Stage 6: Úbeda - Córdoba 193km

By Cyclingnews.com

Thursday, August 25, 2011 3.59pm

Nibali tries to ride into red, but Chavanel holds on

The Liquigas-Cannondale team used their superior descending skills to split the Vuelta a España peloton on the twisting road to Cordoba, allowing Peter Sagan to take the stage victory, while team leader Vincenzo Nibali gained a some precious seconds and moved up to third overall.

Nibali was initially angry that Sagan sprinted to victory, blocking him from taking any of the time bonuses. But Sagan’s acceleration stopped Pablo Lastras (Movistar) from snatching the stage win and so saved the Liquigas-Cannondale team from an embarrassing defeat.

“We did a great job as a team. It wasn’t our tactic (for the stage) but fortunately it came off,” Sagan said. “It would have been better if Vincenzo (Nibali) had won but it was better that a Liquigas-Cannondale rider won rather than Lastras.”

Race leader Sylvain Chavanel finished tenth on the stage, in a chase group at 17 seconds, while most of the other overall contenders were at 23 seconds. The stage had been expected to finish in a sprint but yet again a late climb and the twisting descent created another thrilling finale.

Chavanel actually extended his overall lead on Daniel Moreno (Katusha) to 15 seconds. Nibali is third at 16 seconds. Joaquin Rodriguez (Katusha) is fourth at 23 seconds, Jakob Fuglsang (Leopard Trek) is fifth at 25 seconds and Jurgen Van den Broeck (Omega Pharma-Lotto) is eighth at 49 seconds. Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) is a more distant 20th at 1:26.

Those gaps are likely to stay unchanged after Friday’s 185km seventh stage from Almadén – Talavera de la Reina but the mountains are looming again. Saturday’s stage finish includes three late climbs and Sunday’s ninth stage finishes at the summit of the Sierra de Bejar La Covatilla.

A day in the olive groves

The riders faced another day under the Spanish sun for the stage to Cordoba. The roads twisted and turned through expanses of olive trees, offering little respite from the heat.

Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Team Sky) fought the pain to start the stage after his high-speed crash with a young spectator on Wednesday. However there were more spills early today, with Matti Breschel (Rabobank) going down hard in the neutralised section of the stage. He was forced to retire and headed to hospital for treatment.

Taylor Phinney (BMC) bounced back from his day of suffering in the gruppetto on Tuesday and was one of the first riders to go no the attack. However he was quickly pulled back and then a group of 20 riders went clear after 30km of fast racing. Chavanel was in the move as he tried to neutralise the move and the bunch also reacted, with Liquigas-Cannondale chasing for Nibali.

The average speed of racing for the first hour was over 50km/h but things finally settled down after 70km when Aleksejs Saramotins (Cofidis), Adrián Palomares (Andalucia-Caja Granada), Martin Kohler (BMC) and Yukihiro Doi (Skil-Shimano) got away. The peloton eased and their gap rose to a maximum of 8:00 after 105km. However Garmin-Cervelo and Leopard Trek took over the chase and the gap began to melt in the mid-day sun.

Saramotins took the intermediate sprint in Villafranca but Fabian Cancellara was on the front for Leopard Trek and led the pursuit of the break with huge turns of powerful speed. The Luxembourg team was riding for sprinter Daniele Bennati and GC contender Jakob Fuglsang.

Kohler attacked alone to take the final intermediate sprint in Cordoba in the race finish, with 30km to go but that only split the break and marked the end for the four. Kohler was the last to be swept up on the start of the final climb, as Stuart O’Grady (Leopard Trek) churned away on the front.

David Moncoutié (Cofidis) broke Leopard Trek’s grip on the peloton when he attacked in pursuit of the climbers points. He was first to the summit of the Alto de San Jeronimo but was soon joined by Tony Martin (HTC-Highroad) and then David De la Fuente (Geox-TMC) and Kevin Seeldrayers (Quick Step). The race exploded behind them.

