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Esteban Chaves tops Vuelta a Espana general classification after stage six win

Colombia's Esteban Chaves secured another stage victory at the Vuelta a Espana on Thursday to return to the top of the general classification ahead of Dutch rival Tom Dumoulin.

Following up his second-stage triumph on Sunday, Chaves (Orica GreenEDGE) won the 200.3-kilometre sixth stage from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla with an attack just over two kilometres from the end.

Having passed Great Britain's Steve Cummings (MTN-Qhubeka) at the front, Chaves then held off the challenge of Irishman Dan Martin (Cannondale-Garmin) and Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin), who both crossed the line five seconds later than him.

Back in the red jersey, Chaves now leads second-placed Dumoulin by 10 seconds in the overall standings, while Martin has moved above compatriot Nicolas Roche into third place at 33 secs behind Chaves.

Both Roche - 36s back overall - and his Team Sky colleague, Britain's 2015 Tour de France winner Chris Froome, finished Thursday's stage in a group that were 11 seconds behind Chaves, along with the likes of Alejandro Valverde and Nairo Quintana.

Froome is seventh in the general classification at 55s, with Spaniards Daniel Moreno (Katusha) and Valverde (Movistar) sixth at 51 and fifth at 49 respectively. Colombia's Quintana is ninth at 57s.

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