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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
Having raced into the overall lead on Thursday’s fourth stage to the top of Mount Etna, Bob Jungels was able to savour the Maglia Rosa on Wednesday’s fifth leg of the Giro d’Italia. He had no dramas, although noted that the finale was tricky and it was necessary to remain attentive and stay out of trouble.
“It went perfectly today,” the Luxembourg rider said. “It was dangerous in a crazy finale. To be honest, I was super happy that Fernando [teammate Fernando Gaviria] took the victory. But it cost me a lot of nerves here in Messina. It was amazing to see so many people on the road sides for Vincenzo Nibali. They were very excited.
He ended the day six seconds clear of Geraint Thomas (Team Sky), with Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) remaining third overall, ten seconds back.
He knows that the stage 10 39.8 kilometre time trial will suit his characteristics and that he could pad his lead at that point, but is also aware that there are some tough stages before then. Because of that, he’s not looking too far ahead as regards his stint in pink.
“I will try to keep the Maglia Rosa at least until Sunday. It’ll be an important day for the climbers at the Blockhaus,” he said.