Thursday 14 December 2017

Italian enjoys home comforts to take lead

Gerard Cromwell

Almost a year after finishing last overall in his home tour, Italian Adriano Malori of the Lampre team yesterday took over the pink jersey as race leader of the Giro d'Italia at the end of stage six in Porto Saint'Elpidio.

Malori finished second to Colombian rider Miguel Angel Rubiano after the duo had been part of a 13-man group that went clear after just 29km of the undulating 207km stage.

Overnight leader Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin Barracuda) found himself yo-yoing off the back of the peloton once the race hit the hills and finally met his waterloo inside the final 30km, eventually losing almost 16 minutes on the stage and his pink jersey of race leader.

An attack by Rubiano on the final climb of the day, with 45km to go, left Malori chasing behind with Polish rider Michael Golas (Omega Pharma Quickstep), Kazakh Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) and fellow Italian Cesare Benedetti of Team NetApp.

"This is amazing. To be leading the Giro is unbelievable for me. It's a dream come true for every Italian rider," said a happy Malori.

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