Emotional Masnada claims stage 6 as Conti takes pink jersey in Giro


Fausto Masnada won the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia and dedicatd the win to his late uncle while Valerio Conti grabbed the overall lead to give home fans an unexpected day of double joy on Thursday.

The two men had been part of a 13-man breakaway which was never chased by the peloton. Primoz Roglic, who started the day in the lead, cruised in with the pack 7mins 18sec behind Masnada.

Masnada is only in his second Giro was an unlikely candidate to provide a first home victory in this year’s race.

“I’m delighted,” Masnada said at the finish. “I’ve done it. I knew I was in good shape but it’s hard to win at the Giro d’Italia and I’ve done it. I dedicate the win to my uncle, who died just before the Giro d’Italia started. It was our team’s goal to win a stage.”

Conti was part of the original seven-man escape after 49 kilometres. Masnada, was part of a six-man pursuit that caught the leaders a few kilometres later.

With no long-term threats in the breakaway, the leading teams seemed happy to lend out the pink jersey.

“When the breakaway goes that was the plan,” said Antwan Tolhoek. “Very, very happy,” he said at the finish. “Repeat, very, very, very, happy.”

The two Italians dropped the rest of the breakaway with 29km to go early on the 15km Coppa Casarinelle climb.

While Conti had won one stage in the Vuelta in 2016 and was better placed in the general classification, Masnada was chasing the biggest stage victory of his career.

Masnada, who looked stronger, briefly tried to shake Conti, but, with the pink jersey awaiting, the UAE man held on grimly.

After a chat, the two worked together until the final kilometre, although Masnada had a scare when he had to swerve to avoid a dog.

By the final kilometre, the pair had 34 seconds over their pursuers and Conti was happy to pull Masnada to the line.

Giro d’Italia 2019 – stage 6 results (Cassino – San Giovanni Rotondo):

1Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


2Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


3José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)


4Ruben Plaza (Israel Cycling Academy)


5Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)


6Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


7Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


8Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Andrey Amador (Movistar)


10Amaro Antunes (CCC)


11Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


12Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo)


13Guillaume Boivin (Israel Cycling Academy)


14Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma)


15Lorenzo Rota (Bardiani-CSF)


16Antwan Tolhoek (Jumbo-Visma)


17Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


18Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


19Jan Bakelants (Team Sunweb)


20Brent Bookwalter (Mitchelton-Scott)



Giro d’Italia 2019 – general classification after stage 6:

1Valerio Conti (UAE Team Emirates)


2Giovanni Carboni (Bardiani-CSF)


3Nans Peters (AG2R La Mondiale)


4José Joaquin Rojas (Movistar)


5Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ)


6Amaro Antunes (CCC)


7Fausto Masnada (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec)


8Pieter Serry (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


9Andrey Amador (Movistar)


10Sam Oomen (Team Sunweb)


11Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma)


12Nicola Conci (Trek-Segafredo)


13Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


14Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida)


15Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


16Diego Ulissi (UAE Team Emirates)


17Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


18Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)


19Damiano Caruso (Bahrain-Merida)


20Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)



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