Izagirre Wins 6th Vuelta Stage; Carapaz Takes Overall Lead

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SALLENT DE GLLEGO, Spain: Ion Izagirre won the sixth stage of the Spanish Vuelta on Sunday, with Richard Carapaz taking over the overall lead from defending champion Primoz Roglic.

Izagirre dominated on the final climb of the 146-kilometer (90-mile) stage that was originally planned to cross into France but had to be altered to stay in Spanish territory because of tightened coronavirus restrictions. The Spanish team Astana rider finished 25 seconds ahead of Michael Woods and Rui Costa.

Roglic crossed the line in 20th place, nearly two minutes after Izagirre, dropping to fourth place in the overall standings. The Jumbo-Visma rider was 30 seconds behind Carapaz. Hugh Carthy of team EF Pro moved to second place, 18 seconds off the lead, with Dan Martin of team Israel Start-Up Nation close behind in third place.

Roglic, a contender in the Tour de France until the final competitive stage, had been wearing the leaders jersey since winning the first Vuelta stage.

Monday will be the races first rest day. On Tuesday, riders will face a hilly 159-kilometer (98-mile) stage from Vitoria-Gasteiz to Valdegova.

The Vuelta is taking place amid tight health restrictions after Spain recently endured a surge in coronavirus cases. The race was postponed from earlier in the year because of the pandemic.


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