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Urbino - Porto Sant'Elpidio
Giro d'Italia • Stage6

Urbino - Porto Sant'Elpidio
Giro d'Italia - 11 May 2012

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Italian Malori takes the pink jersey as the overall race leader. He leads by 15 seconds from Pole Golas with Ryder Hesjedal of Canada a further two seconds back and Rubiano fourth at 30 seconds. Hesjedal's Garmin team-mates reduced the deficit considerably in the closing stages but narrowly failed in their quest to retain the maglia rosa with overnight leader Ramunas Navardauskas way back after losing considerable time on the first hilly stage of the race.


Daryl Impey led the peloton over the line, 1:51 behind the stage winner, in sixth.


Adriano Malori (Lampre-ISD), Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Alexandr Dyachenko (Astana) and Cesare Benedetti (NetApp) cross the line 1:10 back and the 12 bonus seconds for Malori will see him take pink.


Miguel Rubiano of the Androni Giacattoli team produces a fine solo ride to win stage six of the Giro d'Italia in Porto Sant'Elpidio. By far the biggest win of the 27-year-old from Bogota's career.


Rubiano under the Flamme Rouge, the stage is his.


1800m from the finish there are two curves and an underpass while the finishing straight is 1500m long and 7.5m wide. Rubiano has 1:27 on the four chasers with the peloton now three minutes back as Garmin power home - we could do with a virtual GC graphic, it is going to be very close as the stage leader was 2:35 down on GC overnight.


Rubiano has extended his lead to 1:30 over the last climb to Corva and now just has the flat final kilometres to the finish.


If Rubiano finishes 1:26 or more ahead of Malori then he would take the pink jersey and the gap between the leader and the four chasers, including the Lampre-ISD man, is now 1:20. Exciting stuff. The Venezuelan looks nailed on for the stage victory at least but can he get the icing on the cake.


The only intermediate sprint of the stage was at Morrovalle after 162.4km with Roberts taking the points ahead of Smukulis and Malori.


Rubiano looking good for a stage victory as he leads the four remaining members of the original escape by 1:10. Adriano Malori is among that quartet and having started the day 49 seconds down on GC, he is the virtual pink jersey. The peloton are 4:30 back.


Another important abandonment is Tyler Farrar (Garmin).


Rubiano crosses the Montegranaro with a 45-second lead on Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Malori (Lampre), Benedetti (NetApp) and Dyachenko (Astana). The peloton are at 4:30.


Bauer, Smukulis and Roberts are the victims of a burst of speed from Malori. Rubiano (Androni), Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Dyachenko (Astana), Malori (Lampre) and Benedetti (NetApp) lead the stage by 4:30 from the peloton with Navardauskas having lost contact once more, and this terminally, the pink jersey is a minute off the bunch.


3:50 is now the lead for the eight escapees as they head towards the cat-three Montegranaro (1.2 km / 13.8% / 18% max).


Today's stage of the Giro d’Italia sees the corsa rosa return to Porto Sant’ Elpidio exactly 20 years after Mario Cipollini’s victory in 1992.


Rubiano (Androni) attacked towards the summit and will take the mountains classification jersey tonight after crossing first. Golas, Benedetti and Bauer took the minor places on the Montelupone.


The leaders are on the cat-3 Montelupone (4.6 kms / 4.4% / 15% max) with Liquigas cutting into their lead.


The lime green shorts return to the front as the lead of the breakaway expands to 6:50.


Navardauskas has regained contact with the peloton as Liquigas take their foot off the gas at the front. That has allowed the eight leaders to forge 6:20 ahead.


Rubiano has been caught by Malori (Lampre), Dyachenko (Astana), Smukulis (Katusha), Bauer (Garmin), Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Roberts (Saxo Bank) and Benedetti (NetApp) at the front with 4:20 back to the peloton which does not include race leader Navardauskas who lost contact on the climb.


Sadly Lastras has been forced to abandon the race.


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Lastras has crashed on the descent and he is being tended to at the side of the road. Rubiano leads the stage from eight of the original escape group - Malori (Lampre), Dyachenko (Astana), Rollin (FDJ), Bauer (Garmin), Smukulis (Katusha), Golas (Omega Pharma-Quick Step), Roberts (Saxo Bank) and Benedetti (NetApp) - as Kuschynski was dropped on the ascent with the peloton at 4:30.


