Isagiri, the 2015 Bologna Grand Prix winner, defeated Canadian Michael Woods and Portugal’s Roy Costa at the finish line by 25 seconds.

Carabaz finished 12th, with a difference of 55 seconds. The current leader, Primuz Roglik, was only 20th, losing 1.38. The Slovenian fell in the general ranking to fourth place.

The Sunday stage, which took place in rain and fog, was due to end at the famous Tourmalite Pass, but due to new sanitary restrictions in France, the end was moved to the Spanish side of the Pyrenees. Changing the road to an easier one may have saved Roglic from more trouble, because last year’s Vuelta race winner faced a crisis in his recent ascent, which was neither long nor steep (14.5 km; average slope 4.6%). The Slovenian had to be helped by New Zealander George Bennett.

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At the end, Karabaz commented: “We wanted to cancel the general rating. We knew we had to try, especially in such weather conditions.” The Ecuadorian scored 43 seconds on Roglitz.

Cyclists who took the long break fought for the victory. The 31-year-old Izagirre achieved his first stage victory in Vuelta a Espana, where he completed a hat-trick, having already won one of these successes in the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia.

Polish cyclists have taken over again. In the overall ranking, Karabaz teammate Mishai Gocha from the British team ranked 92nd, but was already an hour behind.

Monday will be the race break day. Vuelta a Espana ends the cycling season.

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Wyniki 6. etapu, Biescas - Aramon Formigal (146,4 km):

  1. Jon Izagirre (Hiszpania/Astana)                - 3:41.00
  2. Michael Woods (Kanada/EF Pro Cycling)                 25 s
  3. Rui Costa (Portugalia/UAE Team Emirates)       ten sam czas
  4. Robert Power (Australia/Sunweb)                       27
  5. Michael Valgren (Dania/NTT Pro Cycling)
  6. Guillaume Martin (Francja/Cofidis)             ten sam czas
  7. Mattia Cattaneo (Włochy/Deceuninck-Quick-Step)        38
  8. Hugh Carthy (Wielka Brytania/EF Pro Cycling)          48
  9. Gorka Izagirre (Hiszpania/Astana)                     53
 10. Sergio Henao (Kolumbia/UAE Team Emirates)             55
...
 76. Michał Gołaś (Polska/Ineos Grenadiers)             10.54              
114. Łukasz Wiśniowski (Polska/CCC)                     17.11              
118. Tomasz Marczyński (Polska/Lotto Soudal)                           
131. Michał Paluta (Polska/CCC)                     ten sam czas          

Klasyfikacja generalna:

  1. Richard Carapaz (Ekwador/Ineos Grenadiers)    - 24:34.39
  2. Hugh Carthy (Wielka Brytania/EF Pro Cycling)          18 s
  3. Dan Martin (Irlandia/Israel Start-Up Nation)          20
  4. Primoz Roglic (Słowenia/Jumbo-Visma)                  30
  5. Enric Mas (Hiszpania/Movistar)                      1.07
  6. Felix Grossschartner (Austria/Bora-Hansgrohe)       1.30
  7. Marc Soler (Hiszpania/Movistar)                     1.42
  8. Esteban Chaves (Kolumbia/Mitchelton-Scott)          2.02
  9. David De la Cruz (Hiszpania/UAE Team Emirates)      2.46
 10. Alejandro Valverde (Hiszpania/Movistar)             3.00
...
 92. Michał Gołaś (Polska/Ineos Grenadiers)           1:01.10
101. Michał Paluta (Polska/CCC)                       1:05.24      
124. Tomasz Marczyński (Polska/Lotto Soudal)          1:09.55     
130. Łukasz Wiśniowski (Polska/CCC)                   1:12.00. 

RM, PAP