Briton Simon Yates powered away to a solo victory in stage six of the Tour of Spain on Thursday, a 163.2km ride from Monforte de Lemos to Luintra. With 3.6km remaining, the Orika-BikeExchange rider went clear and rode to the finish 20 seconds ahead of Spaniard Luis-Leon Sanchez of Astana. Italian Fabio Felline was third, 22 seconds adrift of the winner.
Four-time Olympic champion Laura Trott has expressed annoyance over the questions posed by rivals about British cyclists' extraordinary performances at the Rio Games. Trott won two gold medals and her fiance Jason Kenny claimed three golds as Team GB stormed to the top of the cycling medals table with six goals and 12 in total. Britain won nine medals at this year's World Championships in London, having won only three silver medals at last year's event in Paris, prompting rival cyclists to question their improvement.
Belgium's Gianni Meersman won the fifth stage of the Tour of Spain on Wednesday, a 171.3 kilometre-ride from Viveiro and Lugo, with Colombian Darwin Atapuma retaining the leader's red jersey. Australian Simon Clarke and Philippe Gilbert of Belgium attacked with 2km remaining but were caught in the final stretch. Etixx-Quick Step team rider Meersman held off the challenge of Italy's Fabio Felline and Kevin Reza of France, who came in third, in a sprint finish.