Kleber Da Silva wins stage 6 at Tour de San Luis; Dani Diaz holds lead

Kleber Da Silva wins the queen stage of the Tour de San Luis as teammate Daniel Díaz tightens his grip on the race lead with one stage remaining

Kleber Da Silva (Funvic Brasilinvest) won stage 6 of the Tour de San Luis on Saturday.

Da Silva took the 117.5km queen stage from Achiras to Sierras Comechingones by just two seconds from Rodolfo Torres (Team Colombia) with race leader Dani Díaz (Funvic) rounding out the podium at six seconds.

The break of the day included Juan Esteban Arango (Colombia), Mattia Cattaneo (Lampre-Farnese Vini), Antoine Duchesne (Europcar), Tom Danielson (Cannondale-Garmin), Pavel Kochetkov (Katusha) and Marco Canola (UnitedHealthcare).

The escapees took nearly five minutes on the peloton at one point. However, with 38km remaining their advantage had been slashed to less than two minutes. As the catch finally came, the last man standing was Canola, but he too was swept up and a new group of leaders went clear.

Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Díaz, Da Silva, Torres and Leandro Messineo (San Luis Somos Todos) were among them, and the finale saw Díaz and Torres battling for the stage win, with the Funvic rider getting the edge in the end while his teammate and race leader finished third.

Díaz now leads Torres on the overall by 1:05 with Quintana third at 1:34.

Sunday’s seventh and final stage is a 122.4km race around San Luis.