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Live: Giro d'Italia stage five

  • Good afternoon and welcome along to our live text commentary of the Giro d'Italia's third and final stage in Ireland. It's another flat day for the sprinters, so Marcel Kittel is favourite to make it two wins in a row following his triumph in Belfast yesterday. We'll bring you up to speed with what's happened so far today and what to expect later on...
    5/11/2014 12:22:25 PM
  • It's another rainy day on the Emerald Isle, sadly, so rain jackets are once again the order of the day. The latter half of the days skirts Ireland's eastern coastline so it remains to be seen if crosswinds play a role in proceedings.
    5/11/2014 12:33:50 PM
  • Just a quick reminder of how things look in the general classification going into today's stage:

    1 Michael Matthews (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, 5:37:54
    2 Luke Durbridge (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, +3sec
    3 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) Orica-GreenEdge, same time
    4 Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    5 Pieter Weening (Ned) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    6 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge, st
    7 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, +8
    8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    9 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    10 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Omega Pharma – Quick-Step, st
    5/11/2014 12:35:55 PM
  • Here's today's stage profile...

    5/11/2014 12:43:24 PM
  • And here's the map of the stage...

    5/11/2014 12:46:20 PM
  • The gap to the breakaway has fallen slightly in the last 10km to just over 4'11". Maarten Tjallingii is back in there for the second day in a row.
    5/11/2014 12:47:30 PM
  • Just a quick side-track from the Giro to mention that Marianne Vos has completed overall victory at the Women's Tour with victory on stage five - her third win in a row at the race. Report here:

    Womens Tour: Marianne Vos seals inaugural crown with victory on fifth and final stage

    SkySportsMarianne Vos secured the Womens Tour crown with another show of domination in the fifth and final stage on Sunday.
    5/11/2014 12:57:42 PM
  • After the sheep and the horses, today pink cow on #giro course. Now just waiting for elephants.

  • The riders have just passed the 100km-to-go mark and the gap to the breakaway has fallen to just over three minutes.
    5/11/2014 1:00:42 PM
  • There's been a crash in the peloton and Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) is the biggest name to have hit the deck. Manuele Belletti (Androni) also fell and has been receiving treatment on his arm.
    5/11/2014 1:02:09 PM
  • No idea why, but the peloton seems determined not to give this group any gap. Maybe the cross winds being anticipated? It has tumbled well below two minutes now.
    5/11/2014 1:13:20 PM
  • Now for a few photos from the finish....
    5/11/2014 1:16:35 PM

  • 5/11/2014 1:16:47 PM

  • 5/11/2014 1:17:26 PM
  • As you might tell from those pics, the weather is inconsistent at best. Riders had no longer started taking off a few bits of rain gear as they had to pull it back on again. Lead has extended while the majority of the peloton was taking a natural break.
    5/11/2014 1:19:08 PM
  • Feed zone time - I'm off for a bag of Maltesers to pay tribute
    5/11/2014 1:21:00 PM
  • Rain is getting heavier where the peloton is, but reports from Dublin suggest the weather in the Irish capital is much better, Gap out to nearly four minutes as the pace slows noticeably
    5/11/2014 1:34:03 PM
  • Everything has settled down now - looks like the injured riders from earlier on are back in the peloton but Kelderman is back with the Belkin car having a word with the boss
    5/11/2014 1:45:22 PM
  • Actually Belletti is not back yet - he's chasing back on with Marco Frapporti and his knee looks to be in a bit of a state. Some blood running down his leg. Doubt he'll be involved in any sprints today unlike yesterday when he finished sixth
    5/11/2014 1:47:30 PM
  • 5/11/2014 1:48:46 PM
  • As per that last picture the peloton is riding through Drogheda at the moment, on the way to Dublin with the finish in just over 65kms
    5/11/2014 1:50:19 PM

  • 5/11/2014 1:54:58 PM
  • Big crash at the back, plenty of Astana riders down including team leader Michele Scarponi
    5/11/2014 1:57:22 PM
  • Johnny Hoogerland, Andre Cardoso, Enrico Gasparotto among those down. Lampre-Merida also affected. Valerio Agnoli is limping and uttering some Italian swear words under his breath. Peloton has slowed right down. 
    5/11/2014 1:58:42 PM
  • Looks like everyone else is back up and riding. Lampre had at least three men down, Astana maybe as many as five.
    5/11/2014 1:59:06 PM
  • Here's some of the carnage - hopefully no serious long-lasting injuries
    5/11/2014 2:00:37 PM

  • 5/11/2014 2:01:46 PM
  • Lead is going up again, no surprise given what happened in the peloton a few minutes ago. 
    5/11/2014 2:02:47 PM
  • One more happy picture from the Women's Tour before we concentrate on all things Giro.

    5/11/2014 2:04:10 PM
  • Pace is increasing in the peloton again as we approach the final 50kms of the third stage. Maybe we'll see some sunshine before the finish, but don't bet on it!
    5/11/2014 2:08:33 PM
  • Gasparotto (Astana) looks like he took a blow on the nose in that accident - he's getting some treatment at his team car.
    5/11/2014 2:09:09 PM
  • Ivan Basso, team leader of Cannondale, gets some running repairs to his bike on the side of the road. He'll soon be back in the peloton although doesn't seem to have many team-mates dropping back to help him.
    5/11/2014 2:13:12 PM
  • Basso finally gets one rider back to help him but seems a bit strange they were so slow in getting their veteran leader any help.
    5/11/2014 2:16:31 PM

  • 5/11/2014 2:16:59 PM
  • Basso still fighting his way through the team cars and has to fend off the Bardiani-CSF driver as the peloton comes through a section of narrower roads. Lead is tumbling again now.
    5/11/2014 2:22:56 PM

  • 5/11/2014 2:31:16 PM
  • Another crash. Cameron Meyer (Orica Greenedge) not looking in a good way and Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) also down.
    5/11/2014 2:32:38 PM
  • It all stacked up after a big roundabout with at least 40 riders either down or delayed. There was a Team Sky man on the floor, we think sprinter Edvald Boasson Hagen. Bike change going on for a Belkin rider as well.
    5/11/2014 2:34:27 PM
  • No huge slowing down in the peloton this time, although it appeared from the pictures there were plenty of riders making their way back into the group. No-one apart from Meyer appeared to be hurt.
    5/11/2014 2:36:26 PM

  • 5/11/2014 2:37:04 PM
  • The peloton is looking very nervous now. Riders taking things very easy to avoid more traffic furniture...and that's despite the sun now being out!
    5/11/2014 2:37:50 PM
  • The leading quintet approach the town of Swords. Noticeable the GC teams, including Astana, have come to the front of the peloton now. They are desperate to avoid any more incidents.
    5/11/2014 2:43:47 PM
  • Massive crowds in Malahide as Ben Swift of Team Sky is forced to take on a new bike. That could be very costly when it comes to the bunch finish in just over 20kms. Quick change though and he should get back in soon.
    5/11/2014 2:49:20 PM
  • Puccio comes back to help out Swift. They are riding through the team cars now but the pace is not high at the moment with the lead hovering at 46 seconds.
    5/11/2014 2:50:59 PM
  • Swift is back in the peloton. Good quick repair work from Team Sky. 
    5/11/2014 2:52:32 PM
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