Wellens takes the stage, Dumoulin extends his lead in Giro d’Italia

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) claimed the first Grand Tour stage of his career on stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia. Tom Dumoulin defended his race lead with panache, attacking the peloton in the final kilometers to extend his GC lead.

The Belgian dropped his four companions on the final climb and held off the favourites to take the first grand tour stage win of his career. In the battle for the GC, Jakob Fuglsang (Astana), Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha), Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r) turned out to be the strongest as they dropped pre-race favourites Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Mikel Landa (Sky) who all showed signs of weakness.

Dumoulin retained the lead and now has a 26-second advantage over Fuglsang, with Zakarin sitting in third two seconds further adrift. He should have an easier day tomorrow in stage 7 where the riders face a rolling course. However, there’s just one categorized climb 40km from the finish and as the final part of the stage is downhill and flat, it is expected that the sprinters will get another chance to shine.

Giro d’Italia 2016 – stage 6 results (Ponte – Roccaraso):

1 Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal)


2 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


3 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)


4 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


5 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data)


6 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)


7 Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)


8 Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale)


9 Rafal Majka (Tinkoff)


10 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)



General classification after stage 6:

1 Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin)


2 Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)


3 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha)


4 Bob Jungels (Etixx – Quick-Step)


5 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)


6 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


7 Diego Ulissi (Lampre – Merida)


8 Esteban Chaves (Orica-GreenEdge)


9 Vincenzo Nibali (Astana)


10 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data)