Giro d'Italia: Gaviria gets second stage win in Messina

Fernando Gaviria (Quick-Step Floors) claimed his second victory of the 2017 Giro d'Italia with a powerful sprint in Messina on stage 5.

The Colombian, who wore the maglia rosa on Tuesday after winning stage 3, remained patient as Max Richeze guided him through the bunch and through the headwind in the final kilometre.

Knowing the wind would punish a long-range sprint, he followed Bora-Hansgrohe's Sam Bennett, who was the first to launch, before coming round the Irishman in the final 75 metres.

Bennett had to settle for third as Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina) came storming up on the left-hand side of the road to take second place.

Andre Greipel, the winner of stage 2, finished fourth and shook Gaviria's hand beyond the finish line, knowing he would soon be handing over the purple jersey of points classification leader.

Gaviria's teammate, Bob Jungels finished safely in the peloton to retain the race lead and maglia rosa.

"I'm happy with these two victories," said Gaviria, a Grand Tour debutant who became only the second rider in the 21st century, after Damiano Cunego, to win two Giro stages while under the age of 23.

"The legs are now responding the way we wanted. This victory isn't just for me; it's for my team and my family and everyone that supported me. My family is here and it's beautiful to give them this gift. The whole team worked perfectly. We were able to take the win here, now we'll leave the islands and head to the mainland and we'll see what happens."

Highlights

How it unfolded

The crowds gathered in Pedara for the start of the fifth stage of this Giro and once again Vincenzo Nibali was mobbed by fans in his home region of Sicily. With a sprint finish in Nibali's hometown of Messina almost nailed on, there wasn't a great deal of interest in getting into the breakaway, and it was just two riders, Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi-Polkowice) and Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-Rusvelo), who went clear soon after the start, and spent the majority of the day out front.

The early portion of the parcours featured rolling terrain and a fourth-category climb at Andronico Sant-Alfio just before the 40km mark, with the duo opening up a lead of four minutes. It was Shalunov who was first to the KOM point, while Daniel Teklehaimanot (Dimension Data), who lost his blue mountains jersey to Jan Polanc on Mount Etna yesterday, struck out from the peloton to mop up the remaining point.

Quick-Step were setting the pace on the climb, taking on the responsibility that goes with the maglia rosa, while Bahrain-Merida did more than their fair share on a day of such personal significance to their leader. The break was kept on a short leash as a long descent was punctuated by another short climb, and it was down to 2:45 by the time the road flattened out for the last 60-odd kilometres.

There were two intermediate sprints in quick succession, the first positioned on the top of a short uphill kick and the second on the flat 20km later. The outcome was the same in both cases, Paterski collecting maximum points from the break and Gaviria mopping up the bulk of what was left over, despite a lengthy chase after puncturing after the first one.

“We wanted to take some points because we were down a few – we wanted to take this jersey. We managed to get the points we needed and we did it in the best way,” Gaviria said after his trip to the podium.

The gap continued to fall slowly but surely and then began to tumble inside the final 25km when a real sense of urgency appeared in the peloton. The sprint trains weren't getting truly organised, but many of the GC teams were riding hard to keep their leaders up near the front and out of trouble.

Paterski and Shalunov were caught with 15km remaining, by which point the pace in the bunch ramped up another notch, Bora-Hansgrohe making their presence felt.

As the bunch rolled into the town of Messina with 10km to go, Nibali appeared towards the front, but it was his teammate who stole the show on the first crossing of the finish line with an embarrassing blunder that he'll never be able to live down. Luca Pibernik was setting the pace for Nibali on the front when he saw a gap was appearing to the riders behind. He pressed on with his effort, regularly looking back to see the daylight increasing, and sat up and stretched his arms out in celebration as he crossed the line, despite the final lap bell ringing in his ears and an absence of photographers or soigneurs beyond the line.

Everyone else in the bunch had checked where the race really finished and pressed on for a high-speed final lap. Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step were prominent and Bora moved up in the final kilometres. The finale was complicated by a roundabout with 1.3km remaining. UAE Team Emirates took the lead but soon faded, while disorganisation struck the rest of the bunch.

Orica-Scott's Luca Mezgec took over under the flamme rouge, then Lotto in the final 700 metres – though Greipel was still some way back – and then Bora's Rudi Selig in the final 400. All the while Gaviria was moving up behind Richeze, preparing to continue the fairy tale of his first ever Grand Tour. 

