Chaves wins Stage 6 of the Giro d’Italia, Yates is the new Maglia Rosa

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The Colombian rider Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) won Stage 6 of the 101st Giro d’Italia, Caltanissetta-Etna (Osservatorio Astrofisico) of 169km. Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) and Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) finished second and third.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) is the new race General Classification leader, wearing the Maglia Rosa.

FINAL RESULT
1 – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) – 169km in 4h16’11”, average speed 39.581km/h
2 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott) s.t.
3 – Thibaut Pinot (Groupama – FDJ) a 26″

GENERAL CLASSIFICATION
1 – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
2 – Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb) at 16″
3 – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott) at 26″

Complete Rankings

Speaking seconds after the stage finish, the stage winner Esteban Chaves said: “It’s unbelievable. I needed this for my comeback to the Giro after one year of absence. It was a really hard stage here at the end. I firstly thank Jack Haig for pulling so much in the breakaway. This 1-2 with Yates is like a dream.”

The race leader Simon Yates said: “Our tactic today isn’t what our sport director told us to do this morning. It was a crazy day with a lot of attacks going at the beginning. As Esteban was at the front with a pretty big group, it made me sit back. I could save some energy. It worked out perfectly. I felt good so I took my chance to ride across. Esteban had been out all day so he deserved the win. I knew I was taking the Maglia Rosa, which pleases me a lot.”

Press conference interviews and further details to follow.

JERSEYS

  • Maglia Rosa(pink), general classification leader, sponsored by Enel – Simon Yates (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Ciclamino(cyclamen), sprinter classification leader, sponsored by Segafredo – Elia Viviani (Quick-Step Floors)
  • Maglia Azzurra (blue), King of the Mountains classification leader, sponsored by Banca Mediolanum – Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton – Scott)
  • Maglia Bianca (white), young rider general classification leader, sponsored by Eurospin – Richard Carapaz (Movistar Team)
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