Giro 2024: Thomas wins from the breakaway, Pogacar still leader

Benjamin Thomas - Giro 2024: Thomas wins from the breakaway, Pogacar still leaderfoto: Cor VosThe peloton is chasing four attackers in the finale but miscalculates. Enzo Paleni, Michael Valgren, Andrea Pietrobon, and Benjamin Thomas stay ahead, with the latter sprinting to victory. Tadej Pogacar retains the maglia rosa (Slideshow route/profile)

Results 5th stage 2024 Giro

1. Benjamin Thomas (fra)
2. Michael Valgren (den) s.t.
3. Andrea Pietrobon (ita) s.t.
4. Enzo Paleni (fra) + 0.03
5. Jonathan Milan (ita) + 0.11
6. Caleb Ewan (aus) s.t.
7. Phil Bauhaus (ger) s.t.
8. tim Merlier (bel) s.t.
9. Olav Kooij (nld) s.t.
10. Mads Mikhels (est) s.t.

GC after stage 5
1. Tadej Pogacar (slo)
2. Geraint Thomas (gbr) + 0.46
3. Daniel Felipe Martínez (col) + 0.47
4. Cian Uijtdebroeks (bel) + 0.55
5. Einer Rubio (col) + 0.56
6. Lorenzo Fortunato (ita) + 1.07
7. Juan Pedro López (spa) + 1.11
8. Jan Hirt (cze) + 1.13
9. Esteban Chaves (col) + 1.26
10. Ben O’Connor (aus) s.t.

Race report
Mattia Bais, Lewis Askey and Ewen Costiou intitiate the breakaway shortly after the start. Costious decides against it on second thought and waits for the peloton, while Simon Geschke and Manuele Tarozzi replace him at the front. Their maximum lead is slightly over 2 minutes.

The peloton trails by 1 minute on the Passo del Bracco. Fabio Jakobsen is the first rider to lose contact in the peloton, because Alpecin-Deceuninck sets a fast pace. Tim Merlier, Fernando Gaviria and Caleb Ewan are struggling in the last 3 kilometres, but they make it back on the descent. Meanwhile, the attackers are caught. Jakobsen rejoins the peloton with 90 kilometres remaining.

Enzo Paleni, Michael Valgren, Andrea Pietrobon and Benjamin Thomas initiate the second breakaway righ after the intermediate sprint in Ceparana. They open up a lead of over 1.30 minutes.

The gap is still 25 seconds inside the last 2 kilometres, and under the flamme rouge, things start looking very positive for the break, which inspires Pietrobon to attack. Valgren brings him back before Thomas outguns the Dane in the sprint for the win.

Tadej Pogacar retains the maglia rosa.

Another interesting read: route 5th stage 2024 Giro.

Giro d’Italia 2024 stage 5: video, routes, profiles

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