Sky Sports Today - Breaking Transfer News, Build-up to Super Sunday and the Latest Sports News

Live: Giro d'Italia stage five

  • Sorry, Bouhanni isn't quite back on yet. He's got another 75km still to catch up. Not sure why his team-mates on the back of the pack haven't dropped back to help him yet.
    5/13/2014 3:05:36 PM
  • Inside the last 10km now and Bouhanni definitely has rejoined now. He will be very tired after that long and testing chase.
    5/13/2014 3:06:21 PM
  • The riders cross the line all as one, which means Michael Matthews will retain the pink jersey until tomorrow at least. It also means there is one lap to go.
    5/13/2014 3:08:36 PM
  • Looks like it's just starting to rain again in Bari. That could throw the cat among the pigeons.
    5/13/2014 3:10:06 PM
  • Team Sky and Cannondale are both moving to the front now to put Ben Swift and Elia Viviani respectively into position.
    5/13/2014 3:10:37 PM
  • Team Sky's Salvatore Puccio has gone off the front of the peloton and has been followed by Bardiani-CSF rider Nicola Boem. Not sure if this is an intended attack.
    5/13/2014 3:12:13 PM
  • Puccio and Boem swallowed back up again so all together with 3.2km to go.
    5/13/2014 3:12:36 PM
  • Cannondale on the front now. Team Sky and FDJ also there. Giant-Shimano just coming up now.
    5/13/2014 3:13:06 PM
  • TWO CRASHES! One of them has wiped out the entire Cannondale team.
    5/13/2014 3:14:34 PM
  • AND ANOTHER CRASH! Three crashes. There is only Giant-Shimano left at the front of the race - about six riders - that's all.
    5/13/2014 3:15:09 PM
  • Four Giant riders, one Trek and one Lampre-Merida rider will contest the finish.
    5/13/2014 3:15:45 PM
  • A few more riders coming back to the front group now. Hardly any one left though. A couple of riders still down injured after the crashes. Last 500m...
    5/13/2014 3:16:21 PM
  • Nacer Bouhanni wins!
    5/13/2014 3:18:55 PM
  • Tom Veelers of Giant led out the sprint but Bouhanni came round him at pace to take the win.
    5/13/2014 3:19:12 PM
  • There were three crashes in the finale there as the last 2km turned into an ice rink.
    5/13/2014 3:20:53 PM
  • Just confirmation that Michael Matthews has retained the pink jersey.
    5/13/2014 3:21:14 PM
  • Some reaction from Matthews:

    “From the start it was really slippery roads and straight away we had a chat in the bunch and we decided to neutralise the race, just for the safety for us.

    “It’s a long tour so we have to do what we have to do to get through these stages as safe as possible.

    “The conditions were totally different to Ireland. Ireland is a country where it always rains, so the roads there are used to the weather conditions changing all the time.

    “The roads here in the south of Italy don’t get much rain and the cities aren’t used to the weather conditions, so the safest thing to do was to neutralise the race.”
    5/13/2014 3:23:48 PM
  • That's all we've got time for today, but we'll be back with live coverage of stage five tomorrow. See you then.
    5/13/2014 3:25:11 PM
  • Good afternoon everyone and welcome to our coverage of stage five from the Giro d'Italia.

    The first climbs of the race should provide an intriguing stage across 203km with any number of riders able to fight for victory.
    5/14/2014 1:29:26 PM
  • We have a really interesting break up the road - full of sprinters with eyes on the red points jersey.

    The big fight for them came at the intermediate sprint which saw Ben Swift of Team Sky prevail. The Brit is now virtual leader in that classification.
    5/14/2014 1:36:11 PM
  • After all the problems yesterday the riders will not be happy to see the rain returning to the stage. It's really been an incredible race so far when it comes to the weather!
    5/14/2014 1:41:53 PM
  • Here is the profile for today - note the ramp up to the finish

    5/14/2014 1:44:51 PM
  • Okay let's go through this 11-man break.

    Elia Viviani (Cannondale), Ben Swift (Team Sky), Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp), Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp), Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Colombia), Tony Hurel (Team Europcar), Björn Thurau (Team Europcar), Marco Frapporti (Androni Giocattoli), Yonathan Monsalve (Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo), Kenny Dehaes (Lotto Belisol), Tosh Van der Sande (Lotto Belisol).
    5/14/2014 1:50:57 PM
  • It's certainly an interesting move.

