Five talking points from stage five of the Vuelta a España 2021

Philipsen pulls ahead in the sprints as Bardet slips out of GC - don't miss these moments from another flat day

Jasper Philipsen wins stage five of the Vuelta a España
Jasper Philipsen wins stage five of the Vuelta a España
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Jasper Philipsen takes the lead on sprinter stage wins

It was a chaotic sprint to decide the winner on stage five of the Vuelta a España 2021, as the wide boulevard failed to minimise the sketchiness for the riders. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.