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Greipel gallops to stage honours on Giro d’Italia stage five

by Shane Stokes

It’s a day of double festivities for the Lotto Soudal team at the Giro d’Italia, with Andre Greipel notching up the first stage win of the race for the team and Adam Hansen, who helped pave the way for the victory, celebrating his birthday.

Greipel showed his sprinting power last year with four stages in the Tour de France, but hadn’t really clicked thus far in the Giro d’Italia. Fourth on stage three had been as close as he had got, but things finally came right on stage five to Benevento.

Greipel’s team worked hard to put him into position and while the squad ran out of men inside the final two kilometres, causing him to slip back, he chose his moment perfectly to jump and immediately got a big gap.

He continued to pull clear all the way to the line, finishing well clear of Arnaud Démare (FDJ), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani – CSF), Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep) and Moreno Hofland (LottoNL-Jumbo).

Double stage winner Marcel Kittel was another birthday celebrant, but lost out due to the undulating parcours and was dropped.

Stage 5: Praia a Mare > Benevento - Stage Result

Wednesday 11th May 2016

1. de
GREIPEL André
Lotto Soudal
05:40:35
2. fr
DéMARE Arnaud
FDJ
-
3. it
COLBRELLI Sonny
Bardiani - CSF
-
4. lu
JUNGELS Bob
Etixx - Quick Step
-
5. nl
HOFLAND Moreno
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
6. it
BELLETTI Manuel
Wilier - Southeast
-
7. de
ZABEL Rick
BMC Racing Team
-
8. at
PREIDLER Georg
Team Giant - Alpecin
-
9. au
EWAN Caleb
Orica GreenEDGE
-
10. ru
TSATEVICH Alexey
Team Katusha
-

Click through to read more at CyclingTips.

Today’s feature images shows the peloton on the rolling fifth stage parcours of the Giro d’Italia.

  • Legstrong

    Pretty sure Bob Jungels is a Quickstep rider.

    That naked tour is just plain nasty. Not only the private parts but also the clown-like cycling tan. On top of that, those people were clearly not in the best shape… Yuck. This isn’t the 60’s anymore man. Not a good way to raise an awareness IMO.

    • Dave

      It’s in the UK, where shrinkage would more a problem than getting a tan.

      • Legstrong

        LMAO!

    • Cameron Harris

      Not a good way to raise anything.

      • Dave

        Apart from money.

        Threatening to hold a naked bike ride would be a great way of scaring up some cash pretty quickly.

  • Dave

    It would be nice to get a statement from Orica-AIS as to why they are sitting out the biggest race of the year.

    Short on funds? Impending positive test announcement? Feud with the race organiser?

    • Gavin Adkins

      Agreed. They didn’t make the trip to China for the Tour of Chongming island either.

      • That’s not unusual. Many of the big teams don’t travel to China, not least because of the logistical challenges and the cost.

        • Dave

          Wouldn’t you say it’s a bit strange for the only WWT team with any roots in the Asia-Pacific region and a naming rights sponsor (unless they’ve pulled out and it’s yet to be announced) which is trying to increase its presence in China?

        • Gavin Adkins

          Fair cop, but not starting the Giro Rosa as well? The team’s European base is in Italy.

      • Dave

        Good spot. I had assumed that they were there but just lacked firepower with their former sprinters Annette Edmonson and Melissa Hoskins having moved on after the last couple of years.

        I wonder if we’re soon to hear that Orica has pulled out of the whole program and operations have been accordingly scaled back? They’ve been wanting to exit for quite some time now due to the company going downhill faster than Sagan, and if they had drafted their contract well they’ll now have an opportunity courtesy of Yates tripping the dope-o-meter.

  • claude cat

    I’m really quite puzzled with what OGE are doing with Caleb here TBH. I get that he’s there for experience, but it seems an odd way to do it, with no real lead-out. Really one of Matthews or Gerrans should have been riding here. There are several stages that would have suited them down to the ground. Instead they will go head to head at the TdF on a parcours far less favorable

    • Daniel

      They are there for Chaves but it has been rumoured Caleb is getting tutored to be a McEwen type in that he will have to jump onto another teams lead out because OGE wont be a dedicated sprint team. Find last nights tactics of Txurruka in the break of a 230km stage more puzzling, not sure why one of the best sherpas in the team is wasting energy doing this when tommorow is a summit finish.

      • Lach

        I was wondering about all of the above. Hopefully they shed some light in the backstage pass?

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    • spicelab

      The experience will certainly help crystallise if Caleb has sufficient nerve and mongrel to be a top-level sprinter.

      Whether it’s too much too soon I’m not sure.

      • Dave

        It’s contract year for Ewan, so they only have about 6 weeks left to find out whether they should give him another year.

        Perhaps his target should be to get one or two highlights per day, to show he can cope with the tough days:
        Stage 6 – get points at the first sprint
        Stage 7 – pull a couple of turns for Chaves early on
        Stage 8 – get points at one of the sprints
        Stage 9 ITT – finish and avoid getting on a highlights reel
        Stage 10 – pull a couple of turns for Chaves
        Stage 11 – contest the finish
        Stage 12 – contest the finish
        Stage 13 – get points at the first sprint and then try to finish the stage

        The team will learn a lot more about whether he’s got it from this sort of stuff than from his two TDU stage wins against a depleted Olympic year field.

        The next things they should be looking for from Ewan is completing the Dauphine or Tour de Suisse in June and competing well at the Tour of Poland in July.

        • claude cat

          I don’t think there’s any doubt that Ewan will be resigned.

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