Action-packed Stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia11. May 2016, Benevento, (ITA) — Road Team
At 233 kilometers, Stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia was bound to be action-packed and it didn’t disappoint with Daniel Oss making a four-rider breakaway and Rick Zabel sprinting to seventh place.
Oss’s breakaway managed to build a seven minute lead after breaking away at the 40 kilometer mark and looked set to challenge for the stage win.
After taking both intermediate sprints, Oss crashed on one of the descents with 100 kilometers remaining. Despite some serious road rash he got back on the bike and caught up with the breakaway.
The four riders managed to stay away until just seven kilometers to go when the battle for the bunch sprint played out.
Quotes of the Day
“I was already happy after The Netherlands when I got my first top ten placing but I also wanted to prove that I could do it again in Italy, that it was not just one day. I’m happy now that I’ve shown that I have good shape with my second top top finish. It was the second-longest stage of the Giro d’Italia but that is also important for me to prove that I still have the legs after a long stage.”
“This was one of the first times that I was really in the final after more than five hours of racing. So that’s also good to see. I think my positioning was really good in the last six kilometers but I didn’t really have the legs to go for the podium. I think Greipel was outstanding and no one could beat him. For me now I will take things day by day and see what other sprinting opportunities I can get.”
“We started the stage with the idea that I would try and get in the breakaway. After the first KOM it was pretty hard but four riders went away. The only bad thing was that Amets Txurruka from Orcia GreenEDGE was only five minutes behind on GC so the peloton couldn’t let him get too far in front.”
“Then I had this bad crash. I went around the corner in the wrong way and I know it was my mistake but I didn’t give up and just tried to get back into the breakaway and just tried to do my best until the finish. And we actually got caught really close to the finish. With 50km to go I didn’t think we would be able to stay away because Team Giant Alpecin were pulling and the sprinters’ teams too. The parcours was pretty tricky in the end so this allowed us to remain away for a bit and the gap moved up and down.”
“I was looking for a breakaway like this to understand how I feel and actually I feel pretty good. The crash wasn’t ideal but I didn’t have too much pain, just road rash. Otherwise I am happy with today.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“Today was a pretty good day. It was a shame for Daniel with the crash but luckily it was nothing serious. He did a great job to get back into the breakaway and they were close to staying away.”
“On the other hand Rick did a really great job to be up there again in the final with the sprint. Seventh place is a really nice result for him in a sprint like this. So in general it was a good day for the team and I can see that some of the guys are really coming into their form.”
“Tomorrow we have our first real mountains stage so we will see how that goes and maybe try and get in the breakaway again.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 5 Praia a Mare to Benevento (233km)
Top 3: Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal), Arnaud Demarre (FDJ), Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani – CSF)
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