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Giro d'Italia Stage 5: Degenkolb Wins Messy Finale

Degenkolb FTW! With a little help from slippery roads. But still...

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Personally, I missed the ending, but I do take some credit for predicting this wasn't a good day for Cav. It's amazing how the Giro finds a way to make each stage so different in terms of what type of rider is favored. We're up to stage 5 and nobody has had a second bite at the apple yet. Only stages 3 and 4 could have had vaguely similar results, but stage 3 was much more selective, both up and down the hills. Stage 1 and 5 were both rated "flat" by the Giro's general organizing system, but clearly they had little in common besides a possible sprint. Anyway, chapeau to Degenkolb, who's on track to complete his trilogy of grand tour stages in a single year.


  1. John Degenkolb, Argos-Shimano
  2. Angel Vicioso, Katusha, s.t.
  3. Paul Martens, Blanco, s.t.
  4. Sergio Henao, Sky, s.t.
  5. Matteo Trentin, Omega Pharma Quick Step, s.t.


  1. Luca Paolini, Katusha
  2. Rigoberto Uran, Sky, at 0.17
  3. Benat Intxausti, Movistar, at 0.26
  4. Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, at 0.31
  5. Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin-Sharp, at 0.34


  1. Paolini, 35 points
  2. Degenkolb, 30
  3. Cadel Evans, BMC, 30
  4. Mark Cavendish, OPQS, 28
  5. Enrico Battaglin, Bardiani, 25

A Domani

Stage 6: Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia, 169km

Here's what I wrote previously:

This stage is all about Bari and the southeastern coastline. It's board-flat, runs largely in a straight line, and is dead-certain to end in a sprint. Being only 169km and almost certainly the easiest day of the race (depending on weather), it also is a pretty good sign that the race is about to turn nasty.

Should be Cavendish all the way. Weather looks sunny and lovely. Enjoy!