Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Queen Stage Cracks the Race8. April 2016, Arrate (ESP) — Road Team
Stage 5 of Vuelta al Pais Vasco, the queen stage, was a brutal 159km course featuring 8 categorized climbs and the summit finish on Alto de Usartza. Diego Rosa (Astana) took the solo win as the GC contenders fought it out to finish over three minutes behind.
Samuel Sánchez finished in sixth place and currently sits in 5th on the General Classification, 31 seconds behind new race leader Sergio Henao (Team SKY).
Quotes of the Day
“Today was a super hard day. It was really, really tough with all of those climbs. But I’m happy to still be in the top five on GC. I was still up there in the final climb and the team did a really good job of protecting me today.”
“I’m looking forward to giving it one more go in the time trial tomorrow as it’s going to be very hard. I’ve had a good five days of racing so far and have been happy with my legs and my form.”
Yvon Ledanois, Sports Director:
“For us today was a good result. It was normal for Samuel to lose a bit of time on such a tough stage like today. We had Peter Velits and Amaël Moinard in the breakaway so it was good to see them racing aggressively.”
“Now we look at tomorrow’s final time trial. It’s a very important stage and the race is far from over. At 16km with a climb and technical descent we could see changes to the final GC order. Henao and Contador have a fairly big lead but you never know. We would like to keep Samuel in the top five. At the end of the day we walk away with a stage win and that’s what we wanted.”
Vuelta al Pais Vasco (2.UCIWT)
Stage 5: Orio › Arrate (159km)
Top 3: Diego Rosa (Astana), Sergio Henao (Team SKY), Alberto Contador (Tinkoff)
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