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Monforte de Lemos - Luintra
Vuelta a España • Stage6

Monforte de Lemos - Luintra
Vuelta a España - 25 August 2016

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No change in the overall standings as Darwin Atapuma retained his 28-second lead over Alejandro Valverde in the battle for the red jersey. But the day belonged to this man, Simon Yates, who himself rose into the top ten with the biggest win of his career.


Here's the moment Simon Yates became the first of the Yates twins to win a stage on a Grand Tour...


Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) caught the chaser at the death and took second place, 20 seconds down on Yates.


Victory for Britain's Simon Yates of Orica-BikeExchange.


Under the flamme rouge for Simon Yates who should well hold on for victory now - what an opportune move from the Brit.


Yates has 25 seconds over the pack now, with Hermans, Moreno and Frank riding in pursuit. They've gone over the top of this climb...


It's Ben Hermans for BMC who is closing in on Moreno. They have Frank in their sights, but it's Yates who is the hot favourite now after his attack. Numerous others are now trying their luck back in the peloton.


Yates catches Frank - and then zips past. What a move this is - could we see a maiden Grand Tour stage win for the Briton?


Frank has less than 10 seconds now on his pursuers. Yates has kicked on and dropped Moreno. There's a BMC rider in pursuit.


Attack by Dani Moreno of Movistar who bounds clear of the pack. Orica-BikeExchange react with one rider - Simon Yates - joining the Spaniard.


Now Zeits and Bakelents have been caught leaving Frank as the last man standing. He has 25 seconds but could be saved by the summit...


Zeits and Bakelants have been caught by the Movistar-led peloton and lone leader Frank hits the start of the climb with a slender 25-second lead. Actually, the two chasers have not been caught - but will be very soon. It's they who are 25 down with the peloton 15 seconds back.


CRASH: Three or four riders are down near the back of the pack on a tight right-hander. Belgian Bart de Clercq (Lotto Soudal) has come off worse - he went right over the metal barrier and has a very bloody elbow.


Frank is in time trial mode but his lead is down to 45 seconds and that final small climb is still between him and the finish...


If this all comes back together it will be interesting to see whose left in this main pack - it's not an uphill finish and so it will take someone with sprinting skills to win it, provided the lone leader Mathias Frank is reeled in. He has one minute over the pack and 30 seconds over the two chasers.


Frank is burning down this descent with 30 seconds over Zeits and Bakelants, and 55 seconds over the pack. The two chasers are arguing a bit with Zeits refusing to do any work.


Fraile sits up and is caught by the pack. He gave it his best shot but it was always a big call for the Spaniard. Still, he's in the hunt for the polka dot jersey now.


Fraile is reeled in near the summit and dropped almost instantly. Frank then counters to open up a small gap over his fellow escapees. The gap is less than a minute back to the pack, but Frank looks like he's got some good momentum.


Mathias Frank is leading the chase for the three pursuers - in fact, they're all doing their fair share, until Bakelants comes forward and then complains when no one has a pull. Still, they're closing in on Fraile...


The question is - can this man hold on?


Didier has been caught by the pack. It's all coming back together but that descent could play into the hands of the escapees...


Laurent Didier, who was the last man to join this initial break after a frantic chase on, has been dropped by the chasing group of Zeits, Frank and Bakelants. They trail Fraile by 43 seconds, with the pack one minute further back. The lone leader really needs to hold a gap over the summit if he wants to win today. Once over, there's a long descent and a final short but sharp climb before a slightly downhill ride to the finish.


It's perfectly poised out there with Fraile riding very well but still only holding 1:10 over the four chasers and 2:00 over the peloton. You get the impression that it could well all come back together, but also, over this terrain, Fraile could do the impossible and defy those behind him.


Movistar have taken over control of the peloton because they can see the hurt that's been inflicted on that descent. Indeed, the pack is probably about 100-strong now so there must be a grupetto off the back. Fraile continues on his way with 1:25 over the chasing four riders and 2:20 over the pack.


Fraile is heading back uphill now after completing the descent. There's no sigh of Losada, who has yet to catch up with Zeits, Bakelants, Didier or Frank, so perhaps he had a mechanical following that overcooking of the corner.


Fraile has 1:20 over the five chasers and 2:25 over the peloton. They're on the descent but it flattens out and even rises in places. Alberto Losada overcooks one of the main switchbacks and is forced to ride into a ditch. He doesn't come off but the Spaniard will have to chase back to rejoin the chasing group.


Tinkoff are controlling things on these narrow tree-lined roads. There are loads of security and policemen indicating potential hazards on the side of the road and on certain tight bends - no doubt mindful of the hash that was made yesterday with that bollard which caused Kruijswijk to crash so badly in the finale.


Confirmation that Fraile took the 5pts over the summit to move within five points of Alexandre Geniez's polka dot jersey. The Spaniard won the KOM classification last year, remember. Zeits was second and Bakelants third.


Shortly after the summit of the climb the route hangs a right and the wide road is replaced with a mere country lane. There's a big battle for position on the front of the pack, with Tinkoff coming forward to out muscle Cannondale and Orica, who were leading the chase on Fraile and the other remaining escapees.


Fraile has a minute over five chasers (Zeits, Didier, Bakelants, Losada and Frank) and almost three minutes over the peloton, with a few other escapees stuck in between.


Fraile goes through the intermediate sprint, fumbles a fresh water bottle, then starts the descent, which flattens out then rises slightly before the summit. They definitely got those two mixed up, didn't they?


As Fraile nears the top of the mountain he is, oddly, about to come to the intermediate sprint. The road then flattens out and there's a 2km run until the summit of the Cat.2 climb. One senses, perhaps, that someone got things muddled up in the road book... what were the organisers thinking?


