Another sprint stage, another win for Mark Cavendish. Like clockwork, if Cavendish makes it to the final 200m in the sprint group, he wins. It’s actually almost impossible to think of a sprint that he contended where he was beaten. Greipel got him once last year I seem to remember. This year, at the Giro, with one of the strongest sprint fields in recent memory, he’s two for two when he hasn’t been sliding on the asphalt.
All this gushing about Cavendish is likely due to the relative inactivity on the stage which was a straight as an arrow, flat as a pancake affair. Well, there was one little hump, and a hump steep enough to break the peloton apart. Cav made it. Hushovd, Farrar, Ferrari and Guardini didn’t. Not that it would have made much difference to the end result.
Navardaskus keeps the pink jersey but there were a few changes in the GC as Farrar lost a bunch of time and likely any hopes at wearing pink this year. Phinney crashed again! Is he related to the Schlecks? Training for Euskaltel? But for the main GC contenders there were no changes, just weeding out the extras.
Tomorrow is a lumpy stage with a slightly downhill finish. It could be a day for the break. Expect the sprinters to be chasing again as there is a short, punchy 18% grande with 33km to go which could cause some havoc.
Stage 5 Top Five
1. Mark Cavendish (SKY)_____4h43’15”
2. Matthew Goss (OGE)
3. Daniele Bennati (RNT)
4. Robert Hunter (GRM)
5. Sacha Modolo (COG)
Complete Stage 5 results: Gazzetta Official
General Classification after Stage 5
1. Ramunas Navardauskas (GRM)___10h01’53”
2. Robert Hunter (GRM)__________+5″
3. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_______+11″
4. Matthew Goss (OGE)__________+13″
5. Mark Cavendish (SKY)_________+14″
6. Geraint Thomas (SKY)__________+16″
7. Manuele Boaro (SAX)_________+19″
8. Christian Vandevelde (GRM)____+26″
9. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+30″
10. Alexandre Kristoff (KAT)______+30″
23. Roman Kreuziger (AST)________+40″
29. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_____________+47″
62. Frank Schleck (RNT)__________+1’09”
75. Damiano Cunego (LAM)_________+1’19”
77. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_______+1’22”
129. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’43”
141. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’23”
Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official