Giro d’Italia Stage 6: First Taste of the Mountains12. May 2016, Roccaraso (ITA) — Road Team
The first real taste of the mountains came on Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia which saw Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) attack from the breakaway to take a solo win.
The relatively short stage at 157km featured two categorized climbs, including the summit finish of Roccaraso. Wellens joined an already-established breakaway of three riders late in the stage and managed to attack solo with 15 kilometers to go, holding off the impending attacks from the General Classification contenders.
Darwin Atapuma stayed with the group of GC contenders until four kilometers to go, eventually finishing almost three minutes behind Wellens.
Quotes of the Day
“Although it was a shorter stage, it was still really hard with the two climbs. I was feeling pretty good and the team did a good job to protect me as long as possible. I was in the group of GC guys on the final climb, but with around four kilometers to go I didn’t have the legs to stay with them. There are many more opportunities to test my legs on the climbs to come.”
Max Sciandri, Sports Director:
“Today we were hoping to get a rider in the breakaway again but the three riders who went away fairly early in the stage took everyone by surprise. The guys were putting their rain jackets on and everyone was fairly relaxed when they just went.”
“On the climbs we tried to do what we could for Darwin, but he couldn’t quite hold on until the very end. It’s good to get the first of the climbing stages out of the way.”
Giro d’Italia (2.UWT)
Stage 6 Ponte to Roccaraso (157km)
Top 3: Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team), Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha)
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