Jakob Fuglsang rues lack of opportunities on Giro d'Italia's mountainous stage 5

Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) before stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia
Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) before stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Astana leader Jakob Fuglsang delivered a pithy six-word analysis of stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia as "a long day for almost nothing", as the GC challenger failed to make any significant gains on the mammoth 225-kilometre trek through the mountains of Calabria.

Standing under an umbrella to talk to reporters as the rain teemed down and the light began to fade in the late afternoon at the finish, the Danish veteran argued that there had been no real opportunities to make a difference on the relentless, but – barring a tough middle section – overwhelmingly benign slopes of the mammoth Valico di Montescuro climb.

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