Giro 2017 Stage 6: Dillier delivers a ding-dong battle of a victory

The first stage on the Italian mainland delivered a fizzing will-the-break-make-it finish and a maiden grand tour victory for Silvan Dillier. The Swiss rider put it in the big gear with 150m to go and kept his wheel in front of a fast-finishing fellow escapee Jasper Stuyven. The difference between first and second was centimetres on the road but an ocean of emotion as Stuyven banged his handlebars while Dillier celebrated. Lukas Postlberger has a real taste for this Giro, adding a third place on today’s uphill drag to his victory on stage one. The status quo was maintained amongst the GC contenders, leaving Bob Jungels resplendent in pink for another day.

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Giro 2017: Mads Pedersen, our #youngdude at #Giro100

On the eve of the 100th Giro d’Italia, VeloVoices spoke to one of the youngest riders in the race, Trek-Segafredo’s 21-year-old Mads Pedersen. A prodigiously talented first year neo-pro, Mats was signed after he caught the eye of Trek’s DS Dirk Demol at last year’s Three Days of De Panne, where he finished eighth overall. A former winner of Paris-Roubaix Juniors (2013), the young Dane won his first professional race last year on Tour of Norway’s stage three, where he also picked up the KOM jersey.   Continue reading