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Vuelta a Espana 'Intuition' inspires Esteban Chaves' stage win at the Vuelta a Espana

Vuelta a Espana leader Esteban Chaves revealed the pain on the face of one of Alejandro Valverde's domestiques inspired him to go for the red jersey.

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Vuelta a Espana leader Esteban Chaves revealed the pain on the face of one of Alejandro Valverde's domestiques inspired him to go for the red jersey.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Chaves launched an attack with 2.3 kilometres remaining in Thursday's sixth stage from Cordoba to Sierra de Cazorla, and the Colombian held off a late rally from former leader Tom Dumoulin (Giant-Alpecin) to regain the maillot rojo.

As the peloton moved onto the final climb in Sierra de Cazorla, Chaves looked across at Movistar's Andrey Amador, which inspired the 25-year-old to go.

"It was a long, hot and hard stage today. Midway I spoke to [team-mate] Matt Hayman and he told me, 'If you have good legs you have to race because you never know what will happen tomorrow'.

"Daryl [Impey] put me in a really good position and I started the climb in first. I saw Amador suffering as he pushed the pace and when I saw that he wasn't comfortable I tried and went for it."

Orica-GreenEDGE sport director Neil Stephens confirmed Chaves followed team instructions to capitalise on any opportunity.

"I always say to the boys that they should always trust in their own intuition," he said.

"They are in the bunch, they see the faces of the other riders and they feel the suffering of the other riders.

"They discussed it amongst the boys and decided if they felt good in the finish they were going to go for it.

"It was the right decision, they did the job well to put Esteban in a good position and he went for it."

Chaves will wear the general classification leader's red jersey on Friday, as Orica-GreenEDGE's impressive Vuelta continues.

The Colombian has two stage wins to his name, while team-mate Caleb Ewan won stage five.

"I'm really happy," Chaves said.

"I want to thank all the team and staff again, they're all amazing.

"Caleb Ewan won yesterday but today he went for bottles. This team is like a family."

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