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Gino Mader wins stage on another day of drama at Giro d’Italia after Simon Yates’ team car drives into rider

Mäder lands biggest win of career day after Landa crashes out Groupama-FDJ’s Valter becomes first Hungarian to lead Giro Evenepoel underlines general classification credentials BikeExchange team car mows down Serry from behind Gino Mäder won stage six of the Giro d’Italia as Egan Bernal and Dan Martin took a step forward in the battle for pink. Mäder took the win for Bahrain Victorious out of the breakaway, handing a huge morale boost to the team after their leader Mikel Landa crashed out 24 hours earlier. Attila Valter took the maglia rosa off Alessandro De Marchi, but Bernal made a statement of intent as Ineos Grenadiers worked in the wind and rain to soften up rivals before the Colombian attacked on the final climb to take second just ahead of De Marchi’s Israel Start-up Nation team-mate Martin. Only Remco Evenepoel and Giulio Ciccone could keep up, with the quartet putting seconds into Simon Yates, Hugh Carthy, and others, though they all took a step forward in the standings as De Marchi was distanced on the mountainous 160km stage from Grotte di Frasassi to San Giacomo above Ascoli Piceno. Groupama-FDJ’s Valter, 22, started the day in the best young riders’ white jersey but had stated his intent to swap it for pink. “It’s good to make jokes in the morning but to really believe it is another story,” he said. “I cannot be more surprised. I knew I had good climbing legs but I had to stick with the best climbers in the world. I could cry I’m so happy, it’s just incredible.”