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.
- John Degenkolb, Argos-Shimano
- Angel Vicioso, Katusha, s.t.
- Paul Martens, Blanco, s.t.
- Sergio Henao, Sky, s.t.
- Matteo Trentin, Omega Pharma Quick Step, s.t.
- Luca Paolini, Katusha
- Rigoberto Uran, Sky, at 0.17
- Benat Intxausti, Movistar, at 0.26
- Vincenzo Nibali, Astana, at 0.31
- Ryder Hesjedal, Garmin-Sharp, at 0.34
- Paolini, 35 points
- Degenkolb, 30
- Cadel Evans, BMC, 30
- Mark Cavendish, OPQS, 28
- Enrico Battaglin, Bardiani, 25
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!