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Stage 5 profile 2021 Giro d'Italia

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the fifth stage of the 2021 Giro d'Italia!

After the GC skirmish on the Colle Passerino yesterday, today's stage is another chance for the sprinters as the peloton heads south-east through Emilia-Romagna to the coastal town of Cattolica.

Yesterday's stage saw Alessandro De Marchi take the maglia rosa for the first time in his career after finishing second behind first-time Giro stage winner Joe Dombrowski. You can read our stories on the pair below. 

There was a shakeup among the general classification contenders, too, with Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers), Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo), Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana-Premier Tech), Mikel Landa (Bahrain Victorious), and Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) the big GC winners of the day.

In contrast to stage 4, today's stage is pretty much featureless, a flat run to the coast with two intermediate sprints along the way. 

The peloton are just starting out in Modena now, riding in the neutral zone in the city.

Modena is the home of numerous Italian carmakers, including Ferrari, Lamborghini and Maserati.

We'll also pass through several other notable towns and cities today.

177km to go

Just two men are off.

The duo have 35 seconds on the peloton already.

171km to go

Here's what new race leader De Marchi had to say this morning ahead of his first day in pink.

European champion Giacomo Nizzolo has finished second 10 times at the Giro. He'll be hoping to break that record later today.

158km to go

Tagliani is currently second in the intermediate sprint competition, tied with teammate Simon Pellaud on 20 points, so he should move into the lead there today.

Here's a look at the map of today's stage. A near-straight line to the south-east.

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148km to go

We're now 30 kilometres into the stage and into Bologna. The road does head up by 25 metres on the way, to reach the highest point of the stage at a whopping 75 metres of altitude.

No attacks from the peloton yet!

Dylan Groenewegen will be seeking his first win since returning to racing after his nine-month ban later. Here's what he said at the start.

130km to go

A look at our two breakaway riders with Marengo at the front.

Here's some information about the breakaway riders today....

Filippo Tagliani is a neo-pro. The 25-year-old joined Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec from the famous Italian amateur squad Zalf this season. 

Umberto Marengo is riding his first Giro d'Italia. Yesterday he finished 168th out of 184 starters in Turin. He joined Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè this year having raced for Vini Zabù the previous two seasons after turning pro in 2019.

112km to go

The gap has gone down in recent kilometres. It's 2:20 at the moment.

Bora-Hansgrohe, Cofidis, AG2R and Lotto Soudal are up front now as they work for their sprinters. The gap has collapsed to 1:05 already!

108km to go

Tagliani gets the points.

It's close on the line back in the peloton. Merlier was up there with Viviani and a few others.

106km to go

ISN move back to the front of the peloton.

Well, this should be a brilliant closing 105 kilometres if nobody else goes on the attack...

So the intermediate sprint results, then...

99km to go

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The slowest time schedule for reaching Faenza (at 86.4 kilometres to go) is 15:22 local time.

The peloton are heading into Faenza now.

86km to go

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77km to go

The peloton passes through Forlì.

68km to go

Simon Pellaud (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Davide Gabburo (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) are up the road now.

The duo are a minute up on the peloton already.

No stress in the peloton now after that period where they had sped up and looked a bit nervier.

56km to go

50km to go

Lotto Soudal and Alpecin-Fenix are among the teams leading the peloton, while a number of GC-focussed teams are up there, too.

The two breakaway riders will hoover up three and two seconds at the upcoming intermediate sprint, the last one of the day.

Gabburo led the way over the sprint, so €500 for him.

Two Bardiani riders jumped out of the peloton to take third place. It looked like Filippo Fiorelli taking a second back and some prize money.

39km to go

No rush to make the catch yet, though. The two out front will easily be brought back before the finish, but the sprint squads won't want to risk any counter-attacks if they make the catch too early.

Here's a look at the finish today. A few turns inside that last five kilometres, including a pretty tight one just after the kilometre to go mark.

30km to go

The gap is edging down as the peloton edge closer to the end of the stage. The skies are looking dark, so the finish might be even trickier...

24km to go

And a crash in the peloton soon after – Tejay van Garderen hits the deck on a tight corner but he's back up and running.

30 seconds between break and peloton. Gougeard is 15 seconds back.

Now Gougeard has made it across to the breakaway duo. 20 seconds is the gap.

18km to go

Plenty of roundabouts and road furniture on this run-in.

15km to go

The Russian was wiped out there, somersaulting over his bike. He's back up and running with a cut on his arm but he didn't get up quickly and he's not flying along.

13km to go

The three breakaway men are still 15 seconds up the road.

Sivakov is talking to his directeur sportif in the team car at the moment.

Jhonatan Narváez dropped back to help Sivakov but the Russian waved his teammate back to the peloton.

10km to go

A crash in the peloton as they head around a right-angle corner.

Kobe Goossens (Lotto Soudal) is among them, along with Filippo Fiorelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè) rider. Both get going again.

8km to go

Ineos lead the peloton on one side while jumbo-Visma and Lotto Soudal occupt the right-hand side of the road.

6km to go

The leaders are doing well to hold this gap.

A reminder of this run-in.

Mikel Landa and blue jersey Joe Dombrowski have crashed! No images yet but looks like they hit some road furniture in the middle of the straight road.

Landa isn't getting up.

3km to go

The signalman in front of the road furniture was on the floor too, so it looks like the riders, or at least one of them, hit him before others also fell.

2km to go

Now Bora-Hansgrohe take over. Alpecin-Fenix are also up there.

1km to go

Everyone is around the final sharp turn OK.

It's lined out at the front.

Daniel Oss with the final lead out.

Krieger for Alpecin-Fenix now.

Cofidis take over as Merlier has a problem. Nizzolo is up there too!

Ewan vs Nizzolo to the line!

And Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal) takes the win! Another second place for Nizzolo.

Viviani was third.

Ewan was right up against the barrier on the right as Merlier had what looked like a gear problem. Then the Australian moved out from behind Viviani and Nizzolo to speed past just in time for the line. A great sprint from him.

An overhead view of that finish.

Several Bahrain Victorious riders are crossing the line now. Landa isn't with them.

Ewan takes the win. He was aiming to win at each Grand Tour this year. That's 1/3 done!

A good stage for Ewan and Lotto Soudal, then.

We have some news on Sivakov and Landa. The latter is sadly out of the race after being taken away in an ambulance.

Bahrain Victorious DS Franco Pellizotti said Landa might have fractured his collarbone or wrist.

Here's what Ewan had to say after the finish today...

Here's our report for stage 5.

Ineos directeur sportif Matteo Tosatto said that Sivakov has a suspected fractured collarbone.     

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