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.
— Movistar Team (@Movistar_Team) 25 martie 2017
Volta a Catalunya 2017 – stage 6 results (Tortosa – Reus):
|1||Daryl Impey (Orica-Scott)|
|2||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)|
|3||Arthur Vichot (FDJ)|
|4||Petr Vakoc (Quick-Step Floors)|
|5||Alessandro De Marchi (BMC)|
|6||Nick van der Lijke (Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij)|
|7||Dario Cataldo (Astana)|
|8||Lennard Kämna (Team Sunweb)|
|9||Cyril Gautier (AG2R)|
|10||Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)|
General classification after stage 6:
|1||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)|
|2||Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo)|
|3||Marc Soler (Movistar)|
|4||Adam Yates (Orica-Scott)|
|5||Tejay van Garderen (BMC)|
|6||Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors)|
|7||Steven Kruijswijk (LottoNl-Jumbo)|
|8||Carlos Verona (Orica-Scott)|
|9||George Bennett (LottoNl-Jumbo)|
|10||Romain Bardet (AG2R)|