Impey denies Valverde hat-trick in Catalunya as Froome fades

Daryl Impey

Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott) won the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya as Chris Froome fell out of contention after being trapped on the wrong side of a peloton split.

Alessandro De Marchi (BMC) and Dario Cataldo (Astana) looked set to contest a two-man sprint after jumping away from the leading group 15km from the end but they were reined in within 50 meters of the line as Orica Scott’s Impey surged ahead.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) took second place ahead of French champion Arthur Vichot (FDJ) to extend his overall lead while Froome, who started the day in second place, lost more than 20 minutes.

The Tour de France champion was far back in the pack with all his team mates when it split in a descent and the whole Team Sky lost contact with the leading group. They gradually lost ground, then hope, as the gap increased rapidly.

Valverde now leads Alberto Contador (Trek Segafredo) by 53 seconds and his Movistar team mate Marc Soler by one minute six seconds.

Sunday’s seventh and final stage will take the peloton over 138.7km around Barcelona.

Volta a Catalunya 2017 – stage 6 results (Tortosa – Reus):

1Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott)


2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


3Arthur Vichot (FDJ)


4Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors)


5Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)


6Nick van der Lijke (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij)


7Dario Cataldo (Astana)


8Lennard Kämna (Team Sunweb)


9Cyril Gautier (AG2R)


10Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


General classification after stage 6:

1Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


2Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)


3Marc Soler (Movistar)


4Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)


5Tejay van Garderen (BMC)


6Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)


7Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)


8Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott)


9George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)


10Romain Bardet (AG2R)



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