Caleb Ewan received a crash-marred fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia and Alessandro De Marchi held the pink jersey.

Australian bike owner Caleb Ewan received a crash-marred fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Wednesday and Alessandro De Marchi stored maintain of the chief’s pink jersey.

Ewan’s victory in a sprint end was overshadowed by a number of crashes within the last 15km. Essentially the most critical concerned one of many favorites, Mikel Landa, who was taken away in an ambulance.

“He was in ache, we’re undecided if he has fractured his collarbone or his wrist,” Workforce Bahrain Victorious sporting director Franco Pellizotti mentioned. “We’re disillusioned however our Giro continues.”

The incident occurred after American bike owner Joseph Dombrowski hit a race marshal signaling an impediment in the midst of the street, inflicting a crash.

Dombrowski, who had been second total after profitable the earlier stage, was in a position to proceed however completed greater than eight minutes behind Ewan. The results have been extra critical for Landa, who obtained swift remedy earlier than being taken to hospital.

Pavel Sivakov’s hopes of total victory are additionally in tatters after he was concerned in one other crash. The Ineos Grenadiers rider managed to stand up and alter bicycles however had no probability of catching the high-speed peloton.

Ewan was additionally concerned in a late tangle with Tim Merlier however managed to remain upright and edge forward of Giacomo Nizzolo within the last 50m of the flat and straight 177km route from Modena to Cattolica on the Adriatic coast.

“The sprint itself was fairly straight ahead,” Ewan mentioned. “It was barely uphill in the previous few 100m. I went to the suitable facet and acquired boxed in. I moved a bit to the left and I had sufficient time to come back round in the long run.

“It is a aid as a result of my purpose this yr is to win no less than one stage in all three Grand Excursions. There was stress on me and the workforce to do a great job at present. Now that I’ve received a stage I believe I will be hungry for extra.”

It was an eleventh second-place end within the Giro for Nizzolo, who has by no means received a Grand Tour stage. Elia Viviani was third.

De Marchi remained 42 seconds forward of Louis Vervaeke, who moved into second. Nelson Oliveira is third, 48 seconds behind De Marchi.

“It is fairly easy tomorrow: I will battle till the tip,” De Marchi mentioned. “I will concentrate to ensure nobody harmful within the GC will get away. I am able to do my finest.

“Carrying the Maglia Rosa (pink jersey) is demanding but it surely’s a light-weight weight to hold contemplating how good it’s to bear these tasks.”

Thursday’s sixth stage is the hardest take a look at but, with three labeled climbs — together with the race’s first summit end alongside the mountainous 160km route from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno.

The Giro finishes on Could 30 in Milan with a person time trial.

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