De Gendt: I made it my goal not to let Rubio win stage 5 of Giro d'Italia

CAMIGLIATELLO SILANO ITALY OCTOBER 07 Thomas De Gendt of Belgium and Team Lotto Soudal Einer Augusto Rubio Reyes of Colombia and Movistar Team Breakaway during the 103rd Giro dItalia 2020 Stage 5 a 225km stage from Mileto to Camigliatello Silano 1275m girodiitalia Giro on October 07 2020 in Camigliatello Silano Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Thomas De Gendt and Einer Rubio on the attack during stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

There are always races within a race, and stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia was no exception. Filippo Ganna won the main event, soloing through the mist to Camigliatello Silano, but his victory owed much to the duel between Lotto Soudal breakaway specialist Thomas De Gendt and Movistar neo-pro Einer Rubio on the interminable final climb of the Valico di Montescuro.

If entering the morning breakaway is a gamble, then De Gendt is the guy who gets turfed out of a casino on suspicion of counting cards. When his speculative attack with Peter Sagan was promptly snuffed out, he weighed up the odds and tapped out of trying to infiltrate the early break. Instead, he preferred to stake his day on attempting to bridge across on the final climb.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.