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Live: Giro d'Italia stage five

  • Big problems for Nacer Bouhanni, the FDJ sprinter. He's just had to stop and is now fighting his way back on to the rear end of the peloton. That will burn a lot of energy - and that is if he does manage to get back on.He's got one team-mate with him.
    5/13/2014 3:01:31 PM
  • Bouhanni sits in behind his team car to get a tow and is promptly told by the race commissaires to carry on under his own steam. He might be in trouble for that a bit later.
    5/13/2014 3:02:59 PM
  • Looks like Bouhanni has just got back on to the rear of the peloton. He'll now grab a quick breather before moving back towards the front. Orica-GreenEdge still driving the pace on the front of the bunch.
    5/13/2014 3:04:29 PM
  • 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
  • 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
  • Astana andf Ag2r are also quite prominent up at the front of the pack, but strangely, Orica-GreenEdge are largely absent right now. Svein Tuft is up there, but race leader Michael Matthews and the rest of the Australian squad are well down the bunch. Not sure if they've slipped back just momentarily.
    5/15/2014 1:37:07 PM
  • The peloton is passing through the feed zone now. This should allow the breakaway to stretch the gap back out slightly.
    5/15/2014 1:37:35 PM
  • Astana are starting to take over on the front of the bunch. Only Bernie Eisel left up at the head of the race now for Team Sky.
    5/15/2014 1:46:27 PM
  • Lots of chatting on the front of the peloton, which is indicative of the relaxed way in which this stage has been tackled. I guess that's what happens when you have a stage of the length of today's.
    5/15/2014 1:50:14 PM
  • Trek Factory Racing have moved to the front of the peloton now, apparently keen to get the pace going again. A lot faster now.
    5/15/2014 1:58:43 PM
  • The gap to the breakaway had actually crept up to 6'34", so presumably that's why Trek hit the front and decided to change up a gear.
    5/15/2014 2:00:12 PM
  • Straight away the gap is back down to 6'00". Expect that to keep falling steadily now.
    5/15/2014 2:03:23 PM
  • Today should be another one for the punchy climbers in the peloton, or the sprinters who don't mind a hill. Here is how the last few kilometres look...

    5/15/2014 2:04:48 PM
  • Lots of you backing Joaquim Rodriguez to win today. If you want to put your money where your mouth is, SkyBet have got live odds here
    5/15/2014 2:08:01 PM
  • The gap is now under five minutes as we approach the 50km-to-go mark.
    5/15/2014 2:11:10 PM
  • Bernie Eisel back up to the front of the peloton, with the Trek team just behind. Looks like Bernie is keen to make sure the pace stays high here.
    5/15/2014 2:13:05 PM
  • And in fact, Eisel and three Trek riders have just accidentally broken off the front of the peloton. There was no attack - it was just everyone else behind were caught sleeping there. It's back together now, though.
    5/15/2014 2:14:19 PM
  • Michele Scarponi has lost 1min 45sec. Not sure about Rodriguez yet but his losses will be huge - and potentially race-ending.
    5/15/2014 3:35:47 PM
  • That's all we've got time for I'm afraid. We'll bring you the full GC, plus news of Rodriguez, Quintana, everyone else caught up in the crash - and also Team Sky's riders - in our stage reports, which will be online at and imminently. See you tomorrow for live coverage of stage seven.
    5/15/2014 3:39:59 PM
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