As a breakaway left the chasing pack empty handed, Wilco Kelderman sprinted to the line in 7th place, with Tom Dumoulin coming home 13th.
The Giro d’Italia headed to mainland Italy for it’s sixth stage of racing today. After rolling out of Reggio Calabria the stage covered 217 kilometres with both a third and fourth category climb to contend with before an uphill finish at Terme Luigiane.
Five riders formed the days breakaway whilst Team Sunweb rode safely in the bunch, working to protect Tom Dumoulin throughout the day. As the race neared its pointy end, it increasingly began to look like the breakaway may ruin the chances of the chasing peloton. Team Sunweb assembled at the front of the bunch with their five remaining riders and began to hunt down the breakaway. The injection of pace from Team Sunweb, along with other teams, saw the bunch shave a chunk of time from the breakaway riders advantage. However, the efforts of the bunch proved not to be enough and in what was a hectic finale, the breakaway managed to stay away. After doing his job for Tom throughout the day, Wilco Kelderman finished the day in 7th place, with Tom close behind in 13th.
After the stage Tom said: “It was a very tough finale and a difficult sprint finish. Throughout the day we were constantly at the front on all of the important moments with the team. The guys did a perfect job today and showed we have a strong team.”
Team Sunweb coach Aike Visbeek said: “Today was a good day. There were some dangerous spots with lot of wind, but at each point the team were at the front and in a good position. Their positioning in the finale was really good, there was good corporation between them and everyone was totally focused. Overall we be pleased with the day.”