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Jesús Herrada wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España as Dylan Teuns takes over the red jersey, Nicolas Roche and Rigoberto Urán abandon the race after a big crash, Alan Hatherly and Nathalie Schneitter win eMTB world titles. Those stories and more in today’s Daily News Digest.
Story of the Day: Herrada wins stage 6 as Teuns takes red
Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) nabbed stage 6 of the Vuelta a España after a long day in the breakaway. The 29-year-old Spaniard took his first Grand Tour stage win ahead of fellow escapee Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida), with Dorian Godon (Ag2r La Mondiale) finishing third.
Teuns’s second place was not without a consolation prize. With the peloton nearly six minutes back on the winning move, Teuns surged to the top of the overall standings and now wears the race leader’s red jersey. David de la Cruz (Ineos), also in the day’s breakaway, now sits second overall, with overnight leader Miguel Ángel López down to third on the general classification.
It took some time for the decisive break to form on the 198.9-kilometer stage from Mora de Rubielos to Ares del Maestrat, with Herrada, Teuns, and Godon among the 11 riders ultimately getting clear around an hour into the day. Other notables in the move were Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First) and Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma).
The peloton was content to let the break build a healthy advantage and contest the stage win out front, although the day was not without incident for several riders back in the pack, with a big crash forcing several abandons not long after the midway point of the stage.
Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott) made things interesting for the escapees with a solo move some 30 kilometers from the finish. As he built a small gap on the rest of the escapees going over the day’s penultimate climb, van Garderen hit the deck and dropped out of the break.
Nelson Oliveira (Movistar) bridged up to Grmay to make it a pair of leaders going into the final climb, and they worked together to maintain a decent gap as the chasers attacked each other behind. With a little over three kilometers to go, however, Teuns and Herrada pushed clear of the chasing group and quickly closed in on Grmay and Oliveira.
The former was dropped immediately as the catch was made, while the latter held on for at least a few moments before Teuns and Herrada left him behind as well. From there, it was a two-rider battle for the victory, until Herrada pulled away inside the final few hundred meters to take his first career Grand Tour stage victory.
Teuns settled for second on the day, but now wears the leader’s jersey.
Stage 6 results
1 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis Solutions Credits 4:43:55
2 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:07
3 Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:21
4 Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
5 Bruno Armirail (Fra) Groupama-FDJ 0:00:37
6 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:39
7 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar 0:00:45
8 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:00:47
9 David de la Cruz (Spa) Ineos 0:00:50
10 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:35
1 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 23:44:00
2 David de la Cruz (Spa) Ineos 0:00:38
3 Miguel Angel Lopez (Col) Astana 0:01:00
4 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:14
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar 0:01:23
6 Robert Gesink (Ned) Jumbo-Visma
7 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:28
8 Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-Scott 0:02:17
9 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:18
10 Tadej Pogacar (Slo) UAE Team Emirates 0:02:47
That’s one fast bike change for Ag2r La Mondiale’s Quentin Jaurégui …
Roche, Urán abandon the Vuelta after crash
A massive crash on stage 6 of the Vuelta a España saw some notable names abandon the race.
Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), who wore the red jersey for three days, and Rigoberto Urán (EF Education First) were among the riders who unfortunately hit the deck with around 85 kilometers to go in the stage, and both have pulled out of the Vuelta due to injuries sustained in the fall. Urán is suspected to have broken his collarbone.
Uran’s teammate Hugh Carthy also abandoned after the crash, as did CCC’s Victor de la Parte.
Ackermann wins Deutschland Tour opener
Pascal Ackermann (Bora-Hansgrohe) delivered a win for the home crowd at the Deutschland Tour, sprinting to victory on the opening stage.
Ackermann topped UAE teammates Alexander Kristoff and Simone Consonni at the end of a 167-kilometer stage 1 from Hannover to Halberstadt.
Ackermann’s victory is his ninth so far in what has been a big 2019 season. The 25-year-old is quickly emerging as one of the world’s most successful sprinters, which is good news for German fans looking for new stars to cheer on – Ackermann’s compatriot Marcel Kittel recently announced his retirement, having “lost all motivation to keep torturing myself on a bike.”
The Deutschland Tour continues Friday with a 202-kilometer stage from Marburg to Göttingen.
Hatherly and Schneitter win e-MTB world titles
Alan Hatherly of South Africa and Nathalie Schneitter of Switzerland are the new – and the first – world champions of e-mountain bike racing.
The eMTB events were held on Wednesday at mountain bike worlds in Monte-Saint-Anne, Quebec with some big names of off-road racing in attendance.
Hatherly topped Frenchmen Jerome Gilloux and Julien Absalon to win the men’s title. Schneitter took a close win over Canada’s Maghalie Rochette in the women’s race, with Dutchwoman Anneke Beerten rounding out the podium in third.
Coming up at the Vuelta
Stage 7 at the Vuelta a España runs 183.2 kilometers from Onda to Mas de la Costa.
The second half of the stage features multiple climbs, culminating in a tough, first-category finale. With a 12.3-percent gradient, the Alto Mas de la Costa is sure to see some fireworks.
Cane Creek moves to lifetime guarantee on 110 bearings
Want your headset bearings to outlast you? Cane Creek’s 110 headsets already had a 110-year warranty against defects, but now the American company is stating it will replace bearings if ever required during your lifetime. Now that’s a policy we’d like to see more of.
CyclingTips’ graphic designer collabs with Rapha in a tribute to Melbourne
Our talented graphic designer, Gregory Thorne, is soon to make the trek overseas to begin a gig with a leading bike company, and as a fitting sign-off he’s collaborated with Rapha on a line of custom clothing that’s inspired by the bluestone pavements of Melbourne. Available at Rapha’s Melbourne Club House, Thorne’s custom design is part of a series Rapha is running with artists local to their clubhouses.
“The main texture and pattern of the kit is inspired by Volcanic basalt (more commonly know as Bluestone) which is the bedrock used to build foundations, pavements, and the cobbled laneways throughout the City of Melbourne. I noticed that when cut and polished (pavements) bluestone has an intricate tapestry of bubbles and rivers throughout it, a beautiful element that may go unnoticed by the average city commuter. I set out to showcase the beauty of Melbourne by creating a visual narrative and connection between rider and the surfaces they interact with,” explained Thorne of his design.
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Feature Image: Jesús Herrada wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a España. Photo: Dario Beligheri/RB/Cor Vos © 2019