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


Ackermann also won the second stage from Bologna to Fucecchio

Germany’s Pascal Ackermann took his second stage victory at this year’s Giro d’Italia, as former champion Tom Dumoulin withdrew because of injury.

On a day of driving rain throughout, Bora-Hansgrohe’s Ackermann negotiated surface water in Terracina before timing his sprint to perfection to beat Fernando Gaviria by half a wheel.

Primoz Roglic retains the overall lead, 35 seconds ahead of Briton Simon Yates.

Dumoulin, 28, pulled out shortly after Wednesday’s start with a knee injury.

The Dutch rider, winner in 2017 and second last year behind Britain’s Chris Froome, sustained the injury in a heavy fall on Tuesday’s fourth stage, losing over four minutes.

Dumoulin had been cleared to race by his medical team and the 2017 champion said before the stage: “I want to at least try.”

But Team Sunweb later tweeted: