Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung started today with the goal of keeping Sergio Pardilla out of trouble and delivering him to the line with the lead group. The African team were able to do just that as Pardilla crossed the line in a decent 14th position. With this result our Spaniard also moved up to 21st place on GC, 44 seconds down on the race lead.
It was not all plain sailing for Team MTN-Qhubeka today though. Both Louis Meintjes and Jaco Venter punctured at critical times during the race today. Meintjes also took a tumble on the descent of the cat 3 climb. Luckily though, both riders got through their troubles alright as Team MTN-Qhubeka now look forward to tomorrow’s stage.
Jens Zemke gives us a wrap-up of the days proceedings here:
Stage 5 Profile Overview
Priego de Córdoba › Ronda, 180km