I confess, I don't have a huge amount to say about Thursday's stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia. What? At loss for words? Well, not really. But tomorrow's stage is impressively flat. Flat like... well, picture something really really flat and you pretty much have this stage profile.
The stage begins in Modena and heads southeast toward the Adriatic coast to finish in Fano. The final run-in is beachside, which should make for some nice views.
There's a few speedbumps around 25 kilometers to go, but really, this stage should pretty much certainly end in a bunch sprint. Tyler Farrar sits 10 seconds out of the Maglia Rosa, and a win could put him close to taking over the race lead from his team-mate Ramunas Navardauskas. Navardauskas, that dude seriously needs a nickname. Nardvard and RaNa aren't bad options, but people! Get to work on this already!
As a side note, has anyone found the 2012 rule book for this race yet? Because I could use that thing. For example, I don't actually know what the time bonuses are at the line. And I'd really like to know that. If I had the rule book? I totally would. Links it up in the comments, if you got it. Update: Actually, now I do know the time bonuses on the line, thanks to Aly Edge. 20 seconds for the winnar, 12 for second, and 8 for third. So now you know!
In the points comp, Matt Goss has the Maglia Rossa by 15 points ahead of Tyler Farrar. Cavendish is third.
Your favorites for tomorrow's stage are the sprinter boys. Watch for Matt Goss, Tyler Farrar, Mark Cavendish, JJ Haedo, Mark Renshaw, and friends to romp it beachside in Fano. I'll take Farrar. Why not?
Here is the current general classification, so you can play along at home.