The Take Out | Giro Stages 4-6 - What You Need To Know
· Pascal’s still the Acker-MANN
Continuing to best his more established opposition, Pascal Ackermann took his second stage win on Stage 5. As he did on stage 2, he made his run late, overtaking Fernando Gaviria in the final metres. As possibly the only sprinter staying in the race until the end, he’s a big chance for the Points Jersey
· Carapaz is grabbing more sneaky wins
Last year Richard Carapaz won Stage 8 having snuck off the front of the peloton in the final 2km, and he pulled a similar manoeuvre here, making the best of a chaotic finale. Last year’s fourth place finisher, he’s a genuinely quick rider along with being tactically astute (recall him and Lopez sitting on Tom Dumoulin for 50km last year during Froome’s famous mountain raid)
· There’s been crashes on crashes on crashes.
2017 Winner and 2018 Runner-up Tom Dumoulin is out of the race, following a crash-marred finale to Stage 4, where every GC rider except Richard Carapaz lost time to Primož Roglič. Dumoulin now can recover for the Tour, and fight Team Ineos’ two-headed monster.
· Roglič gave up the Maglia Rosa in a gentlemanly fashion.
After a wet stage 6 where Roglic himself crashed, Jumbo-Visma laid down the tools and allowed the breakaway to win by over 7:00. That put Valerio Conti into the leader’s jersey, with Roglic down into 11th on GC, 5:24 back. His nearest rival is still Simon Yates, 35 seconds back
· Masnada got one for the little guys
Androni Giocatolli-Sidermec (or whichever combination of their 17 sponsors have naming rights) have been trotting themselves out at the Giro with little reward for several years now - their last win here was with Roberto Ferrari in 2012. It was genuinely good to see Fausto Masnada win on Stage 6, and the Pro-Conti outfit get rewarded for riding their asses off in dead-end breakaways for the last seven years
See you back at the social club,