Giro d’Italia #5: Gibbons goes 6th in pouring rain

Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) won a rain drenched stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia, sprinting to victory ahead Fernando Gavaria (UAE-Emirates) and Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ).

It was only a short 140km stage from Frascati to Terracina but racing got underway in a torrential downpour, which continued throughout the stage, making for another tough day out.

A pan flat final 45km meant the sprinters would keep the early break of the day on a short leash, and ensure the finale came down to mass sprint. Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka were once again looking to Giacomo Nizzolo for a result.

Ryan Gibbons and Mark Renshaw kept Nizzolo up near the head of the peloton before Gibbons pulled over with 2km to go. Renshaw then dropped our Italian off on the wheels of Elia Viviani (Deceuninck) and Demare but as they moved down the left side to open the sprint, Nizzolo and Viviani both got closed by another rider.

The right side opened up and Gibbons saw an opportunity to go again. The South African got up for 6th place at the line, a good result given his leadout work earlier in the stage.