50th Vuelta a Colombia - 2.5

Colombia, June 11 - 26, 2000

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Stage 6 - June 16: Yarumal-Medellín, 136 km

Live report

Yarumal (8:45 a.m. Colombia time). Mountain lions. No sooner does the peloton leave Yarumal than a breakaway of four attacks. Among them is Palacio's team mate Daniel Rincon who hopes to control the breakaway. Palacio waits in the group for further developments. Looks rested after yesterday's effort and victory in the first mountain stage. After some unknown explanation by Selle team director Savio, race directors allow Nauduzs to start in today's stage. A general feeling among the riders that the four stage winner deserves the chance

. Alto de Promoventas (9:05 a.m. Colombia time). Ismael Sarmientos (Loteria de Boyaca), one of the early "escapees" takes the first mountain prime at km. 18, 35 min. into the stage. Daniel Rincon and Libardo Niño (Aguardiente Nectar) follow in quick succession. Raul Montaña (Niño's team mate) fell back in the sprint but is working his way back to the leaders. Palacios is with the peloton, 32 sec. behind. Nauduzs is 2'30" behind leader Sarmientos, some 2 min. back of the peloton.

Santa Rosa de Osos, km. 50 (10:05 a.m. Colombia time). Sarmientos pulls away by himself to garner the next mountain prime at Llanos de Cuiva. Gustavo Guzman (Ron Boyaca) broke away from the peloton, caught the leaders, and then caught Sarmiento at the Santa Rosa de Osos mountain prime. The two lead the peloton by 35 sec. Nauduzs is now 6'50" behind.

10:30 a.m. Alto de Matasano, km. 79. Montana powers up to Sarmiento, speeds past his wheel and takes the mountain prime. The peloton is just 39 sec. behind. The climbing is over though, and the descent to Medellin, along the valley of Aburra begins.

10:45 Colombia time. At Parque de las Aguas, at the third sprint prime, Sarmiento pulls past Montana. Great effort by these two who look like they just started. The peloton somehow is still fresh, perhaps motivated by the descent ahead. Urbelino Mesa spills on a turn, but is ok, and catches the peloton. It looks like a mass sprint into Medellin.

11:45 a.m. Colombia time. Montana brings the mountain to Medellin. Montana is first into Medellin, ahead of the local favorites by 1'36". He was superior on the mountain and in the flats of the valley took an even bigger lead. Palacios retains the tri-colored jersey.

Reports courtesy of Haroldo Camacho


1. Raul Montaña (Col) Aguardiente Nectar     3.08.47
2. Giovanni Torres (Col) Mixto Tolima		1.36
3. Jhon Freddy Garcia (Col) Aguardiente Cristal 1.38
4. Marlon Perez (Col) Aguardiente Antioqueño
5. Cesar Goyenecho (Col) Aguardiente Nectar
6. Rubert Albeiro Marin (Col) Aguardiente Nectar

General classification after stage 6:

1. Hector Ivan Palacio (Col) 05-Orbitel     21.17.54
2. Uberlino Mesa (Col) Loteria de Boyaca	0.04
3. Alexis Rojas (Col) Aguardiente Cristal	0.11 
4. Helder Herrera (Col) 05 Orbitel		1.45
5. Duvan Ramirez (Col) 05 Orbitel		2.21
6. Julio Rangel (Col) Aguardiente Cristal	2.58
7. Hector Manuel Castaño (Col) 05 Orbitel 
8. Julio Cesar Aguirre (Col) 05 Orbitel		3.21
9. Javier Zapata (Col) 05 Orbitel		 
10. Miguel Sanabria (Col) 05 Orbitel