The 159km Pedara-Messina stage has two distinct parts, the first one hilly and the second flat, with a circuit finale in Messina, giving opportunity for a potential bunch sprint.
The peloton, 191 riders strong, passed km 0 at 13.23.
In today’s stage, some riders will be equipped with the Velon data-tracking system. Their live data can be seen at www.giroditalia.it.
Pedara (13.00 – Start): few clouds, 17°C. Wind: moderate – 11km/h.
Messina (17.15 – Finish): few clouds, 22°C. Wind: moderate – 25km/h.
1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 6″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 10″
Stage 5 – Pedara-Messina 159km – total elevation 1,100m
This is a half-wavy, half-flat, stage, with a closing circuit.