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by Mark Zalewski

May 13, 2016

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In today’s CT Daily News Digest: Giro d’Italia: Maiden Grand Tour stage win for Wellens on first mountain finish of race; Preview: What you need to know about the 2016 Amgen Tour of California; Lars van der Haar joins Nys-led Telenet–Fidea; Andre Greipel’s Giro d’Italia stage-winning Strava ‘lunch ride’; Wiggins shows off new cycling shoes inspired by The Jam’s Paul Weller; Irish woman set to cycle across United Arab Emirates in 24 hours; Strava sees nearly 80,000 commutes logged on Global Bike to Work Day; Gastown Grand Prix upgrading to UCI status; Team Novo-Nordisk prepares for Tour of California; I Am Specialized: Axel Merckx; Exclusive interview with Marcel Kittel

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Giro d’Italia: Maiden Grand Tour stage win for Wellens on first mountain finish of race

by Shane Stokes

Having ridden strongly in the Ardennes Classics, Tim Wellens picked up the first Grand Tour stage win of his career when he took stage six of the Giro d’Italia.

The 25 year old Belgian was best on the first summit finish of the race, hitting the line at Roccaraso one minute 19 ahead of Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha). Race leader Tom Dumoulin rode well and took fourth, one minute 22 back, with Kanstantsin Siutsou (Dimension Data) and Domenico Pozzovivo (Ag2r La Mondiale) a further two seconds back.

Esteban Chaves (Orica GreenEdge), Rigoberto Uran (Cannondale), Rafal Majka (Tinkoff) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) completed the top ten, up to one minute 36 seconds behind, while Mikel Landa (Sky), Ryder Hesjedal (Trek-Segafredo) and Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) were found wanting in the finale and conceded a further seven seconds.

Wellens’ success was based on early aggression and good legs. The Lotto Soudal rider was one of three who bridged up to early leaders Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo-Vini Fantini) and Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Trestina-Southeast) with 62 kilometres to go, and then attacked alone on the day’s final climb.

He time trialed from there until the finish, lying low over his bike on the flatter sections of the climb in order to maximise his aerodynamics and then pushing hard on the steeper slopes.

Stage 6: Ponte > Roccaraso (Aremogna) - Stage Result

Thursday 12th May 2016

1. be
WELLENS Tim
Lotto Soudal
04:40:05
2. dk
FUGLSANG Jakob
Astana Pro Team
1:19
3. ru
ZAKARIN Ilnur
Team Katusha
-
4. nl
DUMOULIN Tom
Team Giant - Alpecin
1:22
5. by
SIUTSOU Kanstantsin
Dimension Data
1:24
6. it
POZZOVIVO Domenico
AG2R La Mondiale
-
7. co
CHAVES RUBIO Johan Esteban
Orica GreenEDGE
1:29
8. co
URAN Rigoberto
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
1:33
9. pl
MAJKA Rafał
Tinkoff
-
10. es
VALVERDE Alejandro
Movistar Team
1:36
11. nl
KRUIJSWIJK Steven
Team LottoNL - Jumbo
-
12. ru
FIRSANOV Sergey
Gazprom-RusVelo
1:39
13. lu
JUNGELS Bob
Etixx - Quick Step
1:41
14. es
LANDA Mikel
Team Sky
1:43
15. ca
HESJEDAL Ryder
Trek - Segafredo
-
16. es
ANTON Igor
Dimension Data
-
17. it
NIBALI Vincenzo
Astana Pro Team
-
18. it
SCARPONI Michele
Astana Pro Team
-
19. it
ULISSI Diego
Lampre - Merida
-
20. cr
AMADOR Andrey
Movistar Team
-
21. ee
TAARAMäE Rein
Team Katusha
-
22. fr
DUPONT Hubert
AG2R La Mondiale
-
23. us
DOMBROWSKI Joe
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team
-
24. es
NIEVE Mikel
Team Sky
1:51
25. es
VERONA Carlos
Etixx - Quick Step
1:57

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Today’s feature image shows Tim Wellens celebrating his first Grand Tour victory on stage six of the Giro d’Italia.

  • Avuncular

    It’s nice to see the Aran islands have amalgamated and cycling being celebrated in what looks like lovely weather.

  • Dave

    Dennis is probably the best credentialed rider on the start list for the Tour of Giro Non-Selection Consolation, but with the problems he has had with sickness this year (too much hanging out with Richie?) he’s probably not the favourite this time around.

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