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2014 Vuelta a España

69th Edition: August 23 - September 14, 2014

Stage 6 Results

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Stage 6, Thursday, Aug 28: Benalmádena - La Zubia, 167.1 km

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Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde wins stage 6. Photo ©Sirotti

The Race: Yet another hot, brutal day in Spain. Today had this year's first hill top finish and it smoked out the GC men.

For much of the day Pim Ligthart and Luis Mas Bonet rode off the front, at one time having a lead of more than twelve minutes. Even towards the end of the stage it looked as if the pair would succeed. But today was too important to the teams with GC ambitions and one squad after another sent men to the front to help pull the pack.

The pair weren't captured until partway up the final ascent, the first category climb to La Zubia.

When the climb began to really bite Alejandro Valverde set a fiery pace as he led teammate Nairo Quintana. As expected, near the top Joaquin Rodriguez attacked, but he doesn't have the form to put the others to the sword. Then Chris Froome attacked and several others scrambled up to him, including a surprising Alberto Contador. Valverde swept by and drove hard up the hill. No one could come by. Valverde accomplished the double coup. He won the stage and takes over the GC lead.

Complete Stage 6 results:

Winner's average speed: 36.4 km/hr

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 4h 35' 27''
2 Christopher Froome Team SKY
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha @ 8 seconds
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team + 12''
6 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 18''
7 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 25''
8 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits
9 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 32''
10 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 33''
11 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano
12 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 40''
13 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 44''
14 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team
15 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 47''
16 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 56''
17 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 59''
18 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp
19 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 04''
20 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 1' 07''
21 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team
22 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 1' 15''
23 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 1' 19''
24 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 1' 23''
25 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 1' 25''
26 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 31''
27 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 1' 39''
28 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 1' 43''
29 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling
30 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 48''
31 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team
32 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 1' 53''
33 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 1' 54''
34 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 1' 57''
35 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 12''
36 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 2' 16''
37 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team
38 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team  
39 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 2' 20''
40 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 2' 23''
41 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 2' 30''
42 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 10''
43 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 3' 13''
44 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 3' 44''
45 José Herrada Movistar Team + 3' 55''
46 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 4' 17''
47 Alberto Losada Team Katusha
48 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 4' 29''
49 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol + 4' 47''
50 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka
51 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 4' 52''
52 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 5' 04''
53 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano
54 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team
55 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 5' 12''
56 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 5' 30''
57 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 5' 49''
58 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 6' 02''
59 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol
60 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team
61 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 6' 41''
62 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr
63 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 6' 53''
64 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha  
65 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 6' 57''
66 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 7' 06''
67 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano
68 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team
69 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA
70 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida
71 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY
72 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka
73 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 7' 38''
74 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol
75 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 7' 55''
76 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr
77 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 7' 59''
78 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol
79 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 8' 10''
80 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team
81 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 8' 47''
82 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing
83 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing
84 León Sánchez Luis Caja Rural Seguros RGA
85 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team
86 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 8' 50''
87 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 8' 53''
88 Koldo Fernández  Garmin Sharp + 9' 09''
89 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 9' 15''
90 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 9' 46''
91 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 10' 02''
92 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge
93 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo
94 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling
95 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA
96 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA
97 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar
98 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 10' 37''
99 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team  
100 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 10' 39''
101 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY
102 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 10' 56''
103 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar
104 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing
105 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing
106 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team
107 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
108 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge
109 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol
110 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge
111 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling
112 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka
113 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr
114 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing
115 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar
116 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling
117 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 11' 23''
118 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 11' 25''
119 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo
120 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling
121 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 11' 28''
122 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge  
123 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team
124 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo
125 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
126 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
127 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling
128 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 11' 33''
129 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 11' 37''
130 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr
131 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 11' 42''
132 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 11' 47''
133 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 11' 52''
134 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 11' 59''
135 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step
136 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo
137 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling
138 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano
139 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling
140 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 12' 27''
141 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team
142 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano
143 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano
144 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha
145 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 12' 32''
146 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol
147 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing
148 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 12' 44''
149 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 12' 59''
150 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 13' 08''
151 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 13' 11''
152 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 13' 25''
153 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling
154 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 13' 30''
155 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 13' 34''
156 Christian Knees Team SKY + 13' 45''
157 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol
158 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 13' 53''
159 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 14' 18''
160 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 14' 18''
161 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA
162 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar
163 Dario Cataldo Team SKY
164 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka
165 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 14' 26''
166 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar
167 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha
168 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge
169 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA
170 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr
171 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team
172 Dan Craven Team Europcar
173 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 14' 53''
174 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 15' 06''
175 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 15' 11''
176 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 15' 24''
177 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 15' 30''
178 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida
179 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 15' 33''
180 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 15' 44''
181 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 15' 59''
182 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling  
183 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 16' 27''
184 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida
185 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 16' 37''
186 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 16' 48''
187 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 19' 00''
188 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA
189 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits
190 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 19' 30''
191 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale
192 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 19' 47''
193 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 19' 52''
194 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 20' 59''
195 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 26' 17''
196 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling + 27' 06''
197 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 27' 14''
198 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 27' 27''

