The 5th stage of the Vuelta was potentially suitable for giving another one chance to the sprinters which are racing in Spain, even if at 2 km to the arrival there was a short hill which could have promote eventual attacks.
At the end of the 171,3 km from Viveiro to Lugo, the fast wheels did not battle in a massive sprint because, after having neutralized an attack by the duo Gilbert-Clarke, two crashes in the final kilometer split the bunch.
Being Zurlo out of the race after he had quit the race on Tuesday, Yukiya Arashiro (photo Miwa Iijima) received the task to try to fight in the sprint for LAMPRE-MERIDA, however because of the crashes he could not being in the front positions, even if he did not was not involved in the accident.
The stage was won by Meersman, Arashiro was the first rider from LAMPRE-MERIDA to cross the finish line (33rd).
The crashes occurred in the final 3 km so the gaps were neutralized and very few changed in the general classification, where Meintjes is 28th at 3’10” from the leader Atapuma.
1- Meersman 4h16’42”
2- Felline s.t.
3- Reza s.t.
4- Sanchez S. s.t.
5- Waeytens s.t.
33- Arashiro s.t.
34- Meintjes s.t., 49- Grmay 1,29″, 131- Durasek 4’02”, 132- Conti s.t., 138- Mario Costa s.t., 144- Koshevoy 4’13”, 147- Cattaneo 4’23”
1- Atapuma 17h39’52”
2- Valverde 28″
3- Froome 32″
4- Chaves 38″
5- Quintana s.t.
28- Meintjes 3’10”