Giro d'Italia - Rubiano solos to stage, Malori in pink

Fri, 11 May 16:14:00 2012

Miguel Rubiano of the Androni Giacattoli team produced a fine solo ride to win stage six of the Giro d'Italia in Porto Sant'Elpidio.

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The Venezuelan was part of an original 15-man escape group before he attacked on the final climb of the day and held off the chasers over the final 35 kilometres.

He finished 1:10 ahead of four other members of that break, Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD), Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) and Cesare Benedetti (NetApp).

Italian Malori took the pink jersey as the overall race leader. He leads by 15 seconds from Pole Golas with Ryder Hesjedal of Canada a further two seconds back and Rubiano fourth at 30 seconds.

Hesjedal's Garmin team-mates reduced the deficit considerably in the closing stages but narrowly failed in their quest to retain the maglia rosa with overnight leader Ramunas Navardauskas way back after losing considerable time on the first hilly stage of the race.

It was Daryl Impey (Orica-GreenEDGE) who led the peloton over the line in sixth, 1:51 behind the stage winner.

The 210km route from Urbino featured four classified mountains and saw the eventual first five plus Manuel Belletti (AG2R-LaMondiale), Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Dominique Rollin (FDJ-BigMat), Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barracuda), Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Katusha), Jens Keukeleire (Orica-GreenEdge), Gatis Smukulis (Katusha), Pablo Lastras (Movistar), Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) and Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank) go clear after 24km.

They built up a lead of 8:36 as they travelled through the Macerata and Fermano Apennine hills with short and sharp ascents followed by technical descents.

Giro d'Italia†: Last minut

Lastras attacked on the category two climb of the Passo della Cappella with 92km remaining but it was Rubiano who was first at the summit and the Movistar rider crashed on the descent, chasing the leader, and was forced to abandon the race.

That climb, with ramps of 16%, saw the escape group whittled down to eight - Rubiano, Malori, Dyachenko, Smukulis, Bauer, Golas, Roberts and Benedetti - and a push from the Liquigas team saw their lead reduced to 4:25 with 75km left.

But the Italian team were not supported in their chase and the lead increased on the run-in to the cat-three climb of the Montelupone before Rubiano made his move on the similarly graded ascent of the Montegranaro.

The Montegranaro's 18% gradient saw Smukulis, Bauer and Roberts - the best-placed on GC of the escape group - distanced.

And Rubiano extended his lead over the chase quartet on the run-in to the line to record by far the biggest win of the 27-year-old from Bogota's career.

The stage took its toll, with Garmin sprinter Tyler Farrar, former world champion Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) all forced to abandon.

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  1. Rubiano, is a pure climber. But he showed today­ he's more than that. An all rounder today and­ winning a great stage (hard stage!). I expect bigger­ things from Rubiano, watch out! He's in good form.­ Could be a good outsider pick, he's been in top­ form of recent (in Trentino of recent, up that savage­ climb finished 2nd)

    From Steve, on Sat 12 May 12:22
  2. Comrade, "Only 1 guy riding hard" Over 3000­ m of climbing and several DNF including Hushovdt

    From Sabcarrera, on Sat 12 May 11:31
  3. Actually, the team is now Italian registered but Miguel­ Rubiano is still 100% Colombian. The peloton seemed to­ be enjoying the sunshine too much, but a really fine­ performance and a wonderful result for all of South­ America. Viva Miguel!

    From michael, on Sat 12 May 0:20
  4. Get in Miguel, big respect for making the break.

    From Meh., on Fri 11 May 22:24
  5. A good ride but that was one of the most boring stages­ I've seen in a grand tour in a very long time. Only­ 1 guy riding hard.

    From Typhoon, on Fri 11 May 22:16
  6. Hat of for today's winner. Tommorow stage have­ Joacquim Rodriguez's name written all over it, no­ doubt.

    From Trina, on Fri 11 May 21:09
  7. What a performance, compliments to Miguel Angel Rubiano­ !!! Anyway, he is not Venezuelan but Colombian.­ Venezuela (the Country) is the sponsor. Tomorrow­ another interesting medium mountain stage with 2 GPM:­ Colle Galluccio (3rd) 1190 meters above sea and Rocca­ di Cambio (2nd) 1392 m. Can't wait ... big names­ must come out ...

    From Betsy Griscom Ross, on Fri 11 May 19:58
  8. a very good ride,after being in the break and mopping­ up the mountains points rubiano took the bull by the­ horns and set on his home and looked terrific~.

    From Freddybee, on Fri 11 May 19:39
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