Ion Izagirre wins rain-soaked sixth stage of Vuelta de Espana
MADRID, Oct. 25 (Xinhua) -- Ion Izagirre of Astana won on the day while Richard Carapaz of Ineos Grenadiers took the overall leadership after the sixth stage of the Vuelta de Espana on Sunday.
Izagirre took advantage of the brilliant work of his brother Gorka to ride away on the final slopes of the first category Formigal climb, on a day on which the rain and cold both played their roles.
The Izagirre brothers were both part of a 23-man group which opened up a gap of almost four minutes on the second category Alto de Cotefablo.
Gorka pulled away from the breakaway on the descent to try to attempt the final climb on his own. Although he was caught, he forced his pursuers to make an effort that punished their legs, allowing his brother Ion to take advantage and ride away to victory
Meanwhile, drama played out in the main peloton as Primoz Roglic of Jumbo Visma, who started the day in the leader's jersey, suffered a problem going into the last climb and had to make up 20 seconds on the main peloton, which he did with the help of teammate George Bennett, who then gave his help again as the Movistar team looked to stretch the group of favorites.
As the race splintered, Carapaz was able to gain time on Roglic, who was isolated without teammates in the final kilometers and dropped to fourth in the overall standings, 30 seconds behind Carapaz.
Hugh Carthy of Education First climbed into second place 18 seconds behind Carapaz, while Dan Martin was third, two seconds further back.
Monday is a rest day and the race resumes in Vitoria on Tuesday with a 159.7km stage which includes two ascensions of the first category Puerto de Orduna, but doesn't have a hilltop finish. Enditem