Sky trio home in lead group on stage five

09 May 2018

Sky trio home in lead group on stage five

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Chris Froome, Wout Poels and Sergio Henao all finished inside an elite group of front runners following a hectic finish to stage five at the Giro d’Italia.

The run into Santa Ninfa proved to be action packed with a punchy uphill finish testing the general classification competitors. Froome crossed the line 33rd on the day, with Poels (23rd) and Henao (32nd) also present and collecting the same time as stage winner Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo).
That result ensures Froome held station on the general classification, moving up one place to 19th, 55 seconds back on the maglia rosa of Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) ahead of Thursday’s first summit showdown on Etna.
Team Sky hit the front as a unit with 20km to go, with Vasil Kiryienka driving the pace to ensure Froome and the team remained in a strong position. That decision paid off 5km later with a big crash splitting the peloton behind. 
Andrea Vendrame (Androni-Sidermec) was the last man from the day’s break to be caught with 3km to go, with the pace shooting up ahead of an exciting finish. The day was also a special one for Salvatore Puccio, who enjoyed incredible support on home roads, with the race passing his birthplace in Menfi.
Chris Froome on Etna

Chris Froome on Etna

It’s the first big mountain stage of the Giro and it could be very explosive and very active towards the final.

Froome was happy to get through the stage and praised the work of his team-mates across the 153km test.
He said: “That was a lot more straightforward than yesterday’s stage but it was still quite tricky. It sounded like there were a few crashes in the last 20-30km which shook things up a bit in the bunch.
“The team were really good today and did a good job keeping me right up front without having to do too much work themselves. Hopefully we’ve still got something left for tomorrow.
“Let’s see what happens (on Etna). There are a few different dynamics going on in the race at the moment. A lot of pure climbers who don’t really fancy their chances in the time trial against Dumoulin will be wanting to take time. It’s the first big mountain stage of the Giro and it could be very explosive and very active towards the final. Last year was a pure block headwind so it wasn’t so active – but I think this year will be quite different. 
“For me I’m just hoping to get through the stage the best I can. Obviously I’ve lost a bit of time already but I’d like to start improving on that.”
Stage five result:

1. Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo) 4:06:33
2. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) s.t.
3. Jose Goncalves (Katusha-Alpecin)
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors)
5. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)
23. Wout Poels (Team Sky)
32. Sergio Henao (Team Sky)
33. Chris Froome (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Rohan Dennis (BMC Racing) 18:29:41
2. Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) +1"
3. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +17"
4. Tim Wellens (Lotto Fix All) +19"
5. Pello Bilbao (Astana) +25"
19. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +55"

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