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La Vuelta 2013 - Stage 5, Results
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 8/28/2013
La Vuelta 2013 - Stage 5, Results
 
2013 Daily Peloton


25 April 2013: Stage 5 : Sober to Lago de Sanabria, 174.3 km, Michael Matthews Sprints to Maiden Grand Tour Victory at La Vuelta


Michael Matthews outsprinted Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick-Step) to the finish line in Lago de Sanabria to claim his maiden grand tour stage victory in his grand tour debut.

“I crossed the finish line, and I was happy right away,” said Matthews. “After a few moments, it sunk in what I had really done. A few tears came out after that. This is the biggest win of my career.  The team was super impressive today. They did their job perfectly so I could do mine.”

Stage result - top 5

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4:28:22
2 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
4 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  

Chris Horner

Michael Matthews © La Vuelta

The early breakaway put up a fierce fight. Antonio Piedra (Caja Rural), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis), Jurgen Van de Walle (Lotto Belisol), Arnaud Courteille (FDJ.fr) and Winner Anacona (Lampre-Merida) slipped the stranglehold of the field 8km from the start. The quintet built up a healthy buffer of 10’25 before ORICA-GreenEDGE joined forces with Garmin-Sharp to signal the start of the chase.

“Today could have gone two ways, and we have guys that could pull of the win with either scenario,” explained Neil Stephens. “The break could have stayed away, and a number of our riders can win from a break. We also have Matthews who is quick enough to pull it off in the bunch finish. When we didn’t get into the break, we committed to riding for the win with Matthews in the sprint.”

Christian Meier assumed responsibility for the early chase. Sixty kilometres from the finish, the Canadian began to trade pull with his former Garmin-Sharp team to reduce the leader’s advantage.

“We had Christian on the front from the start of the chase,” explained Matthews. “Together with two Garmin guys, he rode the ten minute gap back to four minutes. He was really impressive today.”

Although Meier’s work had more than halved the gap between the five leaders and the peloton, the team called in reinforcements in the final 30km. Simon Clarke, Baden Cooke, Simon Gerrans and Sam Bewley dutifully made their way to the front of the bunch to close down the break.

“We used Gerro, Cookie, Clarkey and Bewley in the chase,” said Matthews. “Leigh [Howard] and Mitch [Docker] saved themselves for the lead-out. The rest of the team was on the front going full gas to bring back the break and keep me safe.”

“These are guys that I’ve grown up looking up to during my whole career,” Matthews added. “To see them riding on the front for me puts a tear in the eye.”

The break showed no signs of slowing over the category three Alto do Covelo, and their collaboration continued on the descent. They entered the final 20km with a 2’16 advantage over their chasers.

Inside the final 10km, the break fractured. Just shy of the 3km mark, Courteille and Van de Walle, the last two riders standing from the early move had rejoined the bunch.

Argos-Shimano and Omega Pharma-Quick-Step readied their sprint trains as Matthews was forced to make due without a full lead-out due to the chase work done by his team. He patiently bided his team as the trains jostled for position and remained calm when Philippe Gilbert (BMC) accelerated away from the field inside the final kilometre.

Matthews hit the front around the 200 metre mark, and once on the front, he easily held off his challengers.

Official Video Highlights of the stage courtesy of La Vuelta (in Spanish):


Results - Top 60

1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge 4:28:22
2 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) Lampre-Merida  
3 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step  
4 Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Argos-Shimano  
5 Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
6 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Sky Procycling  
7 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ  
8 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol  
9 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
10 Grega Bole (Slo) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
11 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
13 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
14 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetApp-Endura  
15 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida  
16 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
17 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
18 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
19 Klaas Lodewyck (Bel) BMC Racing Team  
20 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
21 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team  
22 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard  
23 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
24 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano  
25 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling  
26 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Sky Procycling  
27 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
28 Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Team Argos-Shimano  
29 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha  
30 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
31 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling  
32 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
33 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
34 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
35 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
36 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
37 Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Sharp  
38 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
39 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha  
40 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura  
41 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura  
42 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard  
43 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff  
44 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
45 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ  
46 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
47 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ  
48 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
49 Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale  
50 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team  
51 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard  
52 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
53 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
54 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha  
55 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural  
56 Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Team Argos-Shimano  
57 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha  
58 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team  
59 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team  
60 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team  

OVERALL STANDINGS - Top 60

1 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 18:43:52
2 Christopher Horner (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:03
3 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:08
4 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:16
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:21
6 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack Leopard 0:00:26
7 Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling 0:00:28
8 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:31
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:38
10 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:42
11 Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:45
12 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:00:46
13 Leopold Konig (Cze) Team NetApp-Endura 0:00:48
14 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49
15 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:52
16 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha 0:00:53
17 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:00:55
18 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:00:59
19 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:10
20 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:12
21 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida 0:01:15
22 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:16
23 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:01:21
24 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Team Saxo-Tinkoff 0:01:30
25 Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro Team  
26 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
27 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:32
28 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:36
29 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ 0:01:41
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:45
31 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp 0:01:47
32 David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:50
33 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:52
34 José Joao Pimenta Costa Mendes (Por) Team NetApp-Endura 0:01:58
35 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ 0:02:02
36 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Argos-Shimano 0:02:03
37 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:02:23
38 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Astana Pro Team 0:02:37
39 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:49
40 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural 0:02:52
41 Dominik Nerz (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:02:57
42 Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky Procycling 0:02:59
43 Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:37
44 Andre Fernando S. Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural 0:03:45
45 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Movistar Team 0:03:56
46 Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:57
47 Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:04:13
48 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural 0:04:33
49 Jerome Coppel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:05:06
50 Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack Leopard 0:05:13
51 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:42
52 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:06:02
53 Vladimir Gusev (Rus) Katusha 0:06:20
54 Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Caja Rural 0:07:04
55 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:20
56 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:07:21
57 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-Quick Step 0:07:26
58 Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack Leopard 0:08:51
59 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:09:27
60 Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:09:35




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