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by Mark Zalewski
May 12, 2016
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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.
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