Morkov Overtakes Martin at Line, Wins Stage 6 of Vuelta
Michael Morkov (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) has won Stage 6 of the Vuelta a Espana. The Danish road champion took a bunch sprint after daylong breakaway Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quick Step) was captured in the last 30 m. Morkov took the rolling, 175-km ride from Guijuelo to Caceres in 3:54:15, with Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) outsprinting Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack-Leopard) for second. Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) remains the red jersey.
relaunch the action and then I started thinking when they couldn’t close the gap that maybe I can do it after all. But, I was tired with five km to go, the parcours was hard in the final and worked against me with some small uphills, and also the peloton was going full gas. I stayed focused on the finish line. It was a strange feeling. I saw the stripe of the finish line and could hear the peloton behind at the same time. But I was really going all out with my legs. I couldn't go any faster than I did in the last 200 meters. Unfortunately, they caught me. As usual when you do something like that it's always bittersweet. From one end you think you could have won with a bit more luck. On the other hand I felt like a winner. Everybody wanted to talk with me after the finish. I had the feeling I did something great and difficult. I also went to the podium for the combativity award. It was really special to be there in front of the public. If I want to think positively it was also great training for the World Championships. The line between doing something super and losing is really thin in this sport, but you have to try. I think it was the first time I did a breakaway like this, especially for so long. Even if I didn't win I will have it in my memories for a long time."
In the overall, Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) leads Chris Horner (RadioShack-Leopard) by 0:03 and Nicolas Roche (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff) by 0:08. Stage 7, a rolling, 205.9-km ride from Almendralejo to Mirena de Aljarefe, will be another stage that the sprinters will decide. Who will win? Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp)? Recheze? Meersman? Check in at www.roadcycling.com and find out!