I really enjoy seeing tiny Columbian riders standing on the peloton. Is it any wonder they can climb so well? Look at the size of that guy! Most of the girls on the podium are of a fairly standard height, which makes today’s breakaway winner Miguel Angel Rubiano… well… really tiny.
I remember looking at this unassuming profile yesterday thinking that today may be a day for the breakaway. Sure enough, there were groups all over the road and the peloton was seemingly all-to-casual in it’s chase, and it was Rubiano who took advantage of this and broke free from his four breakaway companions to win solo. Unfortunately for Rubiano the 3+ minutes they had going into the final 40km was not enough to take the leaders jersey as Adriano Malori, one of his earlier breakaway companions was able to hang on enough to take the Maglia Rosa.
Word is that during the stage Tyler Farrar, Pablo Lastras and Thor Husovd all crashed and left the race with various injuries, which will certainly change things for the sprint stage to come in the second week.
Tomorrow we head into the mountains with a scattered skillset on the leaderboard – TT specialists, climbers, favorites – which makes for some interesting storylines to watch, and likely a new Maglia Rosa. It should be the first day that the GC guys really get active and test each others legs, although most of them might be wary of grabbing the Maglia Rosa too early and having to protect for the duration. Watch for Daniel Moreno or Christian Vandevelde as Katusha and Garmin might play them early for pink to save J-Rod and Hesjedal to be without the additional stress of protecting. The 205km stage finishes with the Rocca del Cambio climb with 20km remaining which then plunges downhill with 3.5km to go before ramping up with 1.5km to the finish with some 10% sections. It should make for a select finishing group and some time gaps.
Stage 6 Top Five
1. Miguel Angel Rubiano (AND)____5h38’30”
2. Andriano Malori (LAM)_________+1’10”
3. Michal Golas (OPQ)
4. Alexandr Dyachenko (AST)
5. Cesare Benedetti
Complete Stage 6 results: Gazzetta Official
General Classification after Stage 6
1. Adriano Malori (LAM)________20h25’28”
2. Michal Golas (OPQ)__________+15″
3. Ryder Hesjedal (GRM)_______+17″
4. Miguel Angel Rubiano (AND)____+30″
5. Christian Vandevelde (GRM)____+32″
6. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)______+36″
7. Peter Stetina (GRM)__________+37″
8. Daniel Moreno (KAT)__________+39″
9. Enrico Gasparotto (AST)______+39″
10. Luke Roberts (SAX)__________+41″
17. Roman Kreuziger (AST)________+46″
21. Ivan Basso (LIQ)_____________+53″
45. Frank Schleck (RNT)__________+1’15”
54. Damiano Cunego (LAM)________+1’25”
56. Michele Scarponi (LAM)_______+1’28”
85. John Gadret (ALM)___________+2’49”
95. Mikel Nieve (EUS)___________+3’29”
Complete General Classification: Gazzetta Official