(Reuters) - Fernando Gaviria snatched his second win on this year’s Giro d’Italia when he sprinted to victory in impressive fashion in Wednesday’s fifth stage.
The Colombian rider of the Quick Step-Floors team, who had already prevailed on stage three, easily beat Italian Jakub Mareczko (Wilier Triestina-Selle Italia) and Ireland’s Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) at the end of a 159-km route from Pessara to Messina, the home town of defending champion Vincenzo Nibali.
Gaviria will wear the points classification’s cyclamen jersey on Thursday as his team mate, Luxembourg’s Bob Jungels, retained the overall leader’s maglia rosa.
Slovenian Luka Pibernik raised his arms in celebration when he crossed the finish line, only to realise some 200 metres further on that the riders had to cover an extra lap of the final circuit.
Thursday’s sixth stage takes the peloton over 217km from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane
Reporting by Julien Pretot; Editing by Toby Davis