Giro d'Italia 2013

May 4-26, 2013, Naples, ITA, Road - WorldTour

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Stephen Farrand

Hello and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage five of the Giro d'Italia from Cosenza to Matera.

  1. 12:30:18 CEST

    Hello from Italy for the 199km stage in the deep south of Italy from Cosenza to Matera.

  2. 12:32:59 CEST

    After two stages will hilly finishes and tense finale for the overall contenders, today's stage is largely flat with a late a short climb and a uphill finish in the centre of Matera.

  3. 12:34:54 CEST

    The stage heads across the toe of Italy to the Golfo di Taranto and follows the coast for much of the day before heading inland to Matera.

  4. 12:48:43 CEST

    The riders are covering the 7.7km transfer from Cosenza to the km 0 start point.

  5. 12:54:04 CEST

    The  finish in Matera is perfect for the sprinters who can also handle the late climb. It seems the bookmakers favourite is John Degenkolb of Argos-Shimano.  

  6. 12:58:46 CEST

    This is how the official race book describes today's finish:

    Last kms descending slightly from -3 km to the final km, through wide urban avenues with some slight curves. Two left-hand curves either side of the flamme rouge lead to the final straight, 800 m, all slightly uphill (width 7.5 m, surfaced with asphalt).

  7. 13:00:47 CEST

    The final two kilometres include two 90 degree left turns, before a 900m-long finishing straight. 

  8. 13:05:16 CEST

    Matera was declared the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in southern Italy in 1993. It know for its stunning white houses, with many carved into the rocky hillsides. 

    It will provide a stunning back drop to the high-speed finish.


  9. 13:07:54 CEST

    Yet again the break of the day has formed quickly, with six riders going clear after five kilometres.

  10. 13:08:35 CEST

    The six are: Tomas Gil (Androni Venezuela), Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvoli), Alan Marangoni (Cannondale), Ricardo Mestre (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Brian Bulgac (Lotto Belisol), Rafael Andriato (Vini Fantini Selle Italia).

  11. 13:09:21 CEST

    After 10km of racing, the six already have a gap of more than three minutes.

  12. 13:17:21 CEST

    The gap is now close to ten minutes as the peloton prefers to ride steady during the early part of the stage.

  13. 13:25:07 CEST

    The gap is now nine minutes.

  14. 13:27:13 CEST

    Filippo Pozzato (Lampre-Merida) is also being touted as possible winner today. In theory its suits his ability to handle the climbs and still produce a fast finish. No doubt we will see Lampre-Merida to set him up for the finish.

  15. 13:31:59 CEST

    Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) could also be a contender today. He was hoping to do well on Tuesday but had to fight to get back on after a puncture on the clim.,

  16. 44km remaining from 203km

    13:34:55 CEST

    Orica-GreenEdge does not have a rider in the breakaway but will be hoping that either Matt Goss or Leigh Howard can win the sprint today.  

  17. 13:37:53 CEST

    Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) could also be up there but the late clmib and the rise to the finish could hurt him and fellow pure sprinters Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia), Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) and Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli).

    It seems Vini Fantini is putting their hopes in Oscar Gatto. He won an uphill finish in the 2011 Giro to Tropea, holding off Alberto Contador.

  18. 13:39:55 CEST

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  19. 13:42:46 CEST

    It seems that Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has retired due to the injuries he suffered in the crash on stage 1 in Naples. There are 205 riders left in the Giro d'Italia peloton. 

  20. 13:59:00 CEST

    The peloton has begun a more organised chase, with Kausha riding on the front to defend Luca Paolini's pink jersey.

    The veteran Italian could also be a candidate for victory today.

  21. 14:04:22 CEST

    Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani Valvole) was first to the top of the early climb after 35km and so took the points. However he has dropped out of the break.

  22. 14:09:58 CEST

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  23. 125km remaining from 203km

    14:17:50 CEST

    The  gap to the break is down to six minutes now, with 125km to go.

