The first summit finish of this year’s Giro d’Italia – however moderate the climb was – means the GC is starting to take shape.
The clustering of riders from the team time trial has gradually started to break up and the contenders are starting to show from the pretenders. Ivan Santaromita (Orica-GreenEDGE) was one man to miss out, though he is still better-placed than Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), while Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r-La Mondiale) had to put in a huge effort to rejoin the leading group and stop his ambitions falling apart on his home stage.
The biggest winner was BMC Racing’s Cadel Evans who swept up a time bonus for finishing second on the stage and now sits third overall. Rigoberto Uran (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) trails by four seconds, Rafal Majka (Tinkoff-Saxo) by 11 and pre-race favourite Nairo Quintana by 54 seconds.
With another summit finish awaiting on stage six, before two more over the weekend, if Evans can maintain those gaps he will be in a great position come the second rest day.