ORICA-SCOTT maintain composure on stage 6 of La Vuelta

Thu 24 Aug 2017

ORICA-SCOTT has maintained its composure on a hot and difficult stage six of La Vuelta to retain their position overall despite a split occurring on the final climb of the day. 

With a breakaway up the road, Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) put the hammer down in the peloton on the XX climb, taking race leader Chris Froome (Team Sky) and Tejay van Garderen (BMC Racing Team) with him.

Caught behind a small mishap, ORICA-SCOTT’s Esteban Chaves and Adam Yates lost touch, cresting the peak with a slight disadvantage but were able to reconnect on the descent to the line. Simon Yates finished 17seconds adrift. 

Ahead, Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) took the win from the breakaway, whilst van Garderen also suffer from the crash to see Chaves move into second overall. 

“There was a little bit of a concern when the road got narrow, there was a little crash on the climb and Esteban got caught up and actually had to put a foot on the ground,” Stephens said. 

“When we got to the top of the climb we had all three GC guys, plus Jack Haig together. I said to the three GC guys to take it easy, don’t panic, Jack was doing a fantastic job and it was back together again.

“There was a small split again after that, Simon Yates once again got caught up in it but he instructed the team, and Haig to continue with the other two.”

With van Garderen dropping 20seconds courtesy of his fall, Chaves sits in second place overall, 11seconds behind Froome with Adam Yates (+50secs) and Simon Yates (+1’26”) in eighth and tenth respectively.

“It was a tough day out there,” Adam Yates, who retained the best young rider numbers, admitted. “I reckon for a lot of the guys, including me, it was probably the hardest day of the race so far.” 

“Every kilometre was full gas pressing the pedals, twisty roads and nowhere to really take a break. Especially with all of the heat, it’s forecast for 32degrees but when you’re in the peloton there’s no wind and you are sitting there sweating buckets and buckets.

“All in all it was a tough day, but we got through pretty well.” 

How it happened: 

After a big battle, eventually almost 40 riders made the first breakaway on stage six of La Vuelta.

The large group were never allowed more much more than three minute’s advantage from the Team Sky controlled peloton, and as the kilometres and climbs ticked by, the numbers out in front began to drop.

The breakaway, which attacked each other on the various climbs and descents, had 24 riders still in contention with 50km to go as their advantage, like yesterday, began to grow once again. 

On the final climb of the day, Alberto Contador’s Trek Segafredo pushed the pace and a small crash help create a split in the bunch with ORICA-SCOTT’s trio of leaders slightly distanced. 

With a large chase group and another small crash in front, the Froome and Contador group were once again caught and the favourites group rolled across the line together, 26seconds behind Marczynski.

La Vuelta – Stage 6 Results:

1. Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) 4:47:02
2. Pawel Poljanski (Bora Hansgrohe) ST
3. Enric Mas (Quickstep Floors) ST
10. Jack Haig (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:26 

La Vuelta – General Classification after Stage 6

1. Chris Froome (Team Sky) 22:54:38
2. Esteban Chaves (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:11
3. Nicholas Roche (ORICA-SCOTT) +0:13

Photo courtesy of TDWsport.