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Giro d'Italia Stage 5: Degenkolb Wins Messy Finale

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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.

Results:

  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.

GC:

  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

Points:

  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!