Following the intense and suspenseful sprint finish in stage 5 on Wednesday, the Vuelta a España shifts its focus back to the mountainous terrain in stage 6. This stage will culminate in a challenging summit finish atop the Pico del Buitre, classified as a category 1 ascent, nestled within the picturesque Sierra de Javalambre.
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VUELTA A ESPAÑA 2023 STAGE 6
Start location: La Vall d’Uixó
Finish location: Observatorio Astrofísico de Javalambre
Start time: 12:30 CEST
Finish time: 17:30 CEST
Following two relatively less demanding stages for the climbers, today’s stage reintroduces the mountains. The upcoming stage is poised to provide a captivating arena for the specialized climbers, a category well represented in this year’s Vuelta lineup. The summit finish adds a compelling dimension, offering a glimpse into the contenders poised to vie for the coveted red jersey as the remainder of the race unfolds.
Stage 6 Contenders
Remco Evenepoel’s (Soudal Quick Step) remarkable show of strength during stage three effectively silenced any skeptics who questioned his capacity to defend his Vuelta title. His impressive performance firmly establishes him as a key figure to watch in this stage.
In this stage, Jonas Vingegaard and Primož Roglič will be closely shadowing their Belgian competitor, with the aim of stopping any extension of the time gap between themselves and the current leader.
Vingegaard, a two-time Tour de France victor and recognized among the elite climbers globally, possesses the potential to execute a stage-winning move on the decisive final segments of the climb. His team mate, Roglič, boasts familiarity with this ascent and possesses the skills necessary to win the stage.
The dynamic of the race will ultimately determine whether a Jumbo Visma cyclist, and specifically which of the two, will emerge as a contender for both the stage triumph and potentially the overall lead. The ever-changing road conditions and race circumstances will play a pivotal role in shaping the outcome.
Another contender in the General Classification, Juan Ayuso from UAE Team Emirates, showed impressive form during stage three. His performance left no doubt that he holds the mantle of the team’s leader for the overall classification. UAE Team Emirates is evidently committed to providing Ayuso with unwavering support, aiming to ensure his triumphant arrival at the finish line.
What happened in stage 5?
Kaden Groves won for the second consecutive day at the Vuelta a España. The Australian sprinter showed his dominance as he outperformed his competitors in the climax of the 186.5km fifth stage, which stretched from Morella to Burriana.
Benefiting from the strategic positioning set by his Alpecin Deceuninck team mates, Groves magnificently sealed his fourth Grand Tour triumph on Wednesday. His performance included an impressive ‘bike throw’ at the finish line, allowing him to fend off the rapid charge of the Italian cyclist Filippo Ganna.
Hailing from Queensland and aged 24, Groves’ latest victory follows his conquest in Tuesday’s fourth stage from Andorra la Vella to Tarragona. These achievements solidify his status as an emerging contender.
Meanwhile, Belgium’s Remco Evenepoel managed to retain the coveted red jersey of the overall leader, securing his position by safely finishing within the main pack. Evenepoel’s adept navigation through the race earned him valuable time bonuses during the last intermediate sprint, positioned just ahead of Groves. Consequently, Groves has surged further ahead in the race for the points jersey.
🗣️ 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘢𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘤 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨. 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘨𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘝𝘶𝘦𝘭𝘵𝘢 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘸𝘰 𝘪𝘯 𝘢 𝘳𝘰𝘸. 𝘐𝘵’𝘴 𝘢 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵 𝘧𝘦𝘦𝘭𝘪𝘯𝘨, 𝘦𝘴𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘰 𝘥𝘰 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘳𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘫𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘦𝘺. 🇦🇺 @kaden_groves
— La Vuelta (@lavuelta) August 30, 2023
Stage 6 Prediction
Jonas Vingegaard is poised to secure the stage victory in stage 6 of La Vuelta, propelling him higher in the GC rankings.