Giro d'Italia
Stage 6: Sassano - Montecassino - Stage Details

ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews survived a crash-marred finale to win the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia. The maglia rosa was part of an eight rider group that formed in the wake of a yet another pile-up in the opening week of the Italian Grand Tour. It is the fourth Grand Tour stage victory for Matthews, who won two Vuelta a España stages in his Grand Tour debut last year and the opening stage team time trial at the Giro d’Italia last Friday.

A massive crash proved the most decisive moment of the day as nearly the entire peloton hit the ground or was caught behind the mayhem in the run in to the final climb. Svein Tuft and Brett Lancaster were amongst the heavy fallers. Lancaster’s crash is race ending. He broke his hand and will require surgery in the coming days. Tuft suffered significant abrasions and will continued to be assessed throughout the evening before it is determined if he will start stage seven tomorrow.

Matthews, Santaromita and Durbridge were three of the eight riders to emerge from the chaos to contest the stage in Montecassino. The ORICA-GreenEDGE trio were joined by BMC teammates Cadel Evans, Steve Morabito and Daniel Oss, Tim Wellens (Lotto Belisol) and Matteo Rabottini (Neri Sottoli – Yellow Fluo). Not fully aware of the carnage in their week, ORICA-GreenEDGE and BMC drove the pace into the final climb.

It had been a fairly uneventful day up until the race-defining incident. Four riders broke away from the bunch, amassing a 14 minute maximum advantage. With the gap approaching dangerous proportions, ORICA-GreenEDGE, Team Sky, Trek Factory Racing and Katusha shared tempo-setting duties to steadily reel in the leaders.

“Today was completely unreal. I owe so much to the team for bringing me in the position to win a hilltop finish in the pink jersey. They all worked hard. I specifically need to mention Luke Durbridge and Ivan Santaromita. I wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for him. He rode his heart out for me at the moment the race was decided.” - Michael Matthews

“It’s a really unfortunate incident for all those involved. We never like it when accidents like this happen. We were in the right position to avoid the crash with most of our guys, but we obviously know that there’s also a degree of luck involved. We had a couple of our guys involved as well. No one likes to see races impacted this way by crashes.” - Sport Director Matt White

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 6:37:01
2 Tim Wellens (Bel) - Lotto Belisol ST
3 Cadel Evans (Aus) - BMC Racing Team ST
4 Matteo Rabottini (Ita) - Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo ST
5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:13
6 Steve Morabito (Swi) - BMC Racing Team 0:00:23
7 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:49
8 Mauro Finetto (Ita) - Neri Sottoli - Yellow Fluo ST
9 Diego Ulissi (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
10 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Col) - Colombia ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
1 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 6:37:01
5 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:13
72 Luke Durbridge (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:29
74 Pieter Weening (Ned) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:04:31
114 Michael Hepburn (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:06
124 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:12:06
180 Cameron Meyer (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:18:30
187 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:25:14
189 Svein Tuft (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:25:16