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Giro d’Italia: Swiss cyclist Gino Maeder wins sixth stage, Attila Valter takes leader’s jersey-Sports News

Maeder, who rides for Team Bahrain Victorious, was part of a quartet leading the race up the summit finish and the 24-year-old attacked with three kilometres remaining to cross the line 12 seconds ahead of his fellow escapees.

Giro d'Italia: Swiss cyclist Gino Maeder wins sixth stage, Attila Valter takes leader's jersey

Gino Maeder in action at the Giro d’Italia. AP

Ascoli Piceno: Swiss cyclist Gino Maeder won the sixth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Thursday for his first victory in a Grand Tour, and Attila Valter took the leader’s pink jersey.

Maeder, who rides for Team Bahrain Victorious, was part of a quartet leading the race up the summit finish and the 24-year-old attacked with three kilometres remaining to cross the line 12 seconds ahead of his fellow escapees.

Egan Bernal was second, just ahead of Daniel Martin and Remco Evenepoel at the end of the sternest test yet of this year’s Giro.

There were three classified climbs along the 160-kilometre (99-mile) route from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno and the stage was made even trickier by the weather conditions, which were wet and cold.

Valter took over the lead from Alessandro De Marchi. The Hungarian cyclist has an 11-second lead over Evenepoel and 16 seconds ahead of Bernal — two of the favourites for the overall win.

The Giro finishes on 30 May in Milan with an individual time trial.

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