Italy on top in the Giro: Masnada the victory, Conti the pink sweater


Italië boven in de Giro: Masnada de ritzege, Conti de roze trui

After five days without a victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Italy, and finally price for the home. Double the price even. For the talented 25-year-old climber Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli – Sidermec) won the ride and the 26-year-old Valerio Conti (UAE-Team Emirates) if the pink leader’s jersey re of Primoz Roglic. Both Italians were the strongest riders of a breakaway of thirteen escapees where also our fellow countryman Pieter Serry was part.

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The sixth stage was again one of the long breath, with its 238 kilometres, the second longest of the Giro stuffed of the marathonritten. From Cassino, at the foot of the homonymous mountain, with its imposing abbey and endless military cemeteries from the second world war, went east to San Giovanni Rotondo, in the heel of the Italian boot.

Italië boven in de Giro: Masnada de ritzege, Conti de roze trui

At eighteen kilometers from the finish the riders had on the crown of the Coppa Casarinelle, a slope of second category. 15 miles of climbing, but with a modest average of 4.4 percent. Still to do for the better climbers among the fast men, such as Caleb Ewan. Or just not when the pack it full speed against it. The big question of the day.

Or was that tricky final grist to the mill of the early escapees? The trains of the sprinters would not be so easy to get on with their timing. Hence an endless string of escapes at the beginning of the stage, so the progress went with the mileage. The event fell silent for a moment after a crash without much of rozetruidrager Roglic, Majka, Landa and Zakarin. The peloton waited dutifully until everyone was back.

Italië boven in de Giro: Masnada de ritzege, Conti de roze trui

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With the resumption of “hostilities” was the right price. In two parts, a front group of thirteen riders. In addition to our compatriot Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick Step), was that from the Movistar duo Jose Joaquin Rojas and Andrey Amador, the heart of provence Peters (AG2R), Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling), Nicola Baggioli (Nippo-Fantini), Valerio Conti (UAE), Amaro Antunes, (CCC), Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FdJ), Sam Oomen (Sunweb), Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli) and Nicola Conci (Pull).

Roglic need pink no more

The peloton, which Roglic, however, the doctor called to his shredded butt to sanitize and connect, didn’t really commit, but saw the gap still increase up to 6’34’, on a hundred kilometers from the finish. More than enough in any case to Valerio Conti – 27th of the gc at 1’59’ – the pleasure to award themselves virtually rozetruidrager to call. With the consent of Roglic, who Wednesday night at his press conference already suggested that this stage was ideal for the jewel provisionally shoulders to change.

No other team felt the need to put it in the place of Jumbo-Visma to do, so that the front-runners even before the ascent of Coppa Casarinelle knew that they were the daily prices each other were allowed to distribute. Conti was clearly not going to be the cheese of the bread. He responded after a few kilometers of climbing on the alert for a demarrage of Masnada. The duo hit on the fighting – Conti did not have much meaning in work and was chasing put in by Plaza, Rojas and Carboni. For Serry, who earlier had also been involved in the big crash, there was no more than accost with the remainder of the former leading group.

Even though they had Masnada all you need to do, then came the pursuers uphill, don’t step closer. Serry nor, in spite of a futile failure just before the summit. And the group, not at all. He the complete walk and came up on 7’35’ of the leaders. Only with the climb behind us also wanted to Conti and gradually contribute in the spire of the happening, giving the three pursuers on a half minutes were left hanging. But also no more, because Conti is already economical in the wake of his companion crawled.

The two Italians were singing it along to the meet in the streets of San Giovanni Rotondo. After a schijnsprintje – Conti had the courtesy to the victory not to be eating from his companion that all the work had been put Masnada hands in the air. For the 25-year-old Italian is the most beautiful victory of his career. He won a few weeks ago, two stages in the Tour of the Alps and picked up at the beginning of april even though the klimtrui in the Tour of Sicily.

Valerio Conti is for the first time in his life the pink jersey to wear. A boost for the bright-plagued UAE Team Emirates. In the Giro, the team of Juan Sebastián Molano Tuesday to go home due to the adoption of different values after its own internal investigation, Wednesday it became known that rider Kristijan Durasek then was involved in Operation Aderlass in the past, and by the UCI was suspended.

In the sprint for the third place, the Spaniard José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar) for his compatriot Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy) and the Italian Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF). Pieter Serry was sixth. The peloton bolde thick seven minutes after Masnada about the measure. The ranking is completely changed. Primoz Roglic – now eleventh in the state – there will be not bothered at all.

Friday awaits the riders in the Giro, a stage of 185 hilly mileage between Vasto and L’aquila. The klassementsmannen seem a first time to move (view more here).

Serry eighth in the standings

Italië boven in de Giro: Masnada de ritzege, Conti de roze trui

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“I had expected there to be more of a headwind on the climb,” said Pieter Serry from our man at the finish, Bram Vandecapelle. “I was looking at Amador and Sam Oomen. But Amador turned out not so good, because he had to solve on the climbs. Then I am full of continued in the descent and then, suddenly, they let me drive away. But the two birds were going to fly, I have something to be doubted a long time. In retrospect it is always easy to talk to. There will be another day and hopefully I can even get my chance.” Because the peloton snipperdagje loved is Serry suddenly on the eighth place in the standings. “Well hey. I’m going to be trying to defend.”

That stage

1. Fausto Masnada (Ita/ANS)

2. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAD) at 0:04

3. José Joaquin Rojas (Spa/MOV) 0:37

4. Rubén Plaza (Spa/ICA) at 0:37

5. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/FRG) 0:42

6. Pieter Serry (Bel/DQT) 0:52

7. Valentin Madouas (Fra/GFC) 0:52

8. The heart of provence Peters (Fra/ALM) 0:56

9. Andrey Amador (CRi/MOV) 0:56

10. Amaro Antunes (Por/CPT) 0:56


1. Valerio Conti (Ita/UAD)

2. Giovanni Carboni (Ita/BRD) at 01:41

3. The heart of provence Peters (Fra/ALM) 02:09

4. José Joaquin Rojas (Spa/MOV) 02:12

5. Valentin Madouas (Fra/GFC) 02:19

6. Amaro Antunes (Por/CPT) 02:45

7. Fausto Masnada (Ita/ANS) 03:14

8. Pieter Serry (Bel/DQT) 03:25

9. Andrey Amador (CRi/MOV) 03:27

10. Sam Oomen (Ned/SUN) 04:57

11. Primoz Roglic (Sln/TJV) 05:24

12. Nicola Conci (Ita/TFS) 05:49

13. Simon Yates (GBr/MTS) 05:59

14. Vincenzo Nibali (Ita/TBM) 06:03

15. Miguel Angel Lopez (Col/AST) 06:08

16. Diego Ulissi (Ita/UAD) 06:08

17. Rafal Majka (Pol/BOH) 06:13

18. Bauke Mollema (Ned/TFS) 06:19

19. Damiano Caruso (Ita/TBM) 06:20

20. Bob Jungels (Lux/DQT) 06:26