photo credits @ WTFK
Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) clinched victory in stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia in Naples today, after the peloton caught the breakaway duo of Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) Alessandro De Marchi (Jayco-AlUla) just 300 meters from the finish.
The Danish rider chased down Fernando Gaviria (Movistar) during the waning moments of the stage, who opened up his sprint early, before holding-off Jonathan Milan (Bahrain Victorious) to seize the day’s honors.
Meanwhile, Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) was third, followed by Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) in fourth with Gaviria finishing fifth.
In the meantime, Remco Evenepoel (Soudal-QuickStep) enjoyed a quiet day in the peloton after a series of crashes in yesterday’s stage, along with Andreas Leknessund (Team DSM), who also finished safely in the peloton to retain the maglia rosa ahead of tomorrow’s first mountain stage to Gran Sasso d’Italia.
Earlier in the stage, Clarke and DeMarchi were part of an early five-man break, but as their supporting cast dwindled, both worked together to stay clear. It appeared the race for a glorious stage win was on as they entered the final kilometer, with Clarke the favorite – but neither man found the legs for a final push and the peloton swept past them with the finish line in sight.
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