Matthews wins Volta a Catalunya stage 6 by width of tyre

Michael Matthews wins stage 6 Volta a Catalunya 2019

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) claimed the sixth and penultimate stage of the Volta a Catalunya as Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) continued in the overall lead on Saturday.

Matthews, who also won the second day of racing earlier in the week, pipped Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida) by a tyre’s width following the final sprint after a flat route which ended in the town of Vilaseca.

Lopez retains his 14sec advantage over Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) and is 17sec in front of fellow countryman Egal Bernal (Team Sky).

The peloton stepped up the pace on the five-man breakaway with 40km of the 174km route which at one stage held a three-minute lead and with 12km left the sprinters, including Matthews, caught up with the group.

Sunday’s final 143km stage starts and ends in Barcelona with the biggest climb an ascent up the 485m Creu d’Ordal as 25-year-old Lopez should maintain his leaders’ jersey to add to his Tour of Colombia title earlier in the year.

Volta a Catalunya 2019 – stage 6 results (Puigcerdà – Sant Cugat del Vallès):

1Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)


2Phil Bauhaus (Bahrain-Merida)


3Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)


4Patrick Bevin (CCC)


5Mikel Aristi Gardoki (Euskadi Basque Country-Murias)


6Hugo Hofstetter (Cofidis)


7Ryan Gibbons (Dimension Data)


8Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


9Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)



Volta a Catalunya 2019 – general classification after stage 6:

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Egan Bernal (Team Sky)


4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


5Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)


6Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


7Michael Woods (EF Education First)


8Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale)


9Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


10Marc Soler (Movistar)



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