Giro d'Italia 2017

May 5-28, 2017, Alghero, Italy, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Full live coverage of the stage 5 of the 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.

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  1. 12:57:06 CEST

    Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia.


  2. 12:57:41 CEST

    The sun is out in Pedara at the foot of Mount Etna and the riders are signing on.


  3. 12:59:03 CEST

    The 159km stage is one for the sprinters but first they will have to make it over some early climbs and keep any attacks under control. 

  4. 13:00:27 CEST

    The stage ends with 10km circuit in Messina, Vincenzo Nibali's home town. 


    There is a definite party atmosphere in Sicily as the tifosi celebrate their local idol and enjoy the Giro d'Italia. 


  5. 13:02:54 CEST

    This is the view of the start in Pedara.  



  6. 13:04:10 CEST

    New pink jersey Bob Jungels has just signed on.




  7. 13:09:56 CEST

    Bob Jungels spoke briefly at the start. 


    "It’s great to take the pink jersey again. We've had a fantastic first four stages with the team winning a stage and taking two pink jerseys. We hope to continue like this,” he said.


    “I hope to wear the pink jersey longer than the three days of last year. I think there are some tricky finals this week but I hope to keep it maybe until Sunday and the Blockhaus finish."


    "That perhaps suits Quintana better than me but I’m looking forward to the time trial, that suits me better.”


  8. 13:11:46 CEST

    Jungels is now on the start line with the other jersey wearers of the race. 


    The riders are about to role out. They face a 3.2km neutralised transfer and then the 159km stage. 


    We are expecting a fast and aggressive start as riders fight to get into the break of the day.


  9. 13:13:37 CEST


  10. 13:14:59 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali needed extra protection today, with the fans desperate to see him, touch him and get an autograph.



  11. 13:15:46 CEST

    They're off! Stage 5 from Pedara to Messina is under way.

  12. 13:24:26 CEST

    Despite the early climbs, the stage is expected to finish in a sprint. 


    Can Fernando Gaviria or Andre Greipel strike again? Or will it finally be the turn of Caleb Ewan, Sam Bennett, Ryan Gibbons, Giacomo Nizzolo, Sacha Modolo or Jakub Mareczko?




  13. 13:28:31 CEST

    As soon as the flagged dropped after the 3.2km neutralised section, two rider attacked in pursuit of glory.


    The two are: Evgeny Shalunev (Gzprom) and Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) 



  14. 13:30:02 CEST

    The crowds are huge today. Sicily has stopped whatever it is doing to see the race go by.



  15. 13:31:02 CEST


  16. 148km remaining from 159km

    13:35:37 CEST

    The peloton has let the two rider go clear. Their lead is up to 2:30 now. 


  17. 13:36:24 CEST

    We could perhaps see some other riders try to jump across the gap and join the two attackers.


  18. 13:39:40 CEST

    The rolling roads include sections of huge sets or stone blocks that were traditionally used in the south of Italy. 


    They have become polished over the years but are uneven. We can expect some punctures and spills.


  19. 13:41:26 CEST

    The peloton is spread across the road at the moment. Quick-Step Floors does not seem interested in leading the chase for now. They need to save their strength to help Gaviria in the sprint. 



  20. 142km remaining from 159km

    13:44:16 CEST

    The two breakaways are pushing on. Their leads is up to 3:30.


  21. 138km remaining from 159km

    13:52:37 CEST

  22. 13:59:38 CEST

    Just over 25km into the stage and the gap is at 3'52.

  23. 14:09:12 CEST


    Yesterday's Mount Etna summit finish was more of a damp squib than a showdown as the general classification contenders largely marked each other in the stiff headwind. It looked for a split-second like Nairo Quintana might be gearing up for an attack but he rode up in controlled fashion with the rest of the group, before revealing that he's not yet feeling strong enough to grab the Giro by the scruff of the neck. Here's the full story:


    Quintana admits he's lacking top-end form

  24. 125km remaining from 159km

    14:15:09 CEST

    The breakaway duo hits the fourth-category climb of Andronico Sant'Alfio - the only categorised climb on today's parcours. 


