Pascal Ackermann took Stage 5 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia in a wet and wild sprint finish, the stage saw no changes in the General Classification standings. The time for the GC was neutralised at the first time across the finish line, with 10km still to race, due to the foul weather and treacherous road conditions.
While the sprinters fought over stage honours the GC contenders and their teams kept well out of the way. Following Ackermann over the line was Fernando Gaviria (UAE-Team Emirates), he initially led the sprint but couldn’t hold off the late surge of the German.
As a result of the neutralisation for the pink jersey, Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) remains in the race lead and the rest of the top 10 behind him is unchanged.
Tom Dumoulin Abandons
The big news of the day was that 2017 winner Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) abandoned the race within the first two kilometres.
The injuries from the previous stage, most notably the laceration to his left knee, proved too painful for him to continue. Dumoulin should make a full recovery ahead of the Tour de France.