ISLE of Man cyclist Peter Kennaugh impressed during Wednesday’s stage five of the Giro D’Italia, finishing ahead of all British riders.
The Onchan resident produced an excellent performance during the 191-kilometre stage from Piombino to Orvieto and eventually finished the race as the top British rider after Scot David Millar relinquished the pink jersey following a late collapse.
Kennaugh was part of a group which chased down the break-away riders and, although he had to change the front wheel of his bike late on, the Team Sky rider managed to finish in 24th position just over a minute down on eventual winner Rabobank’s Pieter Weening of the Netherlands, a result which moves him up to 16th in the General Classification meaning he is the top Briton in the rankings as well as the top Team Sky competitor so far.
Following the tragic death of Belgian rider Wouter Weylandt during Monday’s stage, there were more worrying moments in Wednesday’s race when 20-year-old Tour debutant Tom Slagter went down heavily at high speed with 15km to go and remained motionless for a short time but fears were eased slightly when he was seen to be responding to treatment before being taken to hospital.
The Giro D’Italia continues tomorrow (Thursday) with a 216km rolling stage from Orvieto to Fiuggi.