Battaglin wins 5th stage as Dennis maintains Giro lead

Australia's Rohan Dennis celebrates on podium after retaining the pink jersey of overall leader of the race during the fourth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Catania to Caltagirone, Italy, Tuesday, May 8, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Britain's Chris Froome, left, and his SKY teammates arrive to sign the starting list prior to the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa, Italy, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Italy's Elia Viviani waves ahead of the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa, Italy, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)
Britain's Chris Froome, 2nd from left, and his SKY teammates sign the starting list prior to the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia, Tour of Italy cycling race, from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa, Italy, Wednesday, May 9, 2018. (Daniel Dal Zennaro/ANSA via AP)

SANTA NINFA, Sicily — Enrico Battaglin surged ahead at the perfect moment to win the fifth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday as Chris Froome and most of the other favorites finished in the main pack.

Rohan Dennis held onto the overall leader's pink jersey with a 1-second lead over defending champion Tom Dumoulin, with four-time Tour de France winner Froome 55 seconds back.

Giovanni Visconti led coming around the final turn with 200 meters (yards) to go before Battaglin accelerated to take his third career Giro victory, having also posted victories in 2013 and 2014.

Visconti crossed second and Jose Goncalves of Portugal finished second, both with the same time as Battaglin.

Battaglin, who rides for Team LottoNL-Jumbo, clocked slightly more than four hours over the 153-kilometer (95-mile) leg from Agrigento to Santa Ninfa in southwestern Sicily.

The start of the stage was delayed for 15 minutes due to an accident on the racing route that left a motorcycle driver in serious condition.

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