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Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) soloed to victory in stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya today, after the German rider commenced a late attack from a large group of riders to seize the stage honors in Manresa.
Meanwhile, Ruben Guerreiro (EF Education-Nippo) finished 39 seconds behind Kämna, with Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel) rounding out the podium a further three-seconds back.
Ineos Grenadiers were happy to let the lead riders battle it out, while they carefully controlled their overall lead, with Adam Yates finishing 2:00 behind Kämna to maintain his lead in the general classification.
A breakaway group containing Marc Soler (Movistar), David De La Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Thyman Arensman (Team DSM), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ), Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious), Bob Jungels (Ag2r-Citroën), James Knox and Rémi Cavagna (both Deceuninck – Quick-Step) managed to escape the clutches of the peloton early-on in the stage.
But, the escapees were eventually reined in by a large chase group of about 40 riders with 55 kilometers remaining.
From there, a series of attacks got underway with Cavagna trying his luck again. With the French rider still out front, Bizkarra went on the attack, taking Sebastien Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ) with him.
The duo eventually caught Cavagna, putting Bizkarra was in the virtual overall lead. Meanwhile, the rest of the chasing group came across with Rigoberto Uran (EF Education-Nippo), Kämna, Carlos Verona (Movistar) Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) and James Knox (Deceuninck – Quick-Step) leading the way.
Verona, Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) and Kämna then succeeded in riding clear with 23 kilometers to go.
But, Uran, Martin, Reichenbach and Nicolas Edét (Cofidis) later made their way across to the trio with Knox quickly joining them as well.
Verona kicked again just before the descent, as the group behind grew to 12 riders chasing down the Spaniard with 15 kilometers left.
However, the Spanish rider was reeled in with 8 kilometers to go, with Kämna the next to attack.
Kämna’s move stuck, with the Bora-Hansgrohe rider staying away to take the stage victory.
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