Lutsenko wins Vuelta's fifth stage, Froome adds to lead

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Froome increased his two-second race lead over Tejay van Garderen to 10 seconds.

But others were less fortunate with veterans Daniel Moreno (Movistar) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2R-La Mondiale) among a handful of riders who crashed heavily on the outskirts of the famous seaside resort of Tarragona inside the final 5km of the race. Contador remained over three minutes behind.

The day's climbing points went to Stephane Rossetto (Cofidis), while his long-time leading partner Diego Rubio (Caja Rural) was the first man across the line in the intermediate sprint.

Through the towering figure of Belgian Tim Declercq, Quick-Step Floors carried out the lion's share of the chase alongside the Aqua Blue Sport and Lotto Soudal teams of sprinters Adam Blythe and Debusschere.

The approach was dotted by some memorable crashed, one being Wilco Kelderman (Sunweb), although he was brought back to the bunch.

The race ends in Madrid on September 10.

It was a bad day, too, for the Polish climber Rafal Majka of Bora-Hanshrohe who, suffering from illness, came home nearly four minutes in arrears.




"I was really looking for the victory because I have been going good this season", Trentin said.

Froome signalled his intention by staying near the front of the peloton on the approach to the finish in Tarragona and crossing the line 17th, taking the same time as stage victor Matteo Trentin.

"After my crash at the Tour de France I was thinking about coming here and winning stages".

We can expect a big fight for the jersey. The guys were fantastic. "Everybody pulled together. It was really lovely coming into the finish".

Team BMC Racing won the time trial that opened the Spanish Vuelta on Saturday, with Australian rider Rohan Dennis taking the early overall lead.

A breakaway group of 16 riders pushed the pace over the 175.7km stage from Benicassim, with Marco Haller (Katusha-Alpecin) joining Lutsenko in a late surge on the descent of the Alto de la Serratella, but the Austrian could not last the distance during the closing 45km.

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