Giro Update: Cavendish Takes Stage Five

Staff Writer
Phinney’s dreams of the pink jersey ‘fade to black’

Mark Cavendish of Team Sky started his sprint 150 meters out and crossed the line by a full bike-length to win his second stage in four days, showing that he's shaken off his hard crash at the finish line during Stage Three. Ramunas Navardauskas finished in the bunch to retain the pink jersey for Stage Six.

American Taylor Phinney, who was also involved in Stage Three’s crash and required four stitches in his ankle, did not recover so well. Though, he started the day in fifth place, 13 seconds behind the 24-year-old Navardauskas, he limped across the finish more than 12 minutes back, crossing the line in 189th place. The young American prodigy crashed yet again late in the day—marking the fourth stage in which Phinney's had trouble staying on this bike—and failed to rejoin the peloton.

"I don't know what my problem is," Phinney told Cycling News. "Crashes and bad luck happen in life and in cycling, but it won't prevent me from going ahead." Going ahead, sure. But we're worried he might not survive the remaining 16 stages at this rate.

Phinney “saw his pink jersey dreams fade to black in Thursday’s hilly finale,” said VeloNews reporter Andrew Hood.