• Tomasz Marczynski was another breakaway winner at the Vuelta a España. (Getty)Source: Getty
Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) dominated the last survivors of a 37 man breakaway to win Stage 6 of the Vuelta a España as the favourites again battled for position.
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Cycling Central

25 Aug 2017 - 5:57 AM 

Marczynski finished ahead of Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) as Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) was again the big name rider to light things up.

"I came here really wanting to win a stage and to do it so soon is amazing," Marczynski said. "The last ascent, we climbed really fast.

"We got to the final with two and then a few others came into town. Then we were all looking at each other, but I said, 'I'm not going to let any attack go without me. If I don't have enough strength in the final, so be it, but I'm going to give it my all'.

"Since I'd been in the breakaway all day, I had to take advantage of the opportunity. It all worked out in the end."

three-time Vuelta winner Contador attacked on the last climb of the day with overall leader Chris Froome (Sky) matching his pace as the others struggled to keep pace.

The elite did eventually regroup but BMC’s Tejay van Garderen was a casualty of the pressure, suffering two crashes and a puncture.

“It's the perfect situation to isolate the top riders from their teammates,” Contador said.

“I saw there was some headwind and I knew that if someone followed me it would be interesting. I thought there would be more collaboration.

“There were teams that were in a perfect situation and they might regret not enjoying this opportunity later on.

“In a day like this, you can lose more time than up the Angliru. But everyone defends his own interest.

“I’ve had a good day, I'm enjoying myself. I know the area, I've trained here some time. What matters is that we've seen a nice stage and there'll be much more.”

Froome leads Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) by 11 seconds in his bid to become the first rider in 39 years to do a double of the Tour de France and the Vuelta.

Van Garderen was in the same group as Froome and Contador when he crashed with 30km to go in the 204.4km hilly stage from Vila-real to Sagunt in Valencia province.

His day was made worse when he got a punctured tire in the final three kilometres and again fell shortly after. He lost a further 20 seconds on Froome and is down to fourth from second in the general classification, 30 seconds behind, with team-mate Nicolas Roche 17 seconds ahead of him in third.

“It was a bumpy road,” van Garderen said. “I must have just hit something.

“My hand slipped off the handlebar. It all happened kind of fast. I'd have to watch the video to really see how it happened but I don't want to watch the video so it will be kind of mystery.”