STAGE 5 RESULTS – LA VUELTA A ESPANA 2021 – ALPECIN FENIX GETS ANOTHER

Belgian sprinter Jasper Philipsen won stage five of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday, edging a mass dash for the line after a flat 114 mile run from Tarancon to Albacete. Frenchman Kenny Elissonde is the new overall leader after red jersey wearer Rein Taaramae was caught in a mass fall, with race favorite Primoz Roglic in second place just five seconds adrift.

Expected cross-winds never emerged and instead the stage was once more contested in baking heat. It was a second stage win on this Vuelta for Philipsen of Alpecin-Fenix, who also snatched back the sprint points green jersey from Deceuninck-Quick Step’s Fabio Jakobsen, who won Tuesday’ stage and has also twice been a close second. Unlike Jakobsen, Philipsen contested the intermediate sprint garnering a crucial 13pts.

Philipsen was unlucky at the Tour de France in July finishing on the podium six times without bagging a win. In Spain, he leads Jakobsen by a single point on 131pts in a rivalry that looks set to go some distance.

Philipsen was again swift to credit his team after they regrouped after a late crash to lead him to the line.

“It makes it even more beautiful if you see the final 3 miles and how we were there together all with the team. I cannot describe that,” said the 26-year-old.

Frenchman Romain Bardet was the biggest victim of the late crash and trundled home, some 12 minutes after Philipsen

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STAGE 5 RESULTS

1  PHILIPSEN Jasper Alpecin-Fenix 4:24:41
2  JAKOBSEN Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step 0:00
3  DAINESE Alberto Team DSM 0:00
4  MOLANO Juan Sebastián UAE-Team Emirates 0:00
5  ALLEGAERT Piet Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 0:00
6  ABERASTURI Jon Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00
7  MEEUS Jordi BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
8  MINALI Riccardo Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux 0:00
9  JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Qhubeka NextHash 0:00
10  DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama – FDJ 0:00


OVERALL STANDINGS

1  ELISSONDE Kenny Trek – Segafredo 17:33:57
2  ROGLIČ Primož Team Jumbo-Visma 0:05
3  CALMEJANE Lilian AG2R Citroën Team 0:10
4  MAS Enric Movistar Team 0:20
5  LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Movistar Team 0:26
6  VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team 0:32
7  CICCONE Giulio Trek – Segafredo 0:32
8  BERNAL Egan INEOS Grenadiers 0:32
9  LANDA Mikel Bahrain – Victorious 0:44
10  MÄDER Gino Bahrain – Victorious 0:45

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini

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