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Basque Stage 5: Swift Wins, Contador Retains GC

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April 11, 2014 – Britain’s Ben Swift claimed victory on the fifth stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Friday as Alberto Contador maintained his overall lead.

Swift, riding for Team Sky, timed his sprint to the line perfectly to take the 160 km stage from Eibar to Markina-Xemein ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Michal Kwiatowski (Omega-Pharma – Quick-Step) in a time of 3hr 56min 56sec.

Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) finished ninth, but didn’t lose any time on the leaders to ensure he retains his 12-second lead over Valverde in the general classification with Italy’s Damiano Cunego (Lampre), Australian Cadel Evans (BMC) and Frenchman Jean-Christophe Peraud (Ag2r) a further 24 seconds back.
  
The race will be decided in Saturday’s final stage, a 25.9 km individual time trial around Markina-Xemein.

Stage 5 Results
1. Ben Swift (GBR/SKY) 3h 56min 56sec
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at same time
3. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) s.t.
4. Tom Jelte Slagter (NED/GRM) s.t.
5. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) s.t.
6. Cyril Gutier (FRA/EUC) s.t.
7. Jonathan Hivert (FRA/BEL) s.t.
8. Jean-Christophe Peraud (FRA/ALM) s.t.
9. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) s.t.
10. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) s.t.

Overall standings
1. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) 20h30:31.
2. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) at 0:12.
3. Damiano Cunego (ITA/LAM) 0:36.
4. Cadel Evans (AUS/BMC) 0:36.
5. Jean-Christophe Péraud (FRA/ALM) 0:36.
6. Yury Trofimov (RUS/KAT) 0:36.
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (POL/OPQ) 0:41.
8. Mikel Landa (ESP/AST) 0:54.
9. Wouter Poels (NED/OPQ) 0:55
10. Samuel Sanchez (ESP/BMC) 0:56