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Cimolai Captures Close Finish

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Mar 26, 2016 – Italy’s Davide Cimolai sprinted to victory on the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Nairo Quintana stayed in the leader’s jersey after the 197km route from Sant Joan Despi.

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Lampre-Merida rider Cimolai claimed the sprint after Cameron Meyer was caught and passed with the finish line in sight after the peloton led a frenetic chase to reel in the day’s standout breakaway. Colombian Quintana finished in the pack to remain seven seconds clear of Alberto Contador with defending champion Richie Porte in third at 17sec.

“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 Quintana.

“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.”

The race concludes on Sunday with a hilly 136km circuit around Barcelona’s Montjuic area, the site of the 1992 Olympic Games. Contador refused to give up on the chance of victory but regardless of the outcome, he insisted that his preparations for the Tour de France were still on course. “It’s a demanding circuit and anything can happen on Sunday.

We will try our best but I think I won’t be the only one. There are other riders that sit within a few seconds,” said the Spaniard.

“I’m very happy with my condition and regardless of whether we win here or not, the preparation toward the Tour de France is moving ahead perfectly. I’m optimistic and very motivated about the Tour.”

Final kilometers of Stage 6

Results Stage 6:
1. Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre – Merida 4:35:13
2. Nikias Arndt (Ger) Team Giant-Alpecin
3. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4. Simon Gerrans (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
5. Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
6. Petr Vakoc (Cze) Etixx – Quick-Step
7. Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
8. Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
9. Bertjan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10. Lorenzo Manzin (Fra) FDJ

General Classification:
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 23:07:41
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:07
3. Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:17
4. Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx – Quick-Step 0:00:18
5. Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:27
6. Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:31
7. Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:42
8. Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:46
9. Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:01:01
10. Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:01:16

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