Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) held on after a long breakaway to win the fifth stage of the Volta a Catalunya to Sant Cugat del Valles on Friday.
The German was the sole survivor of an early breakaway and finished 12 seconds clear of the pack at the end of the 188.1 kilometre stage.
Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) won the bunch sprint for the second place. Dimension Data’s Ryan Gibbons rounded out the podium in third.
“I’ve shown in the last days that I’m in great shape,” Schachmann said. “I’ve tried to get a victory here; in the first stage I was second, and yesterday I felt good, and so today I said ‘if I have the legs, I will try and just go.’
“In the last 40km, I felt great and took over the major work in the group. Over the last climb, the group didn’t work very well, and so I attacked. I think I did one of my biggest rides here.”
Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) retained his 14 second lead over Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) at the top of the overall standings.
Egan Bernal (Team Sky) walked in behind the main pack carrying his bicycle on his shoulder after suffering a mechanical problem.
Volta a Catalunya 2019 – stage 5 results (Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès):
|1||Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|2||Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)|
|3||Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)|
|4||Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|5||Patrick Bevin (CCC)|
|6||Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)|
|7||Jay Mc Carthy (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|8||Nairo Quintana (Movistar)|
|9||Bjorg Lambrecht (Lotto Soudal)|
|10||Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)|
Volta a Catalunya 2019 – general classification after stage 5:
|1||Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)|
|2||Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|3||Egan Bernal (Team Sky)|
|4||Nairo Quintana (Movistar)|
|5||Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)|
|6||Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)|
|7||Michael Woods (EF Education First)|
|8||Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)|
|9||Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|10||Marc Soler (Movistar)|