The 23-year-old from the UAE Team Emirates came to the finish in Fermo in the 155 km and hilly fifth stage with arrival in Fermo as a sixth and is still nine seconds in the overall class. The Belgian arrived at nine at the same time with previous year’s winner Pogacar.
The day victory won the French mountain specialist Warren Barguil from the Team Arkea Samsic. Best German became Emanuel Buchmann from Ravensburg, the 29-year-old professional from Team Bora-Hansgrohe landed with a residue of 1:19 minute on the 31st place. Olympic champion Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers) had already gone out before the stage. The Ecuadorian complained in the morning about malaise.
On Saturday, a sophisticated stage of Apecchio to Carpegna is 215 km with two difficult roads for the Peloton, before the long distance journey ends on Sunday with the seventh stage in Sen Benedetto del Tronto.
5. Stage: Sefro – Fermo (155 km)
1. Warren Barguil (France / Team Arkea-Samsic) 3:39:53 hours, 2. Xandro Meurisse (Belgium / Alpecin-Fenix) 0:10 minutes ago, 3. Simon Velasco (Italy / Astana Qazaqstan Team) 0:14, 4. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal / Movistar Team) 0:15, 5. Richie Porte (Australia / Ineos Grenadiers) 0:26, 6. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia / UAE Team Emirates) 0:28, … 31. Emanuel Buchmann (Ravensburg / Bora-Hansgrohe) 1:19,… 74. Nikias Arndt (Buchholz / Team DSM) 7:23,… 121. Rick Zabel (Unna / Israel-Premier Tech) 19:17, 122. Jasha Sütterlin (Freiburg / Bahrain Victorious),… 137. Michael Schwarzmann (Kempten / Lotto-Soudal),… 140. Pascal Ackermann (Kandel / UAE Team Emirates),… 145. Phil Bauhaus (Bocholt / Bahrain Victorious) all the same time,… 151. Roger Kluge (Eisenhüttenstadt / Lotto-Soudal) 19:55 – did not come to aim: Rüdiger Blessed (Zwenkau / Lotto-Soudal)
Total standings single, stand after the 5th stage
*1. Pogacar 18:17:08 Hours, 2. Remco EvenePoel (Belgium / Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) 0:09 minutes ago, 3. Thyme Arensman (Netherlands / DSM) 0:43, 4th Jonas Vingegaard (Denmark / Jumbo Visa ) 0:45, 5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia / Astana Qazaqstan team) 1:00, 6. Porte same time, *… 27. Buchmann 2: 38