seconds back on the red jersey.

Thursday’s sixth stage will take riders nearly 200 kilometers from Mora de Rubielos to another mountain-top finish in Ares del Maestrat.

Vuelta a Espana 2019 – stage 5 results (L’Eliana – Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre):

1Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH)


2Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH)


3Jose Herrada (Cofidis)


4Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


5Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


6Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


7Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma)


10Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


11Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


12Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


13Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


14Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


15Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


16Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias)


17Marc Soler (Movistar)


18Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


19Victor De La Parte (CCC)


20Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


Vuelta a Espana 2019 – general classification after stage 5:

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


2Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


3Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


4Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


5Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb)


6Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First)


7Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


9Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


10Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)


11Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale)


12Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


13Victor De La Parte (CCC)


14Mikel Nieve (Mitchelton-Scott)


15George Bennett (Jumbo-Visma)


16Sergio Higuita (EF Education First)


17Fabio Aru (UAE Team Emirates)


18Ruben Guerreiro (Katusha-Alpecin)


19Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias)


20Daniel Martinez (EF Education First)



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