The moment Gaviria doubled his tally with a second stage win on the Giro d'Italia.
Pedara - Messina
Giro d'Italia - 10 May 2017
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Jakub Mareczko (Wilier-Selle Italia) had a rapid finish to take second place ahead of Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe). Greipel took fourth but there was no sign of Caleb Ewan in the top 10.
What a race Quick-Step Floors are having - that's the pink jersey retained for Jungels and a second win for Gaviria, in front of his family too.
Victory for Fernando Gaviria! Sam Bennett looked to have it but the Irishman lose his juice on the home straight and the Colombian soared past to take the win - his second of the race.
Under the 1-to-go banner and it's UAE leading for Modolo, but Bennett is well placed for Bora. Ewan is ready and waiting, too, as Orica-Scott prepare themselves...
Here's the moment Luka Pibernik will struggle to forget in a while...
All the GC contenders are now safe as the peloton passes the 3km to go mark. Orica-Scott are further back so Ewan is not in the best of positions as yet.
Lotto Soudal and Quick-Step are doing battle on the front as they ready their trains for Messrs Greipel and Gaviria...
OH NO! Luka Pibernik thinks he's won the stage! He crossed the line with his arms aloft - but he doesn't realise that there's still one more lap... a head-in-hands moment there for the Bahrain Merida rider.
They're approaching the finish for the first time ahead of the final lap - and there's an attack from a Bahrain Merida rider - it's Luka Pibernek. He's opened up a small gap.
CRASH: Rory Sutherland of Movistar has hit the deck! He's ok, but out of the picture for today's finish.
It's a circuit finish and it's pretty complicated, to be fair - as this tweet below shows...
The two leaders sit up and let the peloton swallow them up. LottoNL-Jumbo, BMC, Sky, Trek, Bora, Katusha, Movistar... they're all there on the front ahead of what will no doubt be a tense finish. Dimension Data too.
So far there's been more action from the GC teams than the sprint teams - not too surprising, with riders concerned about missing out to any potential splits. Just 25 seconds now for the escapees. And here come Bora-Hansgrohe alongside Sky on the front.
Just 50 seconds now for Paterski and Shalunov. So, who's your money on - Gaviria, Greipel, Ewan, Modolo, Nizzolo, someone else?!
The pace is high now and the chase is well and truly on: the gap has tumbled to 1:20 for the two escapees, who have been out ahead pretty much since the flag today. Bahrain-Merida are near the front - keeping Nibali out of trouble, but also putting on a good show as the race heads towards his home town of Messina.
Gaviria takes the sprint for third place to pocked another 8pts with Greipel not interested. That puts the Colombian in the virtual maglia cyclamino - by 7pts - although all may change at the end with 50pts up for grabs for the winner.
Paterski once again takes maximum intermediate sprint points and bonus seconds as Shalunov is happy to let him lead the way. The real battle will come when the peloton passes through. Meanwhile, there's a bike change for Roberto Ferrari of UAE Team Emirates and a punture for Eugenio Alafaci of Trek Sagafredo.
A couple of kilometres away from the intermediate sprint now. It's worth noting that the bonus seconds won't interest the two leaders, who are 18-odd and 32-odd minutes down on GC. They're more interested about staying out for as long as possible and perhaps creating an upset today - something about as likely as Gaviria keeping the pink jersey was yesterday.
Quick-Step, Lotto Soudal and Orica-Scott all have a man on the front of the pack as the peloton zips towards the second intermediate sprint - where this time there will be some bonus seconds. The gap back from the two leaders is 2:50.
Here's some of that exquisite scenery I was talking about... pas mal, as they say in France. Milan-Sanremo-esque, even.
For techies, here's the bike that Bob Jungels is on today... a nice black-and-pink combo.
Mechanical issue for Gaviria - either that or he overcooked a hairpin bend and came to rest against the barriers. Either way, he's now being paced back by his Quick-Step car off the tail of the peloton. I made a mistake with the points earlier - each stage is rated differently, and today's intermediate sprints are worth more than yesterday's. That means that Shalunov picked up 20 points for winning that sprint, while third-place Gaviria took 8pts - which puts him just one digit behind Greipel in the points standings.
Things spice up near the summit with the maglia cyclamino pretenders preparing themselves to fight for that final point. And it’s Quick-Step’s Fernando Gaviria who zips clear and takes it ahead of Trek Segafredo’s Jasper Stuyven, with some unsuccessful spoil tactics for his team-mate Giacomo Nizzolo, who has won the points classification for the past two years.
