Sheffield’s Adam Blythe battled to 13th place in yesterday’s Giro d’Italia stage six, but admitted it could have been much better.
The 23-year-old from Dronfield had to contend with avoiding a series of crashes on the 169 kilometre route from Mola Di Bari to Margherita Di Savoia and also a puncture, but he put himself in a position to challenge for victory.
However, he posted on Twitter after the race that he didn’t take advantage of feeling in excellent shape.
He said: “I should have hit out early today. Legs felt good in the final (straight) but just didn’t stick my elbows out enough.”
The stage along Italy’s Adriatic coast was perfect for the specialist sprinters in the field. And it was the world’s best who crossed the line first.
Britain’s Mark Cavendish claimed his second victory of the Giro ahead of Italy’s Elia Viviani and Australia’s Matthew Goss to regain the sprinter’s red jersey.
Cavendish dedicated his stage win to Belgian rider Wooter Weylandt, who was killed at the Giro two years ago to the day after crashing during a steep descent.
Italian Luca Paolini retained his 17-second overall advantage over Rigoberto Uran to remain in the maglia rosa for another day.
Team Sky’s Sir Bradley Wiggins overcame mechanical problems and being held up behind several crashes to finish the day still sixth, 34 seconds behind Paolini.
Today’s 177km stage has several steep, short climbs on the road from Marina Di San Salvo to Pescara.