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The 164.7 kilometer long stage 5 from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Eibar begins with a relatively flat start, before culminating with three successive categorized climbs. The final ascent up the category 1 Azurki Gaina tops out at roughly 20-kilometers from the finish.
What To Watch For
The flat start and demanding finish will make for a wide open race, with breakaway riders aiming to gain as much of an advantage as possible before hitting the mountains. If a fast finisher makes it over the top of the final climb within reach of the leaders, there will be an all out chase down the descent and in the final 10 kilometers to bring the bunch back for a sprint.
The lopsided stage profile could turn into a fight amongst the GC men. Or, the top contenders may save their ammunition for Saturday's demanding Queen stage, featuring 8 categorized climbs.
Ranking The Favorites
- Thomas De Gendt
- Julian Alaphilippe
- Dylan Tuens
- Mikel Landa
- Michal Kwiatkowski
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