GC after Stage 6:

1 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 22hr 48min 8sec
2 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team @ 15 seconds
3 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo + 18''
4 Christopher Froome Team SKY + 22''
5 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge + 41''
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha + 45''
7 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 55''
8 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team + 58''
9 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano + 1' 02''
10 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1' 06''
11 Mikel Nieve Team SKY + 1' 09''
12 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team + 1' 11''
13 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling + 1' 12''
14 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 1' 18''
15 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka + 1' 19''
16 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 1' 26''
17 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp + 1' 37''
18 Mikel Landa Astana Pro Team + 1' 47''
19 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida + 1' 57''
20 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha + 2' 06''
21 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 2' 25''
22 Przemyslaw Niemiec Lampre Merida + 2' 29''
23 Andre Fernando Cardoso  Garmin Sharp + 2' 30''
24 Haimar Zubeldia Trek Factory Racing + 2' 35''
25 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team + 2' 40''
26 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 2' 44''
27 Maxime Monfort Lotto Belisol + 2' 46''
28 Oliver Zaugg Tinkoff - Saxo + 2' 52''
29 Steve Morabito BMC Racing Team + 3' 10''
30 Wouter Poels Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 3' 47''
31 Giampaolo Caruso Team Katusha + 4' 47''
32 George Bennett Cannondale Pro Cycling + 5' 16''
33 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 5' 48''
34 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 6' 03''
35 Gorka Izagirre Movistar Team + 6' 03''
36 Tanel Kangert Astana Pro Team + 6' 10''
37 Romain Sicard Team Europcar + 6' 10''
38 Kenny Elissonde FDJ.fr + 6' 36''
39 Maxime Bouet AG2R La Mondiale + 6' 42''
40 Paolo Tiralongo Astana Pro Team + 7' 10''
41 Luis Angel Mate  Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 7' 29''
42 Chris Anker Sörensen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 47''
43 Ryder Hesjedal Garmin Sharp + 7' 49''
44 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale + 8' 09''
45 Dominik Nerz BMC Racing Team + 8' 19''
46 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha + 8' 22''
47 Andrey Amador Movistar Team + 9' 01''
48 Andrew Talansky Garmin Sharp + 9' 29''
49 José Herrada Movistar Team + 9' 56''
50 Eduard Vorganov Team Katusha + 10' 27''
51 Jesús Hernández Tinkoff - Saxo + 11' 42''
52 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling + 12' 01''
53 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 12' 06''
54 Alberto Losada Team Katusha + 12' 40''
55 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge + 12' 58''
56 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano + 13' 16''
57 Sergio Miguel Paulinho  Tinkoff - Saxo + 13' 19''
58 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 14' 00''
59 Jurgen Van Den Broeck Lotto Belisol + 14' 14''
60 Jerome Coppel Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 14' 33''
61 Manuel Quinziato BMC Racing Team + 14' 38''
62 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida + 15' 42''
63 Adam Hansen Lotto Belisol + 16' 01''
64 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida + 16' 04''
65 Koen De Kort Team Giant - Shimano + 16' 07''
66 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team + 16' 55''
67 Gianluca Brambilla Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 17' 15''
68 Rohan Dennis BMC Racing Team + 18' 22''
69 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge + 19' 15''
70 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka + 19' 56''
71 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 20' 09''
72 Luis León Sánchez  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 20' 32''
73 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team + 20' 34''
74 Ivan Rovny Tinkoff - Saxo + 21' 10''
75 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing + 21' 24''
76 Chad Haga Team Giant - Shimano + 21' 47''
77 Peter Kennaugh Team SKY + 22' 03''
78 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 22' 32''
79 Philip Deignan Team SKY + 22' 40''
80 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 23' 02''
81 Kanstantsin Siutsou Team SKY + 23' 15''
82 Carlos Verona Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 23' 18''
83 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing + 23' 26''
84 Hubert Dupont AG2R La Mondiale + 24' 01''
85 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol + 24' 38''
86 Jonathan Castroviejo Movistar Team + 24' 50''
87 Tobias Ludvigsson Team Giant - Shimano + 25' 44''
88 Lawrence Warbasse BMC Racing Team + 27' 08''
89 Ivan Santaromita Orica GreenEdge + 27' 43''
90 Alessandro De Marchi Cannondale Pro Cycling + 27' 43''
91 Tony Martin Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 28' 32''
92 Maxime Mederel Team Europcar + 28' 38''
93 Lawson Craddock Team Giant - Shimano + 28' 49''
94 Daniel Teklehaimanot MTN - Qhubeka + 28' 50''
95 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team + 29' 03''
96 Yury Trofimov Team Katusha + 29' 10''
