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Ewan Unstoppable in Uphill Sprint, Dumoulin in Red

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21-year-old Caleb Ewan won stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, a fantastic achievement.


Another cagey day in La Vuelta led to another action-filled last kilometre. Caleb Ewan was unbeatable, beating John Degenkolb by over two bike lengths  in the run to the line. A truly excellent ride from the young Australian.

It was Tinkoff-Saxo who set the pace for much of the stage, in pursuit of the three-man breakaway which got away immediately. Ethiopian champion Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre) was the first to attack, almost before the flag dropped, and he was followed by Giro stage 21 winner Iljo Keisse (Etixx Quickstep) and Antoine Duchesne (Europcar).

There was a bit of argument in the break with 22 kilometres to go, as Duchesne attacked the break and Grmay refused to help Keisse recapture him, apparently stating that he was working for Richeze. Keisse tried to shake him but couldn't, catching Duchesne and winning the intermediate sprint before taking off on his own.

At this point, some more teams were showing themselves on the front, Movistar and Katusha in particular. Keisse was the only man up front, but his gap was disappearing very quickly and he was caught with 9 kilometres to go.

Tinkoff-Saxo started their leadout with 3 kilometres to go, yellow jersey together on the right-hand side of the road, but Cofidis were still apart, trying to form a train in the middle of the road as Orica got together at the front.

As they hit the hill it was Docker who lead out Ewan, as Giant came from the left. Degenkolb opened the sprint, but was easily overtaken by Ewan, who had time to celebrate before crossing the line. Peter Sagan came in behind Degenkolb in third, and Jempy Drucker was 4th.

The top four took two seconds on the rest of the field, and Christopher Froome, Rafal Majka, and in the short term more importantly Tom Dumoulin took six on the other people in the top of the GC. This puts him in front of Esteban Chaves, and leading the Vuelta. Nairo Quintana and Dan Martin lost eight seconds to Froome, and Fabio Aru lost ten.