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Giro d'Italia 2016: Stage 6


Good morning and welcome to our live coverage from the Giro d'Italia. It's stage 6 and the first mountain top finish of this year's race - the first climbing showdown of this year's race with the finish at Roccaraso. 

We'll be talking to Matt White (Orica GreenEdge) later today. So please Tweet your Giro questions to us at #AskMatt. 

For now, lets have a look at the GC standings coming into the stage:

Tom 'I'm not here for GC' leads the overall but today is a test for the Dutch rider. He's been faultless so far in the race and has talked about going on the attack today too - if the opportunity comes. 

Sitting in second place is Etixx QuickStep rider Jungels. He has gone under the radar somewhat in this race but don't forget he was third in Tirenno earlier this spring - and although the Giro another level - he's been riding like a GC rider during this first week. There's still a long way to go in this race but today should test his mettle and pedigree. Has he been too prominent so far? We'll have to wait and see.

That's the profile for today's stage, with climbing really throughout. The second category climb shouldn't cause any problems but it will soften up the peloton for later in the race. There's hardly a meter of flat roads before the final climb to the finish.


What do you think of Chaves's chances in this year's race. He had a fine Vuelta last year and is improving as a GC rider. Do you think he should be targeting stages, the GC or both? Head on over to Twitter to let me know.

The riders are rolling out. There's a headwind for them at the moment. Matt White will be joining us on the phone shortly to answer your questions. Live from the Orica team car.


That was Matt White, live from the Orica GreenEdge team car. We'll bring you more Twitter Q&As during the race, and thanks of course for your questions. Sorry we couldn't get through all of them. As we talked to Matt he was also on the radio, giving his riders instructions. 



The race has gone through the neutralized zone, and there have been a number of attacks from the front of the field. Five riders have just jumped clear. Can they create a gap?

133km remaining from 157km

The five riders, according to race radio, have been brought back so it's all back together. 

Race radio has just crackled through that three riders are actually up the road and that they have three minutes on the peloton. We'll just wait for confirmation on that and then we'll try and bring you the names.

Alessandro Bisolti (Nippo - Vini Fantini), Eugert Zhupa (Wilier Trestina-Southeast), Alexandr Kolobnev (Gazprom-Rusvelo) are the three riders off the front with 131km to go. The last time check we had was of three minutes and the peloton appear to have sat up. There's no GC danger from these front three.

Kolobnev took 10 points at the intermediate sprint. The ex-Katusha rider racing for Gazprom these days. 


Cunego's teamamte Bisolti is in the break, so mission accomplished so far for the Italian squad. The pace is the peloton has eased since the frantic start earlier this morning.