Paterski takes the maximum 3pts in the uncontested intermediate sprint, with Shalunov happy to ride in his wheel as they enter the centre of Taormina. Meanwhile, back in the pack, former team-mates Fran Ventoso (BMC) and Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) have a joke about something, no doubt while churning out 300 watts.
Meanwhile, it’s the Quick-Step Floors team of pink jerseys past and present – Gaviria and Jungels – who set the tempo on the front of the pack. They trail the two leaders by 3:20. They’re on a newly tarmacked road and it makes a big change from some of the corrugated, potholed concessions to vehicular transportation we saw yesterday and in Sardinia.
They’re onto that uncategorised climb up to Taormina now and the views are pretty stunning. It’s knd of like Milan-Sanremo but even more scenic. At the top there will be the first of two intermediate sprints.
Shalunov and Peterski take on some musettes as they pass through the feedzone with a gap of 3:05. Meanwhile, back in the pack riders are also grappling with their packages – but in this case, it’s for a pre-prandial call of nature. When they do come to the zone themselves, the peloton almost comes to a complete standstill as they jostle for sausage rolls and the like.
The 2014 champion Nairo Quintana is off the back with a Movistar team-mate after a mechanical issue, but there'll be no huge concern for now. He admits he's not in top form at the moment, but his season is a delicate balancing act as he aims to win the Giro with enough left in the tank to go on and be competitive in the Tour de France as he bids to stop Chris Froome making it four wins in five years.
There's an air of inevitability about the outcome of today's stage - not the actual winner, but the means by which it will be achieved. The two escapees still have three minutes to play with, but they're not kidding anyone: this is surely going to come down to a bunch sprint. For now, though, it's quite relaxed. Aussie veteran Adam Hansen, riding his 16th consecutive Grand Tour - or is it 17? - picks up bidons for his Lotto Soudal team-mates, which include that man Andre Greipel, one of the favourites to make it two wins today.
Another rider in the wars yesterday was Matteo Pelucchi of Bora-Hansgrohe, who crashed with 80km to go on the descent from the first climb. That's quite some effort to complete the stage in that state. He could no doubt add sunburn to his list of injuries... Incidentally, Pelucchi finished second to last, 36:34 down on Jan Polanc.
Quick-Step Floors have one man on the front of the pack with most of the Bahrain Merida team just behind on this twisting descent after the hilltop town of Castiglione di Sicilia. The gap is 2:30 and the average speed so far today has been 37.3 km/h.
Mikel Landa is currently off the back of the peloton with some Sky team-mates following a visit to the Team car. Puccio is there, too, picking up bidons. Basque climber Landa has a scare yesterday when puncturing on the final climb, but he managed to fight back through the bodies and make light of the headwind to finish with the main contenders. He's currently in ninth place overall, 10 seconds down on Jungels.
And this is why: Vincenzo Nibali, the defending champion, is one of four Sicilian riders on the race - and today's finish is at his home town of Messina. The other Sicilians? Paolo Tiralongo, Giovanni Visconti and Salvatore Puccio...
The crowds were huge this morning in Pedara, in particularly around the Bahrain Merida bus...
The two leaders - Shalunov and Paterski - pass through the seaside resort of Linguaglossa with a gap of 3:20 over the pack. After the hectic nature of yesterday's stage, it's piano, piano today.
With today's stage expected to be a bunch sprint, the likes of Greipel, Gaviria and Caleb Ewan will have another chance to shine before the race hits mainland Italy. Australian pocket-rocket Ewan has been very unlucky so far: he's actually won two bunch sprints but without actually winning the stage. In stage one, he led the peloton over the line after Lukas Postlberger created an upset and stayed clear; in stage two he unclipped after bashing against Gaviria, so was left frustrated; and in stage three he led the pack home after Gaviria won from the break that formed in the crosswinds. So perhaps it will be fourth-time lucky for the 22-year-old? Although at the time of publishing, only 40% of you think so...
Missed the Grande Partenza in Sardinia? And yesterday's first mountain-top finish? Then watch our analysis on how each stages have been won...
The gap is down to 3:30 for the two escapees. After this 10km descent they have another climb, but it's uncategorised. The road then heads downhill before a punchy ramp into the famous seaside resort of Taormina. Then it's pretty much flat all the way to Messina and the expected bunch sprint.
