A day for the break as the Maglia Rosa changes hands on stage 6 of Giro d’Italia

Thu 16 May 2019

With a race leader keen to relinquish the responsibilities that come with the Maglia Rosa, stage six of the Giro d’Italia was tailored-made for a breakaway. 

After a serious fight and a big crash, including leader Simon Yates and a number of Mitchelton-SCOTT rider, the break made their move and never looked back as Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli Sidermac) took the stage ahead of Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) who moves into the race lead.

First battle for the break:
As leader Roglic flagged with media he was keen to relinquish the jersey today, it sparked the interest of many teams and riders to make the breakaway.

After a battle of over 50km, the first real fight for a breakaway in the 2019 edition, 13 riders rode clear and out to an advantage of over six minutes.

Jumbo Visma patrolled the front of the bunch, managing the gap but never trying to close it.

As Masnada took the stage win ahead of Conti, the peloton with general classification leaders rolled across the line over seven minutes down to see Yates dropped down to 13thoverall, just under six minutes off the lead.

Simon Yates:
“The first part of the race was the most important for us, just making sure the right break went away.  There was a big crash there as well which shook a few people around, I have come down again but I just sort of stepped off the bike and didn’t hurt myself at all, which is lucky as a few guys have hurt themselves.

“Once the break had gone, Jumbo were controlling and we just took it as easy as possible.

“Conti will be very hard to dislodge. He is a good bike rider, but now they will have to control the race. We will see how that goes tomorrow, it looks like it could be another day for the breakaway, and we will go from there.”

Matt White – Head Sport Director:
“It kicked on for a long time today. There was a lot of people who knew it was an opportunity to take the lead of the Giro today, so it took over 50km for the break to go.  

“There was a big crash that involved (Primoz) Roglic, that involved Simon, and 20-30 other riders came down too. It sort of propped a little after that until the breakaway went.  

“Jumbo-Visma controlled all day, to limit the losses because there was a couple of pretty solid riders in the break today.  It hasn’t been an easy day for anyone, another six-hour day and we’ve got another similar stage tomorrow, just a little bit shorter.”

Giro d’Italia – Stage 6 Results:
1. Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli Sidermac) 5:45:01
2. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) +0:05
3. Jose Joaquin Rojas (Movistar Team) +0:38
18. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +7:19

Giro d’Italia – General Classification after Stage 6:
1. Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates) 25:22:00
2. Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF) +1:41
3. Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale) +2:09
13. Simon Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) +5:59 

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