CATTOLICA, Italy — Australian bike owner Caleb Ewan gained a crash-marred fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia and Alessandro De Marchi saved maintain of the chief’s pink jersey.
Ewan’s victory in a dash end was overshadowed by a number of crashes within the closing 15 kilometers. Essentially the most critical concerned one of many favorites, Mikel Landa, who was taken away in an ambulance.
“He was in ache, we’re unsure if he has fractured his collarbone or his wrist,” Crew Bahrain Victorious sporting director Franco Pellizotti mentioned. “We’re disillusioned however our Giro continues.”
The incident occurred after American bike owner Joseph Dombrowski hit a race marshal signaling an impediment in the midst of the highway, inflicting a crash.
Dombrowski, who had been second general after successful the earlier stage, was in a position to proceed however completed greater than eight minutes behind Ewan. The implications have been extra critical for Landa, who obtained swift remedy earlier than being taken to hospital.
Pavel Sivakov’s hopes of general victory are additionally in tatters after he was concerned in one other crash. The Ineos Grenadiers rider managed to rise up and alter bicycles however had no probability of catching the high-speed peloton.
Ewan was additionally concerned in a late tangle with Tim Merlier however managed to remain upright and edge forward of Giacomo Nizzolo within the closing 50 meters of the flat and straight 177-kilometer (110-mile) route from Modena to Cattolica on the Adriatic coast.
“The dash itself was fairly straight ahead,” Ewan mentioned. “It was barely uphill in the previous couple of 100 meters. I went to the proper facet and obtained boxed in. I moved a bit to the left and I had sufficient time to come back round in the long run.”
It was an eleventh second-place end within the Giro for Nizzolo, who has by no means gained a Grand Tour stage. Elia Viviani was third.
De Marchi remained 42 seconds forward of Louis Vervaeke, who moved into second. Nelson Oliveira is third, 48 seconds behind De Marchi.
“It’s fairly easy tomorrow: I’ll battle till the top,” De Marchi mentioned. “I’ll concentrate to ensure nobody harmful within the GC will get away. I’m able to do my finest.
“Carrying the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) is demanding nevertheless it’s a light-weight weight to hold contemplating how good it’s to bear these tasks.”
The sixth stage is the hardest take a look at but, with three categorized climbs – together with the race’s first summit end alongside the mountainous 160-kilometer (99-mile) route from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno.
The Giro finishes on Could 30 in Milan with a person time trial.
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