Carapaz takes the Vuelta lead as Roglic slips to fourth

Ecuadorian rider Richard Carapaz claimed the leader’s red jersey after a thrilling summit finish on the notorious Formigal mountain in stage six of the Vuelta a Espana on Sunday as Primoz Roglic slid down from first to fourth overall.

Spaniard Ion Izagirre of Astana won the stage by 25 seconds with a brilliant solo performance, but the real drama took place further back, with Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) finishing strongest of the overall favourites to cross the finish line 55 seconds behind in 12th.

Ecuadorian fans wait for Richard Carapaz outside the Ineos team bus.Credit:AP

Slovenian Roglic (Jumbo–Visma), who suffered a mechanical problem inside the final 30 kilometres as the pouring rain intensified, came in one minute 38 seconds behind in 20th to surrender his lead to 2019 Giro champion Carapaz.

Carapaz holds an 18-second lead over second-placed Briton Hugh John Carthy (EF Pro Cycling), with Irishman Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) 20 seconds down in third.

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