La Vuelta 6: Chaves The Conqueror

Embedded image permalinkSierra de Cazorla - 3.3 km 6.3% . 7 km to go. There is Cummings solo in front, a few seconds ahead the peloton. Earlier there has been a larger break-away - Gautier, Rubiano, Peter Velits, Durasek, Cummings and Terpstra - but they have been caught one by one. Then Rubiano attacked and Cummings dashed on counter.
2 km to go Cummings is caught. Chaves attacks. Riders are dropping like leaves in the Autumn. Dumoulin follows, in the leader jersey. Dan Martin tries to chase. Chaves is in the last km and his gap is up to 25''. It's done and dusted: Chaves has won and grabs the Red Jersey. Bravo!

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Esteban Chaves:
Embedded image permalink“I can’t believe I’ve won. It was a long, hot, hard stage today. Mid-way I spoke to Matt Hayman and he told me: ‘if you have good legs you had to race because you never know what will happen tomorrow.’ Neil Stephens told me about the climb and said it was really steep, at 10% and even one part at 14%. I had good legs on that part and attacked. I’m really happy I want to thank all the team and staff again, they’re all amazing. Caleb Ewan won yesterday but today he went for bottles. This team is like a family. Darryl (Impey) put me in a really good position and I started the climb in first position. I saw Amador suffering as he pushed the pace. When I saw that he wasn’t comfortable, I tried an went for it.”

Peter Sagan:
 Louis Meintjes in White
“Not with these conditions [could I go for the win]. I hate this heat and it was very hard for me. I don’t know if it was the same for other riders but for me it was too hot. It’s very bad. I want some rules for this weather because it’s impossible. You take water from the car and then after five minutes you have tea.”

Steve Cummings:
"I decided to give it a go but one of the guys was only three back in the overall. They started to chase us early and then when Movistar came on the front, I knew there wasn’t much chance, but you’ve got to try. I’m hunting for a stage win and I hope I can find one. It’s been hot like this every other day and so it's quite nice for breakaway attempts. I’ll try again in a few days."

1 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 4:46:16
2 Dan Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin 0:00:05
3 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin
4 Ruben Plaza (Spa) Lampre-Merida 0:00:11
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar
6 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha
7 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky
8 Rafal Majka (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar
10 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky
1 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge 21:55:13
2 Tom Dumoulin (Ned) Giant-Alpecin 0:00:10
3 Dan Martin (Irl) Cannondale-Garmin 0:00:33
4 Nicolas Roche (Irl) Team Sky 0:00:36
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar 0:00:49
6 Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:55
7 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Katusha
8 Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha 0:00:56
9 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 0:00:57
10 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana 0:01:12

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