Vuelta 6: Surprise win to Borut Bozic

Andrei Greipel keeps lead

Slovenia's Borut Bozic of Vacansoleil won the sixth stage of the Tour of Spain on Friday as Germany's Andre Greipel of Team Columbia held on to the overall lead.

Bozic captured the 176.8km (109-mile) stage that started and ended in the eastern town of Xativa and included two testing mountain climbs in 4 hours, 40 minutes, 54 seconds.

US rider Tyler Farrar of Garmin placed second, ahead of Italy's Daniele Bennati of Liquigas.

Greipel, who won the previous two stages of the Tour of Spain, finished the stage in 10th place.

The seventh stage on Saturday will be a 30-kilometre individual time trial, the second of the race, that starts and finishes on Valencia's flat Formula One motor racing street circuit.

Swiss rider Fabian Cancellara won the first, a 4.8-kilometre course that began and ended in the Dutch town of Assen during the first stage of the race.

Last year's top three finishers, champion Alberto Contador of Spain, US rider Levi Leipheimer and Carlos Sastre also of Spain, have stayed away from the three-week event which ends in Madrid on September 20.

The 64th edition of the race, the third Grand Tour of the year after the Tour de France and the Giro d'Italia, began outside of Spain this year for only the second time in its history.

© AFP 2009

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