  24. 14:34:58 CEST

    The break has an international flavour: Tomas Gil is from Venezuela, Rafael Andriato is from Brazil, Brian Bulgac is from the Netherlands,  Ricardo Mestre is from Portugal and Alan Marangoni is flying the flag for Italy.

  25. 14:42:20 CEST

    It's raining hard in Matera.

  26. 14:51:00 CEST

    The heavy rain is running across the road and under the finish area. It seems it is an isolated shower but long-term forecasts are also not good for next week. It could be a very wet Giro d'Italia. 

  27. 14:57:11 CEST

    The peloton is riding in the sun, perhaps unaware that the finish has turned into a river.

  28. 92km remaining from 203km

    15:01:45 CEST

    With the stage almost half done, the Katusha team of race leader Luca Paolini has moved off the front. Now it's up to the sprinters to take over if they want to catch the break. 

  29. 15:05:07 CEST

    Mark Cavenish's Omega Pharma-Quick Step team is now on the front, leading the chase, a sign that Cavendish thinks he has a chance of victory, despite the uphill finish.

  30. 84km remaining from 203km

    15:11:44 CEST

    Rafael Andriato (Vini Fantini-Selle Italia) has won the second intermediate sprint in Rocca Imperiale.

  31. 15:20:48 CEST

    There's a bit more urgency from the peloton now with Katusha being joined by a number of teams on the front as up ahead the rain starts to come down a little heavier on our breakaway riders.

  32. 15:27:45 CEST

    The five leaders are working well together. The maglia rosa group slowing as they start to put on their rain jackets. Haas and Cavendish at the back, along with Blythe from BMC. The BMC sprinter looked in good form on stage 1 and marked Cavendish's wheel until the final 400 meters.

  33. 15:31:34 CEST

    Paolini has called for his team car and drops to the very rear of the peloton.

  34. 15:36:28 CEST

    Degenkolb has ordered his Argos Shimano teammates to move to the front. The rain is very heavy at the finish right now but the peloton still have around 65 km to go.

  35. 15:39:38 CEST

    Team Sky have brought leader Bradley Wiggins closer to the front. He had drifted towards the back a few minutes ago but with the chase becoming more intense he's had to position himself further forward.

  36. 15:41:01 CEST

    GreenEDGE have also shifted up a gear and moved into the lead of the peloton. Goss was a winner in the Giro last year and this is an ideal stage for him if he can get over the final two climbs. Degenkolb will really fancy his chances though.

  37. 60km remaining from 203km

    15:41:44 CEST

    60km to go and the gap is now at 5'50.

  38. 15:48:37 CEST

    No sign of Cavendish's Omega Pharma QuickStep at this point. They're taking a back seat at the moment, forcing other teams to do the work. Cavendish has his stage win, he's putting pressure on the other sprinters' teams to do the work.

  39. 15:49:41 CEST

    The skies have darkened overhead as the weather continues to deteriorate.

  40. 15:53:20 CEST

    Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) is near the front. He's the local rider today, from Montalbano Jonico, just inland from where the race is passing now.

  41. 15:59:52 CEST

    Italian TV is showing the heavy rain the riders are about to ride through.

  42. 46km remaining from 203km

    16:01:51 CEST

    The Orica-GreenEdge and Argos-Shimano teams are still doing the work up front, although other teams such as Movistar are doing their bit. Team Sky has Knees on the front, protecting their riders.

  43. 16:08:21 CEST

    Several teams are taking advantage of the quiet before the storm to take on board rinks and food and drop off clothing.

  44. 40km remaining from 203km

    16:09:18 CEST

    The break seems to be running out of steam as the peloton accelerates behind. the gap is down to 2:45 with 40km to go .

  45. 16:15:47 CEST

    There's a touch of blue sky ahead of the breakaway but it's still very wet at the finish in Matera.

