Giro d’Italia Giovani – Stage 6

A seemingly innocuous stage of the Baby Giro ended in a serious revision to the top of the general classification, with Alejandro Osorio (Colombia National Team) reclaiming the maglia rosa that he lost on Stage 5.

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With a 20 second lead over the category 3 climb of Madano, which came with 40km remaining, Robert Stannard (Mitchelton BikeExchange), Sean Bennett (Hagens Berman Axeon), Mark Donovan (Team Wiggins) and Osorio ambushed race leader Stevie Williams (SEG Racing Academy) and opened up a gap of 2:25 over the pink jersey group by the finish in Pergine Valsugana.

Caught behind the attack, race leader Williams was left with only his teammates and Team Astana City to chase, as the other top GC teams all had riders in the break. Despite the Dutch and Kazakh squads’ best efforts around the shores of Lake Coldanazzo, the four strongmen ahead kept pulling away.

In the slightly uphill drag-race for the line, Bennett proved the strongest putting out 1000 watts for 20 seconds and taking his biggest career victory to date, despite Stannard’s pedigree as a one day racer and notable ability to sprint from a small group. The chasers were led home by Michele Corridini (Mastromarco Sensi FC Nibali) and new points classification leader Giovanni Lonardi (Zalf Euromobil).

In the overall standings, Osorio now leads 19-year old Donovan by 39 seconds, with Williams lying third at 2:14.

Ordine d’arrivo:
1. Sean Bennett (USA, Hagens Berman Axeon) 120,7 km in 2h32’53″ alla media di 47,369 km/h
2. Robert Stannard (AUS, Mitchelton -BikeExchange) s.t.
3. Mark Donovan (GBR, Team Wiggins) s.t.
4. Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (COL, Nazionale Colombia) s.t.
5. Michele Corradini (ITA, Mastromarco Sensi Nibali) a 2’25”
6. Giovanni Lonardi (ITA, Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior) s.t.
7. Mathieu Burgaudeau (FRA, Vendée U Pays de la Loire) s.t.
8. Alessandro Covi (ITA, Team Colpack) s.t.
9. Mark Downey (IRL, Team Wiggins) s.t
10. Matteo Sobrero (ITA, Dimension Data for Qhubeka) s.t.

Classifica generale:
1. Alejandro Osorio Carvajal (COL, Nazionale Colombia) 810,4 km in 19h55’22” alla media di 40,669 km/h
2. Mark Donovan (GBR, Team Wiggins) a 39″
3. Stephen Williams (GBR, SEG Racing Academy) a 2’14”
4. Yuriy Natarov (KAZ, Team Astana City) a 2’37″
5. Cristian Munoz Lancheros (COL, Nazionale Colombia) a 2’38”
6. Aleksandr Vlasov (RUS, Nazionale Russa) a 2’39″
7. Joao Almeida (POR, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 2’52″
8. William Barta (USA, Hagens Berman Axeon) a 3’08″
9. Michel Ries (LUX, Polartec-Kometa) a 3’10″
10. Daniel Munoz Giraldo (COL, Nazionale Colombia) a 3’10″
Italiani: 13. Alessandro Covi (ITA, Team Colpack) a 3’19″; 17. Luca Covili (ITA, Mastromarco Sensi Nibali) a 4’06”; 20. Matteo Bellia (ITA, IAM Excelsior) a 6’39”.

Maglia Rosa Enel – Leader della classifica generale: Alejandro OSORIO CARVAJAL (COL, Nazionale Colombia)
Maglia Rossa Vodafone – Leader della classifica a punti: Giovanni LONARDI (ITA, Zalf Euromobil Désirée Fior)
Maglia Verde Friliver® Sport – Leader Gran Premio della Montagna: Cristian MUNOZ LANCHEROS (COL, Nazionale Colombia)
Maglia Bianca Pirelli – Leader della classifica dei Giovani: Alejandro OSORIO CARVAJAL (COL, Nazionale Colombia), indossata da Mark DONOVAN (Team Wiggins)
Maglia Azzurra GLS – Leader della classifica Intergiro: Alex COLMAN (BEL, Lotto Soudal)
Maglia Nera Pinarello – Ultimo della classifica generale: Gianmarco BEGNONI (ITA, Viris Vigevano Lomellina)

Results from procyclingstats.com

Stage 7 offers another summit finish at the category 1 climb to Pian del Fugazze, which comes at the end of a 136km route featuring both a category 3 and a category 2 climb in the second half of the stage.

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