News | Vuelta a Espana • August 24, 2017
Uae Team Emirates push on with strong stage six Performance
UAE Team Emirates produced a good performance during stage six of the Vuelta, with Slovenian Jan Polanc placing fifth and Columbian team-mate Darwin Atapuma winning two of the five categorized climbs (the Alto de Chirivilla and Puerto del Oronet). The duo formed part of the 28-strong breakaway group, Polanc preceding the GC contenders to finish in a very respectable position. UAE Team Emirates’ Rui Costa and Louis Meintjes move up in the General Classification, both now in the top 20.
The sprint finish saw a Poland one-two finish, with Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) crossing the line in first place to take the red jersey, ahead of compatriot Pawel Poljanski (BORA – Hansgrohe).
Commenting on his fifth place finish, UAE Team Emirates’ Jan Polanc said: “I tried to play my cards right in the breakaway, but on the last climb the three riders in front of me were too strong and pulled away. I was part of the chasing group and tried some moves to get a good stage finish and I managed to get it. I’ll try again in the next stage to get a win.”
On Stage seven the peloton will ride from Llíria to a promising finale in Cuenca. The stage promises to be action packed, with steep climbs of up to 7.3% gradients, cobblestones and a finish in the new part of Cuenca
Stage 6 results
1 Tomasz Marczynski (Lotto Soudal) 4h47’02”
2 Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t.
3 Enric Mas (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
5 Jan Polanc (UAE Team Emirates) +8″
General classification after stage 6
1 Chris Froome (Team Sky) 22h54’37”
2 Esteban Chaves (Orica-Scott) +11″
3 Nicolas Roche (BMC) +13″
18 Rui Costa (UAE Team Emirates) +2’52’’
19 Louis Meintjes (UAE Team Emirates) +2’55’’