93rd Giro d'Italia - Stage
A brave trio defies the sprinters who arrive TOO late to
take the glory away from our optimists after 132 km on the attack!
Gazzetta dello Sport
The breakaway of four races through the San Georgio Lomeillina Village
Photo © 2010 Fabio
Stage 5 Novara - Novi Liguire, 168 km
Jerome Pineau took the stage out of a breakaway group of three riders that
defied the sprinters finishing 4 seconds ahead of the sprinters teams who led the
peloton to the line too late. Pineau of Quick Step, led compatriot
Julien Fouchard and Bbox's Japanese rider Yukiya Arashiro to the finish.
Tyler Farrar and Greg Henderson were the the first to the fast men to finish
after our brave trio.
Nothing new on the G.C. side of the matter, with Vincenzo Nibali still in the
Maglia Rosa leading fellow Italian and teammate Ivan Basso by 13", with Agnoli
in third at 20", and Voss/Greipel pairing coming next at 26 seconds.
raphic © 210 Gazzetta dello Sport
The three riders were part of a 4 man group that included mountain king
Paul Vos of Milram. The quartet attacked the peloton with 132 km to go and built
up a maximum gap of over 5 minutes after 47 km on the road. Behind Lampre/Farnese
Vini led the chase followed by Liquigas/Doimo and Garmin/Transitions. Lampre was
on the chase early to deliver their sprint hero, Ale-Jet Petacchi to the sprint
to add to his 22 Giro victory count.
The blu & Fucsia crew proved effective in the task at hand bringing the gap
down to 3:10 as they went over the Cat. 3 Avolasca. KOM; but got little help in
conducting the chase. With 40 km to go, Arashiro, Voss, Fouchard and Pineau
still working well together held on to 3:38 as the approached the entry into the
final circuits in Novi Ligure. With 35 km to the finish the quartet continued to
maintain their gap at just over 3 minutes... but..
Another view of the escapees...
Photo © 2010 Fabio
The chase was about to kick up in pace as HTC/Columbia came to the front with
Garmin and Lampre closing in on our optimists at 2:50 as we engtered the final 30
kilometers... however, the quartet was not impressed, nor had they lost sight of
their goal and continued to press on...
Picking up the race live with 25 km to go,
Fabio will provides the live commentary... Vos having accomplished his mission
to collect the climbers points to secure his lead as this editions first king of
the mountains, Voss sat up and returned to the peloton. The three up
front were undaunted by the loss and continued to attack the road ahead. Four
Lampre riders lead the chase.
20 km to go - HTC has come to front.
Garzelli holding up his hand up, a bad time to flat as the chase gets pumped up.
13.6 km to go, the gap is 01'23" Some ten riders are losing contact to the
A dozen kilometers left. Riders from Garmin and Team Columbia drive the
chase, but also a few Rabo-boys are rushing towards the front of the gruppo. The
gap hovers around the minute. The leading trio is not giving up the fight at
The fast (now riding at 60-70 km/h) peloton, with Lampre no longer in the
front spots, went under the 10-to-go banner. They brought the time distance to
the breakaway under the minute.
7 km to go for Arashiro and his two fellow escapees. They managed to keep
their lead around the minute, regardless of the efforts from Team Columbia and
the other sprinter's teams. So don't take a massive sprint finish for granted.
Now it's 5.5 km. left. The three guys keep taking turns. The flying peloton
(60 kph) is not making a lot of gains on them. Quite the opposite. The last
update says the gap is a good 55 seconds.
last update says the gap is a good 55 seconds. What a difference a thousand
meters can make. With 4.5 to go for the leaders, the gap dramatically dropped to
Chasers picked up the pace again, resulting in a further 30 riders getting
dropped. Strong headwinds are not playing into the escapees' hands either.
Arashiro comes to the front and takes a long pull seemingly doubling his effort.
The unstoppable chase machine, now led by a Team Sky trio, just went under
the three-to-go banner, taking the time distance further down to a mere 20
seconds. Sky are riding like it was a TTT as the stage enters the last
Arashiro attacks! A last try by the Japanese as we're in final kilometer. It
could be a vain effort though, the peloton are spread across the road and
700 meters for Arashiro., Only Pineau tried to resist. All resistances proved
futile. Arashiro caught... But not Pineau ... he passes the Japanese
rider... AND WINS!!!
JEROME PINEAU IS THE WINNER!!!!
The other Frenchman took second, And the Japanese had to settle with the
Tyler Farrar leads the big losers of the day home. And today the big losers
were the sprinters and their teams. The pursuers failed to catch the leading
trio by very few seconds. But that's it. Pineau got back to victory ... after
six years. And all the fastest wheels around came out of the stage empty-handed.
Period. Pineau also took the Maglia Rossa jersey of points leader for his effort
A chase too late...
Some polemics between the sprinter's teams came after the finish, with
a Lampre team manager complaining about the lack of support his team got in the
chase, at least until the last 20-30 kilometers. It didn't take long for Valerio
Piva to respond: the HTC-Columbia's DS said that in fact he had sent some men to
the front about 50 km. from the finish, with the gap just slightly over three
In Piva's opinion the chase was real and strong, but ... the three
fugitives just went really fast. So instead of blaming the sprinter's teams, he
would give credit to the top three finishers, that were great today.
Former riders like Silvio Martinello and Michele Bartoli seemed to agree with
Piva, and ex-sprinter Martinello also pointed out the fact that many riders got
dropped from the bunch late in the stage as a proof of the true intentions of
the pursuers, of the seriousness of the chase.
Alessandro Petacchi wasn't happy at the
other sprinter teams' behaviour either. "We (Lampre) did everything we could in
order to bring the escapees back. We chased more than all others did, as we were
confident in the peloton's chances to catch the breakaway. Maybe also the other
sprinter's teams should have been more confident. The peloton knew in advance of
the tailwind in the last piece of the stage, and was aware that it would help
the fugitives, so I think they should have moved earlier".
Comments from the stage winner now & New
Jerome Pineau was born on January 02, 1980.
Exactly thirty years after the Heron closed his wings. So how could the Gods of
Cycling choose a better winner in a ride paying homage to Italy's greatest
"Well, I knew of the date coincidence, and when I saw all those Coppi banners
on the second hill of the day, the "Passo Coppi" and realized that my legs were
okay, I tought it was a sign of destiny" the stage winner said, adding that "In
the last five kilometers all I could hear was (team manager) Bramati yelling
from the team car! This is the nicest win of my career. I resolved to come to
the Giro only three weeks ago."
" I told Luca (Bramati) that this could be the ideal race for me to get back
confidence in my chances. And here I am. Quick Step has won two stages out of
five in this Giro, we can be satisfied".
Stage 5 Results (top 8)
1. Jerome Pineau (Fra) Quick Step
2. Julien Fouchard (Fra) Cofidis
3. Yukiya Arashiro (Jap) Bbox Bouygues Telecom
4. Tyler Farrar (USA) Garmin/Transitions - 0:04
5. Greg Henderson (NZl) Team SKY - 0:04
6. Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre/Farnese Vini - 0:04
7. Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank - 0:04
8. Andrč Greipel (Ger) HTC/Columbia - 0:04
9. Sebastien Haedo (Arg) Saxo Bank - 0:04
10 William Bonnet (Fra) Bouygues Telecom - 0:04
Full results and photos to come...
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