  25. 14:26:30 CEST

    Quick-Step come to the front to set pace on the climb in the peloton, taking the responsibility that goes with Jungels' maglia rosa. 

  26. 14:27:26 CEST

    Lotto Soudal also working in the bunch now. The gap to the break remains stable at around four minutes.


  27. 14:28:20 CEST

    Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom - Rusvelo) was the first to the top of the climb and so took the two points on offer.

  28. 14:35:21 CEST

    Teklehaimanot clips off the front of the bunch to take the last remaining KOM point. He was in the lead of the mountains classification but lost the blue jersey yesterday on Mount Etna to stage winner Jan Polanc.


  29. 14:42:10 CEST

    Here's a shot of the breakaway duo


  30. 14:44:09 CEST

    Paterski and Shalunov come off the descent and hit some cobbles as the road pitches uphill again.

  31. 106km remaining from 159km

    14:44:44 CEST

    Bahrain-Merida are on the front of the bunch towards the bottom of this descent. The gap has been cut to 3:30. 


  32. 14:50:57 CEST

    Have you listened to the latest episode of the Cyclingnews podcast?


    We dissect the action on Mount Etna - the first summit finish of this 100th edition of the Giro d'Italia.


    Polanc conquers Mount Etna as Jungels moves into pink – Giro d'Italia podcast


  33. 100km remaining from 159km

    14:54:58 CEST

    100km to go and the two breakaway riders hold a lead of 3:30 over the peloton. 


  34. 15:05:11 CEST

    Mikel Landa is off the back, chasing back with a couple of teammates. No sweat there, unlike yesterday when the Spaniard suffered a mechanical on the lower slopes of Mount Etna. 


    Here's a story about how yesterday went from a Sky point of view, with quotes from Landa and Thomas. 


    Giro d'Italia: Sky keep GC options open on Etna as Thomas snatches bonus seconds


  35. 15:09:41 CEST

    Paterski nearly comes a cropper on a tight corner on the narrow streets of another small town. Shalunov was following his line but both manage to keep upright, even if they did lose a bit of speed.


  36. 15:11:44 CEST

    The peloton is itself descending into Castiglione di Sicilia. A lone Quick-Step rider leads the way, followed by Nibali's Bahrain teammates.


  37. 15:15:21 CEST

    The gap drops to 2:45 on this descent.


  38. 15:20:20 CEST

    This is a typical view from today's stage, with the riders on the rough stones used for old roads in the south of Italy and especially in Sicily.


  39. 15:22:57 CEST

    Andre Greipel is back at his Lotto Soudal team car. He is expected to fight for the win today but is happy to drop back and collect bidons for himself and his teammates.


    Greipel is wearing the cyclamen points jersey today, not his usual red Lotto Soudal jersey.

  40. 15:27:44 CEST

    The race is still in the foothills of Mount Etna, with the snow-covered peak high up on the left of the riders. The stunnnig blue Straight of Messina sea is on the riders' right.

  41. 15:29:02 CEST

    Nairo Quintana has taken a natural break, as the peloton keeps the break at 3:00.


    The riders will soon get to enjoy thei late lunch as they pass through the feed zone.

  42. 15:32:07 CEST

    Quintana is in the long line of team cars on a fast descent after a brief stop.

  43. 15:35:35 CEST

    Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) is one of several riders licking their wounds today after crashing during stafe 4 to Etna.


    We have an update on his form and that of Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) and Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo).


    Click here to read what they said.

  44. 15:38:52 CEST

    Despite the crashes, all the overall contenders finished together and sptint for third place. Only Ilnur Zkarin (Katusha) gained time, finishing second and so gaining ten seconds.


    Geraint Thomas pipped Thibaut Pinot for third place on the Giro's fourth stage.

  45. 15:40:20 CEST

    The peloton hits the feed zone or Rifornimento as it is called in Italy.


    The speed drops as a result, with riders slowing to take their musettes.


    Race leader bob Jungels took it especially careful and so is riding back up to the peloton with two teammates.

  46. 15:42:44 CEST

    Did you know that today is officially the birthday of the race leader's pink jersey?


    It was introduced on May 10, 1931, with the legendary Learco Guerra, who won the first stage from Milan to Mantova.


    Bob Jungels on the Giro d'Italia podium

  47. 63km remaining from 159km

    15:45:45 CEST

    Thanks to feed zone, the break has extended its  lead to 3:20.


    The two are on the 3.2km at Taormina - the last climb of the stage. From now the stage his the coast until the circuit in Messina.   

  48. 15:46:23 CEST

    Surprisingly the climb does not award mountain point, instead sprint points are up fro grabs.

  49. 15:48:59 CEST

    Thanks to the Giro passing through the area, the roads have a new surface, much to the pleasure of local cyclists and drivers.



  50. 15:50:34 CEST

    Taormina hosts the passing of the Giro today. Later in May, on May 26/27 it will host the 43rd G7 Summit.


  51. 15:55:26 CEST

    Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) wins the sprint at the top of the climb, with Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom - Rusvelo) staying on his wheel.


    Behind Gaviria beats Jesper Stuyven for the final point.


    Gaviria is targeting the points jersey, while Stuyven was defending Nizzolo's interests in the special jersey.

  52. 15:56:00 CEST

    Flat for Gaviria on the descent after his sprint but he is chading to get back on.

  53. 15:57:03 CEST

    Gaviria is diving down the descent, using his track skills to weave through the team cars.


  54. 16:01:50 CEST

    We've studied the points competition more closely and discovered that third palce in Taormina was actually worth 8 points because it is considered 'a category' because ot has 'no particular difficulty'.

  55. 50km remaining from 159km

    16:02:54 CEST

    With 50km to go, the break is still fighting to stay away.


    They dived down thr descent and so extended their lead to 3:30.


    We can expect the sprinter's team to lead the chase all the way to Messina.


  56. 16:04:34 CEST

    The break and the peloton will enjoy a tail wind along the coast. 

  57. 16:07:42 CEST

    This is the view from the Taormina climb. Not bad at all....


  58. 16:12:04 CEST

    The Lotto Soudal, Orica-Scott and Quick-Step Floor team have all placed a rider on the front to lead the chase. 


    The gap has fallen to 2:50. 

  59. 16:15:05 CEST

    The crowds have been huge today along the stge route. They're cheering every rider but especially their local hero: Vnicenzo Nibali.

  60. 16:20:22 CEST

    Roberto Ferrari of UAE changes bikes and is chasing.


    He will be a key rider for Sacha Modolo today or even sprint for victory himself.

  61. 36km remaining from 159km

    16:21:02 CEST

    Gaviria and Stuyven again sprint for third place in the second intermediate sprint.  

  62. 16:25:36 CEST

    The sprinting was worth it for Gaviria but there are far more points upfor grabs at the finish.

  63. 16:28:16 CEST

    The roads are currently like Milan-San Remo, with dips and rolls along the coast. 


    The big difference is that the sea is on the riders' right instead of the left.

  64. 16:30:49 CEST

    Quick Step Floors' DS Dvide Bramati confirmed that the Belgian team will try to win the sprint with Gaviia as well as protect the pink jersey of Bob Jungels.


    "Today’s is another chance to win the stage," Bramati said. 


    "Orica and Lotto has helped with the stage. We only put two riders on th front for the chase because we want to win the stage as well as defend the jersey."

  65. 16:31:49 CEST

    Quick-Step has six riders up front, leading Jungels and Gaviria.

