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29/08/19 - 11:04
Mora de Rubielos - Ares del Maestrat
Vuelta a España • Stage6

Mora de Rubielos - Ares del Maestrat
Vuelta a España - 29 August 2019

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Thanks for following today's live coverage and be sure to return for tomorrow's third successive summit finish - which is the pick of the bunch.


And the new-look top 10 as Teuns moves into red and Lopez drops to third.


Here's confirmation of the result today.


That was Jesus Herrada's maiden Grand Tour stage win and came one day after his brother came close but had his pockets picked by Burgos-BH in Stage 5.


The gap is small for Pogacar as he crosses the line 5'41" down and just a few seconds ahead of the pack. But there are gaps in the peloton so some may have been caught out.


Back with the peloton and there's been an attack from Tadej Pogacar of UAE! He's taken everyone by surprise and could move up in the standings today...


The rest of the break arrives in drips and drabs with David de la Cruz (Team Ineos) around eighth or ninth 45-odd seconds back. He'll be up to second on GC tonight unless it kicks off behind.


Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Merida) settles for second place and the red jersey. And it's Dorian Godon (Ag2R-La Mondiale) who beats Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma) for third.


Victory for Jesus Herrada of Cofidis!


Teuns is leading this one out but it's Herrada who kicks clear!


Just one kilometre to go now and this duo has 17 seconds over the chasers so it looks like one of them will win.


Can Jesus Herrada succeed where his elder brother Jose failed yesterday and win the stage? It's going to be one of these two.


Teuns won Stage 5 in the Tour the day Ciccone took the yellow jersey; will Herrada win today's stage in the Vuelta on the day Teuns moves into red. Or will the Belgian do a clean sweep? They're both in the lead now after dropping Grmay and Oliviera.


Teuns and Herrada catch Grmay and now have Oliviera in their sights. Behind, Gesink has a second wind and leads the chase.


Teuns and Herrada now ride clear of the other chasers - and De la Cruz is forced to lead the chase because he and the Belgian are separated by just 12 seconds in the battle for red.


Brambilla, Herrada, Teuns and De la Cruz are doing most of the work until Armirail puts in an attack which is covered by Poljanski and then Herrada. The others close the gap but Gesink is struggling to keep up. This flurry brings down the advantage of the two leaders to just 20 seconds.


It's that man De la Cruz who is setting the tempo in the chasing group, who still trail the two leaders by 40 seconds.


It's a sign of the times if Astana are prepared to gift the red jersey to Ineos here... but it looks like it's going that way.


The peloton has only just passed through the 10-to-go banner and trails the leaders by six minutes.


We're onto the final climb, the Cat.3 Puerto de Ares (7.9km at 5%). It has a very gentle start before ramping up towards the approach to the hilltop town.


Good news from the EF camp.


Still 30 seconds as the two leaders pass under the 10-to-go banner. Just a couple of kilometres until the start of the final climb.


That fall from Van Garderen.


Still 25 seconds for the two leaders as they continue the fast drop to the foot of the final climb. Astana still drive the pace in the tempo for their man in red, Lopez, who has been overtaken by both De la Cruz and Teuns in the virtual standings.


Portugal's Oliveira has joined Grmay on the front of the race. They have 25 seconds on the other escapees. No news on Van Garderen at the moment. The peloton is over five minutes back.


CRASH: Tejay van Garderen rides off the road and into a bush on the descent - that was a fast and heavy fall. EF Education First's day gets even worse. Let's hope he's ok but that didn't look good.


Grmay goes over the top in pole position with around 30 seconds over the chasers.


Van Garderen, who has lost teammates Uran and Carthy today, is the one who leads the chase from the break, having decided that Grmay has been given too much leeway. With the peloton over five minutes back, De la Cruz is in the virtual red jersey.


Grmay has 35 seconds on his fellow escapees and 4'45" on the pack.


Back with the peloton, Formolo is struggling to maintain contact as the road goes uphill. It's going to be a long hour for the Italian.


Tsgabu Grmay is the first of the escapees to make a move. The Ethiopian kicks clear of the break shortly after the start of the climb.


The break is now onto the Cat.3 Puerto de Culla (4.4km at 5.8%).


The riders are onto the pre-climb, the amuse-bouche to the third climb of the day. Astana's Omar Fraile is pacing the pack, which trails the 11-man break by 4'25". De la Cruz is now within six seconds of the virtual red jersey...


The road is starting to head uphill now ahead of the penultimate climb. Davide Formolo is back in the peloton but really struggling on the back. He did come down in the crash and hurt his back and right leg, according to his Bora DS.


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With the gap now 3'45" for the break - largely thanks to the slowing in pace following that huge crash - David de la Cruz has risen to fifth place in the virtual GC. Could this be a way back into the race for Ineos, for whom the Spaniard is the only shining light of a terribly dark opening week.


Sergio Higuita also went down in that crash that saw his EF teammates Uran and Carthy withdraw. The Colombian youngster is soldiering on but apparently he's not in too good shape.


Davide Formolo, the Italian national champion, shows no signs of having been involved in that crash, but he must have gone down because he's struggling off the back of the peloton at the moment, grimacing something rotten. The Bora-Hansgrohe rider is currently 12th (and virtually 10th following the Uran and Roche withdrawals) on GC at 1'58".


Some terrible road rash on Tony Martin, whose red buttocks are exposed on both cheeks through torn bib shorts.


De la Cruz takes the intermediate sprint at Cati ahead of fellow escapees Armirail and Godon. The pack is still three minutes back.


Wout Poels, who was an early attacker today, also came down in the crash for Ineos, but the Dutchman is continuing the race.


Finally, the live images have started. Astana are on the front of the pack with their man in red, Miguel Angel Lopez. They seem to have avoided the big spill which has wiped out many GC contenders - including Uran, Roche, Carthy and De la Parte. The gap is up to three minutes.


James Knox was the QuickStep rider involved in the crash but he, too, is back in the peloton.


Jumbo-Visma had George Bennett, Tony Martin and Neilson Powless involved in that crash but all three are back in the peloton now.


Nico Roche (Sunweb) has withdrawn. The fall-out continues from that massive pile-up in the peloton. A sad way for the former red jersey to end his race. That's only his second DNF in 22 Grand Tours - and his first in ninth Vueltas.


Former leader Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb) was also involved in that crash and is currently receiving medical treatment with the race doctor. We have no images yet of that incident - the world feed has yet to start from the host broadcaster - and so we're only going by titbits of information filtering through.


Spain's Victor de la Parte (CCC Team) has also had to pull out. He was in 13th place on GC, while Uran was in 6th.


Oh no, what a blow for EF Education First: Colombia's Rigoberto Uran and Britain's Hugh Carthy have both abandoned following that crash.


BIG CRASH: Riders crom Deceuninck-QuickStep, Lotto Soudal, Jumbo-Visma and EF Education First are among the bodies in a large spill in the peloton.


Valverde also said: "This stage suits my characteristics really well but it could be a day for the breakaway." Let's see... the 39-year-old veteran is certain many people's favourite for the win today.


Yesterday we saw numerous attacks from the world champion Alejandro Valverde despite his Movistar teammate Nairo Quintana not being able to follow. The Spaniard, who leapfrogged the Colombian into third place on GC, denies there's a rift between them: "Nairo (Quintana) and I were in touch the whole time yesterday. I want to make it clear there is no problem between us. If Superman Lopez hadn’t gone away, I wouldn’t have collaborated with Roglic because we know he’s stronger than us in the time-trial. I’m feeling very well but Nairo is still up there for the GC. We’re going 3rd and 4th - we need to play around that."


The gap is up to 2'30" with 100 clicks remaining. In the balance.


Four riders from the break have tasted victory before on the Vuelta - Brambilla, De la Cruz, Oliveira and Gesink - while Teuns and Poljanski have both finished second before. Herrada and Van Garderen have sixth place as their higest finish while the others - Grmay, Armirail and Godon - have never come close.


Talking of Teuns, the 27-year-old twice finished third in stages in last year's Vuelta, and then came runner-up in Stage 17 to Balcon de Bizkaia when he was dropped by Michael Woods in the final kilometre.


Dylan Teuns won Stage 5 of the Tour atop the Super Planche des Belles Filles in July. He's in the break today and it's a similar finish. Can the Bahrain Merida rider double up? We spoke to him ahead of the stage...

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It was a good day for Primoz Roglic yesterday. Can he improve on his third place in the Giro?

Video - Race favourite Roglic confident after strong climbing day at La Vuelta


The pace is up to 43kmh after two hours of racing, with the leaders covering a whopping 50km in the last hour thanks so the largely flat or downhill terrain. The gap is up to 2'15" now for our 11 leaders so they have something to play with but it's still nicely poised.


The leaders go through the town of Villafranca del Cid with a gap of 1'30" over the peloton. There's a gruppetto more than five minutes down but we don't have any confirmation yet who's in it.


The break is being given no rope by the Astana-led peloton - probably because of Teuns and De la Cruz's presence. Just 1'05" as they complete the descent and hit the rolling plateau that will keep the riders occupied for the next 100-odd kilometres before the final two climbs.


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It looks like this break is going to stick. After a huge battle to get in it, Ineos settle for the De la Cruz card after both Poels and Geoghegan Hart tried their luck earlier on. Almost one minute now for the 11 escapees.


The best placed riders in this break are Spaniard De la Cruz (+4'35") and Belgian Teuns (+4'43") so they may struggle to get too much leeway from the pack.


It's the Astana team of red jersey Lopez who set the tempo on the front of the pack. They trail the break by just 20-odd seconds so it's still very much in the balance.


NEW MOVE: Another 11-man break has formed after the riders passed through the town of Mosqueruela. They are: David de la Cruz (Team Ineos), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Dorian Godon (AG2R La Mondiale), Tejay Van Garderen (EF Education First), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott) and Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma).


And that's it - it's all over for Poels and also for that chase group. The pack comes back together on the short descent. We go again.


