Nicolas Roche got into the Vuelta a España on Thursday. The former red jersey was involved in a fall in the sixth stage and could not continue. Rigoberto Urán also had to stop the Tour of Spain.
The huge crash came about halfway the race. Urán, who was in the top 3 of the general classification earlier this week, had to step off just like Hugh Carthy (EF Education First) and Victor de la Parte (CCC Team).
Ten minutes later, Roche followed, who was able to call himself the leader of the general classification for three days this week. The 35-year-old Irishman from Team Sunweb lost his red jersey on Wednesday in the first mountain stage of the Vuelta.
Roche started the sixth stage - a hill stage of 198.9 kilometers - from fifth place in the general classification at 57 seconds from the new leader Miguel Ángel López. Urán was one place lower at 59 seconds from the Colombian leader of Astana.
Roche and Urán are not the first classification riders to stop the Vuelta in the first week. Steven Kruijswijk, the shadow leader of Jumbo-Visma, stepped off Tuesday in the fourth stage due to persistent knee problems after his Saturday crash in the team time trial.