Volta a Catalunya: Richie Porte takes lead as Alejandro Valverde wins stage five
Former leader Bart de Clerq dropped in crosswinds
Last Updated: 27/03/15 6:51pm
Team Sky’s Richie Porte moved into the overall lead of the Volta a Catalunya as Alejandro Valverde escaped to a solo victory on a wind-battered fifth stage.
Valverde (Movistar) attacked out of a lead group of favourites with 3km remaining and hung on to win by five seconds from runner-up Rigoberto Uran (Etixx – Quick-Step) and third-placed Paolo Tiralongo (Astana).
Porte, who had started the day second overall, followed in fourth place but moved to the top of the general classification after former leader Bart de Clerq (Lotto Soudal) was dropped earlier in the day when the peloton split apart in crosswinds.
Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is now second overall, five seconds down, while Alberto Contador is two seconds further back in third.
Chris Froome (Team Sky) endured another difficult day as he continues to recover from illness, finishing more than eight minutes behind Valverde.
Stage five result
1 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, 4:25:52
2 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step, +5secs
3 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana, same time
4 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, st
5 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, st
6 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, st
7 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo, st
8 David Lopez (Esp) Team Sky, +12
9 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing, +15
10 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, +22
1 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky, 22:58:20
2 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r-La Mondiale, +5secs
3 Alberto Contador (Esp) Tinkoff-Saxo, +7
4 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar, +16
5 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Etixx – Quick-Step, +18
6 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana, +27
7 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing, +43
8 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo, +1:09
9 Rafael Valls (Esp) Lampre-Merida, +1:13
10 Dan Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin, +1:35