After a monumental breakaway of 178km in stage four of the Giro d’Italia that saw Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) take victory atop Mount Etna, stage five appeared be more promising for the sprinters.

Wednesday’s stage started out as a bumpy affair initially with a breakaway expected. However, after 92km of racing the stage flattened out giving the peloton more than enough time to reel in any remaining breakaway riders back in before the finish line at 159km.

With André Greipel (Lotto-Soudal) in the points classification jersey, he should be a marked man for the final kilometres of the race, especially by Caleb Ewan (Orica-Scott) who, marred by mechanicals and missed opportunities, is still looking to secure a stage win.

After a tentative ride up Mount Etna on stage four, GC candidates will look to keep tabs on each other so expect race leader Bob Jungels and co to take it relatively easy.

Catch-up with the action from the fifth stage of the 100th Giro here, or read the full report for the day’s details.

The Giro d’Italia continues on Thursday with a 217km stage from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane, which features a slight kick up towards the finish which may be enough to put off the sprinters.