Benjamin Thomas wins stage 5 of the Giro d'Italia.

Giro d’Italia stage 5 report: Benjamin Thomas wins as the break denies the sprinters

Stage 5 was supposed to end in a bunch kick but four breakaway riders did not get the memo.

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by Dane Cash 08.05.2024 Photography by
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Benjamin Thomas (Cofidis) won stage 5 of the Giro d’Italia from the breakaway as a four-rider move denied the peloton on a day that looked destined to end in a bunch kick.

Thomas bested Michael Valgren (EF Education-EasyPost) with Andrea Pietrobon (Polti-Kometa) in third after his own attempt to solo away from his companions came up just short in the end. Also newsworthy from the day was the bevy of crashes over the course of the stage, although none of the top 10 riders on GC lost time.

Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely in the peloton to hold on to the race lead.

The second break of the day goes the distance



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After the finish, Valgren credited most, though not all, of his breakaway companions for working well together. In any case, even without a win to show for his efforts, he has reason to be optimistic moving forward.

The Polti guy was taking short turns, not super strong, and then he came with a late attack. I think it messed up the cooperation. I had to do a really long sprint. I hoped to do a Magnus Cort Nielsen sprint but I have to learn a bit more.

-Michael Valgren after stage 5

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