Filippo Ganna delivers timely boost for Ineos-Grenadiers with stage five glory at Giro d’Italia
“It was really hard because 82kg is not easy to take uphill. I made a big chrono to the finish. On the radio, I didn’t have the time gaps to the others, I was just thinking, ‘ok Pippo, full gas now’.”
Almedia, from Deceunick-Quick Step, finished in third to earn himself a four second bonus and extend his lead on the general classification whilst Patrick Konrad took second place for Bora-Hansgrohe. This puts Almedia 43 seconds ahead of Bahrain McLaren’s Pello Bilbao who sits in second on the GC.
Almedia said: “I was feeling good. I think it was a good day; in the end I had good legs. I wanted to sprint to also show that I’m here and not just sitting on the wheel. I’ll give it everything I have until the end.
Further down the rankings, Wilco Kelderman now sits in third place, while Vincenzo Nibali is in fifth, a minute and one second behind the maglia rosa, and Jakob Fuglsang is in seventh, a minute and nineteen seconds further back on the GC.
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