Stage 5 | Viveiro to Lugo | Vuelta a España 2016

Aug 24, 2016, 08:06 PM

August 24 | In this episode of The Telegraph Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore and Lionel Birnie discuss the fifth stage, won by Gianni Meersman of the Etixx-Quick Step team.

It was Meersman's second stage win of the race but the day was notable for a couple of crashes in the final kilometre or so. Steven Kruijswijk reportedly collided with a bollard on the side of the road and was taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone. The Dutchman finished fourth overall in the Giro d'Italia in May and hoped for a high finish here too but his race has ended in the middle of the first week.

The other crash split the front of the peloton and it took the jury a while to confirm the results and announce that Colombia's Darwin Atapuma had retained the leader's red jersey. Atapuma had been delayed by the crash, while Alejandro Valverde got past, but the three-kilometre rule saved the BMC Racing rider.

We discuss Meersman's victory, and why cycling is in his genes. There's also another despatch from Daniel Friebe who's in Spain, where he'll be joined by Richard on Thursday.

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