  46. 16:17:41 CEST

    Omega Pharma DS Luca Bramati has explained they rode to reduce the gap but have stopped working to stay together and hopefully help Cavendish stay at the front for the climb. They will decide their race tactics at the summit of the climb.

  47. 30km remaining from 203km

    16:21:53 CEST

    The speed is rising in the peloton as the teams try to position their sprinters and team leaders near the front for the climb. 

  48. 16:25:26 CEST

    Luke Durbridge (Orica-GreenEdge) has opened the turbo and is working hard to keep Goss and Howard out of trouble.

  49. 25km remaining from 203km

    16:28:45 CEST

    The break and the peloton sweep of the main road and are about to begin the climb to Montescaglioso.

  50. 16:30:12 CEST

    It is only four kilometres long and climbs just 250m but it is expected to shakeout the peloton. Some teams will probably attack to distance Cavendish and other sprinters. 

  51. 16:31:33 CEST

    The climbs starts with Adriato being left  behind from the break. The peloton is about to sweep up the attackers.

  52. 16:32:02 CEST

    This first half of the climb is tough with a gradient of 9%.

  53. 16:32:29 CEST

    Movistar has two riders on the front, working for Francisco Ventoso.

  54. 16:33:24 CEST

    Behind the sprinters are falling off the back. Adam Blythe (BMC) Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) and Francesco Chicchi (Vini Fantini) have already been dropped.


  55. 16:34:51 CEST

    The peloton snakes around a big roundabout on newly surfaced roads. That's just one reason why local residents love it when the Giro comes their way.

  56. 16:36:18 CEST

    Pablo Lastras has moved off the front after a long turn on the front, Stefano Pirazzi is off the front, while Mark Cavendish is fighting to hang on, pushing a big gear. But he's very close to the back.

  57. 16:36:49 CEST

    He's got to pace his ride and then use his teammates to get back on and up to the front for the sprint.

  58. 16:37:39 CEST

    Cavendish has two teammates with him to help in an eventual chase. He has to fight for another kilometre.

  59. 16:38:24 CEST

    Upfront Pirazzi takes five mountain points a few seconds ahead of Visconti, who wears the blue jersey.

  60. 16:39:09 CEST

    Cav is zig-zgging up the steep part of the climb. We rarely see how he fights hard and suffers so he can contest the sprints.

  61. 20km remaining from 203km

    16:40:47 CEST

    The peloton is on the descent. Cavendish is about 20 seconds back and should get back on. But will he make it to the front for the sprint and will he have the strength to sprint?

  62. 16:42:02 CEST

    Crash! Cobo (Movistar) goes down during the descent. He's having a terrible Giro.

  63. 15km remaining from 203km

    16:45:24 CEST

    Danny Pate (Team Sky) is at the back of the peloton, with teammate Knees, who did a lot of work earlier.

  64. 16:46:32 CEST

    Bardiani Valvole is on the front chasing the attack. 

  65. 16:47:22 CEST

    Puncture for Uran! He gets a wheel and is quickly away. He should get back on with Mark Cavendish who is about to catch the peloton.

  66. 16:49:24 CEST

    Today’s stage finish at Matera is notoriously tricky. It gets three stars out of five for difficulty in road book.

    “It’s not at all easy,” says BMC’s Max Sciandri, who was racing the Giro in 2003 when Fabio Baldato won there.

    “They were trying to set things up for [Alessandro] Petacchi and Fabio locked on behind to get the win and beat him in the sprint.”

    “It’s big roads, it can bite some sprinters for sure. You do the last corners, left and left, and then in the last 800 metres it really kicks up. There’s a headwind today, which could make it more complicated.”

    Sciandri predicts “some, but not all sprinters will get dropped. It’s difficult, visually it’s right there, but with that headwind and kicking up.”
    “It’s always like that in the Giro, there’s always a little twist at the end.”

  67. 16:50:24 CEST

    Wow, the helicopter has an amazing shot of ancient Matera. Sadly the race cannot finish there because it is protected by Unesco and is a World Heritage Site.

