Rain jacket mistake ends Roglic's lead in Vuelta a España

SALLENT DE GLLEGO SPAIN OCTOBER 25 Arrival Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Team Jumbo Visma Red Leader Jersey Disappointment during the 75th Tour of Spain 2020 Stage 6 a 1464km stage from Biescas to Sallent de Gllego Aramn Formigal 1790m lavuelta LaVuelta20 La Vuelta on October 25 2020 in Sallent de Gllego Spain Photo by Justin SetterfieldGetty Images
Primoz Roglic of Jumbo-Visma disappointed to lose red leader's jersey on stage 6 of Vuelta (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Primož Roglič’s (Jumbo-Visma) lead in the Vuelta a España was overturned on another dramatic day on stage 6 after the Slovenian and his team made a "collective mistake" on the penultimate climb of the Alto de Cotefablo.

With driving rain and the prospect of a cold, wet descent before the final climb to Formigal, the race leader eased up on the category 2 Cotefablo after having problems putting on his rain jacket. At the front of the peloton his rivals took advantage and accelerated, and although Roglič was paced back to the peloton at the foot of the climb, the effort decimated the Jumbo-Visma team. When new race leader Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers), Marc Soler (Movistar) and Hugh Carthy (EF Pro Cycling) attacked with just a few kilometres to go Roglič was forced on the defensive. 

The Tour de France runner-up, who came into the stage with a five-second lead over Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) would eventually fall to fourth overall after conceding 43 seconds to Carapaz. The Ineos leader wasn’t the only rider to benefit from Roglič’s ride with Dan Martin and Carthy, both putting time into the Jumbo-Visma rider and leapfrogging him in the overall standings.

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