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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 16:07 GMT 17:07 UK
McEwen wins sprint finish
Lotto rider Robbie McEwen
Australian McEwen was first across the line in a sprint finish
Australia's Robbie McEwen held off the challenge of Olaf Pollack and Marco Zanotti to win Thursday's 177km fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia.

The Lotto rider was the first over the line after a sprint finish, but Wednesday's stage winner Alessandro Petacchi was missing from the finale.

He was accidentally boxed in by a team-mate on the final corner and missed the burst for the line.

Two-time winner Gilberto Simoni retained the overall race lead.

Friday's sixth stage, from Spoleto to Valmontone, includes a hilly section at first and a flat finish.


Stage five results:
1. Robbie McEwen (Australia) Lotto-Domo 4:24:57
2. Olaf Pollack (Germany) Gerolsteiner
3. Marco Zanotti (Italy) Vini Caldirola
4. Alexandre Usov (Belarus) Phonak
5. Crescenzo D'Amore (Italy) Acqua & Sapone
6. Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) Saeco
7. Andris Nauduzs (Latvia) Domina Vacanze
8. Simone Cadamuro (Italy) De Nardi
9. Fred Rodriguez (U.S.) Acqua & Sapone
10. Alejandro Albert Borrajo (Argentina) Ceramiche Panaria-Margre all same time

Overall:
(after five stages)
1. Gilberto Simoni (Italy) Saeco 23:34:35
2. Damiano Cunego (Italy) Saeco 13
3. Yaroslav Popovych (Ukraine) Landbouwkrediet 21
4. Franco Pellizotti (Italy) Alessio-Bianchi 29
5. Gerhard Trampusch (Austria) Acqua & Sapone 41
6. Giuliano Figueras (Italy) Ceramiche Panaria-Margres 45
7. Dario David Cioni (Italy) Fassa Bortolo 52
8. Serhiy Gonchar (Ukraine) De Nardi 58
9. Stefano Garzelli (Italy) Vini Caldirola 1:05
10. Eddy Mazzoleni (Italy) Saeco 1:06




SEE ALSO
Petacchi claims second win
12 May 04  |  Cycling
Simoni takes lead in Italy
11 May 04  |  Cycling
Cunego claims stage victory
10 May 04  |  Cycling
Petacchi wins Giro sprint
09 May 04  |  Cycling
McGee clinches prologue
08 May 04  |  Cycling


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