Rubiano solos to Giro d'Italia stage win in Porto Sant'Elpidio

Colombian rider Miguel Rubiano (Androni Giocattoli) produced the best performance of his career to win stage six of the 2012 Giro d’Italia at Porto Sant'Elpidio, as the race headed to the hills for the first time.

The 27-year-old was part of a breakaway group that put some distance between themselves and the peloton early on in the race and he made his bid for glory with around 45km to go. He crossed the line in a time of 5:38:30, earning himself the 20-second time bonus on offer. He also seized control of the mountains classification.

“At first I was just aiming for the mountain points, but then when I heard how far behind the group was I decided to take a risk and try a breakaway, and it went well,” a delighted Rubiano said afterwards.

Lampre-ISD’s Adriano Malori takes over the pink jersey from Garmin-Barracuda’s Ramunas Navardauskas as overall race leader. The Italian finished second in the stage, just edging out Michal Golas (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) for a 12-second bonus that helped to catapult him to the top of the standings and sent the home fans into raptures.

The beautiful walled city of Urbino, which is classified as a World Heritage site, was the starting point for the riders ahead of the 207km stage. Relentless undulations provided the peloton with their first tough assignment of the Giro and the rolling hills certainly left their mark on some of the big names.

Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Barracuda), Thor Hushovd (BMC) and Roman Feillu (Vacansoleil-DCM) all failed to finish, while stage winners Mark Cavendish (Sky) and Taylor Phinney (BMC) trailed home as part of a group that were 33:12 behind Rubiano. Today’s stage had been labelled as the one where the Giro starts in earnest, and it lived up to expectations.

At the 40km point a group of riders had forged almost five minutes clear. Rubiano, Malori and Golas were joined by several others including Alfredo Balloni (Farnese Vini-Selle Italia), Jack Bauer (Garmin-Barracuda) and Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank), who was the highest placed member of the pack in the overall GC. Just 15km later the gap had widened dramatically to 8:36 as the pressure was applied to the peloton from a long way out.

The first climb, at the 95km point, took its toll on some of the leaders as they lost touch with the other breakaway riders. Surprisingly, Balloni, who led the mountains classification heading into the stage, was one of those to crack.

The race for pink

As the stage progressed past the halfway point Liquigas-Cannondale was doing the lion’s share of the work in the main chasing group, looking to protect Ivan Basso and move him into contention. Race leader Ramunas Navardauskas (Garmin-Barracuda) appeared to be struggling at one point, but managed to drag himself back onto the tail of the main group with around 70km to go. At this point the calculators came out – for the first time people sensed the possibility that the breakaway group might not be caught. Just how far behind them could Navardauskas finish and hang on to the pink jersey? The Lithuanian was still clinging onto the main peloton but his chances of retaining the jersey were fading fast as he reached the top of the day's third classified climb, the category 3 Montelupone.

Rubiano clinched more mountain points and then committed himself to the finish line from 45km out. His move splintered the breakaway group into two, with Malori, Golas, Cesare Benedetti (Team NetApp) and Alex Dyachenko (Astana) comprising the first chase group ahead of Bauer, Roberts and Gatis Smukulis (Katusha). It appeared that Roberts, who was in 25th position in the GC before the stage, was in pole position for pink if he could hold his position and consolidate the time gap between Rubiano in front and those trying to close behind.

With 27km to go Rubiano was 4:33 ahead of the main chasing peloton and almost a minute clear of the first chasing pack. Garmin-Barracuda made a late bid to drag Ryder Hesjedal to the top of the GC but left it too late. Roberts faded badly in the final few kilometres and as Rubiano crossed the line in splendid isolation to cap the greatest day of his cycling life, eyes immediately switched to the race for second place, that would potentially decide which shoulders the pink jersey would rest on ahead of the Giro’s second weekend.