  66. 16:34:24 CEST

    The two breakaways are riding at over 55km/h, thanks to help from the tailwinds.


    The problem is that the peloton is moving even faster and the gap is falling.

  67. 16:36:32 CEST

    THere are 25km to go in the Giro. Meanwhile in France, Arnaud Demare (FDJ) has won the second stage at the 

    Click here for the results from the stage.

  68. 20km remaining from 159km

    16:40:04 CEST

    The speed is close to 60km/h in the peloton and the lead of the break is down to 1:00. 

  69. 16:42:12 CEST

    Matt White spoke briefly from the Orica-Scott team car to Italian television about Caleb Ewan’s chances in the sprint today.


    “Caleb’s had a bit of bad luck but that’s sprinting,” White said.


    “We’ve get a chance today. It’s going to be a great battle with Greipel and Gaviria.

  70. 16:42:54 CEST

    The team cars have been pulled out from behind the two attackers but the peloton can see them now.


  71. 16:44:21 CEST

    The final six kilometres of the stage cover a circuit in Messina today, giving the riders a chance to see the finish before the sprint to the line. 

  72. 16:45:19 CEST

    The final 1.7km are flat and straight. It will be high-speed, high-power sprint.


    However before the finish there are several corners and a U turn with 1.7km to go.

  73. 15km remaining from 159km

    16:46:09 CEST

    Bora-hansgrohe is now on the front, we coyld see Sam Bennett sprint today after being hit by a nasty sotanch virus.

  74. 16:47:42 CEST

    This is the map of the Messina circuit.


  75. 16:48:49 CEST

    As we enter 15km to go, we have 'Gruppo Compatto'.


    Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom - Rusvelo) have been swept up.


  76. 16:49:33 CEST

    The crowds are huge along the roadside now, virtually wall to wall of cheering fans, all looking for Nibali and the maglia rosa.

  77. 16:53:05 CEST

    The riders are now on the finishing circuit. They cover two thirds of a lap and then a full lap. 


  78. 16:53:37 CEST

    Crash for Sutherland of Movistar but he is not hurt and is chasing.

  79. 16:54:13 CEST

    Orica has two riders leading Ewan on the front. One is 40 year-old veteran Svein Tuft.

  80. 16:54:41 CEST

    The high speed means other riders are moving up on both sides.


  81. 7km remaining from 159km

    16:55:29 CEST

    The riders take the high-speed 360 turn with Bahrain lining out the peloton.



  82. 16:55:57 CEST

    The final kilometre is wide and straight.

  83. 16:56:19 CEST

    Here they come through the finish. 6km to go as the bell rings out loud.

  84. 16:57:00 CEST

    Pibernik was slightly off the front and puts his arms up as he crosses the line! 


    He thought he'd won the stage! 

  85. 16:58:15 CEST

    He slowly realised he hasn't.


    Some how he didn't know the stage finished with a lap of 6km. Poor guy.

  86. 16:59:28 CEST

    Back to the real sprint. Lotto is on the front for Griepel. but here comes Quick-Step.

  87. 17:00:28 CEST

    Both trains are lined out side by side.

  88. 17:01:04 CEST

    The Bora trains jonis them, packing the road with trains.

  89. 17:01:30 CEST

    It's time for the final 360 turn. Then the long straight sprint.

  90. 17:01:48 CEST

    UAE move up now to lead the long curve.

  91. 17:02:20 CEST

    Everyone is looking around for their sprinters.

  92. 17:02:35 CEST

    Last KM! Here we go!

  93. 17:02:59 CEST

    Quick Step take over for Gaviria.

  94. 17:03:24 CEST

    Bennett hits out early.

  95. 17:03:51 CEST

    Gaviria was behind but opted not to follow teamamte Richeze and came off Bennett's wheel to win!

  96. 17:04:39 CEST

    Gaviria had time to look around to look at his rivals, such was his lead at the line.

