Giro d'Italia: Dillier denies Stuyven to win stage 6

Silvan Dillier (BMC Racing) claimed his maiden Grand Tour stage win Thursday on stage 6 of the Giro d'Italia in Terme Luigiane. The Swiss rider beat fellow breakaway away companions Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) in sprint to the line after more than 200 kilometres on the attack.

Bob Jungels (Quick-Step Floors) finished safely in the main field to retain his race lead over Geraint Thomas and Adam Yates.

Dillier was outnumbered two-to-one in the day's early break with Stuyven joined by his young Danish teammate Mads Pedersen, Simone Andreetta (Bardiani CSF) and former maglia rosa and Giro revelation Pöstlberger. The five riders built up a lead of over eight minutes on the peloton but only Dillier, Stuyven and Pöstlberger survived as the line approached.

On paper Stuyven was the stronger sprinter but it was Dillier who opened proceedings with around 150 metres to go on the uphill drag to the line. The acceleration did for Pöstlberger but Stuyven swooped on Dillier's rear wheel and looked to be in the ideal position as the line approached. However, Dillier, so often a workhorse for others, held on to take the biggest win of his career.

Stuyven banged the bars in frustration at the line and collapsed to the floor in disappointment but the Belgian was one of the first to congratulate Dillier, who was then mobbed by his teammates when the peloton finished soon after.

How it unfolded

With the race on the mainland for the first time this year, attention turned to a tricky stage that looked well suited to a break. The punchy climbs that littered the first half of the parcours provided the ideal terrain for an assault and for the first time in this year's race we saw real intent from the WorldTour teams who flooded the early attacks after days of allowing the Pro Continental teams to dictate the early action.

Of the Pro Continental riders, only Andreetta was able to make the cut when the break formed in the early goings of stage 6, with Trek supplying horsepower in Pedersen and Stuyven, Dillier representing BMC's interests and Pöstlberger still surfing the wave after his stage 1 breakthrough.

The five established a lead that peaked at almost nine minutes with Cannondale-Drapac showing intent on reeling them back. The American team, who have not won WorldTour race in almost two years, missed the break and despite stacking their team with climbers for this race, and they set about pursing the move along the flat roads towards the coast.

Little, if any help, came from other teams, with only Wilier Triestina providing sufficient cover and support.

As the kilometres ticked by the break's chances only grew as Cannondale's chase failed to spark a reaction from their colleagues in the bunch or a drop in the gap.

They eventually made inroads as the leaders reached the final 60 kilometres with the gap down to six minutes but with 40 kilometres remaining the advantage still stood at close to five minutes.

Cannondale eventually threw in the towel as a host of teams with GC candidates flooded the front. The final 25 kilometres were technical and demanding, and although they provided few opportunities for the overall contenders to attack, there were plenty nervous riders unwilling to give even the slightest glimpse of an opening.

As the leaders hit the final classified climb of Fuscaldo, cracks began to show. Pedersen, after one huge turn for his more experienced teammate, pulled off as QuickStep took it upon themselves to lead the peloton.

Pedersen made a brief comeback on the descent but the next gradient spelled the end for him and then Andreetta, who was unable to respond when Stuyven launched a searing attack.