It was Malori who prevailed, narrowly out-sprinting Golas to claim that 12-second time bonus that lifted him ahead of his Polish rival in the overall GC and ensure that an Italian would be awarded the precious maglia rosa on the podium in Porto Sant'Elpidio.
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Full Results
1Miguel Angel Rubiano Chavez (Col) Androni Giocattoli5:38:30
2Adriano Malori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:10
3Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team NetAppRow 4 - Cell 2
6Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica GreenEdge Cycling Team0:01:51
7Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 6 - Cell 2
8Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 7 - Cell 2
9Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 8 - Cell 2
10Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 9 - Cell 2
11Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 10 - Cell 2
12Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jan Bakelants (Bel) RadioShack-NissanRow 12 - Cell 2
14Fabio Felline (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 13 - Cell 2
15Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin - BarracudaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 16 - Cell 2
18Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 17 - Cell 2
19Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Jon Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 20 - Cell 2
22Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo BankRow 21 - Cell 2
23Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 22 - Cell 2
24Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Emanuele Sella (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 24 - Cell 2
26Alessandro Ballan (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 25 - Cell 2
27Matteo Tosatto (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 26 - Cell 2
28Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-NissanRow 27 - Cell 2
29Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) Sky ProcyclingRow 29 - Cell 2
31Jan Barta (Cze) Team NetAppRow 30 - Cell 2
32Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 31 - Cell 2
33José Rujano Guillen (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 32 - Cell 2
34Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 33 - Cell 2
35Tom Jelte Slagter (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 35 - Cell 2
37Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 36 - Cell 2
38Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 37 - Cell 2
39Volodymir Gustov (Ukr) Team Saxo BankRow 38 - Cell 2
40Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 40 - Cell 2
42Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 44 - Cell 2
46Anders Lund (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 45 - Cell 2
47Bartosz Huzarski (Pol) Team NetAppRow 46 - Cell 2
48Nelson Oliveira (Por) RadioShack-NissanRow 47 - Cell 2
49Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 48 - Cell 2
50Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 49 - Cell 2
51Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 50 - Cell 2
52Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 51 - Cell 2
53Frank Schleck (Lux) RadioShack-NissanRow 52 - Cell 2
54Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-NissanRow 53 - Cell 2
55Marco Pinotti (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gustav Larsson (Swe) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 56 - Cell 2
58Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 58 - Cell 2
60Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 59 - Cell 2
61Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 60 - Cell 2
62Ivan Basso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 61 - Cell 2
63Pavel Brutt (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 62 - Cell 2
64Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 63 - Cell 2
65Jackson Rodriguez (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 64 - Cell 2
66Juan Jose Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 65 - Cell 2
67Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 66 - Cell 2
68Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 67 - Cell 2
69Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 68 - Cell 2
70Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 69 - Cell 2
71Diego Ulissi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 70 - Cell 2
72Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 71 - Cell 2
73Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 72 - Cell 2
74Reto Hollenstein (Swi) Team NetAppRow 73 - Cell 2
75Andreas Dietziker (Swi) Team NetAppRow 74 - Cell 2
76Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 75 - Cell 2
77Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 76 - Cell 2
78Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 77 - Cell 2
79John Gadret (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 78 - Cell 2
80Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISDRow 79 - Cell 2
81Simone Ponzi (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 80 - Cell 2
82Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 81 - Cell 2
83Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 82 - Cell 2
84Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 83 - Cell 2
85Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Ivan Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 85 - Cell 2
87Benat Intxausti Elorriaga (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 86 - Cell 2
88Stefano Pirazzi (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 87 - Cell 2
89Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 88 - Cell 2
90Francesco Failli (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 89 - Cell 2
91Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Maciej Bodnar (Pol) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 91 - Cell 2
93Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar TeamRow 92 - Cell 2
94Carlos José Ochoa (Ven) Androni GiocattoliRow 93 - Cell 2
95Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 94 - Cell 2
96José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sergio Luis Henao Montoya (Col) Sky ProcyclingRow 96 - Cell 2
98Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrey Amador Bakkazakova (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Stefano Locatelli (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 99 - Cell 2
101Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jack Bauer (NZl) Garmin - Barracuda0:06:33
103Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel - Euskadi0:08:53
104Geraint Thomas (GBr) Sky Procycling0:10:39
105Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 104 - Cell 2
106Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 105 - Cell 2
107Julien Vermote (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 106 - Cell 2
108Matthias Brandle (Aut) Team NetAppRow 107 - Cell 2
109Mads Christensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 108 - Cell 2
110Nikolas Maes (Bel) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 109 - Cell 2
111Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 110 - Cell 2
112Martin Velits (Svk) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 111 - Cell 2
113Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 112 - Cell 2
114Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 113 - Cell 2
115Matteo Rabottini (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 114 - Cell 2
116Oscar Gatto (Ita) Farnese Vini - Selle ItaliaRow 115 - Cell 2
117Daniele Pietropolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:13:33
118Manuele Boaro (Ita) Team Saxo BankRow 117 - Cell 2
119Angelo Pagani (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 118 - Cell 2
120Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 121 - Cell 2
123Manuel Belletti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 122 - Cell 2
124Daniele Righi (Ita) Lampre - ISDRow 123 - Cell 2
125Daniele Bennati (Ita) RadioShack-Nissan0:15:40
126Ian Stannard (GBr) Sky ProcyclingRow 125 - Cell 2
127Ramunas Navardauskas (Ltu) Garmin - BarracudaRow 126 - Cell 2
128Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Den) Team Saxo BankRow 127 - Cell 2
129Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) Androni GiocattoliRow 128 - Cell 2
130Gregor Gazvoda (Slo) AG2R La MondialeRow 129 - Cell 2
131Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Androni GiocattoliRow 130 - Cell 2
132Pierre Cazaux (Fra) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 131 - Cell 2
133Ben Hermans (Bel) RadioShack-Nissan0:21:11
134Brian Bulgac (Ned) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 133 - Cell 2
135Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 134 - Cell 2
136Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 135 - Cell 2
137Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) RadioShack-NissanRow 136 - Cell 2
138Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 137 - Cell 2
139Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - BarracudaRow 138 - Cell 2
140Mirko Selvaggi (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big MatRow 140 - Cell 2
142Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team NetAppRow 141 - Cell 2
143Mikhail Ignatyev (Rus) Katusha TeamRow 142 - Cell 2
144Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-CannondaleRow 143 - Cell 2
145Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 144 - Cell 2
146Adrian Saez (Spa) Euskaltel - EuskadiRow 145 - Cell 2
147Aliaksandr Kuchynski (Blr) Katusha TeamRow 146 - Cell 2
148Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 147 - Cell 2
149Marco Coledan (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 148 - Cell 2
150Sacha Modolo (Ita) Colnago - CSF InoxRow 149 - Cell 2
151Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha TeamRow 150 - Cell 2
152Thomas Leezer (Ned) Rabobank Cycling TeamRow 151 - Cell 2
153Matthew Harley Goss (Aus) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Timon Seubert (Ger) Team NetAppRow 153 - Cell 2
155Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
156Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:22:06
157Olivier Kaisen (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:23:53
158William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 157 - Cell 2
159Mickael Delage (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 158 - Cell 2
160Arnaud Demare (Fra) FDJ-Big MatRow 159 - Cell 2
161Jesse Sergent (NZl) RadioShack-NissanRow 160 - Cell 2
162Svein Tuft (Can) Orica GreenEdge Cycling TeamRow 161 - Cell 2
163Lucas Sebastian Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 162 - Cell 2
164Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo BankRow 163 - Cell 2
165Gianni Meersman (Bel) Lotto Belisol TeamRow 164 - Cell 2
166Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team NetAppRow 165 - Cell 2
167Francesco Chicchi (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickstepRow 166 - Cell 2
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