The peloton dashes the breakaway's hopes inside the final kilometer of the Volta a Catalunya's sixth stage

Davide Cimolai (Lampre – Merida) won the sixth stage of the Volta a Catalunya Saturday after the peloton caught the last remnants of the morning breakaway less than 300 meters from the line.

The 26-year-old Italian triumphed in a sprint ahead of Nikias Arndt (Giant – Alpecin) and Tosh van der Sande (Lotto – Soudal) in Vilanova i la Geltru at the end of the 200km stage.

Top 10, stage 6

 

Top 10 overall

 
11 riders broke clear of the peloton some 65 kilometers after the riders set out from the start in Sant Joan Despi, with Esteban Chaves (Orica – GreenEdge), Ryder Hesjedal (Trek – Segafredo), and Cameron Meyer (Dimension Data) among those up the road.

The breakaway’s advantaged topped out at just over five minutes around halfway through the stage. With the sprinters’ teams tempted by a mostly flat parcours, the peloton began to reel the move back in.

The long day off the front wore away at several of the escapees, gradually whittling the group down. Attacks from Meyer further ate away at the breakaway as the peloton closed in, with Lampre – Merida working hard at the front.

A lead group of six riders came into the final 10km with around 40 seconds over the bunch. That group had dwindled to the quartet of Meyer, Rudy Molard (Cofidis), Petr Vakoc (Etixx – Quick-Step), and Bert-Jan Lindeman (LottoNL– Jumbo) by the time it rolled into the last 4km, but the peloton still trailed just a few seconds behind.

Meyer tried one last attack as the breakaway hit the final kilometer, and managed to hold out around the final corner, but the pack swept him up with the finish line in sight.

The catch made, Cimolai powered to the sprint victory convincingly, with time to celebrate a few meters before crossing the line. His win marks Lampre’s first on the 2016 season.

Movistar’s Nairo Quintana finished safely in the bunch to retain his overall race lead.

“The pace was pretty high yet again, but the team functioned extremely well during the stage. We were never in difficulty and we go into the final day full of desire and ambition,” said the GC leader.

The Volta a Catalunya concludes Sunday in Barcelona with a 136km stage 7 that will test the peloton with eight climbs of the Alt de Montjüic.

“Attacks by my rivals will certainly come, and they will be of concern, but I also think that the stage could end in a sprint so there will be teams wanting to chase in order to give their fast men a chance of victory,” Quintana said.

Stage 6 results

 

General classification

 

Mountains classification

 

Sprints classification

 

Youth classification

 

Teams classification