Pelayo Sánchez wins stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia.

Giro stage 6 report: Sánchez pips Alaphilippe from the break

A break stays clear on the gravel and the rolling hills of Tuscany.

Dane Cash
by Dane Cash 09.05.2024 More from Dane +

On a stage 6 that took the Giro d’Italia peloton over gravel roads in Tuscany, Pelayo Sánchez (Movistar) bested former Strade Bianche winner Julian Alaphilippe (Soudal-Quick Step) to take the win out of a breakaway. Luke Plapp (Jayco-AlUla), the other survivor of the successful move, took third on the day.

The stage unfolded more quickly than the fastest estimated timetable had predicted, as the escapees and the chasing bunch rode a torrid pace over the gravel and the punchy climbs along the route. In the end, despite the best efforts of the Ineos Grenadiers and UAE Team Emirates in the peloton, the break prevailed.

Race leader Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) finished safely in the peloton to maintain his grip on the pink jersey.

No rest for the weary in Tuscany



Brief analysis

Since the start of the Giro, I tried to save energy because I didn’t have the shape to be at the front the first day, so I tried to save energy for today. Today I could be in the breakaway, but I could never imagine winning the stage. For me, it’s crazy. I don’t have words.

-An incredulous Pelayo Sánchez after his first Grand Tour stage win

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