The breakaway line and Pro Continental racers stole the victory at Vuelta a Espana 2019. This time it was Jesus Herrada’s turn, the Cofidis Solutions Credits racer, who won at Stage 6, at the summit of Ares del Maestart, Thursday (August 29).
Herrada was part of a large group of breakaway who kept away from the main platoon. The group then scattered on the last climb, and in the end Herrada became the first survivor . In the last km he skyrocketed leaving Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida).
This is the second time a racer who is not in the WorldTour ranks wins. The day before, Angel Madrazo from the Burgos-BH team won, also via breakaway .
For Teuns, finishing second didn’t disappoint. Because, because of the distance between the breakaway and the platoon (almost six minutes), he managed to take over the leadership of the general classification (GC) and the red jersey.
He became the third person to wear it after six stages. Namely after Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb).
After the stage, Teuns claimed to have the opportunity to reach the red jersey towards the end of the stage. He also gave maximum effort on the last climb. “I gave everything for the jersey ,” he said.
Teuns now leads GC for 38 seconds from David de la Cruz (Team Ineos), who is also part of a large breakaway group . While Miguel Angel Lopez slipped to number three, one minute behind Teuns.
At the end of the stage up and down as far as 198.9 km, the order of the top ten GCs was randomly stirred again. Besides Teuns being at the top, behind him there are several leading fall.
A major accident 90 km before finishing made several heroes have to get out of the race. Namely Rigoberto Uran (EF Education First) and Nicolas Roche. At 23 km before finishing, another climbing hero fell. Namely Tejay Van Garderen (also EF Education First).
All this makes the competition for La Vuelta 2019 even harder to guess. There is not a single racer that looks dominant. There hasn’t been a team that looks the most mighty.
And after six thrilling and deadly stages, La Vuelta still presents a scary menu for Stage 7, this Friday (August 30). The 183.2 km route from Onda will end on the Mas de la Costa ramp. A grade 1 climb.
For those who want to win the overall title , trials after trials continue to arrive in this first week! (riding bicycle)
Stage 6 Results of Vuelta a Espana 2019 (Top Ten)
1. José Herrada Lopez (Spain) Cofidis Solutions Credits 4:43:55
2. Dylan Teuns (Belgium) Bahrian-Merida 4:44:02
3. Dorian Godon (France) AG2R La Mondiale 4:44:16
4. Robert Gesink (Netherlands) Team Jumbo-Visma 4:44:16
5. Bruno Armirail (French) Groupama-FDJ 4:44:32
6. Pawel Poljanski (Polish) Bora-Hansgrohe 4:44:34
7. Nelson Oliveira (Portugal) Movistar Team 4:44:40
8. Gianluca Brambilla (Italian) Trek-Segafredo 4:44:42
9. David de la Cruz (Spanish) Team Sky 4:44:45
10. Tsgabu Grmay (Ethiopia) Mitchelton-Scott 4:46:30
General Classification after 6 of 21 Stage
1. Dylan Teuns (Belgium) Bahrain-Merida 23:44:00
2. David de la Cruz (Spain) Team Sky 23:44:38
3. Miguel Angel Lopez (Colombia) Astana Pro Team 23:45:00
4. Primoz Roglic (Slovenia) Team Jumbo-Visma 23:45:14
5. Nairo Quintana (Colombia) Movistar Team 23:45:23
6. Robert Gesink (Netherlands) Team Jumbo-Visma 23:45:23
7. Alejandro Valverde (Spain) Movistar Team 23:45:28
8. Esteban Chaves (Colombia) Mitchelton-Scott 23:46:17
9. Rafal Majka (Poland) Bora-Hansgrohe 23:46:18
10. Tadej Pogacar (Slovenia) UAE Emirates Team 23:46:47