Top – Giro d’Italia: Pascal Ackermann wins stage five as Tom Dumoulin withdraws

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Ackermann additionally received the second stage from Bologna to Fucecchio

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.

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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.

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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.”

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However Group Sunweb later tweeted: