ARES DEL MAESTRAT, Spain – Former race leader Nicolas Roche and overall contender Rigoberto Uran were amongst four withdrawals from the Vuelta a Espana during Thursday’s stage six.
Riders from Lotto Soudal, Deceuninck-Quick Step, Jumbo-Visma and EF Education First all went down as there was a mass crash in the peloton with just over half of the course’s 199km covered.
Columbia’s Uran, who was sixth in the overall standings, Hugh Carthy (both EF Education First) and Victor de la Parte (CCC) all withdrew immediately after the crash.
“Rigoberto Uran and Hugh Carthy have abandoned the La Vuelta due to a large crash on stage 6.
“They are currently on their way to the hospital where they will receive further medical evaluation. Further updates announced in due course,” EF said in a statement on Twitter.