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
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report.