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Vuelta a Espana 2017: Tomasz Marczynski takes the victory from break on Stage 6

Joe Robinson
24 Aug 2017

The breakaway succeeds with Tomasz Marczynski taking the win: Contador lights up the race on the final climb

Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto-Soudal) takes the sprint into Sagunt out sprinting Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) on Stage 6 of the 2017 Vuelta a Espana

Marczynski takes his maiden Grand Tour stage win in this reduced bunch. A late kick managed to take the Pole over the line first. 

Chris Froome (Team Sky) manages to hold onto red despite attacks from Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) on the final climb of the day. Sitting in second at the start of the day, Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) lost time due to two crashes, dropping outside the top ten.

The story of the stage

After yesterday's punchy finish, Stage 6 looked set for a breakaway victory on the 204.4km route from Villareal to Sagunt. With five categorised climbs, with the last 36km from the finish, it was not expected to affect the General Classification. 

With the chance of stage success open to many, 35 riders managed to get up the road at the beginning of the day. Amongst the big names to escape were Bob Jungles (Quick-Step Floors), George Bennett (LottoNL-Jumbo) and Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo). 

With breakaway rider Luis Leon Sanchez only 3:24 down on GC, Team Sky remained at the front of the peloton, maintaining a high pace to prevent the gap opening up beyond repair. 

The high pace of the day from both the break and the peloton saw the front group leak numbers throughout the day. Through the efforts of Chris Froome's men, the gap was brought back down to a manageable gap. 

Ahead, Jungles decided to push on, taking Maxime Monfort (Lotto-Soudal) along for the ride building a 40 second gap to the remaining break. 

On the final climb of the day, true to his word, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) lit up the race attacking, splitting the main group taking a group of favourites with him. On the steep gradients, Contador managed to drop some rivals but was unable to drop Froome. 

As the race reached its final summit of the day, Pantano paced teammate Contador to the summit with Froome, Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) and Tejay Van Garderen (BMC Racing) all in line. 

No thanks to a crash at the summit of the final climb, Van Garderen hit the deck hard, falling adrift from the Froome group.

Meanwhile, out front Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) and Tomasz Marcynski (Lotto-Soudal) led affairs with a gap of one minute, 35km from the finish. 

As they hit the final descent, the race began to calm with the major GC contenders coming back together. The lead group had since swelled to five with Sanchez and Antonio Pedrero (Movistar) bridging across. 

As the red jersey group closed the gap to the leaders, Fabio Aru (Astana) managed to regain contact with Froome alongside Chaves and Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrian-Merida) who had found themselves in difficulty on the climb. 

With 10km left, the leaders managed to re-find some seconds with the group of main contenders playing cat and mouse with one another. Mas, Marcynski and Pawel Pojankski began to work as a makeshift team to hold the chasing group. 

As the group reached 5km to go, Leon Sanchez hit out from the main bunch in search of finding the breakaway coming to no avail, being caught in no-mans-land. 

Chasing back on, Van Garderen found himself on the deck again, losing his back wheel on one of the many roundabouts into the finish. 

With 1,500 metres left, the two Poles and Poljanski and Marczynski juked it out with Spaniard Mas.

Vuelta a Espana 2017 Stage 6: Villareal - Sagunt 204.4km, result

1. Tomasz Marczynski (POL) Lotto Soudal, 4:47:02
2. Pawel Poljanski (POL) Bora-Hansgrohe, at same time
3. Enric Mas (ESP) Quick-Step Floors, at st
4. Luis Leon Sanchez (ESP) Astana, at 0:08
5. Jan Polanc (SLO) UAE Team Emirates, at 0:08
6. Warren Barguil (FRA) Team Sunweb, at 0:26
7. Giovanni Visconti (ITA) Bahrain-Merida, at 0:26
8. Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky, at 0:26
9. Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana, at 0:26
10. Jack Haig (AUS) Orica-Scott, at 0:26

Vuelta a Espana 2017: General Classification after Stage 6

1. Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky, 22:54:38
2. Esteban Chaves (COL) Orica-Scott, 0:11
3. Nicolas Roche (IRL) BMC Racing, at 0:13
4. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing, at 0:27
5. Vincenzo Nibali (ITA) Bahrain-Merida, at 0:36
6. David De La Cruz (ESP) Quick-Step Floors, at 0:40
7. Fabio Aru (ITA) Astana, at 0:49
8. Adam Yates (GBR) Orica-Scott, at 0:50
9. Micahel Woods (CAN) Cannondale-Drapac, at 1:13
10. Simon Yates (GBR) Orica-Scott, at 1:26

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