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2013 Giro D'Italia: Stage 6

Results, map, stage profile, summary and photos

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Stage 6, Thursday, May 9: Mola di Bari - Margherita di Savoia, 169 km

Stage 6 finish

The Race: The day's break of Cameron Wurf and Jack Bobridge was caught before the start of the first of three times across the finish line (about 35 km to go). As that was happening Bradley Wiggins was getting a repair and was being paced back up to the pack by most of his team.

With Sky off the back a massive crash blocked more than half the field and it seemed like an eternity (actually about a minute) before the stopped riders could get going again. It looked as if the lead group didn't press its advantage while many of the contenders chased. with 20 km to Go the Sky (and lots of others) riders made contact. A lot of other riders (such as Filippo Pozatto) still had to chase as the peloton started to speed up in anticipation of the sprint.

In the sprint Argos-Shimano went too soon, giving a perfect leadout to Omega Pharma and Mark Cavendish, who delivered a flawless sprint.


  1. Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) 3hr 56min 3sec. 42.957 km/hr
  2. Elia Viviani (Cannondale) s.t.
  3. Matthew Harley Goss (Orica-GreenEdge) s.t.
  4. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ) s.t.
  5. Mattia Gavazzi (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  6. Manuel Belletti (Ag2r) s.t.
  7. Davide Appollonio (Ag2r) s.t.
  8. Giacomo Nizzolo (Radio Shack) s.t.
  9. Matti Breschel (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  10. Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) s.t.
  11. Edwin Alcibiad Avila (Colombia) s.t.
  12. Kenny Dehaes (lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  13. Adam Blythe (BMC) s.t.
  14. Iljo Keisse (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  15. Ioannis Tamouridis (Euskaltel) s.t.
  16. Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) s.t.
  17. Francisco Ventoso (Movistar) s.t.
  18. John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  19. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) s.t.
  20. Pavel Brutt (Katusha) s.t.
  21. Luca Paolini (Katusha) s.t.
  22. Sacha Modolo (Bardiani-CSF) s.t.
  23. Giairo Ermeti (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  24. Gert Steegmans (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  25. Koen De Kort (Argos-Shimano) s.t.
  26. Robert Hunter (Garmin-Sharp) s.t.
  27. Gert Dockx (lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  28. Dirk Bellemekaers (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  29. Cadel Evans (BMC) s.t.
  30. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) s.t.
  31. Paolo Longo Borghini (Cannondale) s.t.
  32. Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) s.t.
  33. Lars Ytting Bak (Lotto-Belisol) s.t.
  34. Dalivier Ospina (Colombia) s.t.
  35. Daniele Bennati (Saxo-Tinkoff) s.t.
  36. Alessandro Vanotti (Astana) s.t.
  37. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) s.t.
  38. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Astana) s.t.
  39. Steve Morabito (BMC) s.t.
  40. Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) s.t.
  41. Alex Dowsett (Movistar) s.t.
  42. Filipe Oliviera (Radio Shack) s.t.
  43. Tanel Kangert (Astana) s.t.
  44. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp) s.t.
  45. Oscar Gatto (Vini Fantini) s.t.
  46. Sonny Colbrelli (Bardiani-CSF) s.t.
  47. Francesco Checchi (Vini Fantini) s.t.
  48. Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli) s.t.
  49. Guillaume Bonnafond (Ag2r) s.t.
  50. Ivan Santaromita (BMC) s.t.

GC after Stage 6:

