Young Belgian wins 6th stage in Giro d'Italia

25-year-old Tim Wellens from Sint-Truiden (Limburg) has won the 6th stage in the Tour of Italy, a mountain stage finishing in Roccaraso. The youngster of the Belgian Lotto-Soudal team had said before the start of the race that he would not focus on the overall standings, but that he would try to grab a stage win instead, keeping his promise in the Abruzzi Mountains.
2016 Tim de Waele

It's Wellens' first stage win in one of the 3 major stage races (Tour de France, Giro d'Italia and Spain's Vuelta). This spring, he already won a stage in Paris-Nice.

Wellens set up a counter-attack 72 kilometres from the finish. The peloton was not in the mood to go fast, and let the breakaway riders go. They soon enjoyed 8 minutes' bonus.

Wellens accelerated again later on, going past earlier breakaway riders and leaving them behind. Wellens, a keen trime trialler, next built a comfortable lead by going solo. He enjoyed over 4 minutes' bonus on the final climb to Roccaraso and stood strong. After crossing the finishline, he dismounted from his bicycle, lifting it up in the air to celebrate the win.

In the background, Vincenzo Nabali, one of the favourites, launched a solo attack but the Dutch race leader Tom Dumoulin countered the Italian and left him behind. Dumouling (Giant-Alpecin) eventually strengthened his pink leader's jersey.

Tim Wellens just turned 25 two days ago.

2016 Tim de Waele