Rubiano Soloes to Win in Stage 6 of Giro; Malori Takes Maglia Rosa
Today's Giro d'Italia stage was the first one in which a break succeeded.
Today's stage of the Giro d'Italia 2012 was the first one in which a break succeeded. With 30 km left, Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giacottoli-Venezuela) soloed away from a daylong break to take Stage 6, a hilly, 210-km ride from Urbino to Porto Sant'Elpidio, in 5:38:30. Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD) outsprinted Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) for second at 1:10. Malori took the maglia rosa from Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Barricuda).
Rubiano, Malori, and Golas took an early flyer, and 12 other riders, including Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barricuda), and Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank) joined them. At 40 km, the sextet led by nearly 5 minutes, and 15 km later, the break led the bunch by 8:36.
Attrition took its toll. At 95 km, Balloni was dropped on the Category 4 Cingoli, and Pablo Lastras (Movistar) crashed out of the break on the descent of the Category 2 Passo della Cappella and would eventually abandon. With 40 km left, 8 riders remained in the break.
With 30 km left, Rubiano attacked on the Category 3 Montegravano. At the summit, the Colombian led the first chase group by nearly a minute and the peloton by 4:33. He had plenty of time to celebrate on the run to the finish.
Teams accelerated to put their riders in the pink, but the break was too far ahead to be caught. Rubiano was out of the running for the pink jersey, but Malori and Golas were not, and the Italian outsprinted the Pole for second place and the 12-second time bonus that made him the maglia rosa.
Today saw the first abandonments in the 2012 Giro. Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) dropped out, Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barricuda) crashed out, and Thor Hushovd (BMC) abandoned because of fatigue.
In the overall, Malori leads Golas by 0:15 and Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Barricuda) by 0:17. Stage 7 will be at least as tough as Stage 6. The hilly, 205-km ride from Recanati to Rocca di Cambio will feature the Category 3 Colle Galluccio and the Category 2 ascent to the finish. Will Malori keep his overall lead, or will another rider snatch his pink jersey away from him on the climb? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!
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