The fire shown by Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) in yesterday's stage, when, of all the big favourites to win the Volta a Catalunya, he was alone in launching repeated attacks on La Molina, burned even brighter today at Port Ainé, propelling him into the race lead overall at the fifth WorldTour race of the season. Nairo finished the stage 2nd behind Belgium's De Gendt (LTS), with sufficient advantage over his GC rivals to take over the race lead. Donning the white and green jersey was the perfect way to repay his telefónico team-mates for their exemplary work over the first four days of racing.

Under the direction of the two José Luises, Arrieta and Laguía, the team had a day of relative calm thanks to road captain Imanol Erviti's presence in the early breakaway. On the 1st Category Alt d'Enviny, Imanol helped break down the original ten-man group into a trio that also contained Weening (ROO) and De Gendt. A solo plummet down the final descent saw Imanol gain a minute, before the two lighter Low Countrymen passed him on the final climb. Meanwhile, as BMC set the pace, Dayer, Winner and José Herrada piloted Nairo into position, and their leader delivered the definitive blows: the first of them 2km from the finish line, when Contador (TNK) was alone in withstanding his change of pace, and the second inside the final kilometre, to dispatch his unwanted company.

Nairo's 17" advantage on the day over Porte (2nd) and Contador (3rd) gave him an 8" lead in GC, with three days to go before the climax on Montjuïc. Tomorrow, Movistar Team defends Nairo's lead on the road to Valls, where wind and the Category 2 Alt de Lilla constitute the evident hazards.