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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Stage 6. Astana keeps Lopez out of troubles, he finishes 8th in sprint

A perfect team’s work was a key moment during the sixth stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya (Valls – Vila-Seca, 174.1 km): all Astana Pro Team did its best to keep Miguel Angel Lopez out of troubles and to help him to hold the leading jersey for another day. 

After the team did a good job during the stage, Miguel Angel Lopez tried himself in a late attack, following the Italian rider Davide Formolo. Once, they were caught back, a massive sprint decided the stage: Michael Matthews won the sprint ahead of Phil Bauhaus and Daryl Impey. Miguel Angel Lopez was able to stay in front and finished 8th, thus, keeping the GC lead.

- Another very fast day, but my team was very strong today. The guys did a great job for me, I was always in front, especially in the tricky final, when the pace increased so much and the peloton split in parts. Indeed, the last kilometers were so dangerous, so when I saw Formolo attacking, I thought it could be a good move and just followed him. In this dangerous final it was better to be I front than behind. Yeah, in general everything was good today and now we are looking forward to the tomorrow stage in Barcelona. I know, that it will be a big fight for the general classification, so let’s see, - said Miguel Angel Lopez.

With only one stage remained in the 99th edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, Miguel Angel Lopez leads the general classification of the race having 14 seconds on Adam Yates and 17 seconds on Egan Bernal.

The final stage 7 will be held tomorrow in Barcelona: it will be a very hard stage of 143.1 km with 8-time-passed the famous climb Montjuic.

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