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Gallery: Redemption for Mäder and Bahrain Victorious on Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia

Will Strickson
14 May 2021

Following heartbreak at Paris-Nice and the loss of team leader Mikel Landa, Mäder holds off the GC men to win a damp Stage 6

Another wet day of climbing led to a dramatic finish at Stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia was Gino Mäder just held off a reduced group of GC contenders to take the victory, while Groupama-FDJ's young Attila Valter moved into pink.

After team leader Mikel Landa was sadly forced to withdraw from the race the day before, the stage from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno saw Bahrain Victorious go all in for Mäder to win, with teammate Matej Mohorič doing a huge job pulling the breakaway.

The Swiss rider held on to win by just 12 seconds, and over the final kilometres must have been having flashbacks to Paris-Nice, where he was cruelly pipped to a stage win by Primož Roglič. Thankfully he held on this time, and in so doing became apparently only the second Gino to win a Giro stage after Bartali.

With this win, and a stage win the previous day at the Tour de Hongrie, Bahrain Victorious should at least now have silenced the jokes around the team's name, and finally lived up to it.

Meanwhile a group of four riders jumped out of the GC group late on as Egan Bernal's accelerations could only be followed by Dan Martin, Giulio Cicconi and Remco Evenepoel – who has quietly moved himself up into second place overall..

Still ahead of him though is 22-year-old Valter, the first Hungarian to ever wear the maglia rosa, who jumped into contention on Stage 4 by finishing in a breakaway group that gained a minute over the main favourites.

Here are Chris Auld's images from the day: