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Vuelta: Madrazo wins stage 5, Lopez takes lead

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Angel Madrazo of Spain has won Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana, after a long-range attack, while the Top of the General Classification has been re-shuffled.

Madrazo was dropped 3 times by his breakaway companions in the grueling last climb, but the Spaniard cranked it up in the final Kilometer to punch his way 10 seconds clear of the runner-up Dutchman, Jetse Bol, to claim his biggest career win. Madrazo’s compatriot Jose Herrada came in 3rd with 22 seconds behind.

Colombia’s Miguel Angel Lopez was the next to cross the finish-line, which also earned him the leader’s red Jersey, whereas the former leader, Nicolas Roche, was demoted to 5th.

Lopez enjoys a 14-second gap over Primoz Roglic of Slovenia, while another Colombian, Nairo Quintana forms the top three, 9 further seconds adrift. Spain’s Grand Tour will continue on Thursday with the 200km Stage 6.

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