2013 Vuelta – Stage 6 – Heartbreak


After a long transfer the Vuelta left the Northeast region of Galicia and headed south to Extremadura – a flatter, hotter and more sun burnt part of Spain. The 6th stage today lost elevation from Guijelo on it’s way to a slightly uphill finish 175km later in the provincial capital of Caceres. Tony Martin figured he could take the route like a noble, escaping solo quite nearly right from the gun.

As the peloton whipped things up in pursuit the catch seemed imminent as the closed to just over 1 minute with 20km to go. The peloton was really flying going about 13kmph faster than Martin at that point, but the German kept turning the pedals and pushing on. As Martin entered Caceres he literally could look over his shoulder and see the group bearing down on him and with 5km remaining he had a mere 4 or 5 seconds lead. But Martin wasn’t willing to submit, but with 4km to go he was back up to a 7 second lead. With 3km to go, he had 8 seconds. Martin had a significant gap heading into the final km and half the group looked willing to give in but Fabian Cancellara lit the burners and went in pursuit of Martin dragging the sprinters with him. As Martin buried himself with everything he had left after a 175km break, the group surged and with 10m remaining, Michel Morkov (TST) passed the German and took the win with Martin ending the day in 7th place. Heartbreak.

2013 Vuelta Stage 6 Top Five
1. Michael Morkov (TST)_____3h54’15”
2. Maximiliano Richeze (LAM)
3. Fabian Cancellara (RLT)
4. Tyler Farrar (GRS)
5. Juan Antonio Flecha (VAC)

Overall Classification after 6 stages
1. Vincenzo Nibali (AST)_______22h38’07″
2. Chris Horner (RLT)_________+3″
3. Nicolas Roche (TST)_________+8″
4. Haimar Zubeldia (RLT)______+16″
5. Alejandro Valverde (MOV)____+21″
6. Robert Kiserlovski (RLT)____+26″
7. Rigoberto Uran (SKY)_______+28″
8. Daniel Moreno (KAT)________+31″
9. Rafal Majka (TST)__________+38″
10. Roman Kreuziger (TST)______+42″

13. Bauke Mollema (BEL)_______+49″

16. Joaquim Rodriguez (KAT)___+53″

21. Michele Scarponi (LAM)____+1’15″

26. Mikel Nieve (EUS)_________+1’30″
27. Ivan Basso (CAN)_________+1’32″

29. Thibault Pinot (FDJ)_______+1’41″
30. Domenico Pozzovivo (ALM)__+1’45″
31. Dan Martin (GRM)_________+1’47″

40. David Arroyo (CJR)________+2’52″

41. Sergio Luis Henao (SKY)___+2’59″

45. Samuel Sanchez (EUS)______+3’57″

50. Igor Anton (EUS)__________+5’42″


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