Giro d’Italia: Ballerini sprints in Messina

Giro d’Italia: Ballerini sprints in Messina

Day five of the race had just one hurdle on the course – Portella Mandrazzi, a 19.6km climb which was to be tackled by the riders midway along the route travelling to Messina, where the peloton returned after five years – but it ended up playing a huge role in the final outcome.

That was because several teams decided to ramp up the pace seven kilometers from the top of the ascent, putting many sprinters on their limit and forcing them to spend a lot of energy in order to try and hang in there. Mark Cavendish did his best to remain in the bunch, but was distanced on the steepest part of the ascent, and despite a fully committed team that chased hard on the descent to reduce the gap and bring him back in contention, it soon became clear it won’t happen as the numbers were on the peloton’s side.

Sprint responsibility passed onto the shoulders of Davide Ballerini, and the Italian from Cantù came close of scoring another top 3 for the Wolfpack at the Giro, concluding just outside the podium the mass gallop won by Arnaud Demare (Groupama-FDJ) on the long finishing straight in Messina. Mauri Vansevenant came across the line in the same time and remained fifth in the overall standings ahead of Thursday’s stage, which will see the riders return to the mainland.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
4:03:56
2 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
3 Giacomo Nizzolo
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
4 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
5 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:00
6 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
7 Alberto Dainese
Team DSM
0:00
8 Natnael Tesfatsion
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
0:00
9 Edward Theuns
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
10 Simone Consonni
Cofidis
0:00
25 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
153 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
154 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
156 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
157 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
169 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
171 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:57
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
18:21:03
2 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:39
3 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
0:58
4 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
1:42
5 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
6 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:55
7 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
1:58
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
2:00
9 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
2:04
10 Romain Bardet
Team DSM
2:06
67 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:12
84 James Knox
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
20:51
151 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
35:38
169 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
52:58
170 Michael Mørkøv Christensen
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53:02
171 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53:11
172 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53:31
1 Arnaud Démare
Groupama - FDJ
94 pt
2 Biniam Girmay Hailu
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
72 pt
3 Fernando Gaviria Rendon
UAE Team Emirates
67 pt
4 Mathieu van der Poel
Alpecin-Fenix
62 pt
5 Mark Cavendish
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
53 pt
6 Giacomo Nizzolo
Israel - Premier Tech
39 pt
7 Filippo Tagliani
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
36 pt
8 Pello Bilbao López de Armentia
Bahrain - Victorious
27 pt
9 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
22 pt
10 Magnus Cort Nielsen
EF Education-EasyPost
21 pt
15 Davide Ballerini
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
18 pt
37 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
46 Bert Van Lerberghe
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
50 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
2 pt
1 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
41 pt
2 Mirco Maestri
EOLO-Kometa
18 pt
3 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
18 pt
4 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
12 pt
5 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
9 pt
6 Mattia Bais
Drone Hopper - Androni Giocattoli
8 pt
7 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6 pt
8 Jaakko Hänninen
AG2R Citroën Team
6 pt
9 Pascal Eenkhoorn
Jumbo-Visma
5 pt
10 Rick Zabel
Israel - Premier Tech
5 pt
1 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
18:21:03
2 Mauri Vansevenant
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:47
3 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
1:58
4 Thymen Arensman
Team DSM
2:15
5 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
2:18
6 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
3:05
7 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
3:14
8 Stefano Oldani
Alpecin-Fenix
3:35
9 Simon Carr
EF Education-EasyPost
4:08
10 Tobias Foss
Jumbo-Visma
4:14
23 Mauro Schmid
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:12
1 BORA - hansgrohe 55:06:42
2 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 2:17
3 Trek - Segafredo 2:47
4 Bahrain - Victorious 3:03
5 INEOS Grenadiers 3:21
6 Team BikeExchange - Jayco 3:26
7 Movistar Team 6:03
8 Jumbo-Visma 6:39
9 Team DSM 8:06
10 Astana Qazaqstan Team 9:43

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