Miguel Rubiano Chavez of Colombia celebrates on the podium after winning the 209-km (130-mile) sixth stage from Urbino to Porto Sant’Elpidio of the Giro d’Italia, May 11, 2012. (REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo)
PORTO SANT’ELPIDIO, Italy, May 11 (Reuters) – Colombian Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez won stage six of the Giro d’Italia from Urbino to Porto Sant’ElPidio on Friday.
Italy’s Adriano Malori took the overall race lead after finishing second approximate one minute 10 seconds back and Poland’s Michel Golas was third.
The Giro d’Italia finishes in Milan on May 27.
From Varese to Lisieux, down as far as Porto Sant’Elpidio. Three towns, three different competitions, one common denominator: the talent of Adriano Malori, under-23 world time trial champion in 2008, the red number – for the most combative rider during stage six of the last Tour de France – and above all the pink jersey at his first Giro d’Italia as a professional.
“Nothing can compare to this, this is what all young cycling fans dream of – he said after kissing the jersey several times – and I really had to sweat for it. I broke away well and really gave it everything, it was harder than we were expecting. At a certain point I didn’t see the road anymore, when they said I could take the jersey I gave it everything, I was getting updates on the lead and more than anything I was keeping an eye on Golas”. The only one who could really deny him. Tears and lipstick the sprint for second place was the most important moment of the day. Malori waited for the right moment to attack, going past the Pole Omega to claim a crucial 12-second bonus.
“I got a bit emotional as soon as I finished – continued Malori, the time trial world champion born in 1988 – I had to take a deep breath to stop myself from crying on the podium. Sprinting isn’t really my forte but luckily I managed to come through. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have to give up this jersey but that’s OK, it’s fantastic”. Smiles and lipstick on the cheeks of Miguel Angel Rujano too, who lives in the area: “In the last few kilometres I was thinking about my wife and baby daughter who will be born soon. I know these roads well because I lived here, it was great winning in front of people that know me”.
Lastras in hospital
Few expected such a tough day, not even the big names. The stretch along the hills of the Marche was a kind of classic, ridden at temperatures of over 30 degrees that claimed a number of high-profile victims: Hushovd, Feillu and Farrar abandoned, Lastras in hospital with four fractured ribs and a broken right collarbone, Cavendish arriving just a few seconds before the maximum time. “We knew it was a tricky and demanding stage – commented Ivan Basso – with over 3000 metres of slopes and a hot sun that made it even tougher than we expected. The presence of our jerseys at the front of the peloton was a defense mechanism to avoid risks or holes that could have resulted in a costly chase, and to keep up the rhythm to avoid surprise attacks”