The situation behind the finish line at the Giro Rosa is always tricky. The near-complete lack of enforcement of the rules mean that the organisers not only place the photographers line way too close  to the finish line itself in case a sprint stage, but there is also very little control over who gets to be there and who doesn’t.

The rule of thumb is that (almost) anybody can be there. Are you a VIP with a camera phone? Sure, join the fun. Are you a member of the public with a semi-pro camera? Why not, stay where your are, what is the worst that can happen? It not only makes our lives harder as we jostle for places, but most of these people haven’t been doing this for years, so they have no idea what to expect when the race gets there.

It was almost amusing to watch today, as the organisers were trying to eject a chap in cycling gear and a camera from behind the finish line, and the chap was most upset. It seemed it was his solid belief that it is a basic human right to stand behind the finish line and a measly little race organiser will tell him otherwise.

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Arianna Fidanza has an espresso before the stage

Cylance chat in the shade

The peloton rides past a vineyard in the first lap of Stage 6

Clara Koppenburg reaches the top of the climb

CANYON//SRAM Racing staff share a funny moment while waiting for the peloton to arrive

A WM3 Pro Cycling Team helper waits for the peloton to arrive

Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig (DEN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team reaches for a bottle in the second lap

Hannah Barnes on the attack on lap two

A well decorated roundabout is waiting for the peloton

Eri Yonamine

Nikki Brammeier descends in the third lap

Claudia Lichtenberg with 300 metres to go

Lotta Lepistö (FIN) of Cervélo-Bigla Cycling Team wins Stage 6 of the Giro Rosa

Katarzyna Niewiadoma (POL) thanks her WM3 Pro Cycling Team teammate Moniek Tenniglo (NED) for her hard work

Marta Bastianelli (ITA) of Ale-Cipollini Cycling Team chats to a member of public

Riders from various teams find refuge from the relentless sunshine in the shade of a truck

Anna Zita Maria Stricker (ITA) of BTC City Ljubljsana Cycling Team goes for a quick swim after finishing Stage 6

Lotta Lepisto celebrates the stage win

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