Vuelta a España
Stage 6: Benalmádena - La Zubia - Stage Details

Colombian Esteban Chaves has impressed on the first general classification test of the 2014 Vuelta a Espana as the three-week tour delivered its first mountain top finish on stage six this afternoon.

The 24-year-old mixed it amongst the races biggest names including Alejandro Valverde, Christopher Froome, Alberto Contador and Nairo Quintana until the final 500metres of the category one finish before fading slightly for seventh position. 

Valverde was victorious atop the mountain to take the red race leader’s jersey from ORICA-GreenEDGE’s Michael Matthews.

Finishing 25seconds behind on the stage, Chaves moves into fifth overall, 41seconds adrift.

Sport director Neil Stephens said the team had duel goals for the day’s stage and again collaborated exceptionally to deliver to the race plan. 

“We had plans for Adam Yates to try to get up for the stage win and also Esteban was also going to work to maintain his position in general classification,” Stephens said.

Read the full stage 6 report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (SPA) - Movistar Team 4:35:27
2 Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky ST
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (SPA) - Tinkoff-Saxo ST
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (SPA) - Team Katusha 0:00:08
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (COL) - Movistar Team 0:00:12
6 Fabio Aru (ITA) - Astana Pro Team 0:00:18
7 Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:25
8 Daniel Navarro Garcia (SPA) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (SPA) - Team Sky 0:00:32
10 Robert Gesink (NED) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:00:33
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
7 Jhoan Esteban Chaves Rubio (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:25
20 Adam Yates (GBR) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:07
92 Ivan Santaromita (ITA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:02
108 Sam Bewley (NZL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:56
110 Cameron Meyer (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:10:56
122 Simon Clarke (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:11:28
150 Michael Matthews (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:13:08
165 Mitchell Docker (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:26
168 Brett Lancaster (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:14:26