Omar Fraile winner of the fifth stage

Omar Fraile winner of the fifth stage

Omar Fraile winner of the fifth stage

Omar Fraile winner of the fifth stage


06/04/2018 15:24:19

5th and penultimate stage of the 2018 Itzulia. After yesterday’s thrilling ITT, today’s stage presented three climbs, one of them cat 1.

The start was in Mendizabala (Vitoria Gasteiz) with a quick stop in front of the monument of the White Virgin for the official ribbon cutting ceremony. The race was on with a lot of early attacks but it was finally at km 10 when the break was formed after an echelon.

14 riders were in it: Rojas (MOV, 6) Latour (ALM,15) Fraile (AST, 25) Jose Herrada (COF, 83) Teklehmaimanot (COF, 87) Padun (TBM,35) Mccarthy (BOH, 56) Van Der Sande (LTS,116) Albasini (MTS,121) Verona (MTS,127) Howes (EFD,156) Castroviejo (SKY,182) Hindley (SUN,194) and Bono (UAD,213) reaching a gap that didn’t went over 5’30”. Team Lotto Jumbo commanded the peloton before arriving to the climbs when Movistar Team took over to increase the rhythm.

The first climb and the peloton riding full gas made a first selection. Only 6 riders stood in the break when arriving on top with a reduced peloton of 17 riders chasing. Among them, all the top overall riders, except Romain Bardet. On the descent the peloton regrouped and the break almost neutralized.

Arriving in Endoia, Movistar kept the same strategy, pushing hard ahead of the peloton to have Landa in command on the ascent. The rhythm imposed by the Basque rider in the climb made a final selection among the top riders. After a few tries, Landa, Ion Izagirre and Roglic made a gap leaving the peloton behind.

Climbing Azurki, Omar Fraile, José Herrada and Padun joined them. Carlos Verona kept ahead, leading the race on his own. In the descent he was neutralized by the chasing group headed by Roglic. Ion Izagirre tried without success to attack in the descent. The final victory in Eibar was for Omar Fraile, first in the sprint. Roglic and Ion Izagirre were second and third respectively.  

Stage 5 was a hard and fast stage with an average speed over 42 km/h. Movistar Team played its cards to wear away the energies of the peloton and the GC leader, Primoz Roglic, from the beginning of the first climb of the day until the end of the stage; but the yellow jersey resisted all the attacks without showing any sign of weakness despite the attacks of Izagirre and Landa.

Verona was awarded the most aggressive rider prize of the fifth stage. Padun got the polka dot jersey back with 20 more points on his counter and Yellow and Green jerseys are for Roglic.