Giro d’Italia #5: Meintjes and O’Connor maintain position

Tim Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) out-sprinted a reduced peloton to win stage 5 at the Giro d’ Italia. He crossed the line ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin).

Stage 5 of the Giro d’ Italia was the shortest non-time trial stage of the race. Spanning 153km from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa, the stage included three category four climbs.

The attacks came quick and fast as racing got underway and a break of four made the escape. Ryan Mullen and Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo), (Trek-Segafredo), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec). A crash in the peloton caused the peloton to fracture, with just 11km of racing left. Luckily, none of our riders were involved in the crash, but it did disrupt the final stretch of the race. Louis Meintjes and Ben O’Connor were caught behind the crash, but were able to make it back to the reduced peloton for the final climb of the day.

The lone remaining rider from the break of the day, Vendrame, was caught as racing neared conclusion. With the final climb serving up a 12% gradient, there were various attacks. The stretch to the finish line plateaued out, and Tim Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) sprinted to the win ahead of Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin. Both Louis and Ben finished with the front group, not losing any time in preparation for a big stage tomorrow.

Ben O’Connor- Rider
Today was a little more relaxed than yesterday, without the headwind, and we had wider roads. The peloton kept the break under control. There was a fall, which Louis and myself were just behind, but we managed to make it back to the group. The finishing climb was a bit tricky and relatively steep at the bottom, and it was quite hard. It did level out and then it was just a game of waiting for the riders who were going to go for the stage win to go for it. We didn’t want to lose any time. Tomorrow is the day when you are going to make time up.