Poels doubles up over the summit of the Puerto de Linares, taking the maximum 3pts ahead of Jesus Herrada and Sergi Henao. There's a new, strong, chase group that has formed: Mikel Bizkarra (Euskadi-Murias), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Hermann Pernsteiner (Bahrain-Merida), Kilian Frankiny (Groupama-FDJ), Daniel Martinez (EF Education First), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott), Sergio Henao (UAE Team Emirates), Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos).


A reminder that it's 20-year-old Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) who is in the white jersey today. Miguel Angel Lopez is the best placed young rider but he's in red as race leader so the honour goes to the Slovenian, who finished an impressive seventh yesterday to rise to ninth on GC.


Rossetto and Craddock are back together in pursuit of Poels while another handful or riders have broken clear of the pack in pursuit of them. The gaps are all very small so don't rule out this coming back together before the summit.


Now Craddock is dropped, so it's just Poels out ahead. But the gap is small - just 22 seconds back to the peloton.


We're onto the second climb of the day, the Cat.3 Puerto de Linares (7.7km at 5.7%). Almost straight away, Rossetto is dropped by the leaders.


The two chasers have joined the lone leader so we have three riders out ahead now: Wout Poels (Team Ineos), Stéphane Rossetto (Cofidis) and Lawson Craddock (EF Education First). The gap is just 23 seconds as they negotiate the descent to the foot of the next climb.


The road flattened out a little before the summit, which Poels crested in pole position to take 5pts in the polka dot jersey standings. Two riders crossed seven seconds later - Stephane Rossetto and Lawson Craddock - before the pack came over at 19 seconds.


In fact, Ineos are one of two teams yet to have registered a top 10 finish in any of the previous four stages. Their best result discounting the TTT is 11th place - worsened only by Katusha-Alpecin, who have not got higher than 13th. Lotto Soudal have the one 10th place so they narrowly avoid making it three.


It's not just Poels who has struggled for Ineos - Britain's Tao Geoghegan Hart, who was meant to be joint leader with the Dutchman, has also pedalled squares since Torrevieja. He's 28'25" down on Lopez in the GC, which is worse than teammates Ian Stannard and Owain Doull.


ATTACK: Wout Poels (Team Ineos) has zipped clear of the pack. The Dutchman has had a nightmare start to the race, losing time practically every day. The 31-year-old is currently 16 minutes down in 69th place so well out of the GC frame.


Angel Madrazo, who won yesterday's stage, also leads the polka dot jersey standings with 33pts. His nearest challenger is Burgos-BH teammate Jetse Bol on 11pts with world champion Valverde third on 6pts - the same as the third man in yesterday's break, Jose Herrada of Cofidis. Winning from his third appearance in the break during this year's Tour, Madrazo also leads the breakaway classification: the 31-year-old Spaniard has notched a whopping 451km on the front of the race. His nearest challenger is Bol on 159km. What a Vuelta he's having!


It's another sunny day with the temperature around 28 degrees Celsius. Much more clement than Vuelta's in previous years.


De Gendt's plan this morning, according to the Vuelta's official website: "I'll be on the front row and then I start jumping from km 0 and I don't do anything differently." Nice to see the Belgian staying true to his word.


We're onto the first of four categorised climbs, the Cat.2 Puerto de Nogueruelas (9km at 4.5%). It's that man De Gendt who is driving the pace in the peloton.


CRASH: Riders from UAE Team Emirates, Caja Rural and Cofidis have hit the deck.


But that move comes to nothing as the peloton snuffs things out before the first climb. That's a shame because it's Mosca's 26th birthday and the Italian has got himself into the break. The pace is high.


Four men have edged ahead of the peloton: Silvan Dillier (Ag2R-La Mondiale), Jacopo Mosca (Trek-Segafredo), Marco Marcato (UAE Team Emirates) and Jesper Hansen (Cofidis).


They're off! And we have some attacks right from the gun...


Ideal breakaway terrain sees the riders tackle 198.9 rolling kilometres via four categorised climbs en route to the summit finish on the Puerto de Ares. With a stage win and enough polka dot points in the can, Madrazo should treat himself to a day off on what looks to be the kind of parcours that will suit the Belgian Thomas De Gendt of Lotto Soudal.

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Right, that's enough of yesterday's action, let's go live to Stage 6 where the riders are currently pootling through the neutral zone...


It was all the more impressive given Madrazo was almost run over by his team car at the start of the climb...

Video - Almost a disaster for Madrazo as his own team car hits him


But the ride of the day came from the polka dot jersey Madrazo, who yo-yoed off the lead numerous times before catching up with teammate Jetse Bol and compatriot Jose Herrada in the final few hundred metres before powering clear for the win.


Here's the new top 10 then, with Nico Roche dropping down to fifth and Primoz Roglic rising above Stage 2 winner Nairo Quintana into second after the Colombian was dropped when his Movistar teammate Alejandro Valverde repeatedly attacked on the final climb.


Hola and welcome to live coverage of Stage 6 of La Vuelta - the second of eight summit finishes in this year's race. Miguel Angel Lopez is in red, Burgos-BH are bossing the breaks, and Movistar can't make up their mind who their leader is... some things never change, eh?