Volta A Catalunya Stage 6

Valverde retains Catalonia lead with one stage left

Germany’s Maximilian Schachmann won as now-shortened stage six at the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday after completing a long-range breakaway as Spain’s Alejandro Valverde maintained the overall
lead ahead of the final day.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2018 – 98th Edition – 6th stage Pobla de Segur – Torrefarrera 117 km. Maximilian Schachmann (GER – QuickStep – Floors) – Diego Rubio (ESP – Burgos – BH) – photo Luis Angel Gomez/BettiniPhoto©2018

Schachmann of Quick-Step Floors outsprinted his breakaway partner Spain’s
Diego Rubio, to finish first in 2 hours, 34 minutes and 25 seconds after the stage had earlier been cut from 194 to 117 kilometers due to heavy snow in the Pyrenees.

Ireland’s Sam Bennett led the peloton home 18 seconds behind Schachmann to claim third while Movistar’s Valverde retains the top spot overall, leading by 16 seconds heading into the seventh and final stage.
Valverde is trailed by Team Sky’s Egan Bernal and Movistar team-mate Nairo Quintana, both of Colombia, with Quintana 26 seconds back.

“Let’s see, it is clear that 16 seconds is a lot or it can be very little,” Valverde said.

“Egan is very strong, I can feel him very close but my feelings are good and the team is very confident.”

Sunday’s final stage offers ample opportunity for several types of escape and culminates in seven climbs of Barcelona’s Montjuic, where the final top ten overall standings could take a considerable shakeup.

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