Martin charges into top 10 after eventful day at Giro d’Italia

Gino Mader took the stage win for Bahrain-Victorious out of the breakaway, handing a huge morale boost to the team after their leader Mikel Landa crashed out 24 hours earlier.
Martin charges into top 10 after eventful day at Giro d’Italia

Team Israel Start-Up Nation rider Ireland's Daniel Martin left and Team Ineos rider Colombia's Egan Bernal contest the sprint for second place on the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia at San Giacomo. Picture: Luca Bettini/AFP via Getty Images

Dan Martin climbed his way into the top 10 of the Giro d'Italia after the Irishman's strong showing in today's sixth stage.

Gino Mader took the stage win for Bahrain-Victorious out of the breakaway, handing a huge morale boost to the team after their leader Mikel Landa crashed out 24 hours earlier.

Attila Valter took the maglia rosa off Alessandro De Marchi, but Egan Bernal made a statement of intent as the Ineos Grenadiers worked in the wind and rain to soften up rivals before the Colombian attacked on the final climb to take second just ahead of De Marchi's Israel Start-Up Nation team-mate Martin.

Only Remco Evenepoel and Giulio Ciccone could keep up, with the quartet putting seconds into Simon Yates, Hugh Carthy, and others, though they all took a step forward in the standings as De Marchi was distanced on the mountainous 160km stage from Grotte di Frasassi to San Giacomo above Ascoli Piceno.

Groupama-FDJ's Valter, 22, started the day in the best young riders' white jersey but had stated his intent to swap it for pink.

"It's good to make jokes in the morning but to really believe it is another story," he said. "I cannot be more surprised. I knew I had good climbing legs but I had to stick with the best climbers in the world. I could cry I'm so happy, it's just incredible."

The Hungarian now leads by 11 seconds from Evenepoel, with the Belgian able to stick with the main favourites so far in his first race back from the fractured pelvis suffered in Il Lombardia last year.

Bernal is a further five seconds back in third, with EF Education Nippo's Carthy up to sixth, 38 seocnds down, Martin in ninth at 47 seconds and Team BikeExchange's Yates in 10th a further two seconds back.

After Landa and Bernal's team-mate Pavel Sivakov abandoned with broken bones on Wednesday night, Joe Dombrowski and Francois Bidard were also non-starters in the morning as the race continued to count the cost of the crash late on stage five.

"Yesterday was such a sad day with us losing Landa," Mader said. "We decided to ride in his honour today."

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