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
STAGE 5 RESULTS
|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|
|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