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May 11/16 17:26 pm - Giro d'Italia: Stage 5


Posted by Editoress on 05/11/16
 

Stage 5 from Praia a Mare to Benevento turned out to being hugely demanding, anything but the walk in the park ending in a sprinters’ festival that some were expecting.

 

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The German rider André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the bunch sprint that decided Stage 5 of the 99th Giro d'Italia, Praia a Mare - Benevento (233km). Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF) finished second and third.

Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant - Alpecin) remains the race leader and keeps the Maglia Rosa.

André Greipel: “The whole stage was quite hard. Before the start, we planned to remain in the top ten positions during all of the final lap. Jurgen Roelandts rode at the front from 5km to go until 1.5km, it was more than we expected, so after he had worked so hard, I had no choice but to win. The sprints aren’t just between Marcel Kittel and me. There are a lot of good sprinters in this race. He’s hard to beat when he’s set up by his team. He’s on another level as a sprinter these days. I wouldn’t say we’re rivals. I’m not getting any younger but I’ll do my best until the end of my career”.

Tom Dumoulin: “Tomorrow’s stage should suit me. It’s an uphill finish but not too hard. The Arezzo stage should suit me too. I have ridden the Strade Bianche twice. I liked it and I was good at it. I’ll definitely defend the Maglia Rosa, although it all depends on the legs. Yesterday they were good, today they were less good but it was actually a good stage to have a bad day. I hope for the best tomorrow”.

Marcel Kittel: “I wasn’t strong enough for the finale, which wasn’t ideal for me. The whole day was like riding through a tunnel. I didn’t see much of the landscape as I was suffering on my bike. It was a very tough day, the toughest of the Giro so far. I have to be honest, I didn’t have the legs”.

Damiano Cunego: “Everything has gone well today. The past two stages were important for the King of the Mountains competition. It’s a good result for myself and my team. I’m yet to determine my priorities, whether it’s the KOM, the GC or a stage win. If I lose the Maglia Azzurra tomorrow, let’s be patient, there’ll be possibilities to get it back later. I haven’t identified my rivals for the KOM yet so it’s too early to make this classification a goal.”

Bob Jungels: “It’s a pretty good result to finish fourth in such a difficult stage. I’m feeling really good and confident. It was called a sprinter’s stage but it wasn’t. Marcel [Kittel] couldn’t hold the pace so we were setting up the sprint for Matteo [Trentin], but he was held up by the crash, so I went for it. I’m looking forward to the next few days. Tomorrow is a tough one but the last climb could suit me because it’s not that steep and my form is really good.”

 

JERSEYS

• Maglia Rosa (pink), General Classification, sponsored by Enel - Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant - Alpecin)
• Maglia Rossa (red), Sprint Classification, sponsored by Algida - Marcel Kittel (Etixx - Quick-Step)
• Maglia Azzurra (blue), Mountains Classification, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum - Damiano Cunego (Nippo - Vini Fantini)
• Maglia Bianca (white), Young Rider Classification, sponsored by Eurospin - Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step)

 

Results

Stage 5: Praia a Mare to Benevento, 233 km
1 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal 5:40:35
2 Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ
3 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bardiani CSF
4 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step
5 Moreno Hofland (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
6 Manuel Belletti (Ita) Wilier Triestina-Southeast
7 Rick Zabel (Ger) BMC Racing Team
8 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin
9 Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica GreenEDGE
10 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
11 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
12 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
13 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team all s.t.
14 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:04
15 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica GreenEDGE
16 Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Cannondale Pro Cycling
17 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Team Sky
18 Ivan Savitskiy (Rus) Gazprom-Rusvelo
19 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team
20 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Etixx - Quick-Step
 
49 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo all s.t.
76 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37
104 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE 2:02
 
GC
1 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Giant-Alpecin 19:40:48
2 Bob Jungels (Lux) Etixx - Quick-Step at 0:16
3 Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - Merida 0:20
4 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Alpecin s.t.
5 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:24
6 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:26
7 Alejandro Valverde (Esp) Movistar Team 0:27
8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:35
9 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team s.t.
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:37
11 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEDGE s.t.
12 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:40
13 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff Team 0:45
14 Rein Taaramae (Est) Team Katusha s.t.
15 Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Bardiani CSF 0:46
16 Mikel Landa Meana (Esp) Team Sky 0:47
17 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Dimension Data s.t.
18 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team 0:50
19 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:52
20 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:54
 
27 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Trek-Segafredo 1:17
83 Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 8:38
172 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEDGE 26:16

 

 

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