The 5th stage of the La Vuelta a Espana saw Caleb Ewan win his first grand tour stage by out sprinting John Degenkolb (Giant-Alpecin) and Peter Sagan (Tinkoff-Saxo). It would pretty much be your stock standard sprinters stage, just without a typical sprint finish run in. It was really flat all day and then with just 500 meters to go the road would ramp upwards. The early break of three riders which included the Ethiopian champion, Tsgabu Grmay (Lampre-Merida) were allowed to go 7 minutes ahead of the peloton before Tinkoff-Saxo and Giant-Alpecin brought the race together with 9km to go. Once the catch was.
Matteo Trentin (Etixx-Quickstep) won the 2nd stage of the Tour du Poitou Charentes. Yauheni Hutarovich (Bretagne-Seche) was 2nd and Sep Vanmarcke (Lotto-Jumbo) rounded out the podium. The victory was decided from a small group that got away in the final 30km of the race. Initially it was 28 riders that went clear in the crosswinds after Etixx-Quickstep and Lotto-Jumbo put the race in the gutter. MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung were unfortunately only able to place Gerald Ciolek in the race defining move as the 2 World Tour teams applied the pressure to keep the peloton at bay. With advantage in numbers, Etixx played their cards well.