The Colombian rider Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) won in a bunch sprint the 159km Pedara-Messina fifth stage of the 100th Giro d’Italia. Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and Sam Bennett (Bora – Hansgrohe) finished second and third. It is Gaviria’s second stage win this year after taking Sunday’s Stage 3.
Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) remains the race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.
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.
1 – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
2 – Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) at 6″
3 – Adam Yates (Orica – Scott) at 10″
Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Fernando Gaviria said: “I’m happy with these two victories. My legs responded as I want. This win isn’t only mine, it belongs to all the people who support me, to my family who are here… The team worked to perfection. We’ve won in the best way. We’re racing with two goals: stage wins and GC. We’re doing well on both these days.”
The race leader Bob Jungels said: “It went perfectly today. It was dangerous in a crazy finale. To be honest, I was super happy that Fernando took the victory. But it cost me a lot of nerves here in Messina. It was amazing to see so many people on the road sides for Vincenzo Nibali. They were very excited. I will try to keep the Maglia Rosa at least until Sunday. It’ll be an important day for the climbers at the Blockhaus.”
Maglia Rosa(pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Ciclamino(cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)
Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)
Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)