In the rain, Jay Vine resisted the return of Remco Evenepoel in the last kilometers. Rudy Molard lost the red jersey and defending champion Primoz Roglic stalled on the final ascent.
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It stung. At the end of the 181.2 km of the 6th stage of the Tour of Spain 2022, the Australian Jay Vine (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won ahead of the Belgian Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team) and the Spaniard Enric Mas (Movistar), Thursday August 25. Discovered by the professional peloton thanks to the Zwift home-trainer application, Vine has made his express transition to the road since 2021 a reality, by winning his first professional victory.
For the first mountain stage, between Bilbao and the summit of Pico Jano in San Miguel de Aguayo, the rain considerably complicated the task of the teams. A first breakaway of ten riders held up to the Collada de Brenes pass. Then Ukrainian Marc Padun took the lead, before being caught by Jay Vine on the final climb. The latter did not crack before the return of Remco Evenepoel to afford the stage and the finish at the top. The Belgian grabs the leader’s red jersey for 21 seconds, which Frenchman Rudy Molard has been wearing since Wednesday.
The Belgian from Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl first wore out the peloton, before leaving the defending champion behind Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) and Frenchman Pavel Sivakov (Ineos-Grenadiers) in the final ascent of Pico Jano. Richard Carapaz (Ineos-Grenadiers), who conceded three minutes to Evenepoel, is the big loser of the day.