  68. 10km remaining from 203km

    16:51:50 CEST

    Lars Bak (Lotto Belisol) is in the move. He won a stage last year.

  69. 16:52:54 CEST

    The trio has a six-second gap.

  70. 16:54:42 CEST

    The road to Matera dips and tolls, making it difficult for Cavendish to get back on. It doesn't seem like he's going to make it back.

  71. 16:55:18 CEST

    Indeed Cavendish has sat up. He's not too happy that other riders didn't help him.

  72. 16:56:05 CEST

    Uran is chasing alone is about to get back on.

  73. 16:56:43 CEST

    Danielson is also fighting to get back on after a mechanical

  74. 16:57:34 CEST

    Matteo Rabottini (vini Fantini) goes off the front but is being pulled back.

  75. 16:58:39 CEST

    Saxo-Tinkoff is on the front now, perhaps working for Bennati. Cavendish is more than 30 seconds off the pace now.

  76. 16:59:50 CEST

    Evans, Scarponi and Wiggins are near the front, staying out of danger and perhaps thinking about sprinting for the time bonuses. There are 80 or so riders in the front group.

  77. 17:00:34 CEST

    Hubert Dupont (Ag2r) has a go, pushing a big gear.

  78. 17:01:38 CEST

    It seems that Matt Goss (Orica) is also in the Cavendish group behind.

  79. 4km remaining from 203km

    17:02:12 CEST

    Dupont has a handful of seconds as the gradual climb ends.

  80. 17:03:09 CEST

    The roads are wet and so the final two corners inside the last km could be a danger point.

  81. 17:03:36 CEST

    BMC lead the chase of Dupont and sweep him up.

  82. 17:04:41 CEST

    Cannondale is working for Viviani, Battaglin is also there for Bardiani Valvole. Degenkolb is also there for Argos-Shimano.

  83. 17:05:15 CEST

    Battaglin is leading the peloton, working for his teammates.

  84. 17:05:33 CEST


  85. 17:06:06 CEST

    A few riders make it through the corner but most of the peloton is blocked or delayed.

  86. 17:06:58 CEST

    Canola of Bardiani Valvole is clear but  Degenkolb catches him and wins!

  87. 17:07:42 CEST

    The rest of the peloton is spread down the road, with riders still getting back on their bikes after the crash.

  88. 17:09:14 CEST

    An Argos-Shimano rider sparked the crash and went down hard. Luca Paolini (Katusha) just avoided the spill and so should keep the pink jersey.

  89. 17:11:51 CEST

    A newly painted zebra-crossing seemed to have sparked the crash. A dozen or so riders went down, as they touched their brakes.

  90. 17:13:25 CEST

    Provisional results show that Angel Vicioso (Katusha) was second and Paul Maertens (Blanco) third.

  91. 17:14:45 CEST

    Luca Paolini (Katusha) kept the pink jersey.


  92. 17:18:06 CEST

    John Degenkolb went deep to win today.

    "It was a hard finish, especially the last kilometre. It was super fast and then there was the crash. I saw I had a gap and so I had to go full gas for the last 800 metres. I was empty when I hit the line but it's great to win," he said.

  93. 17:20:46 CEST

    Degenkolb enjoys his moment on the podium, taking a long swig from the bottle of Astoria spumante.

  94. 17:22:19 CEST

    Degenkolb just missed the crash on the corner. He was sixth wheel, took out his left foot to cut inside his teammate who went down and then managed to quickly get going again and power after Canola.

  95. 17:25:38 CEST

    Wow, there's never a dull day at the Giro d'Italia, with attacks, crashes, drama and polemica.

  96. 17:26:59 CEST

    We'll have a full race report, results, rider interviews, photo galleries on Cyclingnews very soon.

  97. 17:28:13 CEST

    That's it for today's live coverage. Join us tomorrow for stage six from Mola to Margherita di Savoia in the heel of Italy, north of Bari.

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