Rigoberto Urán has won the fifth stage in the Colombia Oro y Paz after a spectacular final climb. After 164 kilometers of race Urán, Quintana, Henao and Bernal had to sprint for victory. Urán turned out to be the fastest of the group. Alaphilippe loses his leader’s jersey to Quintana.
Early escape gets little space
In the fifth stage of the Colombia Oro y Paz, eleven riders went to Salento early in the race. There were no big names in this group, but due to the still small time differences in the rankings, Quick-Step Floors never let the lead go further than two minutes. Rodrigo Contreras, who gave up his contract with Quick-Step Floor in 2016, remained last. The Colombian was credited to the final climb.
Four Colombians the strongest on the climb
On the final climb to Salento Movistar and Sky put themselves at the head of the peloton to make the climb hard. The peloton was thinned out, but Narvaez and Alaphilippe did not shrink. When Henao and Quintana then stood on the pedals in the last kilometer, the curtain fell for the duo of Quick-Step Floors. Top talent Bernal pulled through to the finish, but could not prevent it from turning into a sprint. In the sprint Urán pulled the longest for Quintana and Bernal.