Astana Pro Team riders Daniil Fominykh and Bakthiyar Kozhatayev spent the whole day in the front of the group controlling all dangerous breakaways from the beginning of the stage and keeping the comfort gap to alone rider, who managed to escape from the peloton after many of the attacks.
Day finished with expected massive sprint won by Italian rider Luca Pacioni. Sprinter of Astana Pro Team Riccardo Minali finished second.
- Today was very fast stage, very hot at the start and a little bit rainy in the middle. It was a technical final with a lot of sharp turns and I finished second. Anyway, I took another 6 points of advantage to my point classification. My objective is to come back to home with the green jersey and there are two more days, where we will try to win and save the Best sprinter’s jersey, - explained Minali after the finish.
Young Kazakh rider Evgeniy Gidich is still 5th in the GC of the race with 1’05 gap from the race leader Artem Ovechkin from Russia.
- Today was a kind of recovery day for me before the longest stage of the race tomorrow. We worked to the final sprint of Minali and managed to took 2 more seconds to my GC on the intermediate sprint. For now I'm in 6 seconds from the final podium, let's see what we can do next two days, - commented Evgeniy Gidich.
After 6 stages of racing Gidich also owns the white jersey of Best Asian Rider of the Le Tour de Langkawi 2018.
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