Valter captures Hungary's first Giro d'Italia lead on San Giacamo climb

ASCOLI PICENO SAN GIACOMO ITALY MAY 13 Attila Valter of Hungary and Team Groupama FDJ Pink Leader Jersey celebrates at podium during the 104th Giro dItalia 2021 Stage 6 a 160km stage from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno San Giacomo 1090m Mask Covid safety measures Champagne girodiitalia Giro UCIworldtour on May 13 2021 in Ascoli Piceno San Giacomo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) celebrates taking the maglia rosa after stage 6 (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The battle for the pink jersey took an unexpected but well-deserved twist on Thursday as young Hungarian pro Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ) claimed the maglia rosa on the summit of the San Giacomo climb ahead of pre-race favourites Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) and Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep).

Valter had formed part of the day-long breakaway on Tuesday, placing sixth in Sestola, a result which allowed him to move into the top five of the Giro d'Italia standings.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.