Michael Matthews has retained the red race leader’s jersey at the Vuelta a Espana, finishing in the front group on stage five today.
Despite cross winds playing havoc with the peloton mid-stage, Matthews remained at the head of the race over the category three climb but suffered from the previous day’s efforts in the final sprint, managing 11th position. Giant-Shimano’s John Degenkolb won his second consecutive stage.
“It was a difficult day all round,” the 24-year-old said.
“I didn’t expect the cross winds to come like that so the team did a really good job to get me onto the bunch at the bottom of that climb but from then on I was totally pinned.
|1||John Degenkolb (GER) - Team Giant-Shimano||4:41:47|
|2||Nacer Bouhanni (FRA) - FDJ.fr||ST|
|3||Moreno Hofland (NED) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|4||Jasper Stuyven (BEL) - Trek Factory Racing||ST|
|5||Paul Martens (GER) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|6||Lloyd Mondory (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|7||Philippe Gilbert (BEL) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|8||Vicente Reynes Mimo (SPA) - IAM Cycling||ST|
|9||Kristian Sbaragli (ITA) - MTN - Qhubeka||ST|
|10||Roberto Ferrari (ITA) - Lampre-Merida||ST|
|11||Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|36||Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:05|
|124||Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:11:27|
|152||Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:32|
|156||Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:32|
|166||Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:32|
|169||Ivan Santaromita (ITA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:32|
|194||Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:43|
|197||Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:13:43|