(Reuters) – Kaden Groves won for the second day in succession as the Australian edged out a charging Filippo Ganna to claim stage five of the Vuelta a Espana on Wednesday.
A relatively uneventful 186.5 km trek from Morella to Burriana ended in the predicted bunch sprint, with Alpecin-Deceuninck’s Groves holding off a surging Ganna.
Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel retained the overall leader’s red jersey after finishing safely in the pack having picked up useful time bonuses on the last intermediate sprint.
Defending champion Evenepoel now leads Spain’s Enric Mas (Movistar) by 11 seconds heading in to the sixth stage. Lenny Martinez is 17 seconds back with Jonas Vingegaard and Primoz Roglic, the co-favourites, 37 and 43 seconds in arrears.
Groves strengthened his hold on the green jersey after following up on Tuesday’s effort.
“It’s a fantastic feeling, the second win of this Vuelta, and two in a row, it’s a great feeling especially doing it with the green jersey,” Groves said.
“At the end, it was a pretty hectic final today, similar to yesterday but without climbing. The wind and roundabouts made it quite nervous but my team was fantastic again.”Uruguay’s Eric Fagundez (Burgos BH) had spent most of an undulating stage in the province of Castellon out in front alone after making an early move that did not tempt any other riders.Having pushed his advantage to more than five minutes Fagundez was eventually caught on the day’s only categorised climb by Argentina’s Eduardo Sepulveda (Lotto Dstny) around 40km from the finish — Sepulveda adding […]