Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | A quiet stage after Etna’s effort
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A quiet stage after Etna’s effort

  |   Press

In front of thousands of fans, the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia ended on the sea of Messina, the Vincenzo Nibali’s birthplace. The Sicilian champion has been greeted with much affection by his Messinese people.

“I’m very excited” – said Vincenzo – “I never arrived in Messina and all of these people made me a big surprise. It will be an added value the attempt to conquer the pink jersey “.

The stage, started in Pedara at the Etna’s foot, was very quiet before the final sprint won by Colombian Fernando Gaviria, at his second win in this Giro. His teammate, Bob Jungels from Luxembourg, is still the race leader.

“It was a transition stage – commented sports director Alberto Volpi – after yesterday’s hard climb. We were in front position of the peloton to avoid problems and keep our leader protected. “

Tomorrow sixth stage from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane; the route is basically flat with just a few climbs and undulations in the first part and finishes at the top of an uphill stretch.

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