Crash Mars Stage 6 of Giro d'Italia; Matthews Takes Win
Stage 6 was supposed to be a competitive stage but not a standing shaker.
put me in the perfect condition at the bottom of the climb. On this sort of terrain, it’s definitely my best win, and totally a dream come true. Winning a hilltop finish over Cadel Evans while wearing the maglia rosa in the Giro d’Italia: It doesn’t get much better than that.”
As for the conditions that produced the crash, Matthews said the following: “ Everyone wanted to be in the front because of the wet conditions. The road narrowed before the roundabout, we were riding at 60 kph, and everyone wanted to be in the front. If you’re lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, you’re okay. That’s racing these days. It’s all about positioning.”
Evans said he heard the noise of a crash behind him, but did not look back in order to stay upright himself. "It was only when I saw our group was so small and the types of riders that were there that, that it wasn't because of the normal racing conditions that we had a selection like that unfortunately," Evans explained.
"The communication in the final isn't clear and to make rational decisions for such an unexpected situation isn't easy," Evans said. "Our job is to race and to race to the finish. That's the first thing on our mind. What happened behind, I really have no idea. I haven't seen it. Unfortunately, it has been a very bad day for some of the riders."
In the overall, Matthews leads Evans by 0:21 and Uran by 1:18. Stage 7 will not change this state of affairs. The rolling, 218-km ride from Frosinone to Foligno will feature two Category 4 ascents but will end with a flat run to the finish, which should give a sprinter a chance to win. Who will it be? Elia Viviani (Cannondale)? Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ.fr)? Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano)? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!