Maciej Paterski made his presence known on stage 5 of Giro d’Italia, breaking away for nearly 140 kilometers. Also Jan Tratnik put on solid performance, taking 14th at the line.
Info: Stage 5, May 10th, Pedara – Messina, 159km
Course: flat (undulating opening)
CCC Sprandi Polkowie proved to be one of the most aggressive teams in Giro d’Italia, by sending Maciej Paterski into a breakaway of the day. He attacked just after the start and for the fourth time (out of five) “rider in orange” was part of the escape.
Unfortunately he was joined in his efforts only by on rider, Evgeny Shalunov (Gazprom-RusVelo). The duo established over 4-minute advantage, but the peloton had things under control and was gradually closing in on the break.
Paterski managed to win one cat. 4 KOM and two intermediate sprints before being caught by the peloton with 14km to go.
As expected it was all decided in a bunch sprint and Fernando Gaviria (Quick Step Floors) was the strongest in that battle. He outsprinted Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina – Selle Italia) and Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe).
Jan Tratnik finished among the top sprinters, taking 14th place at the line.
Bob Jungels (Quick Step Floors) retained his pink jersey.