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Nibali loses few seconds on the final climb

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“There were too many riders in the break that has begun after a few kilometers next the start – says Valerio Agnoli – and so I decided to enter. In the final, I missed the moment to stay with the attackers and I chose to go up to the finish line with Vincenzo. “

The Italian champion lost 25 seconds from the race leader the British Chris Froome. In the overall standings, Nibali is now 6th with a 36” gap.

“Nothing serious – says sport director Alberto Volpi – at the beginning of a Grand Tour it’s quite  normal for an athlete like Vincenzo to suffer the stinging pace made by Team Sky. He always suffered the short and explosive climbs and today’s arrival had this feature. “

“But stage after stage – he adds – I expect that Vincenzo will adapt more and more to the rapid change of pace. The ultimate goal remains the same and days like today do not compromise Vincenzo’s ambitions. “

The fifth stage was won by Kazakhstan Alexei Lutsenko who presented himself alone at the top of the Ermita de Sta Lucia.

The sixth stage will lead the group to Sagunt after just over 200 kilometers. Several climbs with the last – the second category Puerto de Garbì – about 40 kilometers from the finish line.

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