Thursday August 24th, 2017

Stage 6Vila-real / Sagunt

Start 12h26 (Local time)

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Summary - Stage 6 - La Vuelta 2017

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Attacks all day long offered an impressive showdown on stage 6 of La Vuelta Thursday on the way to Sagunt. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) dominated the last survivors of a 37 man breakaway to snatch the win just ahead of a group of favourites set on fire by Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo). The triple winner of La Vuelta attacked in the last climb of the day with more than 40km to go and made sure most of his rivals suffer. Only Chris Froome (Team Sky) managed to match his pace but others...

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Tejay Van Garderen (BMC): “I felt great. Obviously the pace was really hard so I was on the limit but when I looked back, I saw the selection being made and I was part of it, I thought it was a good way to cement my spot on GC. It was a bumpy road. I must have just hit something. My hand slipped of the handlebar. It all happened kind of fast. I'd have to watch the video to really see how it happened but I don't want to watch the video so it will be kind of mystery. My bike was damaged....

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interview24.08.2017

Villella: “A crazy pace”

Davide Villella (Cannondale-Drapac), leader of the KOM classification of La Vuelta 2017: “It was worth breaking away again because of the KOM points up for grabs. I found myself at the front but I paid for the efforts I did in the previous days and the crazy pace of today. But I've brought home something like eight points. I'm happy with this.”

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Enric Mas (Quick Step): “A third place for my first participation at La Vuelta is really good. I'm going to enjoy it and rest for tomorrow. I knew they (Marczynski and Poljanski) were fast, but you always have to try and maintain a positive mindset. We were three at the front. At the beginning of the climb, we went fulls gas and I must be happy to have made it to the finish.”

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Matteo Trentin (Quick Step), leader of the points classification: “The race is the race and somebody was stronger than us today. But I think we did a very nice race anyway, with Bob (Jungels) fighting in the break and Enric (Mas), who was strong enough to make it all the way to the finish. He's very young. It's his first experience in La Vuelta and I think we can be happy with that. I prefer it cooler, but I think everybody was at the limit today because of the heat and also the...

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Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo): “Every rider will tell you that today was a super demanding day. We couldn't catch a break. It's the perfect situation to isolate the top riders from their teammates. I saw there was some headwind and I knew that if someone followed me it would be interesting. I thought there would be more collaboration. There were teams that were in a perfect situation and they might regret not enjoying this opportunity later on. In a day like this you can lose more time...

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Maxime Monfort (Lotto Soudal): “A stage victory was clearly our goal at La Vuelta. We missed on the 17 man breakaway yesterday (stage 5). We got lectured and we could only blame ourselves. So today we wanted to rebalance things. We knew the breakaway had a strong chance of making it to the finish and that we'd need to put on a big fight to be part of this. That's how it happened. I think we handled things to the best. I went ahead so that Tomasz (Marczynski) could save some strength. And...

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Chris Froome (Team Sky), overall leader of La Vuelta 2017: “It was a crazy stage, definitely the hardest stage of La Vuelta so far. The attacks didn't stop all day. With (Luis Leon) Sanchez in front, we had to pull really hard to keep them really close. And then it was fireworks in the final. All in all it's a good day for us. It was a really tough stage, lots of people spent a lot of energy, but the team was fantastic. I can only thank my teammates that I'm still in red. Contador was very...

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Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal), winner of stage 6 of La Vuelta 2017: “It's an incredible feeling. I came here with hopes of fighting for a stage win. I didn't think it would happen so quickly. I'm very happy. It's been a crazy stage from the start with lots of attacks and a large breakaway. Then people got dropped along the climbs. We went up the last climb very fast. We ended up being two riders at the front (with Enric Mas) then a third one joined us (Pawel Poljanski). I told myself I...

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