They opened a ten-second gap but then the Liquigas-Cannondale team flew down the twisting descent in pursuit. The men in green and white hit the front of the race and almost immediately caused a split at the front. Nibali, Sagan, Agnoli, Capecchi got a gap, with Lastras hanging with them. It was like watching a team pursuit race on the roads of the Vuelta.

Chavanel and Rodriguez tried to chase the attack as other overall contenders hesitated on the descent. But the Liquigas quartet gave it everything all the way to the line, with even Lastras doing his bit on the flat.

It should have been a day of triumph for the Italian team but they almost blew it in the sprint. Sagan saved them from embarrassment but that meant Nibali missed out on the 20-10-8 second time bonuses.

Who knows if that will cost him dear later in the race. He won the 2010 Vuelta by just 43 seconds.

This article was originally published on Cyclingnews.com.

STAGE 6 RESULTS

1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 4:38:22
2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
5 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:03
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:17
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team
8 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team
9 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team
11 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad
12 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
13 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC
14 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team
15 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
16 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:00:23
17 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
18 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana
19 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
20 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
21 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team
22 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
23 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack
24 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling
25 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack
26 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC
27 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
28 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC
29 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard
30 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
31 Simon Geschke (Ger) Skil - Shimano
32 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale
33 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek
34 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team
35 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana
36 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana
37 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo
38 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack
39 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
40 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard
41 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team
42 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
43 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team
44 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
45 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
46 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo
47 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
48 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana
49 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale
50 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team
51 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
52 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team
53 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 0:01:04
54 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:01:18
55 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:47
56 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling 0:02:19
57 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:05:19
58 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack
59 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD
60 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
61 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team
62 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne
63 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek
64 Pim Ligthart (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
65 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale
 
Points
 
1 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 25 pts
2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 20
3 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 16
4 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 14
5 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 12
6 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 10
7 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 9
8 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 8
9 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7
10 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 6
11 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 5
12 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 4
13 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 3
14 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 2
 
Sprint 1 - Villafranca de Córdoba, km. 138,8
 
1 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 4 pts
2 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 2
3 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano 1
 
Sprint 2 - Córdoba, km. 162,4
 
1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 4 pts
2 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 2
3 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano 1
 
Mountain 1 - Alto del Catorce por Ciento (Cat. 2) km. 173
 
1 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 5 pts
2 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 3
3 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 1
 
Most combative rider
 
1 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
 
Teams
 
1 Liquigas-Cannondale 13:55:06
2 Movistar Team 0:00:40
3 Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:57
4 Leopard Trek 0:01:03
5 Geox-TMC
6 Euskaltel-Euskadi
7 Katusha Team
8 Team RadioShack 0:01:09
9 Pro Team Astana
10 AG2R La Mondiale
11 Rabobank Cycling Team
12 Lampre - ISD 0:05:59
13 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:06:05
 
General classification after stage 6
 
1 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 22:41:13
2 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:15
3 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:00:16
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 0:00:23
5 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 0:00:25
6 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 0:00:41
7 Maxime Monfort (Bel) Leopard Trek 0:00:44
8 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:00:49
9 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 0:00:52
11 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:00:53
12 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:00:57
13 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD
14 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:01:00
15 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:01
16 Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:01:05
17 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 0:01:13
18 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:21
19 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:01:25
20 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 0:01:26
21 Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack 0:01:43
22 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:01:50
23 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:53
24 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:01:58
25 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 0:02:13
26 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:02:15
27 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:02:22
28 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:02:34
29 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 0:02:41
30 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:44
31 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana 0:02:52
32 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:02:55
33 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Team Garmin-Cervelo 0:03:00
34 Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:03:16
35 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team 0:05:49
36 Mathieu Perget (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:06:30
37 Rafal Majka (Pol) Saxo Bank Sungard 0:11:29
38 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:11:35
39 Oliver Zaugg (Swi) Leopard Trek 0:13:10
40 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 0:13:42
41 Juan Horrach Rippoll (Spa) Katusha Team 0:14:25
42 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 0:14:39
43 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:16:31
44 Juan José Oroz Ugalde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:16:39
45 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:16:41
46 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 0:16:57
47 Thomas Löfkvist (Swe) Sky Procycling 0:20:52
48 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 0:21:11
49 Evgeny Petrov (Rus) Pro Team Astana 0:21:30
50 Damiano Caruso (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:21:50
51 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:22:38
52 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:23:11
53 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:27:48
54 David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Geox-TMC 0:28:19
55 Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:29:47
56 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 0:32:42
57 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack 0:34:38
58 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 0:35:56
59 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:37:15
60 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 0:41:19
61 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 0:44:34
62 Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team 0:45:29
63 Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:46:40
 
