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Silvan Dillier takes stage six win in dramatic finish at the Giro d’Italia

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Silvan Dillier (BMC) won from an early breakaway the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia, while Bob Jungels finished comfortably in the top ten to retain his six-second lead over Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) in the general classification.

Dillier began his sprint with 150 meters to go on the climb to the finish and had the power to hold off Jasper Stuyven, who banged his bars in anger and frustration as he crossed the line half a wheel behind the Swiss cyclist.

Lukas Postlberger, who won the opening stage, was third, 12 seconds behind the front two at the end of the 217-kilometer (135-mile) route from Reggio Calabria to Terme Luigiane as the race moved to mainland Italy.

“Basically the stage started pretty bad for me. I had a flat tire at KM 0.”, said Dillier. “I chased back and I could go straight away in the breakaway. At the end, it was pretty hard to stay away. To beat Jasper Stuyven in a sprint like this is crazy. I still can’t believe this. I know the harder the race, the better it is for me. The final was really hard and Jasper Stuyven is a really strong rider. I had some concerns about him. To win a stage against him is crazy. It feels great.”


Giro d’Italia 2017 – stage 6 results (Reggio Calabria – Terme Luigiane):

1 Silvan Dillier (BMC)

4:58:01

2 Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo)

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3 Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-hansgrohe)

+12”

4 Simone Andreetta (Bardiani CSF)

+26”

5 Michael Woods (Cannondale-Drapac)

+39”

6 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

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7 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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8 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

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9 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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10 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

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11 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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12 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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13 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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14 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

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15 Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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16 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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17 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

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18 Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe)

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19 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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20 Dylan Teuns (BMC)

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General classification after stage 6:

1 Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors)

28:20:47

2 Geraint Thomas (Team Sky)

+06”

3 Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)

+10”

4 Domenico Pozzovivo (AG2R)

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5 Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain Merida)

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6 Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb)

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7 Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

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8 Bauke Mollema (Trek-Segafredo)

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9 Tejay Van Garderen (BMC)

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10 Andrey Amador (Movistar)

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11 Thibaut Pinot (FDJ)

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12 Mikel Landa (Team Sky)

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13 Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Drapac)

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14 Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin)

+14”

15 Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)

+23”

16 Wilco Kelderman (Team Sunweb)

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17 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates)

+46”

18 Tanel Kangert (Astana)

+54”

19 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates)

+58”

20 Simone Petilli (UAE Team Emirates)

+01’14”