97 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol + 29' 18''
98 Simon Clarke Orica GreenEdge + 29' 21''
99 Gregory Henderson Lotto Belisol + 29' 38''
100 Paolo Longo Borghini Cannondale Pro Cycling + 29' 40''
101 Filippo Pozzato Lampre Merida + 29' 43''
102 Martijn Keizer Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 29' 44''
103 Koldo Fernández D Garmin Sharp + 29' 57''
104 Peio Bilbao Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 30' 07''
105 Daniele Bennati Tinkoff - Saxo + 30' 11''
106 Alexey Lutsenko Astana Pro Team + 30' 20''
107 Andrey Zeits Astana Pro Team + 30' 53''
108 Cédric Pineau FDJ.fr + 31' 12''
109 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin MTN - Qhubeka + 31' 25''
110 Bart De Clercq Lotto Belisol + 31' 45''
111 Romain Zingle Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 31' 56''
112 Nikolas Maes Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 32' 15''
113 Javier Moreno Movistar Team + 32' 29''
114 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka + 33' 11''
115 Yaroslav Popovych Trek Factory Racing + 33' 31''
116 Matthias Krizek Cannondale Pro Cycling + 34' 00''
117 Johan Le Bon FDJ.fr + 36' 05''
118 Antonio Piedra Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 36' 10''
119 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 36' 12''
120 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr + 36' 34''
121 Nikias Arndt Team Giant - Shimano + 36' 54''
122 Jose Rodolfo Serpa  Lampre Merida + 37' 03''
123 Julian David Arredondo  Trek Factory Racing + 37' 05''
124 Guillaume Levarlet Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 37' 29''
125 Johannes Fröhlinger Team Giant - Shimano + 37' 42''
126 Christian Knees Team SKY + 37' 48''
127 Fabian Cancellara Trek Factory Racing + 38' 10''
128 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze  Lampre Merida + 38' 11''
129 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida + 38' 21''
130 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale + 38' 56''
131 Maciej Bodnar Cannondale Pro Cycling + 39' 32''
132 Marcel Aregger IAM Cycling + 39' 56''
133 Sébastien Hinault IAM Cycling + 40' 30''
134 Louis Meintjes MTN - Qhubeka + 40' 56''
135 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr + 41' 01''
136 Dmitry Kozontchuk Team Katusha + 41' 38''
137 Sergei Chernetski Team Katusha + 41' 39''
138 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 41' 41''
139 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling + 41' 43''
140 Guillaume Boivin Cannondale Pro Cycling + 41' 45''
141 Karol Domagalski Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 41' 52''
142 Yohan Bagot Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 42' 13''
143 Peter Sagan Cannondale Pro Cycling + 42' 22''
144 Johann Tschopp IAM Cycling + 42' 27''
145 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar + 42' 46''
146 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar + 42' 50''
147 Ramon Sinkeldam Team Giant - Shimano + 43' 29''
148 Vegard Breen Lotto Belisol + 43' 44''
149 Kristof Vandewalle Trek Factory Racing + 43' 59''
150 Thibaut Pinot FDJ.fr + 44' 18''
151 Vincent Jerome Team Europcar + 44' 27''
152 Cameron Meyer Orica GreenEdge + 45' 04''
153 Nathan Brown Garmin Sharp + 45' 18''
154 Damien Gaudin AG2R La Mondiale + 45' 25''
155 Dan Craven Team Europcar + 45' 27''
156 Michael Valgren Andersen  Tinkoff - Saxo + 45' 31''
157 Fabio Felline Trek Factory Racing + 45' 32''
158 Matteo Tosatto Tinkoff - Saxo + 45' 38''
159 Martin Velits Omega Pharma - Quick-Step + 45' 43''
160 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp + 45' 49''
161 Damiano Cunego Lampre Merida + 46' 12''
162 Vasil Kiryienka Team SKY + 46' 44''
163 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale + 47' 05''
164 Murilo Fischer FDJ.fr + 47' 08''
165 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA + 48' 11''
166 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka + 48' 49''
167 David Millar Garmin Sharp + 49' 12''
168 Dario Cataldo Team SKY + 49' 31''
169 Mitchell Docker Orica GreenEdge + 50' 19''
170 Jaco Venter MTN - Qhubeka + 50' 30''
171 Daniil Fominykh Astana Pro Team + 50' 42''
172 Brett Lancaster Orica GreenEdge + 50' 45''
173 Patrick Gretsch AG2R La Mondiale + 51' 04''
174 Laurent Mangel FDJ.fr + 51' 42''
175 Johan Van Summeren Garmin Sharp + 52' 02''
176 Rinaldo Nocentini AG2R La Mondiale + 52' 09''
177 Pirmin Lang IAM Cycling + 53' 20''
178 Stef Clement Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 53' 51''
179 Anthony Roux FDJ.fr + 53' 58''
180 Maarten Tjallingii Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 54' 07''
181 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits + 54' 12''
182 Jesse Sergent Trek Factory Racing + 54' 54''
183 Sander Armee Lotto Belisol + 55' 01''
184 Adriano Malori Movistar Team + 55' 33''
185 Andrea Guardini Astana Pro Team + 56' 31''
186 Jacopo Guarnieri Astana Pro Team + 58' 58''
187 Jonathan Fumeaux IAM Cycling + 59' 45''
188 Bryan Nauleau Team Europcar + 59' 54''
189 Sam Bewley Orica GreenEdge + 1h 00' 17''
190 Aleksejs Saramotins IAM Cycling + 1h 01' 24''
191 Natnael Berhane Team Europcar + 1h 02' 21''
192 Robert Wagner Belkin Pro Cycling Team + 1h 02' 44''
193 Jay Robert Thomson  MTN - Qhubeka + 1h 03' 01''
194 Luke Rowe Team SKY + 1h 06' 04''
195 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar + 1h 07' 17''
196 Dominic Klemme IAM Cycling + 1h 09' 50''
197 Carlos Alberto Betancur  AG2R La Mondiale + 1h 12' 22''
198 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling + 1h 25' 44''

