Hit the fifth stage by Giro Gaviria and Nizzolo
Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) won the fifth stage of the 105th Giro d’Italia. | Photo: Cor Vos
05/11/2022 | (rsn) – With a strong race, Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) won the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia. After 174 kilometers in Messina, Sicily, the Frenchman managed to keep the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE – Emirates) and Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel – Premier Tech) at a distance. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain – Victorious) from Cologne came in sixth place. Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek-Segafredo) defended his pink jersey.
Alpecin – Fenix increased the climbing pace to rank mountains at Portella Mandrazzi, leaving Caleb Ewan (Lotto – Soudal) and Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) behind. Demir also lost contact here, but unlike his competitors, he was able to catch up on the field again upon landing. It certainly helped that he won Stage 4 of the Giro in 2020 with the same climb and with a similar scenario.
“The climb was tough, but we expected it. I lost a lot of time, but the guys helped me a lot to get back down. It was very fast. We kept in the footsteps of Attila (Walter) and Clement (Davi) after we came back.” On the other hand, Dimari continued, His key player, Jacobo Guarnieri, remained in the group surrounding Cavendish.
That’s why Ramon Sinkeldam and Miles Scottson waited so long in the final before putting their captain in headwinds along the house. “The sprint went well. Demari praised his teammates. Groupama – FDJ is one of the few teams that is still fully dedicated to a Grand Tour sprinter – and they did it, as the 174km stage showed.
Will Démare start a series like 2020?
Demari and his assistants should be more relieved that they finally managed to win another big race. “Obviously I’m very happy to get my first win of the season in the Giro. We know what we can do, but it’s hard to put it all together. That’s cycling. Maybe he’ll be able to start a streak like he did,” said the 31-year-old. Two years ago, after his first win in Sicily, in 2020 he won four divisions and the jersey of the best sprinter.
Demar was able to take charge of Maglia Ciclamino today because Mathieu van der Paul (Alpecin – Fenix) couldn’t get the ball rolling despite his team’s hard work. Commander in Chief Lopez had fewer problems and easily defended his 39sec lead over Lenard Kamna (Bora-Hansgrohe). “It’s my first time in the pink shirt. I just enjoyed it because it was one of the best moments of my life,” the 24-year-old smiled.
The only change in the standings was Joao Almeida (UAE – UAE) winning by two more seconds. Kama leads the mountain classification for another day. With a point in grading mountains, he was even able to extend his lead quite a bit. Lopez continues to lead the junior rankings. The best team is Bora-hansgrohe.
This is how the race went:
Immediately after the start, the four Italians Alessandro Tonelli (Pardiani-CSF-Vesani), Mattia Paes and Filippo Tagliani (both unmanned – Androni Giocatoli) and Mirko Maestri (Iolo-Comita) with Finn Jako Hannin (AG2R Citroën) from the field, and in the first kilometers Flat in the best of conditions, they got a lead of about four minutes.
Tagliani won the first sprinter classification that was scheduled before the start of the day’s only climb. Jeremy snatched three more points from the field. In what follows, climbing nearly 20 kilometers for Category Two, Alpecin-Fenix increased his pace and confirmed that well-known runners like Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal), Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) and Démare were left behind. Unlike the Australian and the British, the Frenchman managed to catch up again.
Maestri took the mountain prize in front of Bais at 1125 meters and got 18 points. Kamna earned another point from the field at Maglia Azzura and was able to increase his account in the classification of the best climber to 41 points. In the long descent, the splinter group’s mini-field – from which Tagliani fell – got closer than ever and finally put the quad 66km from the finish line, while after 2:30 minutes Cavendish’s assistants tried unsuccessfully to bring their captain.
Ewan and Cavendish can’t keep up
In this field, Alpecin – Fenix, Israel – Premier Tech, Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert and Gropuama – FDJ as well as UAE Team Emirates took turns driving. In the second intermediate race, Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) snatched the extra three seconds of his captain Richard Carapaz from Portugal’s Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) after Kamna unsuccessfully tried to surprise his rivals. Shortly before that, Ewan’s group had reunited with Cavendish and his lieutenants, but the pursuers could no longer make up for the gap in the lead.
In the last 15 kilometers, the ranks of the Knights Division tried to put their captains forward as far as possible, increasing the previously moderate speed again. After a winding pass for the last five kilometers, through which the field came, led by Bora Hansgrohe, without falling, the sprinting teams finally took the top, with Alpecin – Fenix first and then DSM taking the lead.
After a final turn left about 800m from the finish, Groupama-FDJ fired its leader perfectly into headwinds on slightly sloping ground, so Demar managed to secure a sixth Giro Day victory of his career confidently ahead of Gaviria and Nizzolo.