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Mäder wins his 1st stage, Valter takes Giro d’Italia lead

104th Giro d'Italia 2021 - Stage 6

ASCOLI PICENO - SAN GIACOMO, ITALY - MAY 13: Dario Cataldo of Italy and Movistar Team, Bauke Mollema of Netherlands and Team Trek - Segafredo & Gino Mader of Switzerland and Team Bahrain Victorious in the Breakaway during the 104th Giro d’Italia 2021, Stage 6 a 160km stage from Grotte di Frasassi to Ascoli Piceno - San Giacomo 1090m / @girodiitalia / #Giro / #UCIworldtour / on May 13, 2021 in Ascoli Piceno - San Giacomo, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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ASCOLI PICENO, Italy -- Swiss cyclist Gino Mader 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.

Mader, 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 kilometers 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-kilometer (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 favorites for the overall win.

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