Giro d’Italia 2021 : Stage 6 – Mader wins from chaos; Valter takes pink

Stage 6 was another chaotic day in Giro d’Italia 2021, with the weather gods soaking chilling riders with pouring rain, sidewinds and a strong headwind on the final climb. The Beast known as Ganna™ then added insult to injury by punishing them kilometre after kilometre. Bahrain Victorious’ Gino Mader eluded the INEOS tractor beam all day and took a solo stage win that so drained him, he couldn’t even do a victory salute for fear he would fall off his bike. Behind him, GC riders had a battle on the final climb, with Egan Bernal (Ineos), Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation), Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck QuickStep), and Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) coming in together. But it was FDJ’s Attila Valter who wears the maglia rosa tomorrow.

In a nutshell

Fans, watching the stage unfold …

Rob Hatch and King Kelly were in the comms booth for the final climbs – priceless!

It’s Ganna hurt …

While the live feed was down due to weather, INEOS Grenadiers decided to turn up the pressure with about 60km to go. That pressure was in the form of Filippo Ganna, who preceded to pull (the legs off) the peloton for what seemed about 50km.

Even people who don’t like INEOS (>raises hand<) love Ganna.

Why, Ciccone, why?

Mystery of the day: why did Giulio Ciccone go into a chase group with Romain Bardet (DSM) and Alberto Bettiol (EF) if he wasn’t going to contribute? So frustrating!

Is #HypeTrain the right hashtag to describe Bardet love?

WT Actual F?

Speechless. Just speechless!

Chasing Mader

As Gino Mader was riding for the stage, he wasn’t the only one who was thinking about Roglic’s 50m catch to pip him to the win in Paris-Nice.

Attila takes pink

The GC had a big test today and the ones who have came out smelling sweetest were Egan Bernal, Dan Martin, Remco Evenepoel and Giulio Ciccone.

However, the maglia rosa is on the shoulders of Attila Valter tonight. He’s been building towards this since he was a wee lad.

The last word


Stage 6 Top 5 

1 Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious) 4:17:52

2 Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +0:12

3 Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) same time

4 Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck-QuickStep) s/t

5 Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +0:14

GC Top 10 

1 Attila Valter (Groupama FDJ) 22:17:06

2 Remco Evenepoel (Deceuninck QuickStep) +0:11

3 Egan Bernal (INEOS Grenadiers) +0:16

4 Aleksandr Vlasov (Astana) +0:24

5 Louis Vervaeke (Alpecin-Fenix) +0:25

6 Hugh Carthy (EF Education-Nippo) +0:38

7 Damiano Caruso (Bahrain Victorious) +0:39

8 Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) +0:41

9 Dan Martin (Israel Start-up Nation) +0:47

10 Simon Yates (Team Bike Exchange) +0:49

All the jerseys

Leader’s jersey Attila Valter (Groupama FDJ)

Points jersey Giacomo Nizzolo (Qhubeka Assos)

King of the Mountains Gino Mader (Bahrain Victorious)

Best Young Rider Attila Valter (Groupama-FDJ)

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Official race website: Giro d’Italia


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