The fifth stage of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco has been won by the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde who has also conquered the GC leadership.
The stage profile presented 7 important hills, the last one of which very steep and close to the finish line. The Astana Pro Team riders has ridden pretty well until this last climb, keeping the front positions and avoiding risks and fall.
Unfortunately in the last climb even the Russian Sergei Chernetckii wasn’t able to remain at the front with the GC contenders and finished in 20th position at 58 secs from the winner.
The 2017 edition of the Vuelta al Pais Vasco will end tomorrow with the final individual time trial in Eibar, 27.7 km long.