Wellens wins first mountain finish of Giro; Dumoulin leads

May 12, 2016

ROCCARASO, Italy (AP) Belgian rider Tim Wellens won the first mountain-top finish of the Giro d'Italia on Thursday while Dutchman Tom Dumoulin added to his overall lead in the sixth stage.

Wellens got into a breakaway before the climb then attacked solo on the way up to the Roccaraso ski resort, giving the Lotto Soudal team consecutive wins after Andre Greipel's sprint victory a day earlier.

Wellens celebrated by lifting his bike above his head after crossing the line.

It was Wellens' first win in a Grand Tour and the seventh victory of his career. He also won a stage in Paris-Nice this year.


Dumoulin, who rides for Team Giant-Alpecin, leads Jakob Fuglsang by 26 seconds, with Ilnur Zakarin third, 28 seconds back.