It was a day of bad luck for Astana leader Miguel Angel Lopez, who crashed out after descent from the first climb of the day Simplonpass. Immediately after the crash he was moved to the hospital of Domodossola for medical checking.
Fortunately, Lopez avoided the major injures: he got a small fracture of the right thumb, two stitches and a few abrasions on the right side.
The 5th stage of the race started very fast. There were a lot of attacks in the first 70-80 km of racing and only after that a break of 6 riders broke clear with maximum of 6 minutes of advantage. Kazakhstan champion Arman Kamyshev was in that break, doing a very nice race.
The break was caught on the second climb of the stage, while later everything was decided in the massive sprint won by the World champion Peter Sagan. Astana rider Oscar Gatto did a good sprint, taking 8th place at the finish.
- I saw that everything is coming to the sprint, so I tried to do my best to reach as high as possible. I found a good wheel and passing though the final corners tried to save my position. So, I finished 8th, but the main thing is I felt quite well today. Now I am looking forward to the Saturday’s stage, - said Oscar Gatto.
Italian Damiano Caruso is still leading the general classification of the race, while Pello Bilbao is 11th.
Tomorrow will be held another hard stage: 166,7 km from Locarno to the top of the climb in La Punt.
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