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by Shane Stokes
May 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Gaviria takes field sprint in Messina as Quick-Step Floors monopolizes podium; Démare bounces back to win stage two of the Four Days of Dunkirk; Knee surgery means Alaphilippe will miss 2017 Tour de France; Bennett third, but gains ‘so much confidence’; Race leader Jungels looks ahead after first day in pink; Fahlin and strong Wiggle High5 lineup psyched for Amgen Tour of California; Three year jail sentence for pregnant motorist who rammed cyclist into a tree; Lilian Calmejane: French cycling’s next big thing; Brian Cookson: ‘Professional sportspeople and teams will always push any rule to the very limit’; Video: André Greipel – a portrait of the Gorilla; Video: A catch-up with Laurens Ten Dam after his crash on Giro d’Italia stage 4; Video: This is the life of Team Sunweb’s mechanics at the Giro d’Italia; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 4 post-race; Video: Giro d’Italia Backstage Pass – Stage 5 pre-race
Colombian sprinter Fernando Gaviria took his second field sprint of the 2017 Giro d’Italia Wednesday in the Sicilian city of Messina, winning Stage 5 ahead of Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
“I’m happy with these two victories,” Gaviria said. “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 flat 157km stage, marked by a two-man breakaway of Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi Polkowice) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), was not without a moment of levity when 23-year-old Slovenian Luka Pibernik (Bahrain-Merida) crossed the finish line of the closing circuits ahead of the bunch with 6km remaining and threw his arms in the air, believing he’d won. Teammate Vincenzo Nibali, who hails from Messina, later said that the team had tried to inform Pibernik that finishing circuit still remained, but that his radio was not working.
When it came time for the actual field sprint, Gaviria worked his way to the front in the final kilometer on the wheel of teammate Max Richeze. Into a headwind, Gaviria passed Bennett and held off a hard-charging Mareczko to take his second victory in four days. With the win Gaviria moved into the lead of the points classification, sharing post-race podium time with Quick-Step Floors teammate Bob Jungels, who wears the maglia rosa of race leader.