A sprint was expected in the streets of Messina this Wednesday, at the end of the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia (2.UWT). And in a chaotic final Biniam Girmay obtained his third top five since the start of the race, confirming his solid Grand Tour debut.
The Belgian World Team contributed to the elimination of several sprinters who were dropped during the Portella Mandrazi climb (19.6 km at 4%), by letting Lorenzo Rota and Rein Taaramäe set a strong pace downhill.
With this fast rhythm the peloton caught the early breakaway quite early, so a compact group headed towards the sprint in Messina. Girmay was brought to the front by his teammates before the final kilometer and then sprinted along the barriers on the right, avoiding a crash twice, to fifth place.
His performance along with the points gained during the intermediate sprint in Francavilla enable him to remain in second position in the battle for the maglia ciclamino.