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Lotto Belisol: Brian Bulgaç in the attack in stage 5

Stage five in this Giro, from Cosenza to Matera, was 203 kilometers long. Lotto Belisol had Brian Bulgaç in the breakaway of six. After Pirazzi had taken the points on the first mountain he let the others go. Bulgaç rode along with Andriato and Marangoni to name two. At the finish the rain was pouring down, luckily it was over by the time the riders finished.

Until the end the Dutchman kept fighting, but on the Montescaglisoso (4th cat.) all escapees were caught. Several attempts followed in the final, also one from Lars Bak, but no one could stay away. A reduced peloton was heading for a group sprint, but then there was a crash. One rider got a gap after this, but John Degenkolb came back and won. Luca Paolini keeps the pink jersey.

Brian Bulgaç: “During the neutral phase I was riding in the front, I saw that someone of Vini Fantini wanted jump away and I followed. In the beginning we were with six, but Pirazzi was close in the GC and only wanted to take some mountain points. Then he let us go. The cooperation afterwards went well, only at the end everybody got more nervous. I believed in our chances for a moment, because none of us was close in the GC. The first hundred kilometers the weather was good, then there were short and heavy showers, but it wasn’t too bad. I am getting better each day of this Giro and will definitely attack again, maybe not in flat stages because then you have almost no chance, but I’ll pick out a few stages.”

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