Enrico Battaglin sprints to victory at Giro d'Italia, Dennis keeps Pink Jersey
May 09 2018 05:50 pm CET

Enrico Battaglin sprints to victory at Giro d'Italia, Dennis keeps Pink Jersey
Enrico Battaglin sprints to victory at Giro d'Italia, Dennis keeps Pink Jersey
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Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) has sprinted to victory at the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia. The rider launched an attack on the last meters of the uphill finale and crossed the line ahead of Giovanni Visconti and Jose Goncalves.

The race remained in Sicily for the second day and the fifth day of racing and featured a 153-kilometre long route between Agrigento and Santa Ninfa. Ryan Mullen (Trek-Segafredo), Andrea Vendrame (Androni-Sidermec), Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina) formed the breakaway of the stage, taking a lead of more than five minutes on the peloton.

With 23 kilometres to go, Didier launched an attack and Vendrame and Zhupa stayed at his wheel. Though Mullen didn't seem to be able to stand the rhythm, one kilometre later he rejoined the front group.

At around 21 kilometres to go, Vendrame changed the pace and left the other three behind to be caught by the peloton. nine kilometers later, there was a crash in the peloton that affected riders like Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain-Merida), Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) and Ruben Fernandez (Movistar) and caused a break in the peloton.

Bahrain-Merida did a good job bringing Pozzovivo back and soon the team was leading the peloton on the penultimate climb of the day. With four kilometres to go, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) suffered a crash which left him behind the pack chasing to reconnect.

Teams like Mitchelton-Scott and Lotto-FixAll set the pace at the start of the climb and soon riders like Fabio Aru and Diego Ulissi tried to get away but were caught by the remainder of the pack. LottoNL-Jumbo's Enrico Battaglin then attacked on the last meters and was enough to grant him the victory that he was looking for since the day before.

Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin) were second and third on the day. BMC's Rohan Dennis keeps the Pink Jersey.



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