Lastras (Movistar Team) attacked on the cat-2 Passo della Cappella (4.5 km / 7.7% / 16% max.) but it was Rubiano (Androni) who was first at the summit followed by Golas.


Pantani is remembered with a tweet on this year’s pink jersey after fans were asked to describe what the pink jersey means to them. The tweet from @smilingfran reads: La Maglia Rosa e’ Marco Pantani che getta via la bandana e scatta in salita –The Maglia Rosa is Marco Pantani that throws down his bandana and attacks on a climb.


Before the start of the stage, during the morning TV show on Italian television, race leader Ramunas Navardauskas and Michele Acquarone –the general director of RCS Sport, gave a pink jersey to Paolo Pantani, the father of Marco Pantani.


Former world champion Thor Hushovd (BMC) has also abandoned the race.


Golas took the five points in the mountains classification ahead of Rubiano, Lastras and Benedetti with the peloton at 5:23.


The 11 escapees begin the first climb of the day, the cat-3 Cingoli (6.4 km / 6.5% / 13% max).


Here's the thoughts of defending champion Michele Scarponi: "We're now in our region, I'm very close to home, so I'm happy because I'll see many fans. On Thursday we had no troubles, my team mates were great: it's important to avoid risks in stage such because there are no simple days in the Giro."


Lithuanian rider Ramunas Navardauskas retained the leader's pink jersey. He heads the overall standings by five seconds from South African Robbie Hunter. "I had a stressful evening yesterday after getting the lead and didn't get to bed till midnight, but today it was my team who had all the pressure, not me," Garmin-Barracuda rider Navardauskas said after yesterday's stage.


Garmin and Liquigas on the front of the peloton and they reduce the lead to 7:30 as Balloni, Van Winden, Belletti and Keukeleire lose contact with their fellow escapees.


Romain Feillu (Vacansoleil) is the first rider to abandon the race.


Cavendish celebrated the ninth Giro stage win of his career with a hug and kiss for his girlfriend Peta Todd before cradling his baby daughter Delilah as he stepped on to the winner's podium. "I think there's no feeling in the world better than holding your baby in your arms; the only thing that comes close is holding your baby in your arms after winning a stage of a bike race," Cavendish said.


Britain's Mark Cavendish won stage five of the Giro d'Italia in Fano. It was a second stage win in this year's race for the world champion with the Team Sky sprinter beating Matt Goss and Daniele Bennati to the line at the end of the first road stage in Italy.


Mountains classification leader Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini) is in the group which now leads by 8:35.


Top riders in the group of GC: 25 Luke Roberts (SAX) +0:41; 27 Gatis Smukulis (CAT) +0:45; 32 Adriano Malori (LAM) +0:49; 47 Jens Keukeleire (OGE) +0:57; 48 Michal Golas (OPQ) +0:58


The lead is now out to five minutes.


A 15-man escape group featuring Belletti (AG2R), Rubiano (Androni), Malori (Lampre), Dyachenko (Astana), Balloni (Farnese Vini), Rollin (FDJ), Bauer (Garmin), Kuschinsky and Smukulis (Katusha), Keukeleire (GreenEDGE), Van Winden (Rabobank), Lastras (Movistar), Golas (Vacansoleil), Roberts (Saxo Bank) and Benedetti (NetApp) have 1:15 on the peloton.


The Passo della Cappella climb includes a four kilometre dirt section with a gradient of 9% and sections at 15% while the Montegranaro has an 18% gradient on a narrow road. There is wide and fast descent to Casette d’Ete before the Santa Lucia climb which has some sections at 15% and then a technical descent to the main road. The riders face one last climb to Corva before the flat final six kilometres to the finish.


Blue skies and temperatures of 22-25 degrees centigrade met the riders when the peloton started from the shadow of the magnificent Palazzo Ducale built during the Rennaissance this morning. Urbino is a Unesco World Heritage Site.


The four classified mountains are the cat-4 Cingoli (746m) with 115km left, the cat-2 Passo della Cappella (772m) with 92km remaining; the cat-3 Montelupone (251m) with 55km to go and the cat-3 Montegranaro (241m) with 34km left.


Today sees the Giro enter tougher terrain with very little flat as the peloton tackle several steep climbs in the Apennine hills.


Welcome to stage six of the Giro which sees the riders travel 210km from Urbino to Porto Sant'Elpidio. I'm Lee Walker and I will be your guide to today's stage. You can follow me on Twitter @Lee_Eurosport