Matthews Sprints to Stage 5 Win
Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) has won Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana 2013. The 22-year-old Australian took a bunch sprint to score the biggest victory of his career. Matthews won the hilly, 174.3-km ride from Sober to Lago de Sanabria in 4:28:22. Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) finished second, and Gianni Meersman (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) finished third. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) remains the red jersey.
“To see them riding on the front for me puts a tear in the eye.”
In the overall, Nibali leads Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) by 0:03 and Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) by 0:08. Stage 6 will not change this stage of affairs. The rolling, 175-km ride from Guijuelo to Caceres will feature no categorized climbs. It should end in a bunch sprint. Who will take it? Matthews? Meersman? Tyler Farrer (Garmin-Sharp)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!