Rui Costa arrives on the podium in the sixth stage of the Tour of Spain – Observer


From Italy to Spain, from Milan to Aramón Formigal, from Portugal to the World. The fourth place in the general classification of the Giro de João Almeida after reaching 11th top 10 in 21 stages and the winning of the blue jersey by Rúben Guerreiro already made this Sunday a historic day for national cycling but there was yet another chapter that was being written in another great Tour: Rui Costa finished in third place The sixth stage gives Vuelta.

The three historic weeks of the Giro in which the Portuguese left the shadow: João Almeida in fourth, Rúben Guerreiro with the blue one

The stage that reached the top of a first category mountain had Ion Izagirre, from Astana, as winner, followed by Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling) and Rui Costa (UAE Emirates), 25 seconds away. Rob Power (Team Sunweb) and Michael Valgren (NTT Pro Cycling) closed the top 5 of the stage to 27 seconds of the first place. The Portuguese, who was crowned world champion in 2013, was always on the trail of more than 20 runners, who stood out with more than three minutes ahead of the peloton on a day marked by rain and cold, being beaten by sprint by the Canadian already after the successful escape from the Basque corridor that ended even with victory.

There were also changes in the general classification, with Richard Carapaz, from Ineos, jumping from third place to the lead, ahead of Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling, 18 seconds) and Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation, 20 seconds). Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma), who was ahead in the first five stages, fell to fourth position in 40 seconds. Enric Mas (Movistar) is in fifth place at 1.07 of the red jersey.

Rui Costa won six places with the result, occupying the 36th position of the individual general at 24.27 of the new leader, the Ecuadorian who won the Giro last year. Spaniard David de la Cruz is best placed in the Portuguese team, taking ninth place at 2.46 minutes. In relation to the other Portuguese in the Vuelta, Nélson Oliveira, Movistar’s time trial specialist, dropped one position to 61st; Ricardo Vilela, from Burgos, dropped three places to 111th; and brothers Ivo and Rui Oliveira, from UAE Emirates, are in 138th and 153rd, respectively.


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