|In a day to be remembered, Mitchelton-SCOTT’s Esteban Chaves and Simon Yates have conquered Mt Etna to finish first and second on stage six of the Giro d’Italia and move Yates into the race lead.
The duo crossed the line of the race’s first summit finish together, with Yates honouring Chaves the victory, 26seconds ahead of their nearest rival.
The performance sees Yates take the overall lead by 16seconds to Tom Dumoulin (Team Sunweb). Chaves moves into third overall at 23seconds.
Slipping into the break:
The group worked well together, with Haig shouldering a heavy load to support the ambitions of Mitchelton-SCOTT.
At its biggest their advantage extended to a little over three-minutes before Astana joined BMC in the chase efforts behind.
The last standing:
At the steepest part of the final climb, with 5.5km to go, Chaves attacked and committed solo.
Behind, the favourites group was fracturing under the pressure of the chase, but teammate Yates was clearly amongst the strongest.
With a kilometre and a half remaining, and Chaves hovering around 25seconds ahead, a lull in the action saw the favourites looking tired and at each other to close the gap. Yates seized the opportunity to swing to the side, ensuring no one was on his wheel, before accelerating ahead of his rivals.
The Britan shortly joined Chaves at the head of the race, took up the pace effort and extended the Mitchelton-SCOTT duo’s advantage.
With Yates honouring him the victory, Chaves crossed the line slightly ahead – both riders saluting a dream day out.
Esteban Chaves – Stage winner:
“In the finale I rode with Simon and I was first, and he claimed the maglia rosa. How unbelievable is that? I think also I’m in the king of the mountains jersey – it’s like a dream. Now we go to the mainland, we’re super excited, and we will keep on dreaming.”
Simon Yates – Race leader:
“In the end it worked out perfectly, I felt really good – I’m not really sure how it happened, but I looked across the road and everybody was looking at each other and there was a little bit of a gap. I took a chance and I got across. It’s worked out really good.”
Giro d’Italia stage six results:
General classification after stage six: