Vuelta a Andalucia 2018: De La Cruz takes the TT, Tim Wellens wins GC

Stage 5 at the Tour of Andalusia- a 14 km time trial of Barbate- was won by David De La Cruz of Team Sky. He finished in front of Andrei Amador (Movistar) and Stef Clement (Team LottoNL-Jumbo). Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) took the general classification.

Stage 5 time trial summary

Poland’s Kamil Gradek was the first to establish himself today, the first to pitch a time under the eighteen-minute mark, arriving on the line in 17’48”. The 2012 U23 Polish TT Champion kept the hot seat warm for some time. It was only when Dylan Van Baarle took to the dirt track that the Pole was dislodged. However, the Dutchman’s time of 17’23 ” was beaten just ten minutes later by his team-mate David De La Cruz, in 17’11”.  Van Baarle’s compatriot Stef Clement of LottoNL-Jumbo put in a noticeable performance, pushing Van Baarle down a step.

Once Chris Froome was off the line, the battle for the overall standings began. The Team Sky leader only pitted a modest time of 18’21”, while Andrei Amador slipped into second provisional position with 17’17”. Close but no cigar for Alexis Gougeard who arrived in 17’19 “.

The fight for the GC podium was set between Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal), Marc Soler (Movistar) and Wout Poels (Team Sky). The Belgian took the honours this time, finishing the race with an advantage of 11 seconds.

Stage 5 Time Trial Results

  1. Davide De La Cruz (Team Sky)
  2. Andrey Amador (Team Movistar) + 6″
  3. Stef Clement (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) + 7″
  4. Alexis Gougeard (Ag2R-La Mondiale) + 8″
  5. Marc Soler (Movistar) + 9″
  6. Wout Poels (Team Sky) + 11″
  7. Dylan Van Baarle (Team Sky) +12″
  8. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) + 14″
  9. Jan Tratnik (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) + 24″
  10. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana Pro Team) + 24″

General Classification

  1. Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal)
  2. Wout Poels (Team Sky) + 8″
  3. Marc Soler (Movistar) + 27″
  4. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) + 30″
  5. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) + 30″
  6. Mikel Landa (Movistar) + 42″
  7. Steven Kruijswijk (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) + 1’19
  8. Simon Clarke (Education First) + 1’41
  9. Andrei Amador (Movistar) +1’51
  10. Chris Froome (Team Sky) + 1’57

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