Ion Izagirre wins Formigal stage in Vuelta a España, Richard Carapaz seizes GC lead
Oct 26 2020 12:10 am CET

Ion Izagirre wins Formigal stage in Vuelta a España, Richard Carapaz seizes GC lead
Ion Izagirre wins Formigal stage in Vuelta a España, Richard Carapaz seizes GC lead
Photo of Ion Izagirre by Astana Pro Team

Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) has taken the lead of the General Classification of the Vuelta a España while Ion Izagirre claimed the victory of the sixth stage of the race.

The sixth day of competition in the Spanish grand tour took the riders through a revamped 146.4-kilometre route that featured one climb of the third category, one of the second and a finish on the first category ascent of Aramón Formigal -after the Tourmalet had to be removed due to the Covid-19 situation in France.

The day started with an escape of a big group that included riders like Ion Izagirre, Dylan van Baarle, Magnus Cort Nielsen, Carlos Verona and Michael Woods, among others. In the pack, Jumbo-Visma took the control of the pace to try to keep the escapees at bay. Gorka Izagirre was the first rider to make a move from the front during the dangerous descent caused by the heavy rain.

With 20 kilometres to go, the wearer of the Red Jersey Primoz Roglic seemed to start having troubles in the climb as he was dropped but later on managed to make his return thanks to his teammates. During the final climb of the day, only 11 riders remained behind G. Izagirre including his brother Ion, Van Baarle and Guillaume Martin.

The last climb of the day broke the pack into pieces which made Richard Carapaz make a strong move that left behind riders like Roglic, Dan Martin and Marc Soler, but soon the Slovenian national champion was also left behind by his companions. Meanwhile, Ion Izagirre made a move from the front and created a gap big enough to take a solo victory of the stage, his first one in the Vuelta after having already wins in the Giro d'Italia and the Tour de France.

Carapaz crossed the finish line 55 seconds behind the winner of the day and this was good enough for him to take the lead of the General Classification, also considering that Roglic arrived to the end one minute and 38 seconds behind Izagirre. Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) climbed to the second place of the overall standing while Martin drop one position to the third and Roglic is now in the fourth place, 30 seconds behind the Ecuadorian.




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