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Caleb Ewan surged to victory in the fifth stage of the Vuelta

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Caleb Ewan surged to victory in the fifth stage of the Vuelta

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Australia’s Caleb Ewan surged to victory in the fifth stage of the Vuelta a España.

The Orica rider beat Germany’s John Degenkolg of Giant to the line in the 167.3 route from Rota to Alcala de Guadaira.

Slovakia’s Peter Sagan of team Tinkoff-Saxo finsihed third followed by Luxembourg’s Jempy Druecker of BMC Racing.

Twenty-year-old Ewan from Sydney described his victory as an “incredible victory[…]by far the biggest victory of my career.”

His Orica team mate Esteban Chaves lost the overall lead to Dutchman Tom Dumoulin of Giant. There’s just one second between the pair. Irish cousins Nicolas Roche of Team Sky and Daniel Martin of Cannondale are in third and fourth.

Sky leader and Tour de France winner, Chris Froome is seventh overall and just 35 seconds off the leader. The Briton is hoping to win a rare Tour-Vuelta double.

Stage 6 will take the riders on a 200.3km stretch from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla.