AFP/Herranz/Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

March 28, 2014 – Slovenia’s Luka Mezgec won his third stage of this year’s Tour of Catalunya on Friday while Joaquim Rodriguez held on to
the overall lead despite the intimidating presence of Alberto Contador at his  shoulder. Mezgec, who won the event’s first two stages this week, dominated a sprint finish to claim victory on the fifth stage, a 218km run from Camprodon to Valls.

The 25-year-old finished ahead of two French riders, Julian Alaphilippe and Samuel Dumoulin. Contador came home in sixth spot to remain just four seconds behind Rodriguez in the standings. The sixth and penultimate stage takes place on Saturday over 172km from El Vendrell to Vilanova.

Result of the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalunya: 218.2km – Camprodon to Valls.

1. Luka Mezgec (SLO/GIA) 5hr 15min 59sec
2. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/OPQ) same time
3. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM)
4. Paul Martens (GER/BKN)
5. Michel Kreder (NED/AJW)
6. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN)
7. Adam Yates (ENG/ORI)
8. Kevin Reza (FRA/EUC)
9. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/LTB).
10. Davide Vigano (ITA/CJR) all same time

Overall standings
1. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 23hr 03min 34sec
2. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 0:04sec
3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:07.
4. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:10
5. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:10
6. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:17
7. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) 0:18
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 0:26
9. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 0:42
10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:48