Points Classification:

1 John Degenkolb Team Giant - Shimano 72 points
2 Michael Matthews Orica GreenEdge 50
3 Nacer Bouhanni FDJ.fr 49
4 Daniel Martin Garmin Sharp 32
5 Lloyd Mondory AG2R La Mondiale 31
6 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 30
7 Christopher Froome Team SKY 29
8 Vicente Reynes IAM Cycling 28
9 Jasper Stuyven Trek Factory Racing 28
10 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 25
11 Paul Martens Belkin Pro Cycling Team 24
12 Moreno Hofland Belkin Pro Cycling Team 23
13 Roberto Ferrari Lampre Merida 22
14 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 16
15 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 16
16 Fabio Aru Astana Pro Team 16
17 Wilco Kelderman Belkin Pro Cycling Team 16
18 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 15
19 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 14
20 Damiano Caruso Cannondale Pro Cycling 14
21 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 13
22 Yauheni Hutarovich AG2R La Mondiale 12
23 Francesco Lasca Caja Rural Seguros RGA 12
24 Cadel Evans BMC Racing Team 10
25 Alexandr Kolobnev Team Katusha 10
26 Oscar Gatto Cannondale Pro Cycling 10
27 Jacques Van Rensburg MTN - Qhubeka 9
28 Esteban Chaves  Orica GreenEdge 9
29 Philippe Gilbert BMC Racing Team 9
30 Robert Gesink Belkin Pro Cycling Team 8
31 Daniel Navarro Cofidis Solutions Crédits 8
32 Tom Boonen Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 8
33 Mikel Nieve Team SKY 7
34 Daniel Moreno Team Katusha 7
35 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 7
36 Bob Jungels Trek Factory Racing 7
37 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 6
38 Matteo Pelucchi IAM Cycling 6
39 Warren Barguil Team Giant - Shimano 5
40 Samuel Sánchez BMC Racing Team 5
41 Rigoberto Uran Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
42 Pieter Serry Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 5
43 Gerald Ciolek MTN - Qhubeka 5
44 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 4
45 Sébastien Turgot AG2R La Mondiale 4
46 Romain Hardy Cofidis Solutions Crédits 4
47 Elia Favilli Lampre Merida 4
48 Jens Debusschere Lotto Belisol 4
49 Laurens Ten Dam Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3
50 Christophe Le Mevel Cofidis Solutions Crédits 3
51 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 3
52 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 2
53 Yannick Martinez Team Europcar 2
54 Gert Joeaar Cofidis Solutions Crédits 2
55 David Arroyo Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1
56 José Herrada Movistar Team 1
57 Christian Knees Team SKY 1
58 Geoffrey Soupe FDJ.fr 1
59 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Mountains Classification:

