Second bunch sprint victory for the young Colombian ace. Jungels comfortably in Maglia Rosa.
Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) made it a double, fending off two other young riders, Italy’s Jakub Mareczko and Ireland’s Sam Bennett, to sprint to victory in Messina on stage 5 of the Giro100. His team mate Bob Jungels retained the Maglia Rosa while the huge crowd at the finish town celebrated the enfant du pays Vincenzo Nibali.
1 – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) – 159km in 3h40’11”, average speed 43.327km/h
2 – Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) s.t.
3 – Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) s.t
Today’s stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “I’d like to bring the cyclamen jersey to Milan but there are still many stages left and at each stage, I’ll only think of the following day. To make it to the closing time trial in Milan would transform the young Fernando into an adult. It would be a great satisfaction to finish the Giro, knowing that it’s one of the hardest in the history. It’s hard to say who my main rival for the sprints is. Every day, we’ve had a different winner in the first three stages. I only use my instinct for sprinting anyway. It’s all about staying focused and attacking at the right moment.”
The Maglia Rosa Bob Jungels said: “I hope to keep the Maglia Rosa as long as possible. On Sunday it’s gonna be a very hard stage up to the Blockhaus, but before that I only have a six-second lead on Geraint Thomas, which is not the world but we’ll pay attention to all the opponents. This was only the fifth stage and the GC contenders aren’t hiding – we saw action from the first day on. When we opened echelons on stage 3, the other GC riders weren’t happy. It’s a big Giro, it’s the 100th edition and we’re racing hard every day.”
Stage 6 – Reggio Calabria-Terme Luigiane 217km – total elevation 1,700m
The route is basically flat, with just a few climbs and undulations in the first part, and finishes at the top of the short Terme Luigiane uphill stretch. The first 190 km are on a wide trunk road, at points a fast-flowing road, with no grade-level intersections. The route clears the Barritteri categorised climb, and heads for an intermediate sprint in Mileto. Next comes a short, steep climb after Marina di Fuscaldo, followed by a technical descent leading to the final 15km. Note that the route takes a 600m stretch on dual carriageway, and descends on hairpin bends 4km before the finish.