Filippo Ganna celebrates after crossing the finish line by winning the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, at Camigliatello Silano.
World champion Filippo Ganna claimed his second stage victory of this Giro d'Italia on Wednesday, with Portuguese João Almeida increasing his lead as overall leader.
Ganna – world time trial champion and winner of the first stage timed – was able to raise his arms as he crossed the finish line of stage five alone after covering a mountainous distance of 225 kilometers (139.8 miles) between Miletus and Camigliatello.
Austrian Patrick Konrad defeated Almeida in the sprint for second place, leading the pack to the finish, 34 seconds behind Ganna.
Ganna, an Italian runner for the Ineos Grenadiers team, was one of a group of eight escapees and attacked 10 miles (16 kilometers) from the finish on the first-rate climb to Valico Montescuro.
“In theory I was not supposed to participate in the escape, I was supposed to help Salvatore Puccio,” said Ganna. “But after 40 kilometers of attacks, I asked him to stick to the wheel and we escaped from the others.”
It was a joy for team Ineos Grenadiers, whose leader and overall favorite Geraint Thomas retired from the Giro prior to stage four on Tuesday after fracturing his pelvis in a fall the day before.
Wednesday's run did not have a single meter on flat ground. It included two third category promotions prior to Valico Montescuro.
In the general classification, Almeida leads by 43 seconds to the Spanish Pello Bilbao and 48 seconds to the Dutch Wilco Kelderman.
Ecuadorian Jonathan Caicedo was just two seconds behind Almeida prior to stage five, but lost more than 16 minutes on Wednesday.
“It was very cold today, with some rain. I was happy with my performance, “said Almeida. “After Caicedo lagged behind, he was able to keep me glued to the main favorites and I left it all until the finish line.”
Stage six on Thursday will cover a distance of 188 kilometers (116.8 miles) between Castrovillari and Matera, including a third category climb.
The Italian round was originally going to start with three stages in Hungary and would be held from May 9 to 31, but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
It will conclude on October 25 with an individual time trial in Milan.