We’re looking back at the second week of the 2019 Giro d’Italia and the Twitterstream was bountiful! We have unsung heroes who make good, an Ecuadorian who is guarded by a furious turkey, and a furious Shark … plus so much more, of course. We’re TWEETS OF THE WEEK, Giro-style!
Time trials aren’t often spicy. There is often a predetermined flow to them, determined many centuries ago. Okay, maybe not… but the point is time trials are often drab affairs that lack enthusiasm across the board, both from fans and the riders. With that said, today’s 34.7km individual time trial from Riccione to San Marino brought the heat. With a course that gradually tilted upwards, and ended with a bang of a climb, stage 9 of this year’s Giro d’Italia was set to the first serious test for the overall contenders prior to the race reaching the mountains in week two.
On a finishing stretch rendered treacherous with torrential rain, Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) surfed the spray of Fernando Gaviria‘s (UAE Emirates) wheel, the latter his unwitting poisson-pilote, allowing Ackermann to smoke everyone to land his second victory in stage 5 of the 2019 Giro d’Italia. Gaviria was (a very close) runner-up with a distant Arnaud Demare (Groupama – FDJ) rounding out the podium. There were no changes on GC as all the contenders crossed the line safely together after their race had been neutralised. Race leader Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) has added a pink “waterproof” jacket to his rosy coloured swag.