Duo safely through crash-marred fifth stage

10 May 2023

Duo safely through crash-marred fifth stage

Giro d'Italia - Stage 5 » Atripalda › Salerno, 171km

Geraint Thomas and Tao Geoghegan Hart finished safely on the back of the lead group during a crash-marred finale to stage five at the Giro d'Italia.

Wet roads and a fast run-in saw a number of crashes on the day, with the team's GC duo able to stay upright during a test where a number of contenders went down.

The team hit the front to ensure a strong position into the race's final corner, which came 7km out from the line in Salerno. The first of three crashes saw the peloton split, with the G and Tao safely in the front group.

Another pile-up on the straight run-in saw Pavel Sivakov and Thymen Arensman caught up, but quickly back on their bikes and without time-loss, courtesy of the 3km to go rule.

The sprint finish ensured that much of the top-10 remained unchanged, with Thomas and Geoghegan Hart retaining sixth and ninth places overall.

Both Remco Evenepoel (Soudal - Quick-Step) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) were caught up in crashes on the day, while the stage was won by Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck).

Crashes were also an unfortunate theme on the opening day of Tour de Hongrie. Both Egan Bernal and Luke Plapp went down hard in a mass pile-up in the final kilometres of stage one.

Both riders were able to re-mount and finish the stage, and will now be checked over a monitored by the team's medical staff.

Jhonatan Narvaez hit out early and contested the sprint, but would fade at the line to finish 23rd. Dylan Groenewegen (Jayco AlUla) was victorious and moved into the early race lead.