Germany’s Pascal Ackermann took his second stage victory at this yr’s Giro d’Italia, as former champion Tom Dumoulin withdrew due to damage.
On a day of driving rain all through, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Ackermann negotiated floor water in Terracina earlier than timing his dash to perfection to beat Fernando Gaviria by half a wheel.
Primoz Roglic retains the general lead, 35 seconds forward of Briton Simon Yates.
Dumoulin, 28, pulled out shortly after Wednesday’s begin with a knee damage.
The Dutch rider sustained the damage in a heavy fall on Tuesday’s fourth stage, shedding over 4 minutes.
Dumoulin had been cleared to race by his medical group and the 2017 champion mentioned earlier than the stage: “I wish to at the very least strive.”
However Group Sunweb later tweeted: “Dumoulin’s accidents have proved too painful.”