Today’s winner: Arnaud Démare took his first win of the year. The Frenchman was released during the climb, but was able to return thanks to a strong descent. In the sprint, the Groupama-FDJ guy was the strongest. He made it so easy for Gaviria and Nizzolo.
Today’s loser: Caleb Ewan and Mark Cavendish are likely to expect more from this stage. Thanks to the Alpecin-Fenix acceleration in the peloton, the two runners had to let them go uphill. Attempts continued to bring the two back into the pack, but that was not the case.
tomorrow: In the sixth stage, the Giro arrives in mainland Italy. The race starts in the south and ends after 192 kilometers in Scalea. Cavendish and Ewan could retaliate, because the chance of a sprint is very high.
In the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia, Arnaud Démare took his first win of the year. Thanks to the excellent work done by Groupama-FDJ, the Frenchman was able to stay ahead of everyone else in the race.
The stage was pre-selected as a runner stage, but there was one detail. After 70 kilometers, the peloton had to cross climb a second class. So the question was whether all runners would survive this climb.
A group of five fleeing quickly got away and got a lot of slack from the peloton. While climbing, Alpecin-Fenix continued to drive hard to make it difficult for the runners. successfully, because Cavendish and Ewan had to be released almost immediately. They were no longer involved, and Arnaud Demarie was also forced to give up, but were sent back down.
Thanks to the acceleration into the cadence, the refugee group was also caught after 100 km and the peloton was vaporized towards the finish line. Both Van der Poel and Jermay were unable to make their mark in the race.
A strong lead from Sinkeldam put Démare in pole position, and the Frenchman finished it well. Gaviria and Nizzolo completed the podium. Edouard Thins was the best Belgian in ninth place.
Dimari: “It was a tough day for us. The climb was so difficult they even let us out for a while. I would like to thank my team because thanks to them I was able to join the peloton on the relegation. It also went well. I am very happy with my first win of the year.”
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