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Jan Polanc (Lampre-Merida) claimed stage 5 of this year’s Giro d’Italia today.
Polanc emerged from a a long breakaway during the final climb to Abetone, to claim a solo victory more than a minute and a half over Sylvain Chavanel (IAM Cycling), in the first mountain top finish of this year’s race.
Meanwhile, Fabio Aru took third place, followed by GC favorite Alberto Contador in fourth.
As result of his fourth place finish, Contador took over the leader’s jersey from Orica GreenEdge’s Simon Clarke, who finished more than 4 minutes back, causing the Australian rider to fall as far back as 42nd place today.
Other GC favorite, Ritchie Porte, moved up into fifth place in the overall classification, after finishing with the same time as Contador and Aru.
Stage 5 Results
SLO 1 POLANC, Jan (LAMPRE – MERIDA) 4:09:18
FRA 2 CHAVANEL, Sylvain (IAM CYCLING) + 1:31
ITA 3 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA)
ESP 4 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO)
AUS 5 PORTE, Richie (SKY)
ESP 6 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (ASTANA) + 1:44
ITA 7 CATALDO, Dario (ASTANA) + 1:53
RUS 8 TROFIMOV, Yury (KATUSHA)
ITA 9 CARUSO, Damiano (BMC RACING)
COL 10 ATAPUMA HURTADO, Darwin (BMC RACING)
General Classification after Stage 5
ESP 1 CONTADOR VELASCO, Alberto (TINKOFF – SAXO) 16:05:54
ITA 2 ARU, Fabio (ASTANA) + 2
AUS 3 PORTE, Richie (SKY) + 20
CZE 4 KREUZIGER, Roman (TINKOFF – SAXO) + 22
ITA 5 CATALDO, Dario (ASTANA) + 28
COL 6 CHAVES RUBIO, Jhoan Esteban (ORICA GreenEDGE) + 37
ITA 7 VISCONTI, Giovanni (MOVISTAR) + 56
ESP 8 LANDA MEANA, Mikel (ASTANA) + 1:01
ITA 9 FORMOLO, Davide (CANNONDALE – GARMIN) + 1:15
CRC 10 AMADOR BAKKAZAKOVA, Andrey (MOVISTAR) + 1:18
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