Cycling

Pantano triumphs, Valverde retains Tour of Catalonia lead

Cycling (File)
Cycling (File)

Barcelona - Colombian Jarlinson Pantano, of Trek-Segafredo, won stage five of the Tour of Catalonia on Friday as Spanish veteran Alejandro Valverde retained his overall lead.

Pantano edged out Norwegian Vegard Stake Laengen on the final descent in Vielha Val d'Aran, crossing the line with his arms aloft in a time of 5 hours 20 minutes and 53 seconds.

Slovenia's Matej Mohoric broke free of the peloton to claim third while Valverde, triumphant in stages two and four of the race, came in 14 seconds behind Pantano to finish in eighth.

Valverde remains 16 seconds ahead of Colombia's Egan Bernal in the overall standings and 26 clear of his Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana, also of Colombia, in third.

"Until the goal is reached on the last day nothing is enough," Valverde said.

"Anything can happen, but I think we have the ability, if there is no problem, to be able to win."

The Tour of Catalonia ends on Sunday.

Results and overall standings following the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia from Llivia to Vielha Val D'Aran on Friday:

Stage:

1. Jarlinson Pantano (COL/Trek-Segafredo) 5hr 20min 53sec, 2. Vegard Stake Laengen (NOR/UAE Team Emirates) same time, 3. Matej Mohoric (SLO/Bahrain-Merida) at 10sec, 4. Giovanni Visconti (ITA/Bahrain-Merida) s.t, 5. Danilo Wyss (SWI/BMC Racing Team) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Alejandro Valverde (SPA/Movistar) 22hr 22min 05sec, 2. Egan Bernal (COL/Team Sky) at 16sec, 3. Nairo Quintana (COL/Movistar) 26, 4. Pierre Latour (FRA/AG2R La Mondiale) 48, 5. Simon Yates (GBR/Mitchelton-Scott) 1.12

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