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SALERNO, Italy — Giro d’Italia favorite Remco Evenepoel was involved in a crash caused by a stray dog during a rainy Stage 5, which was won by Kaden Groves.
On a wet and miserable day, Evenepoel also came off his bicycle a second time but that incident arrived in the final three kilometers so, as per the rules, the times will be neutralized.
He appeared furious after that crash, however, and it remains to be seen whether the world champion will suffer any after-effects.
Evenepoel crashed on the right side of the road early on, along with a number of other riders, after Soudal Quick-Step teammate Davide Ballerini was sent sliding on the wet surface as he tried to avoid a dog that had run out.
Evenepoel was quickly attended to by the race doctor and his team as he sat on the side of the road but eventually got up. He gave a thumbs-up to a television camera as he made the chase back to the peloton.
The Belgian rider led overall until Stage 4, when the pink jersey was taken off him by Andreas Leknessund.
The 23-year-old Leknessund maintained his 28-second lead over Evenepoel, with Aurélien Paret-Peintre two seconds further back in third overall.
Groves edged out Jonathan Milan and Mads Pedersen in a bunch sprint at the end of the 106-mile route from Atripalda. There were two categorized climbs early on before a flat finale to Salerno.
The day was littered with crashes, including one on the final corner with about eight kilometers remaining, and one in the bunch sprint that sent Mark Cavendish sliding across the line.
Stage 6 also has two categorized climbs on the 101-mile route that starts and finishes in Naples after going through Sorrento and along the Amalfi coast.
The Giro ends in Rome on May 28.
Evenepoel crashes twice, Groves wins wet Giro d’Italia Stage 5 originally appeared on NBCSports.com