Greipel takes the win in stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia

André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) won the Giro d’Italia’s stage 5 sprint on a short uphill finish in Benevento, out-sprinting Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF). 

The action had got off to another fast start and the day’s sole categorised climb had already been crested when four riders eventually forged clear. The quartet were allowed to build a lead of almost seven minutes before there was any reaction back in the bunch.

Giant-Alpecin and Lotto Soudal did the lion’s share of the work to keep the escapees in check. Everything came back together 7km from home, and by that point Marcel Kittel (Etixx – Quick-Step) and a whole host of other riders had been dropped on what proved to be a twisty and technical run to the finish.

Rein Taaramae (Katusha) then took a tumble in the final stages, but Greipel stayed upright and surged to a comfortable victory over Arnaud Demare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF).

A late split allowed Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to gain four seconds on Tom Dumoulin and so Jungels moved into seconds, 16 seconds behind the Dutchman. However, Dumoulin retained his lead as he faces his first big climbing test tomorrow when the riders have the first uphill finish. There’s an early category 2 climb and then plenty of undulating terrain before the riders get to the bottom of the final climb which averages 4.8% over 17km. However, the climb never gets very steep and as the final 3km only average 3-4%, it’s a stage more suited to puncheurs than climbers.

Giro d’Italia 2016 – stage 5 results (Praia a Mare – Benevento):

1 André Greipel (Lotto Soudal)

5:40:35

2 Arnaud Demare (FDJ)

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3 Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF)

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4 Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

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5 Moreno Hofland (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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6 Manuel Belletti (Wilier – Southeast)

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7 Rick Zabel (BMC)

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8 Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin)

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9 Caleb Ewan (Orica-GreenEdge)

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10 Alexey Tcatevitch (Katusha)

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General classification after stage 5:

1 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)

19:40:48

2 Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)

+16”

3 Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida)

+20”

4 Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin)

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5 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+24”

6 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)

+26”

7 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+27”

8 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)

+35”

9 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)

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10 Nicolas Roche (Sky)

+37”

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