Yates fifth on stage five of Giro d’Italia as Mitchelton-SCOTT control finalWed 9 May 2018
Mitchelton-SCOTT controlled the final kilometres of stage five at the Giro d’Italia, positioning their leaders Simon Yates and Esteban Chaves in a reduced bunch finish.
Hitting the front at first with birthday boy Svein Tuft and Chris Juul-Jensen in the final ten kilometres, Australian Jack Haig finished off the good work in the final two kilometres when the road started to rise.
Yates finished fifth across the line behind winner Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo). Chaves and teammates Roman Kreuziger and Mikel Nieve also finished on the same time in a reduced 40-rider finish.
Slow and steady:
Whether it was the effort of yesterday’s finish or the promise of tomorrow’s, the bunch seemed content with an easy day today for stage five.
A breakaway of four riders - Ryan Mullen and Laurent Didier (Trek-Segafredo), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Andrea Vendrame (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) - went without fight in the first ten kilometres before the race settled in a relatively slow speed of 35kmph in the first two hours allowing them to ride out to five-minutes advantage.
Setting the pace to stay out of trouble:
The pace stepped up in the last 25km and the breakaway’s day started to end. Mitchelton-SCOTT joined the pace efforts at the front of the bunch inside the final ten kilometres with Tuft and Juul-Jensen and it was back together with three kilometres remaining.
Haig hit the front with two kilometres to go and stretched out the reduced peloton up the last slope before it evened out for a final reduced sprint to the line.
“The plan was just to keep the guys out of trouble as much as possible because it was a bit tricky with the wind. We weren’t really sure what was going to happen with bringing the break back or if the terrain was going to be a little dangerous with riders going fast down the descents in town.”
“Into the last two kilometres we made a right hand turn off a big road and it was critical to be in good position there. I ended up on the front and from then until around one kilometre to go I just to keep the pace high and make sure there wasn’t any big surges because I could see our two leaders in good position.”
“I think we can be quite confident going into tomorrow’s Etna stage. The guys are going really well, the team is riding super well and I think we can go in confident and try to make the best of it.”
Giro d’Italia – Stage 5 Results:
1. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) 4:06:33
2. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) ST
3. Jose Goncalves (Team Katusha-Alpecin) ST
5. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) ST
Giro d’Italia – General Classification after stage 5:
1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 18:29:41
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +0:01
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +0:17
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