Giro Update: Wildcard Wins Stage Six

Miguel Rubiano takes stage six, and the 2011 TdF last-place finisher now leads

The Giro d'Italia moves into its mountain stages.

Colombian rider Miguel Rubiano of team Androni Giocattoli—a wildcard entry from Venezuela—picked up a career-highlight win today as the Giro d'Italia wrapped up Stage Six in Porto Sant'Elpidio.

Rubiano was part of a breakaway that left the main pack early on, and then with 45 kilometers to go, the 27-year-old made his move, managing to hold on through the hilly course for a solo finish. The day included three classified climbs, signalling the start of the Appenine Mountain stages. Already, the hills are proving challenging. Previous stage winners Mark Cavendish (Sky) and Taylor Phinney (BMC) crossed the line today with the gruppetto, a full 33:12 behind Rubiano.

Adriano Malori, an Italian riding for Team Lampre/ISD, finished the 207-kilometer stage 1:10 back, but was fast enough to pick up the overall lead, and the famous pink jersey that goes with it, which he gladly took from Garmin-Barracuda’s Ramunas Navardauskas. Stay tuned for mountain stages ahead, where the men will start to separate from the bambinos. Via CyclingNews.