A Tour of the Alps that delivered on the thrills, wrapped up with a final, feisty stage and a hint of rainbows.
Tour of the Alps Stage 5: Rattenberg to Innsbruck, 164.2km
Innsbruck hosts the World Championships this year and today’s stage gave riders and fans a sneak preview of what to expect. Bahrain-Merida’s neo-pro Mark Padun rode away from the favourites with 4km to go to claim his first professional victory. George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jan Hirt (Astana) rounded out the day’s podium.
Thibaut Pinot (Groupama-FDJ) finished with the favourites to claim the fuschia jersey from Domenico Pozzovivo (Bahrain Merida), who finished second, with Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) on the third step. Dimension Data’s Ben O’Connor was best young rider, Oscar Rodriguez (Euskadi-Murias) King of the Mountains, Pascal Eenkhoorn took the sprint jersey, and Astana go home with the best team trophy.
The stage highlights
Thibaut Pinot loves racing in Italy and he certainly stomped his authority over this attack-friendly parcours. He held his nerve on the descents and didn’t lose time he could not make up.
The Sky MVP award surely goes to Kenny Elissonde. Good to see him back looking King Kenny-ish.
The other Giro contenders are about where they should be with perhaps the exception of Fabio Aru (UAE Emirates) who blew hot and cold on the climbs. Chris Froome has been full of attack, but didn’t make any of them stick – this time. Let’s see what the Tour of Romandie will show us.
Tour of Alps – you’ve been brilliant!
Full race report at Cycling News
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