New Zealand’s favourite Australian on two wheels, Robert Stannard, has taken second place in stage 6 of the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia.  The U23 Giro d’Italia has seen Stannard repeatedly on fine form, taking three top ten finishes prior to today, but the 19 year old took his best finish of this year’s race at Pergine Valsugana behind America’s Sean Bennett.

Stage 6 of the Giro Ciclistico d’Italia took the field on a 120.7km journey starting in Dimaro Folgarida towards the border between Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.  The day started in rather overcast conditions with rain kicking things off for the field.  Despite attacks it took several kilometres before the break of the day went up the road.

Eventually four riders broke clear of the field and at 84km they had a slender 49 second advantage over the peloton.  The move consisted of Robert Stannard of Mitchelton-BikeExchange, Alejandro Osorio of GW – Shimano, Mark Donovan of Team Wiggins and Sean Bennett of Hagens Berman Axeon.

Over the course of the next 36km though the break made good their advantage along the rolling roads prior to the flat final 16km.  At their peak the break’s lead went up to 2.30mins and never really subsided significantly.  At the finish it was Sean Bennett and Robert Stannard who were the strongest finishers, with the American Bennett just edging Stannard for the stage.

The maglia rosa changed hands to Alejandro Osorio who placed fourth on the stage.

After the stage Stannard said, “Initially I wasn’t thinking that we would make it to the line, but the group worked well together and the time gap kept going out, we basically team time trialled our way to the finish and we were all interested in gaining some time overall.”

 

Brief stage results:
Pos. Rider Nation Team Time

1

Sean Bennett USA Hagens Berman Axeon 2.32.52

2

Robert Stannard AUS Mitchelton-BikeExchange ST

3

Mark Donovan GBR Team Wiggins

0.01

4

Alejandro Osorio COL GW – Shimano

0.04

5

Michele Corradini ITA  

2.25

6

Giovanni Lonardi ITA   ST

7

Mathieu Burgaudeau FRA   ST

8

Alessandro Covi ITA   ST

9

Mark Downey IRE Team Wiggins ST

10

Matteo Sobrero ITA Dimension Data for Qhubeka ST

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