McEwen Wins Stage 6 of Giro
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) has won his third stage of the 2006 Giro d?Italia.
Robbie McEwen (Davitamon) has won his third stage of the 2006 Giro d?Italia. The Australian took a bunch sprint to win Stage 6, a flat, 227-km run from Busseto to Forli, in 5:24:13. Olaf Pollack (T-Mobile) finished second, and Tomas Vaitkus (Ag2r) took third. Pollack has taken the maglia rosa from teammate Sergei Gonchar (T-Mobile). <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /?>
The stage was ridden in sunny, warm conditions. The racing began early. At six km, Sergei Matveyev (Ceramica Panaria), Christophe Edaleine (Credit Agricole), and Andoni Arriaga (Euskaltel) sallied off of the front. Initially, the peloton did not chase, and the escapees led by 6:14 at 83.6 km.
T-Mobile and Davitamon began to pursue, and the lead shrank gradually. At 213 km, the bunch reeled in the fugitives.
In the last km, a crash split the field and took down Matthias Kessler and Andre Korff (both from T-Mobile), Andy Flickinger (Bouygues Telecom), Vladimir Miholjevic (Liquigas), and Cyrille Monnerias (Francaise des Jeux). All finished the stage, but Pollack?s loss of two teammates did not help his cause, particularly when one of the teammates?Korff--was his leadout man.
Milram led the field into the last 500 m. With 300 m left, Vaitkus made his move, and McEwen followed with Pollack on his wheel. Pollack beat out Vaitkus for second place and received a 12-second time bonus that put him in the pink.
In the overall, Pollack leads teammate Gonchar by 0:02 and Jens Voigt (CSC) by 0:08. Race leadership should change as a result of Stage 7. The hilly, 236-km ride from Cesena to Saltana will feature the 1,368-m Monte Catria, the 548-km Monte della Cesane, a four-km ascent with 14 km remaining, and a 2.5-km climb to the finish. A climber could win this stage. Who will it be? Check in at http://www.roadcycling.com/ and find out!