Stage 5 results: The strade bianche stirs things up as expected; Pieter Weening survives for the win and moves into Pink

27 Big Photos from Stage 5sirotti/rcs
Stage 5 results
1  Pieter Weening (Rabobank)              4:54:49
2  Fabio Duarte (Geox-TMC)                 + 0:08
3  José Serpa (Androni)
4  Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervélo)
5  Oscar Gatto (Farnese Vini)
6  Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale)
7  Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)
8  Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)
9  Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha)
10 Roman Kreuziger (Astana)

General classification after Stage 5
1  Pieter Weening (Rabobank)
2  Marco Pinotti (HTC-Highroad)            + 0:02
3  Kanstantin Siutsou (HTC-Highroad)
4  Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin-Cervélo)    + 0:05
5  Pablo Lastras (Movistar Team)           + 0:22
6  Vincenzo Nibali (Liquigas-Cannondale)   + 0:24
7  Michele Scarponi (Lampre-ISD)           + 0:26
8  Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank)            + 0:28
9  Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-SunGard)    + 0:30
10 José Serpa (Androni-Giocattoli)         + 0:39
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27 Big Photos from Stage 5sirotti/rcs

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May 9 post: Last year's Montalcino stage was such a hit (amazing photos) that the Giro d'Italia will return to the area with another stage across Tuscany featuring three hilly sections of strade bianche in the last 40 km. The strade bianche will have some steep sections maxing out at 15% and technical descents. However, unlike last year's dreadful weather for Stage 7, Stage 5 on Wednesday has a nice forecast.

After 191 km, the stage ends in Umbria with an uphill finish in Orvieto, an ancient Roman hilltop town inhabited since prehistoric times. There is a 12% uphill section, for 600m, 2 km from the finish before gradually leveling out. The last 500m is pretty much flat. The Giro also finished in Orvieto in 2002. Aitor Gonzalez Jimenez (Spa) riding for Kelme-Costa Blanca won the stage with a group of 40 riders containing the GC contenders finishing just 4s back in the same time.

Not surprisingly, Leopard-Trek announced late Tuesday they would be leaving the race so we'll have one less team on the start line for stage 5. — Steve