In the descent of the Alto de Cotefablo, the warm-up for the final climb, Gorka Izagirre went solo. In the peloton, the men of Ineos Grenadiers caused fragmentation. Suddenly, even Primoz Roglic was in trouble for a while, but the red jersey was able to return with the help of teammate George Bennett. On the final climb, Gorka Izagirre, despite a tight lead, held out for a long time against the thinned chasing group including Guillaume Martin, Michael Woods, and Rui Costa. Once seized, his brother Ion took his chance with another 3 kilometers to go. He did stay ahead and took the stage victory in Formigal. Played perfectly by the Astana brothers.

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Primoz Roglic has lost his leader’s jersey in the Vuelta. He was bothered by the cold and Richard Carapaz benefited from that. “This was a big mistake on our part and should not have happened,” said sports director Grischa Niermann. “I was cold on the penultimate climb and I wanted to put on my rain jacket, but that didn’t work out well,” said the Slovenian. And apparently, Ineos-Grenadiers had seen that. “We were a bit too far behind when the peloton broke into pieces, my teammates had to pull out all the stops to bring me back and that took a lot of effort.”I paid the price for that on the final climb” says Roglic. “Richard Carapaz smelled blood and attacked and drove Roglic out of the leader’s jersey, I had little left on the final climb to parry the attacks, sometimes you win the battle and sometimes you lose a battle. Today we lost it. The Vuelta is not over yet and we will continue to fight until Madrid. If I am tired? We will know in the coming days but now is there is a rest day first “

Stage 6 result:1 Ion Izagirre AST in 3:41:00
2 Michael Woods EF1 +25″
3 Rui Costa UAD +25″
4 Robert Power SUN +27″
5 Michael Valgren NTT +27″
6 Guillaume Martin COF +27″
7 Mattia Cattaneo DQT +38″
8 Hugh Carthy EF1 +48″
9 Gorka Izagirre AST +53″
10 Sergio Henao UAD +55″
18 Daniel Martin ISN +1:23″
20 Primož Roglic TJV +1:38″

GC after stage 6: 1 Richard Carapaz IGD 24:34:39
2 Hugh Carthy EF1 @18″ 3 Daniel Martin ISN @20″
4 Primož Roglic TJV @30″
5 Enric Mas MOV @1:07″
6 Felix Großschartner BOH @1:30″
7 Marc Soler MOV @1:42″
8 Esteban Chaves MTS@2:02″
9 David De La Cruz UAD @2:46″
10 Alejandro Valverde MOV @3:00″