Tim Wellens (Lotto-Soudal) won stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana from an eventual 3-man breakaway. Stage 5 of the Vuelta a Espana had a breakaway win written all over it, the only problem was that every team knew this. The fight for the early break of today’s 184km stage was incredible, relentless in fact. NTT Pro Cycling had pretty much given the green light to everyone in the team, bar Gino Mader, to infiltrate the move but for over 100km nothing would stick. Eventually 12 riders managed to get a gap, but with Sepp Kuss (Jumbo-Visma) part of the selection, the pace did not.
NTT Pro Cycling retained 6th place on the team classification of the 103rd Giro d’Italia following a strong performance on stage 20 that was sadly thwarted in the finale due to some bad luck. Our team executed the pre-race strategy perfectly in having Amanuel Ghebreigzabhier and Matteo Sobrero in the breakaway, who would play crucial roles later on as the competition for the general classification ignited and they were reeled in. Domenico Pozzovivo and Ben O’Connor both sat fairly comfortably in the maglia rosa group but an unfortunate mechanical for Pozzovivo on a descent with the car unable to reach him left him lose crucial.