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Irish riders hold steady as Farrar triumphs

Posted 01 September 2010

Tyler Farrar claimed a first stage in this year’s Vuelta á Espana when he won the predicted bunch sprint in Lorca with Irish riders Nicolas Roche and Philip Deignan for company.

The American opened his stage winning account after a long and tremendously fast run into the finish and was more than a match for Mark Cavendish when the Manx man set off the gallop for the line.

Cavendish’s HTC Columbia team did the lion’s share in setting a ferocious speed of 55 kilometre per hour once the peloton had pulled back an early four-man break.

The breakaway of Pierre Rolland (Bbox Bouygues Telecom), Jose Vincente Toribio (Andalucia CajaSur), Arnaud Labbe (Confidis) and David Gutierrez (Footon-Servetto) were reeled in with 13 kilometres to go.

The high speed set by HTC Columbia made it impossible for riders to attack but they paid for their endeavours over the finishing three kilometres as the Lampre-Farnese Vini team of Alessandro Petacchi took charge.

Cavendish did well to fight his way back to the front of the race but his decision to go early from 150 metres cost him dearly as Farrar’s lightening response and strength prevailed.

The Garmin Transitions rider was on terms within metres rounding Cavendish with 75 metres to go to win by a bike length as Koldo Fernandez de Larrea (Euskaltel-Euskadi) came through to finish second.

Roche (AG2R La Mondiale) finished 25th while Deignan (Cervelo Test Team) placed 144th.

Their success in finishing in the lead group ensured that Roche preserved his 11th place in the GC where he lies 58 seconds behind race leader Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma Lotto) while Deignan has jumped fifteen places to 147th overall at 40:42.

Stage six from Caravaca de la Cruz to Murcia will be a less predictable affair with the climb and super fast descent off the Cresta del Gallo inside the final 20 kilometres destined to have an impact on the stage and GC results.

Results:

2010 Vuelta á Espana

Stage 5: Guadix – Lorca, 198.8  kilometres

1.  Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin-Transitions 5 hours, 03 minutes, 36 seconds     
2.  Koldo Fernandez De Larrea (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi             
3.  Mark Cavendish (GBR) Team HTC-Columbia             
4.  Wouter Weylandt (BEL) Quick Step             
5.  Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre-Farnese Vini             
6.  Sébastien Chavanel (Fra) FDJ             
7.  Robert Förster (Ger) Team Milram             
8.  Denis Galimzyanov (Rus) Team Katusha             
9.  Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team             
10. Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto s.t.

25. Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R La Mondiale – same time
144. Philip Deignan (IRL) Cervelo Test Team - same time

General classification after stage 5:

1.  Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 19h 00’ 06”
2.  Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi at 0:00:10 secs
3.  Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha s.t. 

4.  Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Doimo at 0:00:12 secs   

5.  Peter Velits (Svk) Team HTC-Columbia at 0:00:16 secs   

6.  Tejay Van Garderen (USA) Team HTC-Columbia at 0:00:29 secs   

7.  Xavier Tondo (Spa) Cervélo Test Team at 0:00:49 secs  
8.  Frank Schleck (Lux) Team Saxo Bank at 0:00:50 secs  
9.  Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d’Epargne at 0:00:54 secs 

10. Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia at 0:00:55 secs

11. Nicolas Roche (IRL) AG2R La Mondiale at 0:00:58 seconds
147. Philip Deignan (IRL) Cervelo Test Team at 40 minutes, 42 seconds

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