Late scare for Sutherland in Messina
10 May 2017

Giro d'Italia (st. 5)

Aussie rider from Movistar Team sustains crash at final circuit on Giro stage five; no fractures observed at X-rays after finish. Quintana remains within top ten overall, which Amador enters after today's race

blow to Rory Sutherland's (Movistar Team) right-hand side with 8km remaining on stage five of the Giro d'Italia in Messina was the only bad note in a calm final day in Sicilia. Fernando Gaviria (QST) won the inevitable sprint finish as team-mate Bob Jungels became the first rider in this year's race to retain the Maglia Rosa for more than one day.

Sutherland went down just before the first passage through the finish line. Quickly back on his bike and able to finish the stage without any troubles, the Canberra-born rider was directly headed into the X-ray truck offered by the organisers, to rule out any major injuries. A blow to his right elbow and several bruises, with no fractures, were the final medical report for the loyal Nairo Quintana domestique. The Colombian in turn crossed the line without any problems.

Nairo now becomes 7th overall, 10" behind Jungels, as a result of the sum of positions within the GC group together atop the Etna on Tuesday, while Andrey Amador goes two places up for 10th by virtue of the same tie decider. The whole Movistar Team will have to keep attention on Thurrsday, as the long stage six (217km from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane) ends with 2km at over 5% gradient.