Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Mas animates the queen stage

Vuelta al Pais Vasco: Mas animates the queen stage

Friday 12 April 2019 - 17:45

The Spaniard put in a brave ride on the penultimate day and moved up 14 places in the general classification.

A patched up Enric Mas, consequence of the crashes in which our rider has been involved two days in a row, was one of the major instigators on the cracking stage 5, which travelled from Arrigorriaga to the mythical Santuario de Arrate and was ridden as a relentless pace as soon as the flag was dropped.

A plethora of attacks were fired off the front of the peloton, but to no avail, as the bunch was keen on keeping things together. When three riders eventually managed to break the deadlock, they weren’t allowed to put more than a minute between them and the chasers, who kept the speed high and made sure the peloton was back as one inside 70 kilometers to go.

On the fourth of the day’s seven classified climbs, Enric Mas went on the attack, splitting the field and cresting the summit in the lead. A regrouping took place in the valley, only for more attacks to be soon launched from the yellow jersey group, which numbered around 30 riders. Best young rider of the previous edition, Enric was on the move again, but a lack of cooperation by some members of the group spelled the end of their time at the front.

Twenty kilometers from the finish, three men rode away from the bunch and from there Emanuel Buchmann (Bora-hansgrohe) attacked and sailed to both the win and the leader’s jersey, more than a minute clear of the first chasers. Despite not being at his best due to the previous days’ events, Enric Mas gritted his teeth and pushed hard on the gruelling slopes of Arrate, crossing the line a few seconds behins the riders who rounded out the Friday’s podium.

With one day left at the Vuelta al Pais Vasco, Enric is Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s best placed rider in the general classification, where he sits in 12th place. On the final stage, punctuated by seven classified climbs and small “wall” which comes inside the closing four kilometers and features a 10% gradient, he’ll get another chance of making inroads in the overall standings.

 

Photo credit: ©Gonzalo Moreno Arroyo/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:44:14
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
1:08
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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5 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:24
6 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
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7 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
1:50
8 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
2:04
9 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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10 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
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12 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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48 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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66 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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68 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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79 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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93 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16:23:30
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
0:54
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
1:04
4 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
1:32
5 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
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6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
1:55
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
1:56
8 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
2:11
9 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
2:25
10 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
,,
12 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:44
55 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:47
59 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
31:10
78 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
38:44
83 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
41:45
101 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
45:40
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
96 pt
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
60 pt
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
51 pt
4 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
39 pt
5 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
37 pt
6 Patrick Konrad
BORA - hansgrohe
35 pt
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
34 pt
8 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
26 pt
9 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
26 pt
10 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
23 pt
14 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
17 pt
25 Pieter Serry
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
39 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2 pt
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
16:24:34
2 Daniel Felipe Martínez Poveda
EF Education First
1:07
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
1:21
4 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:40
5 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
2:47
6 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
3:50
7 Valentin Madouas
Groupama - FDJ
4:28
8 Lucas Hamilton
Mitchelton-Scott
5:08
9 David Gaudu
Groupama - FDJ
7:28
10 Marc Hirschi
Team Sunweb
21:51
18 Mikkel Frølich Honoré
Deceuninck - Quick Step
28:43
32 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
44:36
1 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
20 pt
2 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
3 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
15 pt
4 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana Pro Team
12 pt
5 Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
12 pt
6 Julien Bernard
Trek - Segafredo
12 pt
7 Jakob Fuglsang
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
10 pt
9 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
8 pt
10 Mikel Landa Meana
Movistar Team
7 pt
17 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt

Top results

1 Emanuel Buchmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:44:14
2 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
1:08
3 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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