The late climb broke up the peloton but Team KATUSHA ALPECIN riders José Gonçalves and Maurits Lammertink kept to the task, resulting in third and eighth place finishes for the team riders. Guiding them to position for the final was teammate Mads Würtz Schmidt.
Mads, José and myself were in the front when we were at the top of the last climb. On the downhill Mads kept us in a really good position. In the last k it was just fighting for position. I knew that José was in my wheel so I went at 350 meters and he went to take a third place, said Lammertink, who took eighth.
The 5th stage of the 101st Giro d’Italia was won by Enrico Battaglin (Team LottoNL-Jumbo) with a time of 4:06:33 on the 153k stage from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa (Valle del Belice). Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) was second, just in front of Gonçalves, all on the same time.
I am happy with this result. I think even more results are possible, but for today third place is good, said Gonçalves. The strong results today moved him into eighth place on the general classification at 32-seconds behind the pink jersey of Rohan Dennis of BMC Racing.
A challenging uphill finish to Etna comes on Thursday. Stage 6 at 164k begins in Caltanissetta before ending on the volcanic Etna along the eastern coast of Sicily.
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