Italy's Filippo Ganna in action. Picture: REUTERS/JENNIFER LORENZINI
Italy's Filippo Ganna in action. Picture: REUTERS/JENNIFER LORENZINI

Camigliatello Silano — Italian Filippo Ganna gave his Ineos-Grenadiers team something to cheer about on the Giro d’Italian on Wednesday when he claimed the fifth stage, a 225km trek from Mileto.

The time trial world champion rode away from a group of three breakaway riders in the category-one ascent to Montescuro to win his second stage of this year’s edition after taking the opening time trial.

The 24-year-old, whose previous six wins all came in time trials, crossed the line 34 sec ahead of a group of overall contenders. His teammate and pre-race favourite Geraint Thomas, who was forced to abandon after a crash early on the third stage, came to congratulate him afterwards.

“Last night I messaged with Geraint and he said I should try to go in the breakaway and win the stage, so I did it a little bit for him,” said Ganna. “It was not easy in the climb but when I attacked I just did my own time trial.”

Austrian Patrick Konrad came second and Portugal’s Joao Almeida took third place to retain the overall leader’s Maglia Rosa.

Thursday’s sixth stage is a 188km stretch from Castrovillari to Matera, in the Basilicata region.

Reuters

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