Jimenez takes sixth stage in Italy; Pinotti claims overall lead

Updated: May 18, 2007, 1:20 PM ET
Associated Press

SPOLETO, Italy -- Colombian rider Luis Felipe Laverde Jimenez won the sixth stage of the Giro d'Italia on Friday and Marco Pinotti finished second to claim the overall lead.

Laverde Jimenez, of the Ceramica Panaria team, completed the 110-mile mixed stage in 4 hours, 58 minutes, 23 seconds for his second career Giro stage victory. He won the 14th leg in 2006.

Pinotti, who rides for T-Mobile, had the same time and took the leader's pink jersey from fellow Italian Danilo Di Luca. Christophe Kern was third in the stage, 1:30 behind the winner.

Laverde Jimenez led a breakaway group of four other riders before attacking 14.9 miles from the end. Pinotti stayed with him but eased up in the final straight.

Pinotti holds a 3:30 lead over Hubert Schwab in the overall standings. Di Luca, who finished 31st on Friday, is third. Laverde Jimenez climbed to seventh.

Patrice Halgard and Thomas Zeigler did not start the stage, and Leon Van Bon retired after 47.9 miles.

Saturday's seventh stage is the longest of the 21-leg race, a 157.8-mile route from Spoleto to Scarperia, near Florence.

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