With the gap quickly coming down there was little room for cat and mouse but as the trio approached the final kilometre, Pöstlberger came to the front. Stuyven initially looked to mark the Bora man but when he drifted to the right Dillier seized his moment to move into the centre and open up his sprint. For all the world it looked as though Stuyven had enough to come around him and snatch the win, and although he almost drew level, it wasn't enough. Dillier won, Stuyven was left heartbroken and Cannondale's search for a WorldTour win continues.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team4:58:01
2Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 1 - Cell 2
3Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:12
4Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:00:26
5Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac0:00:39
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-ScottRow 5 - Cell 2
7Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team SunwebRow 6 - Cell 2
8Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2
9Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 8 - Cell 2
10Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team SkyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 11 - Cell 2
13Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team SunwebRow 12 - Cell 2
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 13 - Cell 2
15Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 15 - Cell 2
17Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 16 - Cell 2
18Patrick Konrad (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 17 - Cell 2
19Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Dylan Teuns (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Tanel Kangert (Est) Astana Pro TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 21 - Cell 2
23Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 22 - Cell 2
24Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 24 - Cell 2
26Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 25 - Cell 2
27Rudy Molard (Fra) FDJRow 26 - Cell 2
28Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 27 - Cell 2
29Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team EmiratesRow 28 - Cell 2
30Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:00:47
31Simone Petilli (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:00:50
32Jan Polanc (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 31 - Cell 2
33Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 32 - Cell 2
34José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:56
35Pavel Brutt (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 34 - Cell 2
36Hubert Dupont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:59
37Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Bahrain-MeridaRow 36 - Cell 2
38Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 37 - Cell 2
39Valerio Conti (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 38 - Cell 2
40Luis León Sanchez (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 39 - Cell 2
41Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 40 - Cell 2
42Jose Herrada (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 41 - Cell 2
43Tom-Jelte Slagter (Ned) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:03
44Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 43 - Cell 2
45Omar Fraile (Spa) Dimension DataRow 44 - Cell 2
46Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing TeamRow 45 - Cell 2
47Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:01:09
48François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 47 - Cell 2
49Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:12
50Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:01:16
51Matteo Montaguti (Ita) AG2R La MondialeRow 50 - Cell 2
52Lorenzo Rota (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 51 - Cell 2
53Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 52 - Cell 2
54Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 54 - Cell 2
56Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 55 - Cell 2
57Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 56 - Cell 2
58Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 57 - Cell 2
59Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 58 - Cell 2
60Cristian Rodriguez (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 60 - Cell 2
62Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 61 - Cell 2
63Ivan Rovny (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:26
64Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 63 - Cell 2
65Alexander Foliforov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:28
66Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:01:35
67Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:01:37
68José Gonçalves (Por) Katusha-AlpecinRow 67 - Cell 2
69Julien Bernard (Fra) Trek-SegafredoRow 68 - Cell 2
70Simon Geschke (Ger) Team Sunweb0:01:43
71Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 70 - Cell 2
72Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:01:53
73Enrico Battaglin (Ita) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 72 - Cell 2
74Manuele Boaro (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 73 - Cell 2
75Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:01:57
76Franco Pellizotti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 75 - Cell 2
77Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:01:59
78Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team0:02:02
79Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJRow 78 - Cell 2
80Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Dimension Data0:02:08
81Matteo Busato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:02:16
82Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:22
83Sebastian Henao (Col) Team Sky0:02:24
84Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 83 - Cell 2
85Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:28
86Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:35
87Adam James Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 86 - Cell 2
88Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 87 - Cell 2
89Simone Ponzi (Ita) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 88 - Cell 2
90Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 89 - Cell 2
91Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 90 - Cell 2
92Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:39
93Salvatore Puccio (Ita) Team Sky0:02:42
94Eros Capecchi (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 93 - Cell 2
95Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 94 - Cell 2
96Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 95 - Cell 2
97Sacha Modolo (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:02:46
98Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 97 - Cell 2
99Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:54
100Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin0:03:40
101Dries Devenyns (Bel) Quick-Step Floors0:03:46
102Matthieu Ladagnous (Fra) FDJ0:04:00
103Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:04:04
104Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:04:07
105Filippo Pozzato (Ita) Wilier Triestina0:04:27
106Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 105 - Cell 2
107Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors0:04:36
108Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 107 - Cell 2
109Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Orica-Scott0:05:04
110Nicola Boem (Ita) Bardiani CSF0:05:08
111Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo0:05:49
112Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:05:59
113Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 112 - Cell 2
114Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:06:03
115Matej Mohoric (Slo) UAE Team EmiratesRow 114 - Cell 2
116Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 115 - Cell 2
117Jos Van Emden (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 116 - Cell 2
118Eugert Zhupa (Alb) Wilier TriestinaRow 117 - Cell 2
119Lars Ytting Bak (Den) Lotto SoudalRow 118 - Cell 2
120Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 119 - Cell 2
121Enrico Barbin (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 120 - Cell 2
122Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 121 - Cell 2
123Michael Hepburn (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 122 - Cell 2
124Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-ScottRow 123 - Cell 2
125Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 124 - Cell 2
126Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 125 - Cell 2
127Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:06:21
128Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:07:46
129Luka Mezgec (Slo) Orica-ScottRow 128 - Cell 2
130Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:09:48
131Matvey Mamykin (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 130 - Cell 2
132Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 131 - Cell 2
133Daniele Bennati (Ita) Movistar TeamRow 132 - Cell 2
134André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:10:14
135Michal Golas (Pol) Team SkyRow 134 - Cell 2
136Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 135 - Cell 2
137Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 136 - Cell 2
138Julien Berard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 137 - Cell 2
139Eugenio Alafaci (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 138 - Cell 2
140Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 139 - Cell 2
141Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 140 - Cell 2
142Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 141 - Cell 2
143Mirco Maestri (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 142 - Cell 2
144Twan Castelijns (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 143 - Cell 2
145William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 144 - Cell 2
146Tom Stamsnijder (Ned) Team SunwebRow 145 - Cell 2
147Sergey Lagutin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 146 - Cell 2
148Aleksei Tcatevich (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 147 - Cell 2
149Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-HansgroheRow 148 - Cell 2
150Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 149 - Cell 2
151Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 150 - Cell 2
152Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 151 - Cell 2
153Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension DataRow 152 - Cell 2
154Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 153 - Cell 2
155Quentin Jauregui (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 154 - Cell 2
156Manuel Quinziato (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:13:43
157Vincenzo Albanese (Ita) Bardiani CSFRow 156 - Cell 2
158Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 157 - Cell 2
159Manuel Senni (Ita) BMC Racing TeamRow 158 - Cell 2
160Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-DrapacRow 159 - Cell 2
161Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jakub Mareczko (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 161 - Cell 2
163Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 162 - Cell 2
164Giuseppe Fonzi (Ita) Wilier TriestinaRow 163 - Cell 2
165Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 164 - Cell 2
166Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 165 - Cell 2
167Julen Amezqueta (Spa) Wilier TriestinaRow 166 - Cell 2
168Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension DataRow 167 - Cell 2
169Matteo Pelucchi (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 168 - Cell 2
170Daniel Martinez (Col) Wilier TriestinaRow 169 - Cell 2
171Davide Martinelli (Ita) Quick-Step FloorsRow 170 - Cell 2
172Evgeny Shalunov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 171 - Cell 2
173Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 172 - Cell 2
174Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar TeamRow 173 - Cell 2
175Alberto Losada (Spa) Katusha-AlpecinRow 174 - Cell 2
176Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 175 - Cell 2
177Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 176 - Cell 2
178Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 177 - Cell 2
179Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 178 - Cell 2
180Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 179 - Cell 2
181Alexander Edmondson (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 180 - Cell 2
182Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step FloorsRow 181 - Cell 2
183Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 182 - Cell 2
184Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team SunwebRow 183 - Cell 2
185Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 184 - Cell 2
186Ivan Savitckii (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 185 - Cell 2
187Ilia Koshevoy (Blr) Wilier TriestinaRow 186 - Cell 2
188Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension DataRow 187 - Cell 2
189Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:14:00
190Caleb Ewan (Aus) Orica-ScottRow 189 - Cell 2
191Rüdiger Selig (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 190 - Cell 2
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Points
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo75pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team68Row 1 - Cell 3
3Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe41Row 2 - Cell 3
4Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF34Row 3 - Cell 3
5Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac14Row 4 - Cell 3
6Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott12Row 5 - Cell 3
7Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Team Sunweb10Row 6 - Cell 3
8Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo10Row 7 - Cell 3
9Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors8Row 8 - Cell 3
10Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo7Row 9 - Cell 3
11Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky6Row 10 - Cell 3
12André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal6Row 11 - Cell 3
13Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team5Row 12 - Cell 3
14Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida4Row 13 - Cell 3
15Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Team Sunweb3Row 14 - Cell 3
16Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo2Row 15 - Cell 3
17Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step Floors2Row 16 - Cell 3
18Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal2Row 17 - Cell 3
19Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1Row 18 - Cell 3
20Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing Team1Row 19 - Cell 3
21Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step Floors1Row 20 - Cell 3
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Mountain 1 (Cat. 2) Barritteri, km. 38
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF7pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team4Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo2Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 3 - Cell 3
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Mountain (Cat. 4) Bv. di Fuscaldo, km. 193
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe3pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint 1 - Mileto, km. 79
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo10pts
2Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo1Row 4 - Cell 3
6André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Fernando Gaviria (Col) Quick-Step FloorsRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Maximiliano Richeze (Arg) Quick-Step FloorsRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Intermediate Sprint 2 - Vibo Valentia, km. 91
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo10pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team6Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF3Row 2 - Cell 3
4Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo2Row 3 - Cell 3
5Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe1Row 4 - Cell 3
6André Greipel (Ger) Lotto SoudalRow 5 - Cell 2 Row 5 - Cell 3
7Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 6 - Cell 2 Row 6 - Cell 3
8Francisco Ventoso (Spa) BMC Racing TeamRow 7 - Cell 2 Row 7 - Cell 3
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Combativity
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo15pts
2Silvan Dillier (Swi) BMC Racing Team13Row 1 - Cell 3
3Simone Andreetta (Ita) Bardiani CSF11Row 2 - Cell 3
4Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe10Row 3 - Cell 3
5Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo3Row 4 - Cell 3
6Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac2Row 5 - Cell 3
7Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott1Row 6 - Cell 3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult