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La Vuelta: Stage 5 Tinkoff attack in the wind

August 30, 2014

Degenkolb doubled up with a powerful sprint to take the stage win in Ronda. Bouhanni was complaining about being cut off, but replays showed that Degenkolb held his line and there was no gap there to begin with. Gilbert had attacked earlier but too early and was caught well before the line. Matthews did well enough to continue to lead the race.

Ronda is a spectacular pueblo blanco (white village) built on top of a gorge. The coverage of the race so far has not made the best of the rich history of the south, but at least we saw the beautiful village today.

The stage profile may have suggested a quiet day for the GC, but Tinkoff tried to take advantage of cross winds and put the hammer down. They did split the bunch but the cross winds were not strong enough to shell out too many riders. Garmin missed out with Talansky and Hesjedal losing over 3 minutes. Froome pinched a couple of seconds in an intermediate sprint earlier in the day. He must think that the race will be very close and each second is worth grabbing.

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