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  1. It was a day of firsts at the Vuelta a España, Jesús Herrada (Cofidis) taking his debut success in a Grand Tour when he jumped clear of fellow breakaway Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) inside the final kilometre of the stage six finale on the Ares del Maestrat climb. Teuns, though, also pulled off a huge coup, moving into the red jersey thanks to Astana’s decision not to defend Miguel Ángel López’s lead and, just as significantly, to the Belgian’s power on the final ascent, which saw off his main rival for red, Ineos’s David De La Cruz.

    The stage was, unfortunately, also notable for a number of high-profile abandons as the result of a mid-stage crash. EF Education First were the team most affected. Their leader Rigoberto Urán and climber Hugh Carthy were forced out of the race, the Colombian suffering a broken collar-bone. The incident also resulted in the abandon of Nicolas Roche (Sunweb), the Vuelta leader for three days, and CCC’s Victor De La Parte.

    Following the crash, which involved a significant number of riders in the peloton, Astana eased off with their pace-setting, which allowed the advantage of the 11-man breakaway to grow. In addition to Herrada, Teuns and De La Cruz, this group also contained David de la Cruz, Gianluca Brambilla (Trek-Segafredo), Pawel Poljanski (Bora-Hansgrohe), Dorian Godon (AG2R La Mondiale), Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First), Bruno Armirail (Groupama-FDJ), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Tsgabu Grmay (Mitchelton-Scott) and Robert Gesink (Jumbo-Visma).

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    Astana held the group’s leading to around four minutes until the penultimate climb, the third-category Puerto de Culla, then let it steadily drift out, clearly under orders to allow one of the breakaways to have an unexpected prize.

    Up ahead, Grmay hit out on his own on the Culla, crossing it with a lead of 20 seconds. On the descent, misfortune struck EF Education First again, as van Garderen went down heavily on a sweeping right-hand bend. The American lay under a bush near the roadside for some time, but did manage to remount and finish the stage after receiving treatment.

    Nelson Oliveira bridged across to Grmay with 20km remaining, the pair maintaining a lead of 30 seconds as they started up the final third-category ascent to the finish. The nine riders behind them held fire until four kilometres from home, when Frenchman Armirail launched an attack that was countered by Teuns, with Herrada quick to jump onto the Belgian’s wheel. More significantly, De La Cruz, 11 seconds ahead of Teuns on GC, didn’t make any move to respond.

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  2. Angel Madrazo (Burgos-BH) claimed a dramatic victory on stage 5 of the Vuelta a España when he forged clear of breakaway companions Jetse Bol (Burgos-BH) and José Herrada (Cofidis) in the final kilometre of the Alto de Javalambre.

    A little further down the road, the first summit finish of the Vuelta saw Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) move back into the overall lead thanks to his forceful attack with 3km remaining. The Colombian ripped clear of a fragmenting group of favourites to place 4th on the stage, 47 seconds behind Madrazo, to divest Nicolas Roche of the maillot rojo.

    World champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) delivered solid displays on the 11km ascent and limited their losses on Lopez to 12 seconds, but it was a more trying afternoon for Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Esteban Chaves (Mitchelton-Scott), who each conceded more than 50 seconds to their compatriot on the upper reaches of the climb.

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    “The beginning of the climb was a bit fast but I always felt good,” Lopez said. “I waited to attack when the leaders were on their own. I went when it was only Roglic and Valverde, to see how they would react and because I like to put on a show when I have the legs to make people enjoy. When I saw I was going solo, I just went all in.”

    With seven more summit finishes to come before the finish in Madrid, the plot of this Vuelta remains resolutely unwritten, and there have already been twists aplenty in the opening phase of the race.

    Madrazo’s remarkable victory here was a case in point, as his challenge looked on the brink of unravelling for much of the final hour. The Spaniard was almost being knocked off by his own team car with 24km remaining, and he then betrayed immediate signs of suffering once the three escapees hit the base of the final climb with almost 8 minutes in hand on the red jersey group.

    How it unfolded

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  3. Fabio Jakobsen ( Deceuninck-QuickStep) won stage 4 of the Vuelta a España, triumphing in the second bunch sprint of the race in El Puig. The Dutch champion edged out stage 2 winner Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) by millimetres on the line. Max Walscheid (Team Sunweb) was third across the line, but was later relegated to the back of the peloton after the race jury reviewed the sprint. Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) was awarded third place, though his teammate Juan Sebastian Molano was relegated from 10th place.

    In the end, the difference was made on one of the roundabouts on the run-in to El Puig, with Bennett taking the long way around one just over a kilometre from the finish.

    While he fought his way back to the front, Jakobsen enjoyed an armchair ride from the Deceuninck-QuickStep train, who had a comparatively easy run-in as teammate Rémi Cavagna went on the attack in the final 10km.

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    Lead-out man extraordinaire Max Richeze dropped Jakobsen off with 150 metres to go, with the Dutchman starting out comfortably ahead of his rivals. Further back, Bennett switched from Luka Mezgec's (Mitchelton-Scott) wheel in order to chase down Jakobsen.

    In the end, Bennett ran out of road, with the 22-year-old Jakobsen hanging on to take his first Grand Tour stage victory by the narrowest of margins. A couple of bike lengths back, Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates) was back in the mix, taking fourth place.

    "I knew [I had won] when I saw guys from the team cheering," said Jakobsen after the stage. "I threw the bike for the line and couldn't see because I closed my eyes and Sam was close to me. I'm so happy to take the win.

    How it unfolded

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  4. Sam Bennett (Bora-Hansgrohe) claimed victory on stage 3 of the Vuelta a Espana, beating Edward Theuns (Trek-Segafredo) and Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott) in a bunch sprint in Alicante.

    The Irish champion, who won three stages of the recent BinckBank Tour, collected his 12th win of the season with a convincing sprint in his first Grand Tour of 2019, after missing out on selection for the Giro d'Italia.
    He latched onto Theuns' wheel as Trek took over from Sunweb in the home straight, and put clear daylight in between as he sprinted clear in the final 200 metres.

    Mezgec made a late charge to overhaul Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural) and Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida), while Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) settled for seventh behind his lead-out man Max Richeze.

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    Jakobsen's legs were, perhaps, dulled by the category-3 climb that topped out just under 40km from the line and where he was dropped. The Dutchman made it back into the peloton for the finale, but that wasn't the case for Fernando Gaviria (UAE Team Emirates), who'd crashed on the opening day and called off his chase just over 10km from home.

    Nicolas Roche (Team Sunweb), another Irishman, finished safely in the peloton to retain the overall lead of the race.

    "I can't tell you how relieved I am with that. I felt so bad yesterday – I can't tell you how bad my legs were," Bennett said.

    How it unfolded

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