Tomasz Marczynsky victorious in Vuelta a España
Aug 24 2017 06:03 pm CET

Tomasz Marczynsky victorious in Vuelta a España

Lotto-Soudal's Tomasz Marczynski has won the sixth stage of the Vuelta a España. The Polish rider beat his compatriot Pawel Poljanski and Spaniard Enric Mas in the final sprint.

Stage 6 led the riders from Villarreal to Sagunto. The 204.4km route included five categorized climb with four of the third category followed by one of the second. The final stretch was mostly downhill to flat.

A large group of 37 rode away from the peloton in the opening phase of the stage. This group included riders like Jarlinson Pantano, Bob Jungels and Enric Mas.

This group was later reduced to 27 and after a number of attacks, only Mas and Marczynski were left in front.

At the same time, the battle in the peloton had begun with Alberto Contador trying to get away from the bunch and Sky determined to keep the Spaniard from doing so.

Nevertheless, the high speed did cause splits and GC contenders like Esteban Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali ended up on the wrong side of the newly formed gap. However, everything got back together with 25 kilometers.

Several crashes occurred at this point, one involving Jesper Hansen and Axel Domont and another involving Carlos Betancur and Tejay van Garderen. The latter, second-placed in the general classification, went down again on a roundabout while chasing his rivals in the last kilometers.

In the final sprint, Marczynski took the win for his team Lotto-Soudal ahead of Bora-hansgrohe's Pawel Poljanski, who had managed to make his way to the front duo as well. Behind them, Quick-Step's Enric Mas took third place.

Chris Froome and most of the other GC candidates finished at 26 seconds, with the Team Sky leader keeping his Red Jersey for another day. Orica-Scott's Esteban Chaves now takes second place at 11 seconds, two seconds ahead of BMC's Nicolas Roche. Van Garderen moves down to fourth place at 30 seconds.
Image: Lotto-Soudal logo


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