GIRO’18 Stage 5: Battaglin Battles To Santa Ninfa Win!

Race Report: LottoNL-Jumbo’s Italian rider Enrico Battaglin took stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday on the second day on the island of Sicily. 153 tough kilometers from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice). Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) and José Gonçalves (Katusha-Alpecin) finished second and third. Rohan Dennis (BMC) remains the race General Classification leader in the Maglia Rosa with Tom Dumoulin (Sunweb) still at 1 second.

The start of the stage was played out on flat roads running along the coast, on the ss115 trunk road, with a slightly more complicated passage through the centre of Sciacca. The second half ran entirely through the Valle del Belice and was more demanding, with a few long but mild categorized climbs. In the second part of the route, the roadway is narrow and very worn out at points.


Stage 5

Final kilometers
The route descends slightly until it reaches 2,200 meters before the finish. Here, the stage course turns right and takes in a short uphill stretch (approx. 1,200 meters), with ramps peaking at 12%. The final kilometer descends slightly at first and then runs gently uphill. The finish line sits on a 250 meters long and 7.5m-wide asphalt straight.


Chris Froome lost time on stage 4


Overall leader Rohan Dennis – Always happy


Fabio Aru and Ernesto Colnago at the start in Agrigento


The village square was pink


Ryan Mullen and Laurent Didier in the break of the day


Another Sicilian hill village


Stage 4 winner Tim Wellens was active on stage 5, along with Zdenek Stybar

Enrico Battaglin took his revenge at Santa Ninfa after losing his duel to Tim Wellens at Caltagirone on Tuesday. By winning an uphill sprint against Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain-Merida) who was racing on home soil in Sicily, Battaglin extended his Giro d’Italia account to three after he won stage 4 in 2013 and stage 5 in 2016. This was his first success for the Dutch team he joined in 2016. It’s also the third Italian stage victory in only five stages this year. Rohan Dennis retained the Maglia Rosa for the fourth consecutive day on the eve of the first summit finish of the 2018 Giro on Etna.


A last look back for Battaglin

Stage winner Enrico Battaglin (LottoNL-Jumbo): “Today’s finish was different from yesterday’s. It was a very powerful one yesterday. I was more at ease here. The Giro is very important for me every year. I’m extremely happy to be a stage winner again. I want to continue the race this way.”


The win for Battaglin

Race leader Rohan Dennis (BMC): “It was a nice day on the bike, on quite a slow pace because of the head wind. I felt a bit of stress every now and then but I am glad to be in the Maglia Rosa. We’re only on day five, that means sixteen days to go. Tomorrow will be another story with the Etna. I’m looking forward to see how I’ll go up there.”


Rohan Dennis still in pink

Giro d’Italia Stage 5 Result:
1. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:06:33
2. Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
3. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin
4. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors
5. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott
6. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7. Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec
8. Maurits Lammertink (Ned) Katusha-Alpecin
9. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe
11. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana
12. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
13. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo
14. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC
15. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
16. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb
17. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar
18. Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
19. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
20. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe
21. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
22. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
23. Wout Poels (Ned) Sky
24. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
25. Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ.

Giro d’Italia Overall After Stage 5:
1. Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC in 18:29:41
2. Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Sunweb at 0:01
3. Simon Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:17
4. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto FixAll at 0:19
5. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:25
6. Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors at 0:28
7. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
8. José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin at 0:32
9. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ at 0:34
10. Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:35
11. Carlos Betancur (Col) Movistar
12. Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:37
13. Diego Ulissi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:47
14. Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott
15. Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana at 0:50
16. Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJ at 0:52
17. Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:53
18. Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
19. Chris Froome (GB) Sky at 0:55
20. George Bennett (NZ) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:56
21. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
22. Rafael Valls Ferri (Spa) Movistar
23. Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team Emirates at 0:57
24. Sam Oomen (Ned) Sunweb at 1:00
25. Sergio Henao (Col) Sky at 1:03.

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