Live: Vuelta a Espana stage five

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  • 17:04

    VUELTA A ESPANA: STAGE FIVE RESULT

    1 John Degenkolb (Ger) Giant-Shimano, 4:04:21
    2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) FDJ.fr, same time
    3 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Belkin, st
    4 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek Factory Racing, st
    5 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin, st
    6 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
    7 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing, st
    8 Vicente Reynes (Spa) IAM Cycling, st
    9 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) MTN-Qhubeka, st
    10 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida, st
  • 17:04

    VUELTA A ESPANA GENERAL CLASSIFICATION

    1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 17:35:05
    2 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar, +13sec
    3 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar, +20
    4 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step, +24
    5 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Cannondale, +26
    6 Johan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge, same time
    7 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek Factory Racing, +29
    8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin, +32
    9 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo,st
    10 Robert Gesink (Ned) Belkin, st
    Selected other
    13 Chris Froome (GB) Team Sky, +35
  • 17:05

    That's all we've got time for today. We'll have a report online imminently and then be back tomorrow with live coverage of stage six. Here's the profile...


    See you then.
  • 17:02

    Looks like there was a late split in the peloton because Michael Matthews has extended his lead by five seconds. Full GC to follow...
  • 16:57

    Still waiting for confirmation of the GC...
  • 16:52

    Bouhanni second and Moreno Hofland third.
  • 16:51

    Degenkolb squeezed out Bouhanni right beside the barriers. Bouhanni wasn't happy.
  • 16:50

    John Degenkolb wins!
  • 16:49

    Last 1km. BMC still on the front, Sky just behind, Belkin also there.
  • 16:49

    2km to go. Team Sky finally peel off the front as BMC take over.
  • 16:48

    The pace is just starting to be stepped up as we reach 3km to go. Michael Matthews is in this front group.
  • 16:45

    Tinkoff-Saxo now join Team Sky on the front with 5km to go.
  • 16:42

    The peloton is still all together, with Team Sky, Movistar and Caja Rural sharing duties on the front.
  • 16:41

    Here's the result of the climb and the new-look mountains classification...



  • 16:38

    Alejandro Valverde briefly tests Team Sky's reactions with a little attack on the shallow descent from the climb, but he quickly sat up and filed back into line. Not really sure what that was all about.
  • 16:35

    We're over the summit (results to follow) and Team Sky immediately take over on the front of the peloton.
  • 16:34

    The riders are just approaching the summit of the climb and several riders are attacking for KOM points, including current mountains classification leader Lluis Mas.
  • 16:26

    There looks to be about 50 or 60 riders in the front group and they are currently taking it easy as domestiques head back to team cars to collect bottles. 20km to go.
  • 16:25

    The peloton is still split, but there are now two groups instead of four, with about one minute separating them.
  • 16:21

    In another snippet of news, Edvald Boasson Hagen has signed for MTN-Qhubeka from Team Sky on a two-year contract.
  • 16:20

    Just to step away from the Vuelta momentarily, Mark Cavendish has won for the second day in a row in France. Story here
  • 16:18

    The riders are now making their way up the category-three climb of Puerto el Saltillo, with the difficulty of the ascent being amplified by the heat out there. 

    Hang about, Tinkoff-Saxo have just stepped on the gas again.
  • 16:14

    Scratch that - it looks like the second group is about to rejoin. Tinkoff look like they've knocked the pace off a touch.
  • 16:14

    The gap between the first two groups of the peloton is 30 seconds. Tinkoff-Saxo and Movistar are still setting the pace in the first group.
  • 16:11

    Here are Tinkoff-Saxo hammering the pace...



  • 16:09

    Arredondo of Trek is one of the potential GC men caught out in the second group.
  • 16:06

    Bouhanni and Degenkolb - a pair of pre-stage favourites - are also in the lead group.
  • 16:05

    Race leader Michael Matthews is in this front group. Surely there will be a few high-profile casualties when this shakes out.

    Ligthart is caught with 33km to go
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