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Giro d’Italia 2021 Stage 5 (1 star)
Wednesday, May 12
Flat and fast
This completely flat stage is also dead straight for kilometer after kilometer. A small breakaway will likely form but expect the peloton to be back together for the final 20 or so kilometers along the Adriatic coastline from Rimini to the finish in Cattolica. The last time the Giro stopped at this beach town of 17,000 was in 1978, when Belgian sprinter Rik Van Linden (who was known as Rik III as the possible successor to his country’s legendary Rik Van Steenbergen and Rik Van Looy), who out-kicked star riders Francesco Moser, Marino Basso and Roger De Vlaeminck for the stage victory. Four decades later we can expect another mass-sprint finish, probably with Ewan going for the stage win from Nizzolo, Groenewegen or Dekker.
SCHEDULE (all times EDT)
Modena, start (0km) after 5.6km neutral (7:20 a.m.); Imola (sprint), 105km to go (8:58 a.m.); Savignano sul Rubicone (sprint), 39.4km to go (10:22 a.m.); Cattolica (finish), 175km (11:14 a.m.).