Giro d'Italia Director Angelo Zomegnan announced after the end of stage five that the Thursday's stage six would be shortened by 34 kilometres after representatives from the peloton spoke with organizers. This reduces stage six's distance from 265 kilometres to 231.6.
"In consideration of the uneasiness and stresses suffered by the riders in the last few days, and after consulting with the strongest riders of the peloton, we have decided that the stage tomorrow [Thursday] will finish directly in Peschici, without the finishing circuit of the Gargano," said Zomegnan according tuttobiciweb.it. "It will be 34 kilometres less, so riders will be able to catch up on more rest more tomorrow evening." Stage six will still start in Potenza as planned.
There have been many complaints about the length of the transfers thus far on the race, with Bradley Wiggins telling Cyclingnews Wednesday that he hasn't been to bed before midnight thus far as a result.