Where's that GPS?
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Giro d'Italia - Stage Five Results
The Sprinting world has a new star as Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step) claimed his second stage win as well as the Points Jersey in Messina. The best Griepel could manage was fourth on the day.
Quick-Step, that Classics Team, is off to an exceptional start in this year's first GT. Granted, "The Mountains" have not yet kicked-in, but the Belgians must be overjoyed at this impressive showing early on. With this result Jungels gets to enjoy another day in pink and they now have the Points Jersey as well. Early dominance is a good thing...but hard to maintain.
In the GC, Landa, Pinot and Kruijswijk took a step backwards while Thomas, now in second, looks to be Sky's best hope at the moment. Amador moving into 10th place is a good card to have in hand for Quintana and Movistar.
General Classification Standings after Stage Five:
1) Bob Jungels (Quick-Step) 23h 22’ 07”
2) Geraint Thomas (SKY) 0’ 06”
3) Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) 0’ 10”
4) Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R La Mondiale) 0’ 10”
5) Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) 0’ 10”
6) Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) 0’ 10”
7) Nairo Quintana (Movistar) 0’ 10”
8) Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo) 0’ 10”
9) Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) 0’ 10”
10) Andrey Amador (Movistar) 0’ 10”
Stage Six: Reggio Calabria - Terme Luigiane, 217km
The Giro arrives on the mainland of Italy with another stage for the sprinters. Mostly along coastal roads exposed to possible crosswinds, this peloton should be able to stick together despite a persistent breakaway or two. The Maglia Rosa will watch these breakaways closely and reel them in towards the end only if required - the heavy lifting will probably be done by the Sprinter's teams, who will fuss that Jungels and Crew are not doing the job - while Jungels will look at Thomas and the other GC contenders and they'll just smile and shrug...perhaps exchange recipes for a nice Penne Rustica.
My call: Given recent history, Gaviria for win number three in a mass sprint.
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