Fourth for Verona after a long day in the breakaway on stage five Vuelta al Pais VascoFri 6 Apr 2018
Spaniard Carlos Verona sprinted to fourth place on today’s penultimate stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco after spending all stage in the breakaway.
The 24-year-old took his chances with a solo attack with 20kilometres to go but was shortly after joined by six riders, including the race favourites that bridged across from the peloton, before the seven leaders battled it out for the stage win.
In the end it was Omar Fraile (Astana) who claimed the stage victory into Eibar while Primoz Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo) remains the overall leader and Jack Haig moves up to 11th overall with one-day remaining.
Two in the breakaway
In the opening 25kilometres of the 168kilometre day, 13riders formed the main breakaway which included Carlos Verona and Michael Albasini for Mitchelton-SCOTT.
The large group gained a maximum advantage of over five minutes before the peloton picked up the tempo ahead of the final and hardest section of the stage, reeling the group back to three minutes with 40kilometres to go.
Action at the front
The breakaway began to split under pressure and Verona was able to remain at the head of the race, as six riders continued ahead. Eventually most of the other original breakaway riders were swallowed up by the peloton as attacks came on the penultimate climb of the day, the Endoia Gaina.
Primoz Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo), Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) and Mikel Landa (Team Sky) attacked away from the peloton and closed in on the remaining leaders at the front of the race.
Verona goes solo
Close to the top of the final climb, Verona decided to accelerate away from his breakaway companions, and opened up a solo 30second advantage.
The Mitchelton-SCOTT rider was able to crest the top of the climb in the lead, but half way down the descent, he was swept up by a group of six chasing riders, Omar Fraile (Astana), Primoz Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo), Jon Izaguirre (Bahrain-Merida), Mikel Landa (Team Sky), Jose Herrada (Cofidis) and Mark Padun (Bahrain-Merida).
Behind Jack Haig found himself in the next chase group on the road, which included the many general classification contenders. Haig finished in 11th place on the stage and also moved into the young riders jersey and upto 11th place overall.
Carlos Verona - 4th place
Vuelta al Pais Vasco stage five results:
1. Omar Fraile (Astana) 3:53:59
2. Primoz Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo) ST
3. Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) ST
4. Carlos Verona (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage five:
1. Primoz Roglic (Lotto-Jumbo)17:35:19
2. Jon Izagirre (Bahrain-Merida) +2:13
3. Mikel Landa (Team Sky) +2:17
11. Jack Haig (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +4:02
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