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors3:40:11
2Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 1 - Cell 2
3Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 3 - Cell 2
5Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 4 - Cell 2
6Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension DataRow 5 - Cell 2
7Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension DataRow 6 - Cell 2
8Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 7 - Cell 2
9Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 9 - Cell 2
11Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 10 - Cell 2
12Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 11 - Cell 2
13Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 13 - Cell 2
15Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 14 - Cell 2
16Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 15 - Cell 2
17Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team SkyRow 16 - Cell 2
18Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 17 - Cell 2
19Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 18 - Cell 2
20Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 20 - Cell 2
22Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 21 - Cell 2
23Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 22 - Cell 2
24Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 24 - Cell 2
26Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 25 - Cell 2
27Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 26 - Cell 2
28José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 27 - Cell 2
29Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 28 - Cell 2
30Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 29 - Cell 2
31Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 31 - Cell 2
33Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 32 - Cell 2
34Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 33 - Cell 2
35Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 37 - Cell 2
39Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 38 - Cell 2
40Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 39 - Cell 2
41Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 41 - Cell 2
43Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 42 - Cell 2
44Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 43 - Cell 2
45Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 44 - Cell 2
46Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team SkyRow 46 - Cell 2
48William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 47 - Cell 2
49Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 48 - Cell 2
50Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 49 - Cell 2
51Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 50 - Cell 2
52Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 51 - Cell 2
53Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 53 - Cell 2
55Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 54 - Cell 2
56Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 55 - Cell 2
57Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 56 - Cell 2
58Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 57 - Cell 2
59Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 58 - Cell 2
60Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 59 - Cell 2
61Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 60 - Cell 2
62Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 61 - Cell 2
63Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 63 - Cell 2
65Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJRow 64 - Cell 2
66François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
67Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 67 - Cell 2
69Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 68 - Cell 2
70Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 70 - Cell 2
72Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 71 - Cell 2
73Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 72 - Cell 2
74Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 73 - Cell 2
75Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 74 - Cell 2
76Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 75 - Cell 2
77Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 76 - Cell 2
78Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 77 - Cell 2
79Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-DrapacRow 78 - Cell 2
80Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 79 - Cell 2
81Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 80 - Cell 2
82Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 81 - Cell 2
83Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 82 - Cell 2
84Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 83 - Cell 2
85Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 84 - Cell 2
86Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 85 - Cell 2
87Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 86 - Cell 2
88Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 87 - Cell 2
89Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJRow 88 - Cell 2
90Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 91 - Cell 2
93Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 92 - Cell 2
94Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 93 - Cell 2
95Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 94 - Cell 2
96Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 95 - Cell 2
97Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 96 - Cell 2
98Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 97 - Cell 2
99Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 98 - Cell 2
100Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 99 - Cell 2
101Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 100 - Cell 2
102Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 101 - Cell 2
103Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 102 - Cell 2
104Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 103 - Cell 2
105Simon Geschke (Ger) Team SunwebRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 106 - Cell 2
108Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 107 - Cell 2
109Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 108 - Cell 2
110Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 109 - Cell 2
111Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:00:16
112Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:00:20
113Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 112 - Cell 2
114Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 114 - Cell 2
116Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 115 - Cell 2
117Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 116 - Cell 2
118Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 117 - Cell 2
119Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 118 - Cell 2
120Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 119 - Cell 2
121Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 121 - Cell 2
123Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 122 - Cell 2
124Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 123 - Cell 2
125Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 124 - Cell 2
126Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 125 - Cell 2
127Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 127 - Cell 2
129Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 128 - Cell 2
130Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 129 - Cell 2
131José Mendes (Por) Bora-HansgroheRow 130 - Cell 2
132Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 131 - Cell 2
133Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 132 - Cell 2
134Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 133 - Cell 2
135Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 134 - Cell 2
136Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 135 - Cell 2
137Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 136 - Cell 2
138Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-DrapacRow 137 - Cell 2
139Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 138 - Cell 2
140Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 140 - Cell 2
142Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 141 - Cell 2
143Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 143 - Cell 2
145Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 144 - Cell 2
146Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 145 - Cell 2
147Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 146 - Cell 2
148Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 147 - Cell 2
149Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 148 - Cell 2
150Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 149 - Cell 2
151Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 151 - Cell 2
153Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:33
154Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data0:00:52
155Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:01:06
156Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:01:11
157Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Soudal0:01:28
158Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 157 - Cell 2
159Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 158 - Cell 2
160Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 159 - Cell 2
161Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 160 - Cell 2
162Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 161 - Cell 2
163Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 162 - Cell 2
164Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 163 - Cell 2
165Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 164 - Cell 2
166Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 165 - Cell 2
167Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:02:03
168Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:02:11
169Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:44
170Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:02:52
171Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott0:03:06
172Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 171 - Cell 2
173Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:03:25
174Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier Triestina0:03:27
175Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 174 - Cell 2
176Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 175 - Cell 2
177Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 176 - Cell 2
178Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:03:59
179Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:05:10
180Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:16
181Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:07:01
182Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 181 - Cell 2
183Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 182 - Cell 2
184Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 183 - Cell 2
185Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 184 - Cell 2
186Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-ScottRow 185 - Cell 2
187Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 186 - Cell 2
188Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 187 - Cell 2
189Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 188 - Cell 2
190Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 189 - Cell 2
191Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 190 - Cell 2
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