Pieter Weening has won an epic fifth stage of the Giro D’Italia, which was notable for it’s inclusion of dozens of kilometers of strade bianche (white dirt roads). BMC’s Martin Kohler looked like he might win the stage, and was certainly the main protagonist on the stage but Weening caught him within the final 15km and grabbed the win and the Maglia Rosa.
Martin Kohler was away for most of the day riding alone making the dust behind him instead of swallowing it. However, the late attack by Pieter Weening and John Gadret closed the gap with Weening riding Gadret’s draft. Once the caught was made, Weening attacked and dropped the exhausted Kohler and the just spent Gadret.
With just 3km remaining the leaders peloton containing Millar had Gadret and Kohler in their sites and caught them with 2km remaining. The finishing climb was short and very difficult and the peloton closed on Weening quickly, and the pace proved to be too much for the Maglia Rosa wearing David Millar who finished the stage 2:50 behind.
Stage 5 top five
1. Pieter Weening (Rabobank)___4h54’59’
2. Fabio Duarte (Geox TMC)_____+:08″
3. Jose Serpa (Androni)
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin)
5. Oscar Gatto (Farnese-Vini)
Full Stage results: Gazzetta official
Overall Classification after 5 stages
1. Pieter Weening (Rabobank)_____14h59’33”
2. Marco Pinotti (HTC)___________+:02″
3. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC)_____+:02″
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin)___+:05″
5. Pablo Lastras (Movistar)_______+:22″
Full GC: Gazzetta official