Démare repeats the Sicily coup in 2020, Bauhaus sixth

Beaten on 5th Giro stage Gaviria and Nizzolo


Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) has won the 5th stage of the 105th Giro d’Italia. | Photo: Cor Vos

05/11/2022 | (rsn) – With a strong sprint, Arnaud Démare (Groupama – FDJ) won the 5th stage of the Giro d’Italia. After 174 kilometers in Messina, Sicily, the Frenchman was able to keep the Colombian Fernando Gaviria (UAE – Emirates) and the Italian Giacomo Nizzolo (Israel – Premier Tech) at a distance. Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain – Victorious) from Cologne finished sixth. Juan Pedro Lopez (Trek – Segafredo) defended his pink jersey.

Alpecin – Fenix ​​had increased the pace of the climb to the mountain classification at Portella Mandrazzi, leaving behind Caleb Ewan (Lotto – Soudal) and Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl). Démare also lost contact here, but unlike his competitors, he was able to catch up with the field again on the descent. It certainly helped that he had won the 4th Giro stage in 2020 with the same climb and a similar scenario.

“The climb was hard, but we expected it. I lost a lot of time, but the guys helped me a lot to get back on the descent. It was very fast. We kept up the pace with Attila (Valter) and Clément (Davy) after we came back, “said Démare. His regular starter Jacopo Guarnieri, on the other hand, remained in the group around Cavendish.

Therefore, Ramon Sinkeldam and Miles Scotson waited a long time in the final before putting their captain in headwinds on the home stretch. “The sprint went well. The boys did a fantastic job,” praised Démare’s teammates. long stage showed.

Will Démare start a series like in 2020?

Démare and his helpers should be so much the more relieved that they could finally win another great race. “Obviously I’m super happy to get my first win of the season in the Giro. We know what we’re capable of, but it’s hard to put it all together. It’s cycling. You have to persevere,” said the 31-year-old.Maybe he manages to start a streak, as he did two years ago after the first victory in Sicily.In 2020, he won four sections and the best sprinter jersey.

Démare was able to take on Maglia Ciclamino today because Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin – Fenix) was unable to place despite his team’s hard work. Overall leader Lopez had fewer problems and easily defended his lead of 39 seconds over Lennard Kämna (Bora – Hansgrohe). “This is my first time in the pink jersey. I just enjoyed it because it’s one of the best moments of my life, “the 24-year-old beamed.

The only change in position was that Joao Almeida (UAE – Emirates) won two bonus seconds. Kmanna leads the mountain classification another day. With a point in the mountain classification, he was even able to extend his lead 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 (Bardiani – CSF – Faizanè), Mattia Bais, Filippo Tagliani (both Drone Hopper – Androni Giocattoli) and Mirco Maestri (Eolo – Kometa) along with the Finn Jaako Hänninen (AG2R Citroën) smoked out. of the field and got on the first flat kilometers under the best conditions a lead of about four minutes.

Tagliani won the first sprint classification scheduled just before the start of the day’s only climb. Girmay snatched three more points from the field. In the following nearly 20 kilometer climb of the 2nd category, Alpecin – Fenix ​​increased the pace and made sure that famous sprinters 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 secured the mountain prize ahead of Bais at 1,125 meters and was rewarded with 18 points. Kemma secured another point from the field in Maglia Azzura and was able to increase his account in the rankings of the best climber to 41 points. In the long descent, the breakaway group’s reduced field – from which Tagliani had fallen – came ever closer and finally put the quartet 66 kilometers before the finish line, while just over 2:30 minutes after Cavendish’s helpers tried in vain to bring their captain up.

Ewan and Cavendish can not keep up

In the field, Alpecin – Fenix, Israel – Premier Tech, Intermarché – Wanty – Gobert, Gropuama – FDJ and also UAE Team Emirates took turns in the lead. In the second intermediate sprint, Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) snatched the three bonus seconds for his captain Richard Carapaz from Portuguese Joao Almeida (UAE Team Emirates) after Kennan tried in vain to surprise his competitors. Shortly before, the group Ewan had overtaken Cavendish and his aides, but the pursuers could no longer catch up with the hole to the front.

On the last 15 kilometers, the teams of the ranking riders tried to place their captains as far forward as possible, which in turn increased the previously rather moderate pace. After a winding passage of the last five kilometers, through which the field, mostly led by Bora – hansgrohe, came without a fall, the sprint teams finally came out to the top, where Alpecin – Fenix ​​first and then DSM took the lead.

After a last left turn 800 meters from goal, however, Groupama – FDJ launched its captain perfectly against a headwind in slightly sloping terrain, so Démare could certainly get the sixth Giro day victory of his career ahead of Gaviria and Nizzolo.

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