Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) won Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia after bridging to a breakaway during the stage. He got the all clear to attack from maglia rosa wearer Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) and gave the Dutch man a wrap after the stage.

"After the peloton split in a downhill, Tom Dumoulin, who is a good friend of mine since we went on a semi-holiday to take part in the criterium of Curaçao last November, told me it was time to attack. I didn’t do it straight away but my team-mate Pim Ligthart asked me to go with him some time later and we did. I went full gas in the last climb."

"The race leader is not often someone I know very well. He gives very good advice and he deserves to take the Maglia Rosa home."

Lotto Soudal might have been expected to rest on their laurels after Greipel's stage win on the previous stage, but it was a coordinated effort from the team to get Wellens the chance at victory. The Belgian rider made it across the gap with the help of team-mate Pim Ligthart who Wellens was quick to praise after his win.

“Yesterday, the team delivered a great performance to lead André Greipel to the victory. That’s why we said before this stage that several riders could take it easy today. I suggested that I would join a break if the circumstances would allow that. Three riders had gone clear from the peloton and in the descent two riders stayed in front.

"Together with Pim Ligthart and with the approval of Tom Dumoulin I decided to bridge the gap to the two leaders; Laurent Didier joined us. We were able to close that gap quickly. There wasn’t immediately a reaction in the peloton and the front group worked well together so our lead increased. Pim really did a great job today and he totally sacrificed himself to enlarge the gap.”

Extended Highlights: Giro d'Italia Stage 6

Wellens has taken some notable wins throughout his career, with back-to-back victories at the Eneco Tour indicative of the tough style of racing that he prefers. 
“This victory is fantastic of course. Our goal in this Giro was to obtain a stage win. Yesterday our efforts paid off in an impressive way with André. It would be amazing if I were able to win a stage myself and to do that in such way, is just incredible.

"I don’t win a lot of races, but I think that my victories can count. Tomorrow, we will again try to go for the sprint with André. We’ll see if there will be any opportunities for me during the coming two weeks.”

Friday 13 May 2016

Jakob Fuglsang came to prominence in Stage 6 with an impressive ride that saw him move into 2nd on the general classification. Now the Danish rider's ambitions could extend to a high general classification result, after Astana team leader Vincenzo Nibali showed signs of weakness after having his attack countered.

"I was pushing hard while I was climbing to the finish line,” said Jakob Fuglsang in an interview with TV2 Sport after the finish. “I knew I was good and I'm very happy with my second place overall.

"The tactic was to attack in the steepest part of the climb to make selection and the team worked hard and well to promote my solo ride."

“I came out well from the Giro del Trentino where I finished third in the GC and today I gained a few seconds on my direct rivals for the GC. Now I just need to recover and to spend as little as possible in the stage tomorrow."

"Overall I can be satisfied. Maybe it had been better to keep a 30-second advantage lead to Dumoulin also, but it was not so bad."

Fuglsang's third in the traditional Giro d'Italia lead-up race, the Giro del Trentino, put his rivals on notice that he was in good form for the first Grand Tour of the season. His second here will reaffirm that and it is worth noting that he has some pedigree as a leader in Grand Tours, with a seventh in the 2013 Tour de France.

He is best known as a super domestique, so it will be interesting to see how Astana balance his ambitions with their local favourite Nibali, likely to demand help in the mountains.

For the moment, Fuglsang was happy with the small victories, like beating rival Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) in a sprint.
"I beat Zakarin there, did you see that? They were probably a little more on the limit after having been out there for a while so I thought I'd better take some bonus seconds.

The Luxembourg champion, Bob Jungels (Etixx-QuickStep), arrived together with the main bunch on stage 6 and remained in the top 10 of the general classification for the sixth day in a row.

Although he lost some time on the challenging ramps of the Stage 5 climb of Roccaraso, Jungels showed that he could stay with the best on a mountain top finish and extended his lead in the best young riders classification, which means that he will go into Friday's stage (Sulmona – Foligno, 211 kilometers) with a margin of 1:16 over second placed Davide Formolo (Cannondale-Garmin).
"It's been a really hard day. I was quite ok with the rain in the beginning, only thing that I found awkward was the super strong rhythm the bunch had on the first ascent. Then, because of the rain and the fog, it became very dangerous on the downhill, but I overcame also that hurdle.
"In the last 20 kilometers, we hit the climb at a very fast pace and I felt that I wasn't having my best day, the cold being the reason behind this. The result I got is a pretty good one and I am satisfied with it.
"I gained some time on the other riders in the white jersey rankings and also kept my place in the top 5 of the general classification. Now the next goal is to do a good time trial on Saturday"
Jungels is riding his third Grand Tour, and is widely touted as a star of the future and young rider's jersey win will certainly confirm that potential.