Gaviria sprints to 2nd Giro d'Italia victory on 5th stage

Hazel Gray
May 11, 2017

Jungels maintained his six-second advantage over Geraint Thomas (Sky).

Two riders broke clear from the gun, with Russia's Evgeny Shalunev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Poland's Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) quickly building up a maximum lead of four minutes over the pack.

"We wanted to take some points because we were down a few".

As the sprinters' teams battled to move their stage contenders to the front, Jungels remained alert to late attacks from his pink-jersey rivals and held off Thomas, but said the "crazy" circuit made it a nervous finale.

If the Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step teams of Greipel and Gaviria readied their trains entering the final kilometre, it was Bora's Bennett who was out of the traps the fastest.

Jungels remains the overall leader and will expect to keep the pink jersey at least until SundayLUK BENIES  Getty Images
Jungels remains the overall leader and will expect to keep the pink jersey at least until SundayLUK BENIES Getty Images

Pibernik meanwhile finished 20 seconds back in 148th place. Greipel could only manage fourth with fellow German Phil Bauhaus (Team Sunweb) completing the top five.

But it was enough to give Jungels - sitting 13 seconds behind teammate and overnight leader Fernando Gaviria before the 181 km ride from Cefalu - the prestige of the race lead again on only his second participation.

The 23-year-old only seemed to realise his error once the peloton had gone past him.

Gaviria, who won his first ever Grand Tour stage on Sunday in Sardinia, edged out Italy's Jakub Mareczko at the end of the undulating 159-kilometer (99-mile) route from Pedara to Messina, the hometown of 2013 and 2016 Giro victor, Vincenzo Nibali. "My legs responded as I want. We were only four all day, so it was very hard", Polanc said on Eurosport UK. "I'm very happy. To repeat the victory I got in 2015 in the first mountain stage is wonderful".

The crowds were out in force along the route and especially in Messina, eager to show their support for Nibali.

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