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Press Releases | 08.10.2020

Chaotic curves in finale see Peter Sagan take 8th position in Giro d’Italia stage 6 sprint

Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia saw riders tackle another choppy stage, but while riders would face an undulating 188km parcours, with a third category climb towards the end, this summited more than 25km from the finish, giving the faster riders a chance to go for the stage win. Four riders went clear at the start of the day, using the early climbing to their advantage to build a lead of almost six minutes after just 20km of racing, going out to ten minutes at its peak. As the stage ticked over the 100km to go point, BORA-hansgrohe took to the front to push the pace a little, the break’s lead coming down by two minutes in the space of just 10km, and with Patrick Gamper and Cesare Benedetti on the front, the gap dropped even further. Having destroyed the escape’s advantage, the high speeds also forced some riders to drop off the back of the peloton and with 50km to go, the gap was just two minutes. Careful not to make the catch too soon, it was finally all back together with 14km remaining. Here, Paweł Poljański took to the front and was working hard to keep Peter Sagan safe, knowing that the final few kilometres would feature street furniture, twists and turns and a short but steep climb. Matteo Fabbro led the peloton on this climb as gaps formed further behind, showing just how important it was to stay alert. The ciclamino jersey responded to late attacks but was squeezed out of position on the final turn, Peter having to settle for eighth after pushing to regain places in the sprint. 

 

Results 

01        A.Démare                   4h54’38” 

02        M.Matthews               + 0:00 

03        F.Felline                     + 0:00 

 

08        P.Sagan                       + 0:00 

17        R.Majka                      + 0:00 

19        P.Konrad                    + 0:00 

 

From the Finish Line 

"The team did a great job today to control the breakaway and set everything for the finale but, unfortunately, after the last curve I found myself in an unfavourable position and I was unable to go for the sprint." – Peter Sagan 

"Our plan today was to control the breakaway thinking that other teams would collaborate towards that goal. However, we saw it wasn't happening, so when the gap to the breakaway was close to 9'30'' at about 100km from the finish, Patrick Gamper and Cesare Benedetti took over and put in a tremendous effort to bring in the escapees. The squad then worked to bring Peter well positioned for the final climb but, unfortunately, after the last bend he wasn't in a position to contend the sprint." – Jan Valach, Sports Director

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