Ramon Sinkeldam did not start on Wednesday in the fifth stage of the Giro d’Italia. The Alpecin-Deceuninck rider has stomach problems and is the first Dutch dropout.
In addition to Sinkeldam, Cofidis rider Rémy Rochas (fatigue) and Valerio Conti van Corratec (broken hip) were missing at the start. On Tuesday, AG2R rider Paul Lapeira was the first dropout of this Giro.
The 34-year-old Sinkeldam was on his eleventh grand tour (four times the Giro, four times the Tour de France and three times the Vuelta a España) and his first in the service of Alpecin-Deceuninck. He has been racing for the Belgian team since this year.
The Dutchman, who wore the jersey of Groupama-FDJ in the previous five seasons, rode in the service of his Australian leader Kaden Groves. Oscar Riesebeek is now the only Dutchman at Alpecin-Deceunick in the Giro.
Without Sinkeldam, the peloton will cover 171 kilometers on Wednesday between Atripalda and Salerno. Two climbs of the third category are planned along the way. The first day of rest is Monday.
After four stages, the pink leader’s jersey is in the hands of Norwegian Andreas Leknessund. He took over the first place in the standings on Tuesday from Remco Evenepoel.