Six riders go clear but they’re quickly brought back.
Harry Sweeny (Lotto Soudal) kicks off the next wave of attacks but the bunch is strung out and flying along.
167km to go
The peloton roars back and it’s all together after 20km.
The chasing four are: Rein Taaramae (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux), Mark Donovan (Team DSM), Ibai Azurmendi (Euskaltel-Euskadi) and Simon Guglielmi (Arkea-Samsic).
Hayter might be the sort of fast finisher who could get over today’s final climb, but Ineos won’t control all day and he doesn’t look like he wants to gamble. He hits out and draws out a group of four counter-attackers.
Ethan Hayter (Ineos Grenadiers) looks to get up the road. He wears the white jersey as best young rider.
As expected, it’s an intense start. Plenty of attacks, nothing sticking.
The stage is waved underway, and here come the first attacks. We could see the first real fight for a breakaway of this Vuelta.
One non-starter today. Dan Hoole (Trek-Segafredo) has tested positive for COVID-19
Before we get properly underway, here’s some highly recommended reading based on today’s stage
The Alto de Vivero is practically in Igor Antón’s back garden. This very finale was used in the 2011 Vuelta, on the race’s first visit to the Basque Country in 33 years (due to political problems in Spain) and Antón triumphed in front of his home fans, for the home Euskadi team, on home soil. It was a massive moment for rider, team and race.
My colleague Alasdair Fotheringham sits down with Antón to re-live that day, and find out the secrets of the Vivero and the run-in to Bilbao.
The riders are on the move and on their way to kilometre zero.
Today’s stage is an interesting one, which could go a number of ways. The Vivero is tough, but it’s unlikely to do any real GC damage at this early stage in the race. The downhill run-in to Bilbao will catch the eyes of the versatile variety of sprinters who can survive medium climbs. But the most likely outcome could be a breakaway victory. With this sort of terrain, and with enough question marks over who’ll control the peloton, there should be a fair bit of interest in today’s escape.
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Before we get going, now’s the time to catch up on yesterday’s action. Stage 4 report, results, photos in the link below.
The riders have all signed on and they’re beginning to gather on the start line. Roll-out is coming up in just over five minutes, the start proper closer to the hour.
Blue skies and temperatures nearing 30 degrees in Irún, right on the French border. We’ll be heading west along the coast of northern Spain to the famous city of Bilbao, tucking inland for a few climbs along the way.
After yesterday’s sharp uphill finish in Laguardia, today’s stage serves up more punchy Basque terrain, with the double ascent of the Alto del Vivero – which reaches 10% in parts – and a downhill run-in to Bilbao.
Hello and welcome to Cyclingnews‘ live coverage of stage 5 of the 2022 Vuelta a España