  97. 17:05:10 CEST

    Everyone else was further back, with the likes of Ewan and Greipel struggling for position in the sprint.

  98. 17:06:28 CEST

    Gaviria hugs his Quick-Step teammates and lets out a loud 'Si!' in celebration.

  99. 17:06:55 CEST

    This is the provisional top ten:


    1 Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors 3:40:11
    2 Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier Triestina
    3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe
    4 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
    5 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
    6 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
    7 Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data
    8 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
    9 Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo
    10 Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-Jumbo

  100. 17:09:01 CEST

    Greipel came from a long way back on the left, as did Mareczko, who got a clear tun to the line and took second.

  101. 17:09:40 CEST

    Bennett got a good lead out but Gaviria clevely jumped on his wheel to let the Irishman open the sprint and lead him out.



  102. 17:11:42 CEST

    Fernando Gaviria spoke briefly before the podium ceremony.


    "It was a great job by the team. When Bennett went there was a headwind, so I waited and it paid off."

  103. 17:14:49 CEST

    Bob Jungels also spoke briefly.

    “It was fantastic today, it was a great stage. We showed the team was there all day. The final was a little tricky, there were a lot of ambitious riders up front and a bit of a fight by the GC riders to stay up front. I’m happy we finished it off again.”

  104. 17:15:28 CEST

    This is the general classification after stage 5:

    1 Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors 23:22:07
    2 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:06
    3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:10
    4 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
    5 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
    7 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb
    8 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo
    9 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
    10 Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team all same time.

  105. 17:18:44 CEST

    Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) also talked about the dangers along the stage due to the huge crowds.


    "It was a dangerous and crazy final to be honest. I’m super happy that Fernando took the victory, but it cost me a lot of nerves here in Messina," Jungels said.


    "It was amazing to see so many people on the streets, but it’s also sometimes very dangerous because people want to take the pictures and selfies and whatever, and they come closer and closer to the road. When there’s a bunch coming of 200 people it’s dangerous, but that’s cycling."


    "I will try to keep the maglia rosa at least until Sunday. I think Sunday is an important day for the climbers on Blockhhaus, and we’ll see what happens there."

  106. 17:21:22 CEST

    Gaviria steps onto the stage winner's podium.


    Only 2 riders this century won two or more stages at less than 23 years of age at the Giro: Gaviria (2) and Damiano Cunego.

  107. 17:22:42 CEST

    Gaviria quickly opens the spumante on the podium and celebrates his win.

  108. 17:23:41 CEST

    Jungels now pulls on the pink jersey. It's a big day for Quick-Step Floors.

  109. 17:25:29 CEST

    This is the first photo of Gaviria winning the sprint in Messina.


  110. 17:26:57 CEST

    Jan Polanc (UAE) pulls on the blue mountains jersey.

  111. 17:28:49 CEST

    Fernando Gaviria talekd more about his sprint after the podium ceremony.


    "I'm happy with two victories, the legs are now responding the way we wanted," he said.


    "This victory isn't just for me, it's for my team and my family and everyone that supported me. My family is here and it's beautiful to give them this gift. The whole team worked perfectly. We were able to take the win here, now we'll leave the islands and head to the mainland and we'll see what happens."


    Gaviria was happy to take the lead in the points jersey.


    "We wanted to take some points because we were down a few – we wanted to take this jersey. We managed to get the points we needed and we did it in the best way."

  112. 17:35:59 CEST

    There is lots to analyse from the sprint. 


    Caleb Ewan was stuck too far behind after the final 360 turn and sat up after realising he couldn't win.


    Greipel was also stuck too far back and couldn't come up to match Gaviria and Bennett.


    Kristian Sbaragli and Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data) were sixth and seventh. But who was supposed to be leading out the sprint?



  113. 17:38:37 CEST

    In this shot we can see Bennett behind Gaviria, with Greipel just behind and Mareczko coming up fast on the Gaviria's left. 


    Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia.

