Stage 5 results: The sprinter teams misjudge the break; Jerome Pineau takes the win

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Stage 5 results
1  Jerome Pineau (Quick Step)     162 km in 3:45:59 (43 km/h)
2  Julien Fouchard (Cofidis)
3  Yukiya Arashiro (Bouygues)
4  Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Transitions)         + 0:04  
5  Greg Henderson (Team Sky)
6  Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)
7  Graeme Brown (Rabobank)
8  André Greipel (Team HTC-Columbia) 

General Classification after Stage 5
1  Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo 
2  Ivan Basso (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo           + 0:13
3  Valerio Agnoli (ITA) Liquigas-Doimo       + 0:20
4  André Greipel (GER) HTC - Columbia        + 0:26
5  Matthew Harley Goss (AUS) HTC - Columbia  + 0:26
6  Alexander Vinokourov (KAZ) Astana         + 0:33
7  Vladimir Karpets (RUS)  Katusha           + 0:35
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The supposed sprinter stages resume today west of Milan, but ironically this stage is a tribute to one of the great climbers and Giro winners in Italian cycling, Fausto Coppi.

From Angelo Zomegnan (race director) in the video below: "Stage 5 is obviously intended to pay homage to Fausto Coppi, finishing in Novi Ligure, where he started his working life in a butcher's shop, and passing through his home village of Castellania on the way. On paper, it looks like a stage for attacks but it could also be one for the sprinters."

Last year there was a tribute stage intended to celebrate Coppi's famous solo win in 1949 from Cuneo to Pinerolo, a tribute which fell flat when the stage had to be re-routed due to road damage. This year marks 50 years since Coppi died of malaria.

As Zomegnan says, a break could succeed. There are two cat 3 GPMs (409m and 369m high, respectively) past the halfway point where a winning break could materialize... even more so with the current race situation the way it is. It will be up to the sprinter teams to keep tomorrow's race in check because more than half the field is 8+ minutes back on GC and a sizable break could get away without impacting Liquigas' lead. The finish in Novi Ligure is flat.