Vuelta a España • Stage5

Viveiro - Lugo
Vuelta a España - 24 August 2016

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According to the official results it's Valverde who is in red tonight, but that's odd because Darwin Atampuma is currently on the podium receiving his red jersey. The commissaires must have taken into account those two crashes and altered the results accordingly.


Here's that crash - which actually came quite near the front of the pack and in the final 500 metres. Actually, this was a second crash - not the Kruijswijk crash - so it will take some time for the dust to settle.


Because of that crash we're still waiting on the confirmation of the top ten - it's complicated because the incident happened around 3km to go and so it's unsure if the rule will be applied... because many riders finished off the pace because of the crash, while Alejandro Valverde avoid it to finish sixth.


Here's how Meersman won...


Celebrations for Etixx-QuickStep after another victory on this race...


Replays show that it was not just Kruiiswijk who came down badly near the finish but a whole host of riders in what was a high-speed mini pile-up. Manuele Boaro (Tinkoff) looks badly bashed up and there are bodies and bikes still being cleared off the road.


It was not Bonifazio, nor was it Fabio Felline, but Laurent Didier of Trek-Segafredo who took second place...


Victory for Gianni Meersman of Etixx-QuickStep! The Belgian veers a bit towards the finish but there are no complaints from Niccolo Bonifazio of Trek.


Etixx-QuickStep now open it up on the front of a select 20-man group... can Meersman make it two?


Under the flamme rouge and it's anyone's game - besides Kruijswijk, who is still down receiving attention...


Gilbert and Clarke have been caught by the pack as the climb levels out by the city walls...


CRASH: Steven Kruijswijk is down for LottoNL-Jumbo and the Dutchman is holding his collarobone...


Gilbert catches and passes Clarke! It's the Belgian national champion's to lose... but the Australian digs deep and latches on.


Simon Clarke attacks from the back wheel of Gilbert - and the Belgian bounds off in pursuit. They're opening a small gap over the peloton.


Kwiatkowski, Kennaugh and Froome lead for Sky as Gilbert primes himself...


They're on the uphill dig now as Joaquim Jose Rojas comes to the front for Movistar then peels off.


Now Sky come to the front - could Michal Kwiatkowski have a pop today?


A series of roundabouts and pinch points stretches out the pack as Tinkoff continue the pace-setting on the front. Perhaps they have Daniele Bennati in mind?


Tinkoff and Sky back near the front now. It will be interesting to see if there are any attacks over the rise up to the old city walls or if this will come down to a bunch affair.


The pack is spread right across the road - and a wide, sweeping road it is. Things hotting up here as Lotto Soudal and BMC start to make their presence known on the front too.


It's all over for Machado, who is swallowed up by the Sky and Movistar trains on the front of the pack. Bravo, but essentially it was never going to last.


It's been a largely uneventful day on the Vuelta but there's still time for some drama... although it doesn't bode well: Team Sky have come to the front.


Now Tinkoff have come to the front to keep their man Alberto Contador out of trouble. Orica-BikeExchange and Etixx-QuickStep are also on the front, as are Giant-Alpecin.


Just one minute now for Tiago Machado, who cuts a lonely figure as we hit the business end of this fifth stage.


The pack is on one of the many uphill digs on the approach to the finish. They trail Machado by 1:20 with Trek and Giant still on control on the front.


It's hard to imagine that it was raining just an hour or so ago - the sun's shining bright now and the temperature is up to 29 degrees. There's a climb 2km from the finish today as the riders cross the river and rise up towards the old town at Lugo. They then skirt the old city walls in clockwise fashion before what should be a fast finish.


Poor Machado, the carrots are cooked but he still must go through the motions. He has 1:40 to play with now so it's a matter of when, not if. The heavy rain earlier today means the riders are behind schedule today.


The gap is coming down fast now: just 2:30 for our lone leader from Portugal, Tiago Machado. Giant-Alpecin, BMC, Trek and primarily Etixx-QuickStep are leading the chase for their fast men. Many people's favourite for the win today is Belgian national champion Philippe Gilbert, who should be able to get over a steep lump ahead of the finish in the walled city of Lugo.


De Gendt has now sat up and is waiting for the pack, which is being led by a medley of sprinters' teams, not to forget Team Sky. It's now operation escapee catch ahead of the finish. Machado's lead is down to 3:30.


ATTACKS! There's a flurry of attacks as the pack approaches the summit with Thomas De Gendt, currently second in the KOM standings but wearing the polka dots because of Geniez's green, leads the surge. Geniez is in the mix too but it's De Gendt who takes the 2pts for second place ahead of a Dimension Data rider and then continues his attack.


Tiago Machado (Katusha) crests the summit of the climb to pocket three points over the top. The KOM standings are still being led by stage three winner Alexandre Geniez on 10 points.


Giant-Alpecin have now come to the front of the pack alongside Etixx-QuickStep and BMC. The gap for Machago is still a large 5:25 and so the dream is still on, although it's going to be extremely tough for the Portuguese escapee.


Alberto Contador drops back to his team car and then rides up to rejoin the peloton. The Spanish veteran - who has never not won a Vuelta he has entered - is currently 13th on GC, 1:53 down on leader Darwin Atapuma, after a poor start to the race.


Frenchman Morice is about to be caught by the pack after his brief time in the sun. The Direct Energie rider was eager to emulate fellow debutant and team-mate Lilian Calmejane, but it was not to be, and he was dropped by Machado while the rain was still pounding down. Now the sun's out, Morice is back with the bunch.


