Kaden Groves of Alpecin Deceuninck won today’s rain-soaked sprint on the crash-marred stage 5 of the 2023 Giro d’Italia in Salerno. Crashes took down both of the top favorites, Remco Evenepoel (twice) and Primoz Roglic, though both seemed fit to continue without any problem (for now at least). Evenepoel crashed early on in the stage when a stray dog wandered on to the course, and seemed temporarily dazed, but rejoined the pack. Multiple crashes happened in the finale, with Roglic going down at 6km, then rejoining the pack, only for Evenepoel to enjoy a touch of wheels inside the 3km zone. Sigh. Mark Cavendish went flying off a barrier after crossing the line. Tomorrow’s DNS list could get interesting, although here’s hoping it doesn’t.
Groves won his first career Giro sprint and second-ever grand tour stage by swapping places with stage 2 winner Jonathan Milan, second today. No changes to GC. Milan remains in the points jersey but saw his margin over Groves shrunk to a single point, with a possible sprint tomorrow. Weather reports suggest that there are no totally dry days on the horizon, but limited showers over the next two days should keep the weather impacts to a minimum, with any luck.
Atripalda - Salerno 171 km
Challenging terrain for sure but you imagine enough teams want to make it a sprint.
Expected finish time: 16:55-17:25 CEST
Avalanche of the Day : Mads Pedersen
A dead straight run-in to the sprint where I think Trek simply want it the most.