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Vuelta a Espana 2019: Jesus Herrada wins Stage 6, Dylan Teuns in red

Cofidis rider wins from a breakaway with Dylan Teuns claiming the overall

Joseph Delves
29 Aug 2019

Jesus Herrada (Cofidis) won Stage 6 of the 2019 Vuelta a Espana after getting the better of Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida). The two led up much of the final climb, with Herrada riding away easily in the final kilometre. With the day’s break having built a lead of over six minutes, Teuns was able to console himself by taking over the lead of the entire race.

With no huge climbs, but a sizable 3,109 metres of ascent, today’s 198.9km stage from Mora De Rubielos to Ares Del Maestrat had alway looked set to favour a breakaway. As so it turned out.

After Team Ineos’s Wout Poels led over the first two climbs, a large and talented group eventually went clear, despite the surprisingly high pace of the bunch.

This was made up of David de la Cruz (Team Ineos), Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar Team), Robert Gesink (Team Jumbo-Visma), Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Dorian Godon (AG2R La Mondiale), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Teuns and Herrada.

Given the mix of teams involved, each of the 11 riders initially seemed prepared to work.

Behind them, things were not so harmonious. Around 100 kilometres into the stage, a large crash saw many riders hit the deck, with sixth-placed rider Rigoberto Urán and former race leader Nicolas Roche both forced out. They were joined by Urán’s Education First teammate Hugh Carthy and CCC Team’s Victor de la Parte.

In the break, Grmay went off the front with about 30km to go and built a lead of around 45 seconds as everyone looked at Van Garderen to close him down.

However, in chasing Van Garderen overcooked a corner and added to the toll of Education First riders to have hit the deck.

Oliveira eventually made it over to Grmay, and both riders started working together. With a lead of 40 seconds as they hit the final climb the bunch was now over six minutes back.

The early part of this Category 3 ascent of 6.9km saw Oliveira and Grmay extend their lead as the riders behind looked at each other. However, when Teuns and Herrada both launched themselves they made light work of overhauling the two leaders.

With the leadership of the whole race at stake, Teuns pushed hard with Herrada happy to follow. Teuns's efforts meant he had no response when Herrada attacked almost within sight of the line.