Giro d'Italia: Ewan considers abandoning mid-race to prepare for Tour de France

Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 5 at the Giro d'Italia
Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) wins stage 5 at the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

A fraught and crash-filled finale of stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia proved no obstacle for Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) to claim an impressive bunch sprint victory ahead of Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka-Assos) and Elia Viviani (Cofidis).

Nizzolo and Viviani have both already been on the sprinters' podium in the Giro d’Italia in an identical order on stage 2 behind Tim Merlier (Alpecin-Fenix), but three days later Ewan leapfrogged ahead of the two Italians to clinch the fourth Giro d'Italia stage win of his career. Ewan has also won five stages at the Tour de France.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.