'It's not that some sprints are more dangerous, it's that some people are more stupid'

Sacha Modolo gives his opinion on the way some riders get tangled up in the bunch sprints at the Giro d'Italia

Andre Greipel wins stage five of the 2016 Giro d'Italia

(Image credit: Graham Watson)

The question gets asked every year: are the Giro d'Italia sprint finishes more dangerous than other races? After the Benevento stage five finish today, Italian Sacha Modolo said that it is just that some riders are "more stupid" than others.

German André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) shot ahead of Arnaud Démare (FDJ) and Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) to win by three bike lengths in Italy's south. In the final corner, before the road kicked up, Rein Taaramäe (Katusha) sped ahead and slid to the ground among the top sprinters and their lead-out men.

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Gregor Brown

Gregor Brown is an experienced cycling journalist, based in Florence, Italy. He has covered races all over the world for over a decade - following the Giro, Tour de France, and every major race since 2006. His love of cycling began with freestyle and BMX, before the 1998 Tour de France led him to a deep appreciation of the road racing season.