Stage five at the Giro Rosa was the first of the Queen stages for the tour. Passing over the famous Mortirolo climb, the general classification riders quickly laid their cards on the table at the bottom of the ascent. Mara Abbott (WHT) won the stage solo, 37 seconds ahead of her team mate Elisa Longo Borghini (WHT), while Tatiana Guderzo (HPU) was third in the short 77km stage.
Emma Pooley (LTS) was the first to launch an attack, directly from the bottom of the Mortirolo climb. The selection was quickly made with all of the Maglia Rosa contenders present, but it was not long until Abbott displayed her climbing strength and was alone on the steep gradients. On the top of the summit Abbott had more than four minutes advantage over the then Giro Rosa leader, Evelyn Stevens (DLT). Although Abbott's lead would reduce in the final kilometres she did enough to move into the Maglia Rosa. The best placed rider for CANYON//SRAM Racing was Alena Amialiusik in 14th place.