Michael Albasini flew the flag for ORICA-GreenEDGE in the early escape on the fifth stage of Vuelta al Pais Vasco. When the peloton overtook the remnants of the break and only two survivors remained up the road, Pieter Weening went on the attack. The Dutchman easily overtook the leading duo, quickly gaining a 10” gap over the reduced bunch on the final climb. Two kilometre later, just outside the final 10 kilometres, Weening had rejoined the front group.
He wasn’t finished yet. Weening hit out again with slightly more than one kilometre left to race. With an advantage over the bunch under the flamme rouge, Weening forged on in his solo bid for glory. This time, Movistar brought the race back together. Ben Swift (Team Sky) went on to win the small group sprint ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatkowski (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step).
Simon Yates was once again the top finisher for ORICA-GreenEDGE in Basque Country. Slotting into 16th place, the neo-pro was one of 22 riders to finish on the same time as Swift. Following the penultimate day of racing, Yates jumps up one spot on the general classification. Fifteenth overall, the Brit sits 1’37 behind race leader Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and maintains his hold on the top spot in the best young rider classification.
"The feeling this morning was definitely that we aren’t going to go down without a fight. Sure we’ve won a stage, and we’ll walk away happy – but if we could win two stages, even better." - Sport Director Neil Stephens
|1||Ben Swift (GBr) - Team Sky||3:56:56|
|2||Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) - Movistar Team||ST|
|3||Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team||ST|
|4||Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) - Garmin Sharp||ST|
|5||Damiano Cunego (Ita) - Lampre-Merida||ST|
|6||Cyril Gautier (Fra) - Team Europcar||ST|
|7||Jonathan Hivert (Fra) - Belkin-Pro Cycling Team||ST|
|8||Jean-Christophe Peraud (Fra) - AG2R La Mondiale||ST|
|9||Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) - Tinkoff-Saxo||ST|
|10||Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team||ST|
|16||Simon Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|
|23||Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:31|
|39||Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:04:39|
|59||Michael Albasini (Swi) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:12:48|
|68||Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:17:26|
|85||Esteban Chaves (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||ST|