Rory Sutherland (Rabobank) was one of the first attackers in stage 5, and ended up spending the best part of 170 km front of the peloton. He was caught with 40 km to go and finished 160th at 10'02 down, while his teammate Theo Eltink survived until 5 km to go with the remnants of the break.
Cyclingnews' John Trevorrow spoke to a tired but satisfied Sutherland at the finish in Aquila, where he told us, "It was a hard day. I think it was a hard day in the peloton, but it was also hard in front. I went away with seven guys after 20 kilometres. But across the top of the climb, Bettini and the group come across, which surprised everyone, and from that moment, the group stopped working. No-one worked because they were a bit scared with Bettini there. I know he was probably angry about yesterday, but most of the guys weren't happy with him being there because he was going to hamper how far we were going to go in the race.
"We stayed together until the foot of the last climb. About four kilometres before the climb, no-one was working. I didn't have the greatest legs, so I thought it would be a good thing for me to attack. I'm not a great climber, and if I got a bit of a head start then maybe I could ride my tempo instead of the climbers' tempo. That meant I might be still there to give my teammate Theo Eltink a hand. I got caught with 1 km to go, then dropped off at 500m to go. Over the top I was 100m off the back, which is a long way to get back by myself, so that was my day. I just took it easy to the finish, and tried to recover for tomorrow.
"I must admit it was fun to be up there. Why can't I have a go? Put our name in the race. That's what me and my teammate were doing. Why should that hold us back? Hopefully I can recover to be able to do something in the next week or so."