1 Luis Mas Bonet Caja Rural Seguros RGA 18 points
2 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team 10
3 Jerome Cousin Team Europcar 10
4 Amets Txurruka Caja Rural Seguros RGA 7
5 Christopher Froome Team SKY 6
6 Danilo Wyss BMC Racing Team 6
7 Winner Anacona Lampre Merida 5
8 Pim Ligthart Lotto Belisol 5
9 Alberto Contador Tinkoff - Saxo 4
10 Nathan Haas Garmin Sharp 3
11 Adam Yates Orica GreenEdge 3
12 Joaquin Rodriguez Team Katusha 2
13 Sergio Pardilla MTN - Qhubeka 2
14 Kristian Sbaragli MTN - Qhubeka 2
15 Jimmy Engoulvent Team Europcar 2
16 Nairo Alexander Quintana  Movistar Team 1
17 Romain Sicard Team Europcar 1
18 Valerio Conti Lampre Merida 1
19 Francisco Javier Aramendia  Caja Rural Seguros RGA 1

Team Classification:

1 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 67hr 58min 17sec
2 Movistar Team @ 45 seconds
3 Team Katusha + 2' 28''
4 BMC Racing Team + 2' 39''
5 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits + 3' 37''
6 Astana Pro Team + 5' 10''
7 Omega Pharma - Quick Step + 5' 22''
8 Tinkoff - Saxo + 7' 26''
9 Garmin Sharp + 8' 21''
10 Lampre - Merida + 9' 05''
11 Team Giant - Shimano + 14' 08''
12 Team SKY + 14' 40''
13 Lotto Belisol + 20' 59''
14 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA + 21' 01''
15 Cannondale Pro Cycling + 21' 08''
16 AG2R La Mondiale + 21' 35''
17 Orica GreenEdge + 24' 13''
18 MTN - Qhubeka + 31' 37''
19 Trek Factory Racing + 33' 21''
20 FDJ.fr + 35' 59''
21 Team Europcar + 59' 35''
22 IAM Cycling + 1h 25' 40''

Stage 6 photos:

Philippe Gilbert

Philippe Gilbert at the start. Photo ©Sirotti

Nacer Bouhanni

Nacer Bouhanni. Photo ©Sirotti

Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

Alejandro Valverde breaking legs on the final climb. Photo ©Sirotti

Mikel Nieve and Joaquin Rodroguez

Mikel Nieve and Joaquin Rodriguez. Photo ©Sirotti

Chris Froome

Chris Froome. Photo ©Sirotti

Alberto Contador

Alberto Contador. Photo ©Sirotti

Daniel Navarro

Daniel Navarro. Photo ©Sirotti

Warren Barguil

Warren Barguil. Photo ©Sirotti

Cadel Evans

Cadel Evans. Photo ©Sirotti

Laurens ten Dam

Robert GEsink and Laurens Ten Dam. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

When Valverde went past Rodriguez (in back, in red and white kit), neither Chris Froome nor Alberto Contador could come around him. Photo ©Sirotti

Alejandro Valverde

After winning stage 6, Valverde is back in the red leader's jersey. Photo ©Sirotti

Stage 6 live updates:

Weather at Granada (base of final climb), Spain at 1PM, local time: Hot! 33C (91F) with some clouds, clearing to full sun and climbing to 36C (97F) . Wind from the north at 5 km/hr (3mph). Really dry, humidity is 23% and will drop to 20%. Wind should shift to west-southwest at 8-16 km/hr (5-10 mph). No chance of rain.

