2013 Tirreno-Adriatico: Stage 6 Results

Slovakian () won the sixth stage of around Porto Sant’Elpidio (208 km), over Italy’s (Astana) and Spain’s (Katusha) on Monday.

Nibali is the new overall leader with 34” ahead of and 37” on Rodriguez.

The win marked Sagan’s second stage win in the Italian stage race and the sixth WorldTour win of the season for his Pro Cycling squad.

The irrepressible Slovak broke clear of the pack on the descent of the day’s penultimate climb alongside and , before sprinting to a victory in a rain-soaked Porto Sant’Elpidio.

Froome and fellow general classification contender were both dropped on the last of three ascents of Sant’Elpidio a Mare, a climb that ramps up to more than 27 per cent in gradient and saw many riders forced to dismount their bikes and push.

Although Contador managed to join the lead chase group and crossed the line 44 seconds behind the three leaders, Froome suffered more serious damage.

Contador was in the chase group from which Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) jumped away and bridged the gap to the front duo. In a chase group further behind, Froome was chasing Contador and his companions.

Team Saxo-Tinkoff’s was fighting intensely in the finale and finished 7th on the stage and is now 4th overall:

“It was a crazy and somewhat chaotic stage. Roman (Kreuziger) had a flat at a crucial time in the finale and he didn’t make it back to the favorites. Alberto’s strong but he couldn’t close the gap with his chase group. Now, it’s going to be difficult to catch Nibali in the GC but everyone knows that Alberto never gives in and he’ll give what he’s got on tomorrow’s time trial and we’ll see how far that takes us,” said Team Saxo-Tinkoff sports director, Philippe Mauduit.

Stage 6 Brief Results:

  1. (Slovakia / ) 5:45:17″
  2. (Italy / Astana) +2″
  3. (Spain / Katusha)
  4. (Italy / Vini Fantini) +44″
  5. Samuel Sanchez (Spain / Euskaltel)
  6. (U.S. / RadioShack)
  7. (Spain / Saxo – Tinkoff)
  8. Juergen Roelandts (Belgium / Lotto) +50″
  9. Thor Hushovd (Norway / BMC Racing)
  10. Simon Geschke (Germany / Argos)

General Classification After Stage 6:

  1. (Italy) 27:57:26″
  2. (Britain) +34″
  3. (Spain / Katusha) +37″
  4. (Spain) +48″
  5. Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) +58″
  6. (U.S.) +1:05″
  7. (Italy) +1:20″
  8. (Poland) +2:54″
  9. (Costa Rica) +2:58″
  10. Wout Poels (Netherlands) +3:08″

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