Yesterday also daw the first big crash of the race when a cluster of riders hit the deck on a roundabout just as tensions were flying ahead of the final climb. Many others were forced wide to take evasive action, meaning it was fairly chaotic. Zakarin was held up, but managed to recover for his second place, but the biggest name to hit the deck was Steven Kruijswijk of LottoNL-Jumbo - the man who came so close to winning the Giro last year, only to crash while in pink on the summit of the Colle dell'Agnello. The Dutchman cut his arms and knees and backside in the crash, but did recover to finish in the main pack. He's 23 seconds down on GC after losing 13 seconds to his rivals in the opening stage following a split in the pack near the finish. He's ok, but it hasn't been the best start of the race for the 29-year-old.
Back on the road today and the two escapees have just crested the summit of the only categorised climb of the day, the Cat.4 Passo Andronico-Sant'Alfio. That will be a few extra KOM points for the man who led the duo over, Shalunov, who already had 4pts from his previous break. That said, the Russian is somewhat short of Polanc's tally of 43 points - hence the lack of contest out there between him and Paterski.
It wasn't all bad for Katusha, though. While Losada and Kochetkov were in the wars, Ilnur Zakarin managed to claw back some of the time he lost in stage two when he picked up that puncture near the finish. The Russian attacked near the summit of the final climb and finished 10 seconds clear of his rivals, while also picking up six bonus seconds for second place. That means he recoups 14 of the 20 seconds he lost over the weekend.
Other news is that Alberto Losada, the Spanish veteran who crashed badly on the descent of yesterday's first climb, did manage to ride on. The Katusha-Alpecin rider came last - almost 40 minutes down - but lives to fight another day. There were three withdrawals yesterday: Rohan Dennis (BMC), Alexandre Geniez (Ag2R-La Mondiale) and Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha-Alpecin).
Quite a lot of news to catch up on, so let's start with the unsavoury stuff. Spaniard Javi Moreno - one of Nibali's key mountain domestiques - was kicked off the race yesterday for pushing Italy's Diego Rosa into spectators during an altercation with the Team Sky rider at the start of the final climb up Mount Etna. Moreno took issue with Rosa and his Sky team-mates muscling up the road on the outside and raised his hand, then pushed the rider. Rosa veered off the road and fell of his bike after hitting spectators. Both riders finished the stage but Moreno was fined 200 swiss francs and excluded from the race.
So we know that Jungels is the man in pink, but what about the other jerseys? Germany's Andre Greipel (Lotto Soudal) is in the maglia cyclamino (points classification), yesterday's winner Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) is in the maglia azzura (mountains classification) and Adam Yates (Orica-Scott) wears the maglia bianca although he's second to Jungels in the youth classification.
We join the stage LIVE now with those two escapees riding through the town of Zafferana Etnea with a gap of almost four minutes over the pack. Shalunev's second break of the race means wildcard team Gasprom-Rusvelo have now placed men in breaks in each of the five stages.
A reminder that Luxembourg's Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) is in the pink jersey after taking over the reins from team-mate Fernando Gaviria yesterday. Jungels leads Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) by 6 seconds, with a whole host of riders - including the big favourites Vincenzo Nibali and Nairo Quintana - 10 seconds adrift.
Two riders broke clear as soon as the neutralised section was over: Evgeny Shalunev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Maciej Paterski (CCC Sprandi). Shalunev was on the offensive in stage two of the race back in Sardinia, if you remember.
The riders setting off at the start today...
Here's what the riders can expect today - with some rolling roads ahead of a flat run to Messina on the coast of Sicily.
Yesterday, Slovenia’s Jan Polanc defied a late surge by Russia’s Ilnur Zakarin to win a thrilling stage four in the shadow of Mount Etna as Bob Jungels moved into the race lead. Polanc, the 25-year-old from UAE Team Emirates, was the last man standing from a four-man break and defied the maximum 12% gradient of the final climb to hold on for the second professional win of his career – two years after he triumphed at Abetone in the 2015 Giro d’Italia.
Hello and welcome to live coverage of stage five of the Giro d'Italia, a 159km ride from Pedara to Messina on the island of Sicily, and a chance for the sprinters to steal back some of the limelight before the race heads off to mainland Italy for the first time.