Km 25, 142 km to go: Two of this year's Vuelta escape artists have broken away: Pim Ligthart (Lotto-Belisol) and Luis Mas Bonet (Caja Rural). Mas Bonet currently leads the mountains classification. Ligthart spent many kilometers yesterday off the front with Tony Martin or alone, on an ultimately unsuccessful solo break. The pair are 5min 47sec ahead of the field. A couple of times groups have tried to bridge up to the duo, but each time they have been caught by the peloton.

Km 35, 132 km to go: Ligthart and Mas Bonet are being allowed a lot of freedom. Their gap has ballooned to 9min 40sec. Average speed for the first hour of racing is 39.3 km/hr.

Km 50, 117 km to go: We're closing in on the first categorized ascent of the day, the second category Alto de Zafarraya. Garmin-Sharp has moved some riders to the front and the break's lead, which had grown to about fourteen minutes, is down to 13min 30sec

Km 65, 102 km to go: The ascent of the Alto de Zafarraya has begun. The lead duo's gap continues to fall, it's now 11min 50sec.

Km 77, 90 km to go: Ligthart and Mas Bonet have passed the summit of the Zafarraya and are 11 minutes ahead of the peloton.

Km 86, 81 km to go: The order of the top three over the Zafarraya: 1st Luis Mas Bonet, 2nd pim Ligthart, 3rd Jerome Cousin. Lightart and Mas Bonet are 9min 55sec ahead of the field. Garmin-Sharp and Katusha are working to chase the pair. No doubt the teams are thinking the hilltop finish suits Dan Martin and Joaquin Rodriguez.

62 km to go: Gap is 9min 34sec as the leaders ascend an uncategorized climb. Garmin has several riders at the front, followed by Movistar.

Km111, 56 km to go: The breakaway duo are approching the second categorized climb of the day, the third category Alto de los Bermejales. Gap is 8min 45sec. Lots of riders are going back to the team cars for bottles.

48 km to go: Garmin-Sharp still works the front of the peloton, getting some help from Katusha. Astana has several riders near the front. Lighthart and Mas Bonet are 7min 55sec up the road.

BMC and Movistar have just put some muscle at the front as well.

32 km to go: The order over the Alto de los Bermejales: 1st Luis Mas Bonet, 2nd Pim Lightart, 3rd Amets Turruka. The lead duo's gap has been cut to 6min 22sec.

21 km to go: Gap is down to 4min 31sec. The lead riders go through the intermediate sprint at Alhendan. Ligthart is first, then Mas Bonet. John Degenkolb was third. Gap is down to 4min 15sec.

17 km to go: The speed is going up and the peloton is stringing out. Now the gap is 3min 48sec. Orica-GreenEdge and Movistar are at the front of the pack.

13 km to go: The leaders are 2min 42sec up. Closing in on the final climb to La Zubia. Damiano Cunego had a puncture and was back on the road in a flash after a teammate gave him a wheel.

11 km to go: Ligthart and Mas Bonet are looking surprisingly good but they have only two minutes as the fast-moving pack close in on them. No, gap is 1min 44sec. Race leader Matthews is near the front. But his ownership of the red jersey is doomed.

7 km to go: Riders are moving up for the final ascent. Omega Pharma and Tnkoff-Saxo are up there. Gap is one minute.

6 km to go: Tinkoff-Saxo leads. Might be Michael Rogers. Peter Sagan is already dropped. Gap is down to 37 seconds. It's over for Ligthart and Mas Bonet.

4 km to go: The final climb has begun. Average grade is 7.8% with a maximum over 12%.

3 km to go: Le Mevel (Cofidis) has attacked the peloton. He's not getting a gap. Ligthart is still off the front, but only with a few seconds. It's all together. The pack is much smaller now. Lots of riders are getting shelled. Cadel Evans is in trouble.

2 km to go: Contador and Valverde are at the front. It's steep. Quintana looks good. Looks like Valverde is leading Quintana. Chris Froome is near the front as well. Dan Martin is in trouble now. Now Kelderman is dropped.

1 km to go: Valverde is setting the road on fire as he leads Quintana. Samuel Sanchez is gone. Looks like we're down to about 15 riders in the lead group.

The finish: Bam! there goes Rodriguez. Valverde Chases. Froome chases. Others scramble up to them

Chris Froome Goes. Valverde goes by to take the stage and the ten-second stage winner's time bonus.

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Stage 6 map

Stage 6 map

Stage 6 profile

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