  114. 17:40:29 CEST

    Bob Jungels wore the pink jersey during the stage and also had a special bike during the stage.


    Pink jersey Bob Jungels on stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia

  115. 17:48:30 CEST

    The Quick-Step Floors team had a double task today: look after Jungels in the pink jersey and help Gaviria in the sprint. They did both successfully.   


    Quick-Step and race leader Bob Jungels on stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia

  116. 17:52:21 CEST

    This is the full list of jersey wearers:


    Maglia Rosa (pink) General classification leader - Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

    Maglia Ciclamino (cyclamen) sprinter classification leader: Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors)

    Maglia Azzurra (blue) King of the Mountains classification leader: Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

    Maglia Bianca (white) Young rider general classification leader: Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

  117. 17:56:23 CEST

    Gaviria's lead out man Max Richeze also spoke about the sprint.


    "We’re really happy. At the start Gaviria said he wasn’t in great shape – he was suffering a bit. We knew he’d probably feel better as the stage went on and once he got through that tricky moment we started to work well as a team. We had a good group of teammates to get him up towards that finish line."

  118. 18:01:31 CEST

    Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) spoke after his second place. He came up late and is happy to finsally be showing his speed.


    “I’m pretty happy with my sprint today – it’s probably the best one I’ve done in my career. I’ve finally managed to do a sprint at the Giro d’Italia," he said.


    "I managed to get through the hilly first part of the stage pretty well. Then Zhupa lead me in the final kilometre and dropped me off with the sprinters."



  119. 18:06:03 CEST

    Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished third on stage 5 after a strong lead out from his teammates.


    Despite mising out on victroy, he was happy to healthy again after a nasty stomavh virus in Sardinia.


    "I'm happy, I certainly feel better. I look back and I couldn't have imagined I'd be third today. I had a short glimpse of hope when I thought I'd make it, but I ran out of steam. The guys did a fantastic job – they couldn't have done any more."


    "We timed the run to perfection, but I didn't know there was that much headwind. I hit out with 200 metres to go, but Gaviria was on the wheel and he was able to go and I didn't have the strength to hold him off. I don't feel back to full strength after being ill – I was struggling on the climbs – but I'm going in the right direction. I have the trust of team, and that gives me a lot of confidence, and I'd like to thank them for that."

  120. 18:07:20 CEST

    To read all the reaction from the finish line, click here.


    We have Gaviria' on his legs being "finally good", Jungels on how his nerves were rattled by the crowd and others.


  121. 18:08:41 CEST

    For our full race report, photo gallery and race hihlights, click here.



    Fernando Gaviria wins stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia.

  122. 18:12:52 CEST

    While Gaviria is the big winner today, Luka Pibernik of Bahrain Merida also deserves a cheer. 


    THe young Slovakian rider managed to open a gap with the lap of Messina remaining. He thought he had a chance to win and powered away to the lnie. 


    He put his arms up in a victroy salute, only to hear the bell ring for another lap and see the peloton follow him over the line.


    He refused to speak immediately after the finish.  

    Vincenzo Nibali explained that his race radio battery was flat and so he didn’t hear instructions during the finale.

  123. 18:20:46 CEST

    Vincenzo Nibali was a special guest of the post-race show on Italian television. As this Twitter photo by commentator Rob Hatch shows, he needed a police escort to head to this hotel.



  124. 18:27:23 CEST

    As we wrap up our live coverage fron today's stage, many of the riders sre about to board the ferry that takes them from Sicily to the mainland, from Messina to Villa San Giovanni.  

  125. 18:30:06 CEST

    Most teams will sleep on the mainland in Calabria and then head south to Reggio Calabria for the start of stage 6 to Terme Luigiane. 

    Only a handful of teams will sleep in Sicily.

  126. 18:31:09 CEST

    As ever Cyclingnews will have full live coverge of the stage.

    Join us tomorrow! A domani amici!  

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