Stage 6 the break away succeeded in todays stage of Volta Catalunya. The attacks started from the very beginning with every rider sensing opportunity. The combination of the climb at the start and a strong crosswind enabled a group of 22 to break clear.
Steven Kruijswijk was the closest on GC at 4 minutes down so the breakaway was given a short leash. Sky did most of the pace making in the peloton and did not allow the gap to be over 2 minutes for most of the day. On the last climb, with 30 kilometers to go, Tom Danielson and Teejay Van Garderen attacked reducing the group to 12. The attacks continued throughout the final but no rider was able to get clear. The race ended with a sprint of the twelve riders and Russian rider Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) came out on top.
Richie Porte maintained the overall race lead with 5 seconds over Pozzovivo (Ag2r) and 7 seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who crashed in a roundabout with 3k to go but did not lose time.
Stage 7 Starting and finishing in Barcelona the riders will tackle a short 126km. They riders will go over the famous Montjuic climb and with an 8 lap 6.4km finishing circuit in the Montjuic park.
I have been looking forward to tomorrow’s stage in Barcelona all week long. So be on the look out for lots of photos and videos. I mean a circuit race around a castle. Not a whole lot better spectating then that. Really hoping it lives up to all the expectations in my head. Do you ever do that? Build something up so big that there’s no possible way it can be as awesome as you imagine. Yeah, me too. But any who, as always, I am open for suggestions. Tell me what YOU want to see.