ናትናኤል ኣብ ስቴጅ ፭ ፋይናል ኪሎመተር ካብ ታ ጋንታ ሃዲሙ ብምውጻእ
ንኣለም ዜና ማእከላት ካዘራርብ ጸኒሁ
The 89km stage 5 circuit in downtown Salt Lake City consisted of seven laps on a lumpy urban circuit that featured two intermediate sprints with time bonuses included. The day’s main challenge came near the end of the circuit as the riders had to ascend two short climbs with grades of 20 percent.
A breakaway of eight riders formed in the early kilometres of the stage as Travis McCabe (Team SmartStop), Phil Gaimon (Optum Pro Cycling), Carson Miller (Jamis-Hagens Berman), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF), Adam Phelan (Drapac), Jack Bobridge (Budget Forklifts), Danny Summerhill (UnitedHealthcare) and Songezo Jim (MTN-Qhubeka) slipped away and quickly built a gap of nearly a minute.
McCabe, teammate of overall leader Jure Kocjan, was only 14 seconds out of the general classification, but Gaimon was just 24 seconds down and Miller 27. Back in the field, SmartStop rode the front to hold the leaders’ advantage in check, but the difficult course made the race hard to control.
Hincapie, which had Robin Carpenter in the runner-up spot two seconds down, threw several riders into the chase to help out.
At the first sprint with four laps remaining, McCabe took maximum points and the three-second time bonus. Gaimon grabbed two seconds, followed by Pirazzi with one.
BMC’s Kilian Frankiny, a 21-year-old trainee from Switzerland, peeled off the front of the field on the fifth of the seven laps and built a small gap. While Frankiny tried to bridge, the leaders’ advantage dropped to 45 seconds, prompting Pirazzi and Jim to jump away from the group.
Jim refused to take a pull, however, and the hard-charging peloton, which swept up the remaining breakaway riders on lap 5, were soon nipping on the two leaders’ heels as well. Carpenter sensed the impending catch and jumped away, making contact with the leaders at the beginning of the sixth lap. Carpenter’s move was short-lived, however, as the field made contact soon after his bridge.
As the peloton climbed toward the start/finish to begin the final lap, MTN-Qhubeka’s Johan Van Zyl led Natnael Berhane, who started the day 14 seconds down, up the climb. Berhane launched a solo move over the top and quickly had 25 seconds on the field.
A UnitedHealthcare rider tried to bridge up to Berhane, and he in fact made it, but he connected only moment before the BMC-led peloton made the catch. BMC continued on the front from there, hoping to set up Bookwalter, but UnitedHealthcare seized control again with 1.5km to go.
A Team Colombia rider lit out on the bottom of the final climbs, but UnitedHealthcare quickly neutralised that move as well, continuing to press the pace at the front. Kocjan was near the front midway through the climb, but the Slovenian strongman faded as the road kept getting steeper.
Woods timed his attack perfectly, jumping away on the steepest pitch and gaining the gap that he’d hold all the way to the line.
Stage 5 Results CAN 1 WOODS, Michael (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES) 2:03:49 ITA 2 COLBRELLI, Sonny (BARDIANI CSF) + 2 USA 3 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) COL 4 MARTÍNEZ, Daniel (COLOMBIA) + 3 POR 5 GUERREIRO, Ruben (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) ITA 6 BASSO, Leonardo (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 5 USA 7 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING) LUX 8 SCHLECK, Frank (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 7 AUS 9 NORRIS, Lachlan (DRAPAC) AUS 10 CANTY, Brendan (TEAM BUDGET FORKLIFTS) + 9 USA 11 HORNER, Christopher (AIRGAS-SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM) USA 12 SQUIRE, Robbie (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) SLO 13 KOCJAN, Jure (TEAM SMARTSTOP) + 10 NZL 14 SMITH, Dion (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) COL 15 AVILA VANEGAS, Edwin Alcibiades (COLOMBIA) + 12 NZL 16 ORAM, James (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) + 13 AUS 17 MORTON, Lachlan David (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS) + 14 GBR 18 GEOGHEGAN HART, Tao (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) + 15 USA 19 DOMBROWSKI, Joseph Lloyd (TEAM CANNONDALE - GARMIN) + 17 MEX 20 DE LUNA, Flavio (TEAM SMARTSTOP) + 18 COL 21 PEDRAZA MORALES, Walter Fernando (COLOMBIA) + 19 SLO 22 BRAJKOVIC, Janez (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) USA 23 MANNION, Gavin (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS) + 20 COL 24 CASTIBLANCO CUBIDES, Jorge Camilo (COLOMBIA) + 22 COL 25 SARMIENTO TUNARROSA, Cayetano José (COLOMBIA) ERI 26 BERHANE Natnael MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG 0:00:26
General Classification after Stage 5 CAN 1 WOODS, Michael (OPTUM P/B KELLY BENEFIT STRATEGIES) 19:50:49 USA 2 BOOKWALTER, Brent (BMC RACING) + 4 SLO 3 KOCJAN, Jure (TEAM SMARTSTOP) + 5 USA 4 REIJNEN, Kiel (UNITEDHEALTHCARE) + 7 NZL 5 SMITH, Dion (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) + 9 POR 6 GUERREIRO, Ruben (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) + 14 ITA 7 BASSO, Leonardo (TREK FACTORY RACING) COL 8 MARTÍNEZ, Daniel (COLOMBIA) AUS 9 NORRIS, Lachlan (DRAPAC) + 15 LUX 10 SCHLECK, Frank (TREK FACTORY RACING) + 17 USA 11 HORNER, Christopher (AIRGAS-SAFEWAY CYCLING TEAM) + 19 USA 12 SQUIRE, Robbie (HINCAPIE RACING TEAM) NZL 13 ORAM, James (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) + 23 AUS 14 MORTON, Lachlan David (JELLY BELLY P/B MAXXIS) GBR 15 GEOGHEGAN HART, Tao (AXEON CYCLING TEAM) + 25 . . ERI 24 BERHANE Natnael MTN-QHUBEKA p/b SAMSUNG 0:00:36