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Giro d'Italia 2017: Silvan Dillier wins stage six from breakaway

Josh Cunningham
11 May 2017

Trek-Segafredo's Jasper Stuyven outsprinted for 2nd, with Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3rd

Silvan Dillier (BMC) has won stage six of the Giro d'Italia from a day-long breakaway, outsprinting Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) just in front of a chasing peloton on the final climb to Terme Luigiane. 

From the initial group of five breakaway riders that started the climb together, just three were left to contest the sprint, and with Dillier winning in front of Stuyven by a matter of centimetres, it was Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) who took the final podium place.

Another breakaway member, Simone Andreeta (Bardiani), managed to hold on behind for 4th, before the bunch was led home 39 seconds back. 

The 217km stage started in Reggio Calabria, and after some initial attacks it was a five rider move that eventually broke the elastic, with Andreeta, Dillier, stage one winner Postlberger, and Mads Pedersen and Jasper Stuyven from Trek-Segafredo represented. 

The gap grew to a sizeable amount, nearing 8 minutes with 180km still to go, and as the race hit the decisive, hilly final 30km the group still had 4 minutes 25 seconds over the bunch. But once onto the final climb the gap fell considerably, and whether or not the break would survive became questionable. 

Mads Pedersen peeled off after a Postlberger attack, before Jasper Stuyven attacked hard over the top of him in a move that dropped Andreeta, leaving just three left to sprint for the stage. 

The bunch appeared in the final straight as the sprint for the stage opened up, and with Postlberger immediately popping it was a fight to the line between Dillier and Stuyven, which Dillier scraped by centimetres. 

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