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Escapee Pelayo Sánchez conquers Giro d’Italia’s Tuscan gravel stage

Escapee Pelayo Sánchez conquers Giro d'Italia's Tuscan gravel stage

For the second consecutive day the breakaway that formed in the latter half of the course prevailed at the Giro d’Italia, Pelayo Sánchez taking Thursday’s Giro d’Italia stage raced on some of the white gravel roads of Tuscany used in Strade Bianche. In the biggest win of his career, Movistar’s Sánchez beat Julian Alaphilippe in a three-man sprint. Tadej Pogačar stayed safe in pink.

The Course

Wednesday’s stage, in which a four-man breakaway that formed in the second half of the race defied the peloton and gave Cofidis its first win of the entire season via Benjamin Thomas, whet the appetite for Thursday’s action. After a flat start, Stage 6 featured 11.6 km of gravel in the final third of 177 km. The Cat. 4 Grotti climb itself is gravel and has ramps up to 14 percent. With 5 km to go the Serre di Rapulano wall, around 800 meters and reaching slopes up to 20 percent, promised to crack more riders. There was a 6 percent rise to the line.

Before the start Israel-Premier Tech announced that Stage 5 crashers Michael Woods and Riley Pickrell both abandoned the race due to the concussion protocol. The team lost three riders in two days.

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