The Belgian rider Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) won Stage 6 of the 99th Giro d’Italia, Ponte – Roccaraso (Aremogna), of 157km. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) and Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) finished second and third.
Tom Dumoulin (Team Giant – Alpecin) remains the race leader and keeps the Maglia Rosa.
1 – Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) – 157km in 4h40’05”, average speed 33.632km/h
2 – Jakob Fuglsang (Astana Pro Team) at 1’19”
3 – Ilnur Zakarin (Team Katusha) s.t.
Seconds after the stage finish, stage winner Tim Wellens said: “I have Pim Ligthart to thank. It was his idea to go away together at that point in the race. Then we bridged the gap to the leaders. I had good feelings today so I could maintain a good pace alone at the front on the final climb. I’m enormously happy with this victory. It’s a little bit of a surprise. I’m happy that no team rode behind us”.
Race leader Tom Dumoulin said: “My attack was not planned but I saw Nibali going so I went too. There was only one opportunity and I took it. I really surprised myself. I was stronger than I expected. I didn’t think I’d be in that shape for climbing. It was not a high mountain but it was still a proper climb today”.