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The profile of stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia

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Buongiorno and welcome  the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the Giro d'italia. 

As the cyclingnews blimp takes height, the riders are gathering in centre of Catania for the start of the 174km stage to Messina.  

The second of two Sicilian stages, stage 5 will provide some relief for the bunch following a day of climbing on the slopes of Mount Etna. 

Following the descent to the coast, the final 64km is largely flat and features one further intermediate sprint as the race travels north towards the town of Messina, famously home to the 'Shark of Messina' himself, Vincenzo Nibali. 

The riders are lining up in central Catania for the roll out. 

Mark Cavendish finished safely inside the time limit atop Mount Etna, carefully calibrating his effort on the first mountain stage of the 2022 Giro d'Italia in the hope of being at his best for the expected sprint finish in Messina on Wednesday and then in Scalea on Thursday.

"We have a really good sprinter with Mark and a fantastic team around to support him. I think we brought here our best guys for the lead-out, and then we also have some guys for stage wins," Team coach Vasilis Anastopoulos explained on Tuesday.

Click below to read the full Cavendish story. 

The four jersey wearers are lined-up at the start and will soon be joined by the rest of the peloton.

The opening 40km head north along the coastline, passing towards the stunning holiday locations of Giardini-Naxos and Taormina. 

We can expect a break to form on the coast road and we can already seen several Drone Hopper riders line-up near the front. 

The riders are rolling! 

To catch-up on everything that happened during stage 4, click on our detailed live coverage of the stage below.