Greipel wins 5th stage; Dumoulin retains Giro lead

May 11, 2016

BENEVENTO, Italy (AP) German rider Andre Greipel won a mass sprint by a large margin to take the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday while Tom Dumoulin held onto the overall leader's pink jersey.

Greipel surged ahead on the final straight and had time to raise his arms before crossing the line.

Riding for the Lotto Soudal team, Greipel clocked nearly six hours over the hilly 233-kilometer (145-mile) route from Praia to Benevento - the second-longest stage of this year's race.

It was Greipel's 18th stage win in a Grand Tour - four at the Giro, 10 at the Tour de France and four in the Spanish Vuelta - and the 130th victory overall in his career


The 99th Giro ends May 29 in Turin.