Lone leader Machado is onto the Cat.3 Puerto de Marco de Álvare (11.8km at 3.6%). He has 3:20 over Julien Morice and 5:05 over the peloton.


This is Machado's fourth Vuelta a Espana and his eighth Grand Tour. The 30-year-old is still without a win in any of those, his best place finish being fifth in a stage in Spain last year. The Portuguese's only pro wins came in the Tour of Slovenia, which he won in 2014, and stage 3 of the Circuit de la Sarthe in 2010. Machado was also national time trial champion in 2009.


The roads may be very wet from a recent shower but the sun is officially now out as Machado takes a downhill corner rather gingerly ahead of the categorised climb, which he will start imminently. His lead is up to 5:10.


Now Etixx-QuickStep have come to the front of the pack to help lead the chase, probably with their man Gianni Meersman in mind for the win today. The Belgian won Sunday's second stage and should be in the mix today as well. The gap is up to 4:45 for lone ranger Tiago Machado of Katusha, who has upped the pace considerably since parting company with Julien Morice. Meersman, incidentally, picked up the remaining point at the intermediate sprint a few minutes ago, after Machado and Morice took first and second. That puts Meersman level with Geniez on 26 points in the battle for green.


Meanwhile, the peloton edges through the feed zone as the sun starts to break through the rain clouds. The gap for Machado is up to four minutes as the Portuguese presses on now freed from the weight of a sandbagging Frenchman.


Julian Morice (Direct Energie) has been dropped by Tiago Machado (Katusha) as the two leaders part company, their relationship fizzing out with a whimper.


We're on some seriously rolling terrain ahead of the categorised climb that will take the riders up to the plateau on which they will stay all the way to the finish. The gap for Machado and Morice is less than four minutes now as the two leaders - who have been out since kilometre zero - continue to wilt not in the heat, but in the heavy rain of Galicia.


It's Morice's turn to ride clear of Machado, who in turn fights back and overtakes his French counterpart. There's definitely a bit of beef between the two riders in today's break, that's for sure. The gap is down to 4:10 now so their time out ahead won't last for that much longer at this rate.


Neither of these two escapees are a threat to Atapuma's red jersey: Machado is 8:51 down in the overall standings while Morice is more than 33 minutes back. Machado is a time trial specialist and Morice has a track pedigree - but they'll need more than that to stay out today. The gap is back down to just over five minutes.


Incidentally, Calmejane is in the white combined jersey today. He also trails compatriot and stage 3 winner Alexandre Geniez by one point in the KOM standings. FDJ's Geniez also leads the green jersey points standings with 10pts to Thomas De Gendt's 6pts. Yesterday Geniez opted for green over polka dots but we're unsure what he's gone for today...


Lilian Calmejane's victory yesterday was Direct Energie's first World Tour win since June 2013 and their first stage scalp on a Grand Tour for a whopping 1497 days – since former rider Pierre Rolland triumphed at La Toussuire in the 2012 Tour de France when the team was known as Europcar. Can Julian Morice follow suit today?


There's a bit of discord in the break as Machado - a veteran of three Vueltas - rides clear of Morice, who is making his Grand Tour debut. The 25-year-old closes the gap and the two share some words, but it's primarily one way traffic, with the 30-year-old Portuguese seemingly asking the Frenchman if he is ok to keep up, and Morice answering to the affirmative before digging deep. They'll need to continue working together if they want this to go the distance.


The gap has ballooned to 6:30 for the two leaders as the rain continues pounding down. The weather has caused the peloton to string right out as Trek send a ride to the front of the pack to help lead the chase. They'll be thinking about their sprinter Niccolo Bonifazio for the win today - provided those two leaders can be reeled in.


It's the BMC team of overall leader Darwin Atapuma (BMC) who control the tempo on the front of the pack, decked out in a medley of black and red rain jackets. The Colombian finished second yesterday to move onto the race summit where he holds a lead of 29 seconds over Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). Chris Froome (Team Sky) is third at 33 seconds and Colombian duo Esteban Chaves (Orica-BikeExchange) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) complete the top five a further six seconds back.


The two leaders rode 42.6km in the first hour today en route to building up a lead which currently stands at 5:25.


CRASH: Riccardo Zoidl (Trek-Segafredo) skids in the wet weather and hits the deck. The Austrian is back on his bike and, gingerly, continuing on his way.


Some withdrawals to inform you of: Luis Mas (Caja Rural - Seguros RGA) did not take to the start today after crashing AFTER the stage finish yesterday and injuring his hip. Brazil's Murillo Fischer (FDJ) then became the fifth rider to abandon the race just a few minutes ago.


After four days of sun today it's overcast and there has even been a few drops of rain. The two leaders attacked pretty much from the outset today, moments after the 10km neutral zone.


We pick up the race 50km into the stage with two riders - Portugal's Tiago Machado (Katusha) and Frenchman Julien Morice (Direct Energie) - holding a lead of almost six minutes over the peloton.


Yesterday we had a second French winner in as many days and a fourth red jersey since the start of the race... Frenchman Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) won a maiden Grand Tour scalp in his debut Vuelta a Espana at San Andres de Teixido as Colombia's Darwin Atapuma took over the leader's red jersey for BMC in stage 4.


Hola and welcome to live coverage of stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana - a largely flat 171.3km ride from Viveiro to Lugo in Galicia, which should culminate in a rare outing for the sprinters... although this is the Vuelta, so don't discount a break going the distance.