    Swift edged out Viviani and Farrar in Montalbano Jonico for the sprint points. Only Viviani got anywhere close to the win yesterday after a messy finish on the slick roads in Bari.
    5/14/2014 1:52:31 PM
  • Here is the race leader - Michael Matthews

    5/14/2014 1:55:15 PM
  • Plenty of speculation about whether Matthews can hold onto his eight-second lead today. He's been making all the right noises and says he has earmarked this uphill finish in Viggiano as one he wants to win.
    5/14/2014 1:58:08 PM
  • Race update

    True to their word, Orica-GreenEdge are riding well on the front with numbers. They have brought the gap down 2' 36"
    5/14/2014 2:01:09 PM
  • A few teams have a pair of riders in the break and they are looking to keep things moving as we head into the final 50km.
    5/14/2014 2:05:21 PM
  • Tosh Van der Sande (LTB) hits out from the break. His counterparts don't like that and have quickly shut it down.
    5/14/2014 2:07:40 PM
  • The riders will at least be able to get a look at the finish and the final fourth-category climb when they pass through for the first time.

    From there it's just 13.6km back to the finish. It should be a huge fight.
    5/14/2014 2:10:21 PM
  • Michael Hepburn has got through a lot of work so far this Giro and the young Australian is still on the front shutting down the gap.

    It's almost game over for the break. Gap is 1' 18"
    5/14/2014 2:11:52 PM
  • The sun is back out at the finish. The wind is still whipping up but it looks like we might dodge the rain.
    5/14/2014 2:14:12 PM
  • Another thing to monitor today is how involved the GC contenders get.

    There's not really scope to take any significant time but the likes of Quintana, Rodriguez, Evans etc will need to be vigilant.

    Meanwhile there is lots of looking around in the break. They know the game is up.
    5/14/2014 2:17:21 PM
  • Here is the finale of today's stage. Plenty of scope for attacks

    5/14/2014 2:19:05 PM
  • The Maglia Rosa of Matthews is back at the Orica-GreenEdge car. He's clearly feeling relaxed with 40km to go.
    5/14/2014 2:19:58 PM
  • Race update: 31km to go
    There's a bit of a holding pattern now. The gap has spun back out to 1' 55" with the peloton content they have the situation under control. A few more teams are starting to move up.
    5/14/2014 2:27:10 PM
  • Inside 30km now and the pace still isn't high in the bunch. It needs someone to really light it up heading into the finish.
    5/14/2014 2:33:27 PM
  • So with 23km to go seven riders are caught by the peloton.

    Out front still we have Frapporti, Monsalve, Van der Sande and Thurau.
    5/14/2014 2:41:18 PM
  • We're seeing new teams on the front now in the peloton. Giant-Shimano and Belkin showing at the front.
    5/14/2014 2:43:57 PM
  • It's just Bjorn Thurau now ploughing onwards solo.

    Back in the pack we're seeing riders sit up as the pace goes up. The climb is ramping up now.
    5/14/2014 2:49:36 PM
  • A crash in the middle of the bunch has caused a split in the pack. It was the product of some nervous racing as riders try to move up. 15km to go
    5/14/2014 2:52:29 PM
  • Quite a few riders are having to chase back on after that crash. Edvald Boasson Hagen and Philip Deignan need to bridge across for Team Sky. Local man Domenico Pozzovivo also caught out.
    5/14/2014 2:54:57 PM
  • It's BMC who are looking to take control now as we come across the line to take the bell. Boasson Hagen is back and well-placed, as is Sky team-mate Dario Cataldo.

    A few riders will be wary of this descent.
    5/14/2014 2:56:54 PM
  • Mikel Landa has gone down on the descent.

    Not good for one of Scarponi's key helpers on the Astana team
    5/14/2014 3:04:20 PM
Powered by ScribbleLive Content Marketing Software Platform

Most Popular



Souness: Mark of champions

Souness: Mark of champions

Graeme Souness hailed Chelsea after their win over QPR, describing their dogged display as "the mark of champions".

Supplement podcast

Supplement podcast

Download to hear the panel discuss the demise of Man City and the futures of van Persie, Cech and Wilshere.

Sky Cricket Podcast

Sky Cricket Podcast

Shane Warne, Ian Botham, Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd pay tribute to the legend, Richie Benaud.