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.
1 – André Greipel (Lotto Soudal) – 233km in 5h40’35”, average speed 41.047km/h
2 – Arnaud Demare (FDJ) s.t.
3 – Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani CSF) s.t.
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner André Greipel said: “It was a really hard chase to bring the four breakaway riders back. Luckily other teams helped but I owe a big thanks to my team. They are a big part of this success. Before the start, I said it would be a nice finish for me and it really was. I was behind the crash [involving Rein Taaramae] but I found my way through and launched my sprint when I saw a gap with 300 metres to go. I hesitated a bit, then I gave it everything. I’m really happy”.
Race leader Tom Dumoulin said: “I was told the Giro is a difficult race. Now I know why. Today it was up and down all day and the peloton went crazy in the finale. I didn’t bother when Bob Jungels went for the sprint because the bonus of four seconds that he could have taken isn’t much. I just looked after myself and that was already hard enough”.