Francesco Ventoso has out powered Alessandro Petacchi in an all-out drag to the line to win the sixth stage of the Giro. A few of the grand sprinters were able to hang on to the select group over numerous medium climbs and it was Ventoso reaping the rewards of all that work gaining the win. Pieter Weening conserved his lead in the Maglie Rosa.
The break of the day never truly looked dangerous and with 10km remaining the peloton caught Sacha Modolo and closed with 48 seconds of the escape containing Popovych and Van De Walle. At 9km Kristof Van de Walle attacked his break mates and went alone hoping for the win. What followed were numerous volleys of attacks, with David Millar twice getting in on the action along with Kiserlovski, Rabon and numerous others.
The group came together within the last km and Petacchi looked in great position for the win. Danilo Di Luca launched a massive burst within the last km which looked like it might stick but then Ventoso and Petacchi countered with Petacchi in the draft but Ventoso didn’t falter.
Stage 6 Top Five
1. Fancesco Ventoso (Movistar)_____5h15’39”
2. Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre)
3. Roberto Ferarri (Androni)
4. Danilo Di Luca (Katusha)
5. Davide Appollonio (Sky)
Full Stage results: Gazzetta official
Overall Classification after 5 stages
1. Pieter Weening (Rabobank)_____14h59’33”
2. Marco Pinotti (HTC)___________+:02″
3. Kanstantsin Sivtsov (HTC)_____+:02″
4. Christophe Le Mevel (Garmin)___+:05″
5. Pablo Lastras (Movistar)_______+:22″
Full GC: Gazzetta official