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"A big achievement"

Polish survivor Tomasz Marczyński takes 6th stage at Vuelta
This afternoon Lotto Soudal rider Tomasz Marcyński sprinted to victory at the 6th stage of La Vuelta. He showed his fast legs by beating Paweł Poljański and Enric Mas, two other survivors of the early breakaway. “A stage win in a grand tour is a big achievement”, said the Polish winner.

Lotto Soudal went to this Vuelta without a specific race leader. Although Sander Armée may have received number 141, it was rather an indication of the alphabetical order. In sprinting stages Jens Debusschere received coverage, but in stages like today everybody was assigned to take their chance. The happy few today were named Tomasz Marczyński and Maxime Monfort, accompanied by 35 other attack-minded riders. This breakaway group contained a lot of names who already showed big skills earlier this year: Bennett, Caruso, Jungels, Polanc, Soler en KOM-jersey Villella. After the first climb Jungels tried to escape together with Monfort, but in the end no one of those names were strong enough to make the gap. Some of them probably received team orders, others were suffering because of a long season.

At the final climb Enric Mas seemed to possess the best climbing legs. Paweł Poljański en Tomasz Marcyński were able to hang on. In the back Contador, who already lost minutes earlier this Vuelta, put the race on fire. The 34 year old Spaniard accelerated at the Puerto del Garbi and managed to push the others heavily. Froome took his wheel, but in the descent van Garderen, 2nd in GC, literally fell away. Back in the front Pedrero and Luis León Sánchez had closed the gap and with 15 km to go the group Froome almost did the same. They were closing in until 50m but Marczyńsi, Mas en Poljański again took more distance from then on and recreated a gap of more than 30 seconds. So the three riders in the front were sprinting for victory. Marczyński started from second position and went over Mas. Poljański died in his wheel. The 33 year old Polish took his first victory of the season.

In Poland most of the flowers go to the duo Kwiatkowski-Majka, but today Marczyński and Poljański flaunted on place one and two. The first was walking with his head in the clouds. “I’m very happy with this win. In the past I have won several national titles, but a stage win in a grand tour is a big achievement. By the way, I already live in Spain for several years now, what makes this win extra special. This Vuelta I have also tipped the stage to Sierra Nevada, which is near to my home. Hopefully more beautiful days are coming for Lotto Soudal”, said Marczyński.