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Press Releases | 11.05.2022

Lennard Kämna still in mountains jersey and second overall after Giro's fifth stage

The final stage in Sicily before the Giro reaches mainland Italy offered a chance for the fast men on its 174km route from Catania to Messina, at least on paper. A breakaway group set off early, but the peloton didn't let them get too far in front. Alpecin-Fenix's increase in pace at the foot of Portella Mandrazzi caused some sprinters difficulty and they were dropped as a result. Lennard Kämna, who took over the blue jersey yesterday, took one more point in the mountains classification behind the five escapees before the leading group was reeled back in the descent and the stage was decided in a sprint. All BORA-hansgrohe riders reached the finish safely. The Raubling-based racing team also retains its lead in the team classification, while Lennard remains in second place overall and will also continue wearing the mountains jersey tomorrow.  

Result
01 A. Démare         4:03:56
02 F. Gaviria              +0:00
03 G. Nizzolo            +0:00
36 J. Hindley             +0:00
37 E. Buchmannn      +0:00
48 P. Gamper             +0:00
75 L. Kämna              +0:00

From the Finish Line
"Yesterday was without question a tough day and I was glad that today's course wasn't as strenuous. It was also really nice to spend my first day in the blue jersey. This is the first classification jersey that I've worn in my career and I'm quite proud of it. We'll see how it goes from here. I'm not sure yet if the jersey will be a concrete goal, but there are a lot of possibilities over the next weeks after all, so we'll take it day by day. Maybe I'll end up pursuing it, or maybe I won't." - Lennard Kämna 

"Today was a stage for the sprinters, and our goal was to stay safe and out of danger, and to use the day to recover somewhat from the effort of yesterday. It panned out pretty well and the guys rode well and stayed up front in the finale to make sure our GC contenders stayed out of danger." - Enrico Gasparotto, Sports Director

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