Colombian rider Miguel Rubiano of Androni Giocattoli-Venezuela attacked and soloed his way to victory in what was a tougher than expected Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia through the hills of the Marche region. The day saw a number of riders abandon including BMC Racing’s Thor Hushovd and Garmin-Barracuda’s Tyler Farrar. Lampre-ISD's Adriano Malori won the sprint from three other survivors of the day's break to take second place and takes over the maglia rosa as race leader.
Pink lipstick, pink jersey for Malori (pic Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
The 27-year-old Rubiano had got away from the peloton in a group of 15 riders some 25km into today’s 210km stage from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio, whittled down to nine men as it approached the day’s biggest climb, the Passo della Capella, just after the halfway point.
Break on the day's section of strada bianca (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
The Androni-Giocattoli rider attacked his fellow escapes and crested that summit alone, and though seven of them would subsequently rejoin him, the Colombian would attack again on the short but tough 18 per cent climb of Montegranaro 35km from the end of the stage and that would be the last they saw of him as he rode to the biggest victory of his career.
Behind him, there was drama among his fellow escapees on the descent from the Passo della Capella as Pablo Lastras of Movistar crashed on the gravel road, Garmin-Barracuda’s Jack Bauer braking hard behind him, flying through the air and ending up 10 metres down a roadside ditch.
The New Zealander survived unscathed and was able to remount and continue, but Latsras was less lucky, the Spaniard taken to hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.
Giro over for Movistar's Pablo Lastras (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Other riders who abandoned during today’s stage included former world champion Hushovd, his BMC Racing team citing “fatigue,” Garmin-Barracuda's Farrar, and Vacansoleil’s Romain Feillu.
Also experiencing a torrid day was Farrar’s team mate, Ramunas Navardauskas, who had taken the maglia rosa following Wednesday’s team time trial. The Lithuanian, dropped on the Passo della Capello, somehow got back on to the back of the peloton with the help of Garmin Barracuda colleague, Robbie Hunter.
Hunter and Navardauskus dropped (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Each time the road headed uphill after that, the maglia rosa again lost contact with the group but managed to rejoin it. Finally, however, shortly before one of the day’s shorter ascents, but perhaps the most challenging, the climb to Montegranaro, he was distanced again and this time there was no coming back.
Navardauskas suffers on the climbs (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
By that time, Rubiano was on his way to a fine victory, and on the road behind another member of the breakaway, Adriano Malori of Lampre-ISD, was chasing hard to try and swap the pink and blue jersey of his team for the lighhter pink of the maglia rosa.
Rubiano crossed the line 1 minute 10 seconds ahead of second-placed Malori, who did however get 12 bonus seconds to take the overall lead from Navardauskas. The main peloton came home 41 seconds further back, with Orica-GreenEdge’s Daryl Impey taking the sprint for 5th place.
Malori takes second place (pic Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Giro d'Italia Stage 6 Result 1 RUBIANO Miguel AND 5:38:30 2 MALORI Adriano LAM at 1:10 3 GOLAS Michal OPQ 4 DYACHENKO Alexsandr AST 5 BENEDETTI Cesare APP 6 IMPEY Daryl OGE at 1:51 7 POZZATO Filippo FAR 8 SABATINI Fabio LIQ 9 VENTOSA Francisco MOV 10 KWIATKOWSKI Michal OPQ 11 SOUPE Geoffrey FDJ 12 VISCONTI Giovanni MOV 13 BAKELANTS Jan RNT 14 FELLINE Fabio AND 15 BAK Lars LTB 16 HESJEDAL Ryder GRM 17 COLBRELLI Sonny COG 18 PAUWELS Serge OPQ 19 SMUKULIS Gatis KAT 20 LAGUTIN Sergey VCD Overall Standings after Stage 6 1 MALORI Adriano LAM 20:25:28 2 GOLAS Michal OPQ at 0:15 3 HESJEDAL Ryder GRM 0:17 4 RUBIANO Miguel AND 0:30 5 VANDEVELDE Christian GRM 0:32 6 RODRIGUEZ Joaquin KAT 0:36 7 STETINA Peter GRM 0:37 8 MORENO Daniel KAT 0:39 9 GASPAROTTO Enrico AST 0:39 10 ROBERTS Luke SAX 0:41
Start village in Urbino (pic Fabio Ferrari/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Peloton sweeps through Le Marche (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Blue skies today (pic Daniele Badolato/LaPresse/RCS Sport)
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.