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Tour of Italy | Three things that stood out in stage 5: Lennard Kämna is not just chasing points and failures with consequences

The 174 kilometers of the 5th stage of the Giro were the first appearance of the protagonists of the previous day in their newly won jerseys:

Lennard Kämna in the blue mountain jersey of the Spanish Pedro Lopez as the new bearer of the pink jersey proudly showed off the Fans and was able to enjoy the day: their advantage was sure.

The section for two great stars of the sprint was quite different, who were even exchanged as favorites for the Messina final.

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In their place, Frenchman Arnaud Démare managed to take his first and long-awaited victory of the season.

Three things that stood out in the fifth stage of the Giro:

1. Kämna doesn’t just chase points

Despite a very comfortable lead in the mountain rankings, the Etna winner did not rest on his comfortable position. On the contrary, on the only ascent of the day, he started from the last point behind the escape of five men who was leading at that moment.

But that’s not all: the 25-year-old also managed to position himself in the intermediate sprint with 37 kilometers to go. Though in the end he wasn’t able to clinch any of the time bonuses: the sign was clear – he also has the pink jersey more than just in the back of his mind, just 39 seconds behind Lopez. The difficult stages on Friday give him the best chance of conquering it.

In the interview, Kämna was already stacked ahead of the mountain jersey, but the competition is not to be lulled into safety: “It remains to be seen if I’ll wear the jersey. I watch from day to day, but of course I want it to be, wear it the most as long as possible “.

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2. Premature failure slows Ewan down

For most of Eurosport’s international group of experts, the Australian was the big favorite of the stage, precisely because the 20 kilometers of vertical drop in category 2 were considered (too much) an obstacle for Mark Cavendish. The former world champion then fell victim to Team Alpecin’s dictates of speed, but Ewan suddenly found himself behind and in an unwanted chase.

In the first stage, Ewan was still chasing the climb in the final with great confidence until his fall in the last few meters. But on Wednesday, bad luck took away any possibility:

“At the foot of Portella Mandrazzi I had to change bikes. It was the worst moment. The team did everything possible to bring me back, but against all the other teams it was impossible,” said the five-time Giro stage winner hopes for a new possibility in the sixth stage.

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3. Démares “much needed victory”

Even without Cavendish and Ewan, Messina fans saw an exceptional sprint, which Arnaud Démare confidently won after “perfect teamwork” for Eurosport expert Bernie Eisel. A salvation for the Frenchman and his team, because so far Groupama has only achieved two miserable victories this season.

“My victory shows that in cycling you can never give up”, said the former Milan – Sanremo winner, who was also behind in the climb of the day.

Its rider, Ramon Sinkeldam, emotionally summed up the roller coaster ride of this stage to the finish: “The victory was absolutely necessary. I train like crazy all year to show a performance like today. There (on the mountain ) I got goosebumps when there were six or seven of us chasing the pitch. We weren’t quite positioned in the sprint, but in the end it went perfectly. I’ve been in the wind for a long time and so was Arnaud – but not had to stop today. “

Now the knot has broken out in Démare, who also took the lead in the points classification and could perhaps defend it until the finish line in Verona – as he did at the Giro 2020.

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