Spain's Freire wins 6th stage, Efimkin stays on top at Tour of Spain

Updated: September 6, 2007, 2:05 PM ET news services

LOGRONO, Spain -- Spanish rider Oscar Freire won the sixth stage of the Vuelta on Thursday in a sprint finish, and Vladimir Efimkin retained the overall lead.

Freire finished the flat 114.5-mile leg from Reinosa to Logrono in northern Spain in 4 hours, 24 minutes and 10 seconds.

"Everybody was fresher at the finish [than yesterday] because the course was much easier today," Freire told reporters. "I had to pull out all the stops to finish first."

The Rabobank rider edged Spain's Koldo Fernandez of the Euskaltel team and Italy's Angelo Furlan of Credit Agricole, both clocked with the same time.

"I've always said my big objective of the year was the world championships [in Stuttgart later this month]," Freire said. "That hasn't changed just because I'm doing so well here."

The seventh stage Friday covers 110.2 miles from Calahorra to Zaragoza.

The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.