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Martin Kohler earned most aggressive honors for riding in a breakaway for more than 100 kilometers. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)
Martin Kohler earned most aggressive honors for riding in a breakaway for more than 100 kilometers. (©BMC/Tim de Waele.)

Vuelta a España, Stage 6: Kohler Most Aggressive

25. August 2011

Córdoba, Spain

Martin Kohler of the BMC Racing Team earned the Vuelta a España's most aggressive rider honors Thursday while teammate Mathias Frank survived a crash and Johann Tschopp withdrew due to fatigue.

Kohler: 'Won't Be The Last Time'

Kohler was part of a four-man breakaway that gained as much as an eight-minute lead. With the gap to the chasing pack down to a minute and only 31 kilometers left in the 193.4 km race, Kohler ventured off alone. He was caught five kilometers later. "I was trying the whole day to make the breakaway," he said. "Unfortunately, we were only four riders and not the strongest ones from the peloton. But it's a three-week race and there are more days to come. So it won't be the last time I'm in the breakaway." Frank crashed after 70 kilometers when an official motorbike couldn't make a sharp right turn. "I went down on my hip and elbow and it hurt pretty bad at the beginning, but as I kept riding, it got better," Frank said. Peter Sagan led a 1-3-4-5 finish for Liquigas-Cannondale while Sylvain Chavanel (Quickstep) kept the overall lead.