Points classification
 
1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 48 pts
2 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 48
3 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 41
4 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 32
5 Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale 30
6 Wout Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 28
7 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team 26
8 Christopher Sutton (Aus) Sky Procycling 25
9 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 25
10 Vincenzo Nibali (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 23
11 Matti Breschel (Den) Rabobank Cycling Team 22
12 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 21
13 Vicente Reynes Mimo (Spa) Omega Pharma-Lotto 20
14 Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 20
15 Nicolas Roche (Irl) AG2R La Mondiale 20
16 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 20
17 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Leopard Trek 19
18 Ruslan Pydgornyy (Ukr) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 19
19 Marcel Kittel (Ger) Skil - Shimano 16
20 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo 16
21 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack 16
22 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Pro Team Astana 16
23 Tyler Farrar (USA) Team Garmin-Cervelo 14
24 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale 12
25 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 12
26 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Team RadioShack 11
27 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 10
28 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 10
29 Daniele Bennati (Ita) Leopard Trek 10
30 Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 8
31 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Leopard Trek 8
32 Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team 8
33 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 8
34 Lloyd Mondory (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 8
35 Luca Paolini (Ita) Katusha Team 7
36 Jan Bakelants (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto 7
37 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 7
38 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 6
39 John Degenkolb (Ger) HTC-Highroad 6
40 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) Pro Team Astana 6
41 Kanstantsin Sivtsov (Blr) HTC-Highroad 5
42 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 5
43 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 4
44 Michael Albasini (Swi) HTC-Highroad 4
45 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Quickstep Cycling Team 4
46 Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 4
47 Christopher Froome (GBr) Sky Procycling 4
48 Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team 4
49 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 3
50 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Lampre - ISD 3
51 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Movistar Team 3
52 Juan Jose Cobo Acebo (Spa) Geox-TMC 3
53 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky Procycling 3
54 Steve Houanard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 2
55 Jose Vicente Toribio Alcolea (Spa) Andalucia Caja Granada 2
56 Adam Hansen (Aus) Omega Pharma-Lotto 2
57 Paul Martens (Ger) Rabobank Cycling Team 2
58 Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Skil - Shimano 2
59 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 2
60 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack 2
61 Denis Menchov (Rus) Geox-TMC 2
62 Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi 2
63 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) BMC Racing Team 2
64 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Katusha Team 1
65 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Skil - Shimano 1
 
Combination classification
 
1 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Katusha Team 6 pts
2 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Katusha Team 11
3 Sylvain Chavanel (Fra) Quickstep Cycling Team 19
4 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Saxo Bank Sungard 44
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Team Garmin-Cervelo 47
6 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 58
7 David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne 68
8 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 79
9 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre - ISD 81
10 Markel Irizar Aranburu (Spa) Team RadioShack 90
11 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Quickstep Cycling Team 93
12 Tony Martin (Ger) HTC-Highroad 119
 
Teams classification
 
1 Team RadioShack 67:32:09
2 Rabobank Cycling Team 0:00:47
3 Katusha Team 0:02:22
4 Leopard Trek 0:02:23
5 Geox-TMC 0:02:42
6 Pro Team Astana 0:04:17
7 Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:05:02
8 Liquigas-Cannondale 0:06:38
9 AG2R La Mondiale 0:07:55
10 Lampre - ISD 0:08:39
11 Movistar Team 0:08:40
12 Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team 0:09:23
13 Quickstep Cycling Team 0:10:56

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