  1. mglia rosa Luca Paolini (Katusha) 23hr 52min 42sec
  2. Rigoberto Uran (Sky) @ 17sec
  3. Benat Intxausti (Movistar) @ 26sec
  4. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) @ 31sec
  5. Ryder Hesjedal (Garmin-Sharp) @ 34sec
  6. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) s.t.
  7. Giampaolo Caruso (Katusha) @ 36sec
  8. Sergio Henao (Sky) @ 37sec
  9. Mauro Santambrogio (Vini Fantini) @ 39sec
  10. Cadel Evans (BMC) @ 42sec
  11. Thomas Danielson (Garmin-Sharp) 2 42sec
  12. Robert Gesink (Blanco) 2 45sec
  13. Yury Trofimov (Katusha) 2 46sec
  14. Ivan Santaromita (BMV) s.t.
  15. Pieter Weening (Orica-GreenEdge) @ 54sec
  16. Robert Kiserlovski (Radio Shack) @ 1min 0sec
  17. Fabio Aru (Astana) @ 1min 15sec
  18. Samuel Sanchez (Euskaltel) @ 1in 18sec
  19. Steven Kruijswijk (Blanco) @ 1min 19sec
  20. Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida) @ 1min 23sec
  21. Przemyslaw Niemiec (Lampre-Merida) s.t.
  22. Rafael Valls (Vacansoleil) @ 1min 25sec
  23. Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 1min 34sec
  24. Franco Pellizotti (Androni Giocattoli) @ 1min 37sec
  25. Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) s.t.
  26. Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r) @ 1min 41sec
  27. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r) s.t.
  28. Steve Morabito (BMC) @ 1min 49sec
  29. Jorge Azanza (Euskaltel) @ 1min 52sec
  30. Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini) @ 2min 15sec
  31. Peter Stetina (Garmin-Sharp) @ 2min 18sec
  32. Wilco Kelderman (Blanco) @ 2min 21sec
  33. Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli) @ 2min 24sec
  34. José Rodolfo Serpa (Lampre-Merida) @ 2min 32sec
  35. Damiano Caruso (Cannondale) @ 2min 38sec
  36. Juan Manuel Garate (Blanco) @ 2min 42sec
  37. Evgeni Petrov (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 2min 46sec
  38. Arnold Jeannesson (FDJ) @ 2min 48sec
  39. Tiago Machado (Radio Shack) @ 2min 53sec
  40. Manuel Francesco Bongiorno (Bardiani-CSF) @ 2min 55sec
  41. Rory Sutherland (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 2min 57sec
  42. Darwin Atapuma (Colombia) @ 2min 59sec
  43. Francis de Greef (Lotto-Belisol) @ 3min 3sec
  44. Cayetano Sarmiento (Cannondale) @ 3min 4sec
  45. Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF) @ 3min 6sec
  46. Andres Duarte (Colombia) s.t.
  47. Enrico Battaglin (Bardiani-CSF) @ 3min 7sec
  48. Francis Mourey (FDJ) @ 3min 9sec
  49. Petr Ignatenko (Katusha) @ 3min 18sec
  50. Tanel Kangert (Astana) @ 3min 20sec

Points Competition:

  1. Red Jersey Mark Cavendish (Omega Pharma-Quick Step): 58 points
  2. Elia Viviani (Cannondale): 52
  3. Luca Paolini (Katusha): 35
  4. Nacer Bouhanni (FDJ): 31
  5. John Degenkolb (Argos-Shimano): 30

Climber's Competition:

  1. Blue Jersey Giovanni Visconti (Movistar): 14 points
  2. Stefano Pirazzi (Bardiani-CSF): 11
  3. Robinson Chalapud (Colombia): 9
  4. Willem Wouters (Vacansoleil): 9
  5. Danilo Di Luca (Vini Fantini): 5

Young Rider:

  1. White Jersey Fabio Aru (Astana) 23hr 53min 57sec
  2. Rafal Majka (Saxo-Tinkoff) @ 19sec
  3. Carlos Alberto Betancur (Ag2r) @ 26sec
  4. Wilco Kelderman (Blanco) @ 1min 6sec
  5. Diego Rosa (Androni Giocattoli) @ 1min 6sec

Team Classification:

  1. Katusha: 70hr 55min 0sec
  2. Sky @ 24sec
  3. Astana @ 45sec
  4. BMC @ 1min 19sec
  5. Garmin-Sharp @ 1min 48sec

Stage 6 map

Stage 6 map

Stage 6 profile

Stage 6 profile

Photos from Stage 6:

Bradley Wiggins

Sir Wiggo reads the morning paper


Just some bikies hanging out waiting for the ride to start.

Jersey holder

The classification jersey wearers before the stage start, from left: Luca Paolini, Giovanni Visconti, Fabio Aru, John Degenkolb

Euskaltel motorhome

Euskaltel motorhome and team cars.



Jack Borbidge and Cameron Wurf

Jack Bobridge leads Cameron Wurf

Cameron Wurf

Cameron Wurf and Jack Bobridge (hidden) couldn't make their break stick.

Omega Pharma

Here's the biggest reason why. Omega Pharma-Quick Step wasn't going to let this one slip away.

Peloton rides by a field

Out in the country

Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini is riding a really smart race. He stays up front and out of trouble. Tomorrow has some heavy roads and stage 8 is a time trial. It will be a surprise if he's in pink at the start of stage 9.

Giovanni Visconti

Mountains leader Giovanni Visconti. This was taken before he got torn up in a crash late in the stage.


The pack rounds a corner

Filippo Pozatto

Filippo Pozzato had to chase a long time after the crash, but he did rejoin the main group.

Christian Vande Velde

Christian Vande Velde after the stage finished

Vladimir Karpets

Vladimir Karpets is still turning the pedals

Samuel Sanchez

Samuel Sanchez

Mark Cavendish

That makes two Giro stage wins this year for Cavendish

Luca Paolini

Luca Paolini is still the leader.