“It was important to stay out of troubles - said Tanel Kangert - the roads was narrower than expected, but everything went well. The classic transition stage”.
“The team did a good job - commented sport director Giuseppe Martinelli - and we ran in function of tomorrow stage. It will be the first mountain finish of this year race and we want to give our best”.
“Going along the 17 km uphill to Roccaraso - continued Tanel Kangert - will be a good opportunity to see who is going or not, but in the end I think would not make a big difference in the GC”.
Today's stage, won at the sprint by the German André Greipel, confirmed Nibali's sixth place in the overall standings, while Jakob Fuglesang is now in ninth place 35 seconds from the Dutchman pink jersey Tom Dumoulin.
As mentioned, tomorrow sixth stage with an uphill arrival in Abruzzo after 157 km. Will be a long climb with an average gradient of almost 5% with a short stretch at 12%.