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AFP / Yuzuru Sunada
Dutch rider Stef Clement claimed victory in the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya on Saturday as Joaquim Rodriguez maintained his overall lead. Belkin’s Clement broke for home a kilometer from the end of the 172km ride from El Vendrell to Vilanova to hold off France’s Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in second and third respectively.
There was no change in the general classification as all the main contenders finished along with the peloton 54 seconds behind. Spaniard Rodriguez will take a four second lead over compatriot Alberto Contador into the seventh and final stage on Sunday, a 120.7km ride around Barcelona, with American Tejay Van Garderen three seconds further back in third.
Sky’s Chris Froome remains 17 seconds off the lead back in sixth overall.
Volta a Catalunya Stage 6
1. Stef Clement (NED/BEL) 3:54:44
2. Rudy Molard (FRA/COF) @ :03
3. Pieter Serry (BEL/OPQ) s.t.
4. Jens Voigt (GER/TFR)
5. Marek Rutkiewicz (POL/CCC)
6. Antonio Piedra (ESP/CJR)
7. Pierre Rolland (FRA/EUC)
8. Damien Howson (AUS/OGE)
9. Nico Sijmens (BEL/WGG) @ :05
10. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/LTB) @ :55
General Classification After Stage 5
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 26:59:13
2. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) @ :04
3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) @ :07
4. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) @ :10
5. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) @ s.t.
6. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) @ :17
7. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) @ :18
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) @ :26
9. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) @ :42
10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) @ :48