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Re-cap of Stage Five:
A tough stage for many of the sprinters, but Andre Griepel had a little extra in the tank when it counted and took this stage by multiple bike lengths - formerly throwing down the gauntlet in the battle for the points jersey.
Tom Dumoulin gets a third day in pink - one wonders if he ever dreamed about this? Young gun Bob Jungels is hanging tough - very impressive - I doubt many foresaw that he would be holding the second podium spot in this year's Giro.
The GC contenders/teams seem well satisfied to let the Sprinters teams carry the load for now. Which means Dumoulin might have a few more stages in pink as long as he doesn't have a really bad day in the mountains.
General Classification Top Ten after Stage Five:
1. Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) 19:40:48
2. Bob Jungels (Etixx - Quick-Step) 0:00:16
3. Diego Ulissi (Lampre - Merida) 0:00:20
4. Georg Preidler (Giant-Alpecin)
5. Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) 0:00:24
6. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) 0:00:26
7. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 0:00:27
8. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) 0:00:35
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
10. Nicolas Roche (Sky) 0:00:37
Jersey Distribution after Stage Five:
GC Leader (Pink) - Tom Dumoulin
Points Leader (Red) - Marcel Kittel
Mountains Leader (Blue) - Damiano Cunego
Best Young Rider (White) - Bob Jungels
Stage Six: Ponte - Roccaraso, 157 km
This is one for the climbers - the mountain goats of the Giro. With two Category Two climbs including a mountain top finish in Roccaraso - this is where the hard men will assert themselves. If the Maglia Rosa can hold the pace - perfecto - but if he cannot a new man will slide the pink jersey of race leader over his head on the mountain-top. It's probably a safe bet that the GC boys will be heavily represented in the first ten riders over the finish line. If one of the GC favorites is not there - well it's "Solo Mio" time as the time losses could be significant.
The question is - if you are a GC team - do you want to take and defend the jersey this early in the race? If Dumoulin falters, might it not be wise to let someone who has no realistic chance at winning the Giro take the jersey here?
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