Fraile's going well and has increased the lead over the Orica-led peloton to 2:10. The Spanish 26-year-old picked up two minor wins last season on top of his polka dot jersey in the Vuelta. His first season at Dimension Data has been mixed, however. Fraile started the Giro but crashed out in stage 5. He was also a DNF in the Dauphine and currently looks in quite some discomfort despite increasing his lead...


Fraile, his jersey undone and flapping in the wind, continues his solo ride off the front as the first escapees get picked off by the Orica-led peloton, who trail the Spaniard by 1:38.


At the start of the Cat.2 Alto Alenza (10.9km at 5.1%) Spaniard Omar Fraile (Dimension Data) attacks the break, sparking a flurry of activity from behind. It had all strung out on the descent and so Fraile sensed the uncertainty and did what was needed - especially with the peloton closing the gap now to 1:20.


Orica-BikeExchange have come to the front on a sweeping descent to lead the chase. They don't have any riders in the break and will be hoping to reel in the leaders well before the finish. Perhaps Simon Yates or Simon Gerrans feel strong today? The gap comes down to 1:40 accordingly.


It's good to see Jan Bakelants (Ag2R-La Mondiale) in the break today. The Belgian was involved in that controversial crash yesterday, hitting the deck after Steven Kruijswijk collided with the bollard right in front of him. Thankfully he's shrugged it off - despite being very vocal on social media last night - and has let the riding do the talking.


BMC still doing all the work on the front of the pack and ahead of Chris Froome's Team Sky squad. It's a warm and sunny day in the Ourense province of north-west Spain after yesterday's showers in Galicia. The gap is 2:35 for the 11 leaders. Italian Enrico Battaglin is currently receiving treatment from the race doctor after what appears to be a bee or wasp sting.


After yesterday's sluggish stage in the rain, today sees the average speed up to 44.5kmph over the first two hours with the riders rolling along well ahead of schedule. The gap is 2:25 for the 11 leaders as the riders pass through the feed zone.


There are some decent climbers in this break, notably Mathias Frank (IAM), Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida) and Omar Fraile (Dimension Data). Fraile, indeed, won the Vuelta's blue polka dot jersey last year for Caja Rural before making the switch to Dimension Data. The Spaniard rode the Giro d'Italia but crashed out early on so this is an important race for him after his breakthrough season last year. The current polka dot jersey is Frenchman Geniez, who won stage 3. He has 10 points, two ahead of Belgian Thomas De Gendt.


Mechanical for Andrew Talansky of Cannondale-Drapac. The American has made the Vuelta his big target of the season after skipping both the Giro and Tour. He's currently 2:13 down on Atapuma in 17th place on GC.


After his second victory in four days yesterday, Belgian's Gianni Meersman is in the green jersey today. He has 51 points - almost double that of second place Alexandre Geniez, winner of stage 3. The FDJ rider is tied with Valverde who also has 26 points, with stage 4 winner Lilian Calmejane (Direct Energie) in fourth with 25 points.


Despite the fast pace in the peloton it's still fairly relaxed, with Movistar's Valverde - in the white combined jersey - chatting with team-mate Rojas, and even Quintana giving the V for victory sign to the TV cameras. The gap is fairly constant but the hard terrain is still to come: four climbs, all of which could be categorised despite the fact that only one is.


The BMC team of race leader Darwin Atapuma are not giving this break much leeway, however. Jose Mendes is only 2:51 down on the Colombian in the general classification and so is a threat. Alberto Losada, at 3:11, is also a dangerman. With that in mind, BMC have kept the gap down to just 2:20 for now. Atapuma, incidentally, leads Alejandro Valverde by 28 seconds in the battle for red, with Chris Froome in third at 32 seconds. Nairo Quintana and Esteban Chaves complete the top five at 38 seconds - although Chaves was one of many riders to hit the deck in yesterday's finale.


It took a while for today's break to form. Dries Devenyns (IAM Cycling) and Loïc Chetout (Cofidis) both attacked early on, to be joined by Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac). It came back together before Gatis Sumukulis (Astana) had a pop and the Latvian was joined by 17 riders after around 20km. This move was reeled in before another 12-man group formed but was swallowed up by Cannondale, Movistar and Orica-BikeExchange. It was then not until the 40-kilometre mark that this leading 11-man break extricated itself from the peloton.


Loads of withdrawals to report: Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Robert Kiserlovski (Tinkoff) were involved in one of those crashes yesterday - the most controversial one, with the bollard - and have pulled out with respective broken collarbones. Sebastien Minard (Ag2R-La Mondiale) has also withdrawn after being involved in the crash as well. Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez of Astana, who broke three teeth in a crash two days ago, did take to the start today but has since called it a day. A sad end to his maiden Grand Tour.

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Before the start of today's stage the peloton held a minute's silence in memory of the victims of the terrible earthquake in central Italy yesterday.


The leaders are: Andrey Zeits (Astana), Laurent Didier (Trek - Segafredo), Kevin Reza (FDJ), Jan Bakelants (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Alberto Losada (Katusha), Gert Dockx (Lotto Soudal), Omar Fraile (Dimension Data), Mathias Frank (IAM Cycling), Valerio Conti (Lampre-Merida), José Mendes and Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Argon18).


We join the race LIVE with 110km remaining and there's a break of 11 riders out ahead with a lead of two minutes over the pack.


A controversial conclusion to yesterday's stage 5 saw Belgium's Gianni Meersman strike for the second time in the opening week of the Vuelta with a hard-fought win over Italy's Fabio Felline in a crash-strewn finale to stage 5 outside the walled city of Lugo - which saw Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNL-Jumbo) collide with a bollard on the side of the road.


Hola and welcome to live coverage of stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana - a 163.2km ride from Montforte de Lemos to Luintra over rolling roads ideally suited to a breakaway.