The Italian rider Enrico Battaglin (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) won Stage 5 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, Agrigento-Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice) of 153km. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain – Merida) and José Gonçalves (Team Katusha Alpecin) finished second and third.
Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team) remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Enrico Battaglin (Team Lotto NL – Jumbo) – 153km in 4h06’33”, average speed 37.233km/h
2 – Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain – Merida) s.t.
3 – José Gonçalves (Team Katusha Alpecin) s.t.
1 – Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing Team)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 1″
3 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) at 17″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Enrico Battaglin said: “Today’s finish was different from yesterday’s. It was a very powerful one yesterday. I was more at ease here. The Giro is very important for me every year. I’m extremely happy to be a stage winner again. I want to continue the race this way.”
The race leader Rohan Dennis said: “It was a nice day on the bike, on quite a slow pace because of the head wind. I felt a bit of stress every now and then but I am glad to be in the Maglia Rosa. We’re only on day five, that means sixteen days to go. Tomorrow will be another story with the Etna. I’m looking forward to see how I’ll go up there.”