Davide Appollonio, Giro d'Italia 2011, stage six

The whole family was out in force to congratulate Team Sky talent Davide Appollonio after his fifth place finish in Fiuggi Terme.

Kisses and hugs from mum and dad, pats on the back from the rest of the family; there was a lot of pride at the strong showing in his local stage.

Along with Peter Kennaugh, Grand Tour debutant Appollonio is another one of Sky's youngsters who have shown they can mix it with the best in the Giro's first week.

"I live 100 kilometres from here [Isernia, in the Molise region]," he explained when we inquired about the post-stage Appollonio family gathering. "It would have been better to win, but this is a good result for me," he said with a wry smile.

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