Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) charged up the final few hundred meters of the closing climb of the Vuelta a Espana's sixth stage, to claim the win in Jaca, after 175.4 km. He easily passed and beat Chris Froome (Sky), who had opened the closing sprint, maintaining the Red Jersey in the general classification. Alejandro Valverde of Movistar was third, with Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank-Tinkoff Bank) fourth, 18 seconds down, as the four top riders clung together until the end. Rodriguez easily defended his overall lead, taking the winner's bonus seconds as well as taking time on all three of this rivals. Very good Joaquim!