Colombia's Esteban Chaves soloed clear on the final climb of stage six to secure his second win on the Vuelta a España and move back into the race lead at the expense of Dutchman Tom Dumoulin, writes Felix Lowe.
Just as he had done on Sunday's second stage to Caminito del Rey, Orica-GreenEdge climber Chaves danced clear on the deciding third-category climb of the 200km stage in Andalusia to take his second - and his team's third - victory in the opening week of the Vuelta.
Having left Britain’s Steven Cummings of MTN-Qhubeka – the last survivor of a group of six escapees – for dead on the steepest ramp of the final climb, Chaves crossed the line five seconds ahead of chasing duo Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Dumoulin, the overnight race leader of the Giant-Alpecin team.
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A second victory for Chaves saw the 25-year-old swap his white jersey for red just one day after dropping behind Dumoulin in the overall standings. Chaves now leads his Dutch rival by 10 seconds on GC, with Martin moving above fellow Irishman Nicolas Roche (Team Sky) into third place at 33 seconds.
Roche finished in a group alongside Sky team-mate Chris Froome and the other race favourites 11 seconds down on Chaves after yet another sweltering day in southern Spain.
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