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Press Releases | 16.05.2019

Sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia brings changes to the general classification

The sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia consisted of 238 km from Cassino to San Giovani Rotondo. The first 190 km were contested on straight and well-surfaced roads with a few tunnels, which, however, did not present any significant climbing challenges. Afterwards, the route took in some quite narrow roads in the lead-up to the 15 km-long Coppa Casarinelle climb (Cat. 2), which came with 30 km left to race. Here, the riders also had to contend with several hairpin bends as well as gradients of around 4 per cent. In a change to the previous days, the sun was out at the start of the stage, but the weather was fickle and the riders had to contend with some occasional rain on the way to San Giovani Rotondo. Only 35 km after the start, several riders, including Rafal Majka, Pascal Ackermann and Michael Schwarzmann were involved in a crash. However, the BORA - hansgrohe riders were paced quickly back into the main field by their teammates. A breakaway of 13 riders did not form until a little later and the escapees were able to pedal out an advantage of 6 minutes during the day. The field was not in any particular hurry to reel in the escapees and so the race situation remained unchanged for most of some time. On the ascent of the only categorised climb of the day, the front group still had around 5 minutes on the peloton and it looked like the the winner of this stage would come from among the escapees. When F. Masnada attacked out of the leading group on the ascent, a fellow escapee countered and caught up to him and together the duo crested the climb. Several chasers attempted to catch up to the two riders up front but eventually their efforts remained unrewarded and Masnada won todays's stage. The main field rolled over the finish line more than 7 minutes in arrears of the stage winner. At the end of the day, Pascal Ackermann retained the sprint jersey and his teammate Rafal Majka now sits in 17th place in the general classification. The squad also led the team classification for the past two days, until the current stage.

 

Result

01 F. Masnada      5:45:01

02 V. Conti                +0:05

03 J. Rojas                +0:38

32 J McCarthy           +7:19

 

From the finish line

“Today the breakaway stayed away, but we didn’t have anyone in there from the team. I think many of the teams were tired after yesterday’s stage. We slipped down in the GC, but there are still several stages ahead of us. My teammates did a good job to keep us relatively safe today, which is the important thing.”

- Rafal Majka

 

“Today there was yet another very long stage with fickle weather. Unfortunately, we missed the opportunity to make it into the 13-man breakaway group, which was actually our plan. At the beginning of the stage, there was a big crash, in which Pascal and Michael were involved, but they were able to make it back to the main field without too much difficulty. Afterwards, the break got away and we weren’t able to make the cut. However, in the end, we were able to bring our GC-riders to the finish along with the group of favourites. The result is not what he had hoped for, but the Giro has 21 stages, and we will have more chances over the next weeks.”

- Jens Zemke, Sports Director

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