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Gallery: The calm before the storm at the Vuelta a Espana

Joe Robinson
19 Aug 2021

A frantic final 10km culminating in a second Jasper Philipsen win adds spice to an otherwise bland Stage 5 at the Vuelta

It's oh so quiet, and so peaceful until... For 174km of the 185km Stage 5 of this year's Vuelta a Espana from Tarancon to Albacete, it would have been nice for a bike race to have broken out occasionally.

With the threat of winds never materialising and a pan-flat parcours through Spain's southeastern region, yesterday's race was one of those where you could pop it on the telly, go about your day, take a quick nap, come back to the race and realise that nothing had happened.

And it is at these moments where the race is most vulnerable as entering the last 10km, the inevitable happened, a monumental crash.

With 10km left to ride, a lapse of concentration in a packed peloton sent the bunch scattering like skittles along the road. Thankfully, all of the major General Classification contenders and sprinters managed to avoid the floor. 

The same could not be said for red jersey wearer Rein Taaramae. A second crash in as many days for the Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert rider saw the race lead slip from his grasp as he ended the day having conceded 2min 21sec to the rest. The same crash also beat up Team DSM's Romain Bardet, who ended up limping home 12 minutes after the leaders.

Up ahead, Jasper Philipsen continued Alpecin-Fenix's simply phenomenal season with a second stage win, beating Deceuninck-QuickStep's Fabio Jakobsen to the punch, taking the green points jersey in the process too.

The new race leader is 'King' Kenny Ellisonde, just five seconds ahead of the ever-lurking Primoz Roglic. 

Below, Chris Auld's photo essay of the day:

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