Simon Yates made the best of the tremendous work by his Orica-BikeExchange team throughout the 163.2 kilometers of the 6th stage of the Vuelta to surge in the last three kilometers and earn his best victory to date in Ribeira Sacra. The Briton, overshadowed by twin brother Adam in recent seasons, caught Swiss Mathias Frank (IAM), the last man out of a 11-man breakaway, to win on his own, ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) and Fabio Felline (Trek Factory).
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Alexandre Geniez (FDJ), leader of the KOM classification after stage 6 of the 2016 Vuelta a España © J.A. Miguélez
Armorica in Galicia
Galicia is part of an ancient mountain range, formed around 250300 million years ago – a collision between what is now Europe and North America formed great folds, transformed many sedimentary rocks into metamorphic ones, and gave way to the formation of large magma masses that erosion has since exposed and brought to the surface.
The first part of the stage joins Monforte de Lemos and Quiroga, localities that occupy two deep depressions filled with recent sediments, relatively flat areas where agriculture found a comfortable spot in ancient times. Between these localities, the route cuts through different types of rock several times, among these is Armorican quartzites. This quartzite stands out due to its resistance to erosion, which favours the formation of very impressive ridges in their topography.
In the second part, between Monforte de Lemos and Luintra, the route crosses the Sil Valley and enters granite landscapes. Although it does cross some mountain ranges, a large part of the stage goes through plains that are separated by large steps, often formed by large, very deep faults. Among all of these steps, the Sil River canyon stands out. A large part of the stage takes place near it, where the rock walls create a uniquely beautiful landscape.
The majority of the stage will take place on the Ribeira Sacra, between the Cabe, Sil and Miño rivers. A lot of the region's wine characteristics are due to the acidic floors that form on the metamorphic rocks and, especially, on the granites of the region.
Armorican quartzites. A formation of quartzites that were created around 450 million years ago, in the Ordovician period, that can be seen in many regions of Europe, America and Africa. The word “Armorican”, which means “facing the sea” is the name of the region where they were first discovered, in North-western France.
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