Quick-Step Cycling gave a great performance today in the 6th stage arriving in Fiuggi (Fr).
Kristof Vandewalle took a starring role in a 200 km-long break in the company of other 4 riders. The strong Belgian rider was the last one to give up, attacking alone with about 9 km to go to the finishline. Vandewalle was caught by the peloton at 1,5 km to the finish.
“I tried. Today my legs were really good,” explained Vandewalle at the first major tour in his career. “In the break there was always excellent collaboration; we rode hard but the group didn’t give us much of a lead. I tried attacking in the final, I gave it my all, but the road was too in favour of the chasers. Winning would have been a dream. Now my goal is to try again as soon as I get the chance.”
Once Vandewalle was caught the team worked on the final sprint for Ciolek, who finished 8th.
“I had good legs,” said the team’s German sprinter. ” But not enough to get up on the lead guys. I’m in good shape and I feel like I’m growing. I hope there’s still terrain to try.”
Tomorrow the Giro will feature its first climbing arrival in Montevergine. The team will race in support of their leaders, Seeldraeyers and Cataldo.