Giro d’Italia 2021: Caleb Ewan wins stage five as Mikel Landa crashes out

Mikel Landa and Francois Bidard

Australia’s Caleb Ewan won stage five of the Giro d’Italia, but one of the general classification favourites, Mikel Landa, crashed out in Cattolica.

Ewan came from behind to outsprint Italy’s Giacomo Nizzolo and Elia Viviani and win his fourth career Giro stage.

Spain’s Landa was unable to finish and left in an ambulance after crashing with stage four winner Joe Dombrowski.

Israel Start-Up Nation’s Alessandro de Marchi of Italy kept the pink jersey.

De Marchi called the finish to the 177km relatively flat stage from Modena “a crazy circus”.

“The road was really difficult and technical, even too dangerous in my opinion, so in the last 70km there was really a lot of stress and I hope the guys that crashed are fine,” he said.

Dombrowski, who was second overnight, managed to continue after the crash but lost eight minutes, leaving Alpecin-Fenix’s Louis Vervaeke closest to De Marchi, 42 seconds down.

Pavel Sivakov, who was a potential foil for Ineos Grenadiers’ Egan Bernal, was another to crash and finished over 13 minutes down.

Ewan, who also has five stage wins at the Tour de France, said the victory was a “relief”.

“My goal this year is to win in all three Grand Tours and the first sprint stage didn’t go so good, so there was a lot of pressure on me and all the team to do the job,” the Lotto-Soudal rider said.

“They out-performed themselves, they were so good today and without them I couldn’t have been so fresh at the finish.”

Britain’s Hugh Carthy is up to ninth place for EF Education Nippo, one minute 38 seconds behind, while Simon Yates sits in 14th place, a further 10 seconds back.

Giro d’Italia stage five results

1. Caleb Ewan (Aus) Lotto Coudal 4hrs 7mins 1sec

2. Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Team Qhubeka Assos same time

3. Elia Viviani (Ita) Cofidis

4. Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora – Hansgrohe

5. Fernando Gaviria Rendon (Col) UAE Team Emirates

6. Matteo Moschetti (Ita) Trek – Segafredo

7. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Intermarche – Wanty – Gobert – Materiaux

8. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Jumbo – Visma

9. Manuel Belletti (Ita) Elolo-Kometa Cycling Team

10. David Cimolai (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation

General classification

1. Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Israel Start-up Nation 17hrs 57mins 45secs

2. Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Alpecin-Fenix +42secs

3. Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team +48secs

4. Attila Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ +1min 00secs

5. Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis +1min 15secs

6. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Astana-Premier Tech +1min 24secs

7. Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep +1min 28secs

8. Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education-Nippo +1min 37secs

9. Hugh Carthy (GB) EF Education-Nippo +1min 38secs

10. Egan Bernal (Col) Ineos Grenadiers +1min 39secs

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