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Miguel Angel Lopez © Gallo Images

Lopez lines up Catalonia win after Matthews claims penultimate stage



Australian Michael Matthews claimed the sixth and penultimate stage of the Tour of Catalonia as Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez retained the overall lead on Saturday.

Sunweb's Matthews, who also won the second day of racing earlier in the week, pipped Phil Bauhaus by a tyre's width following the final sprint after a flat route which ended in the town of Vilaseca.

Lopez, of Astana, holds onto his 14sec advantage over Briton Adam Yates and is 17sec in front of fellow countryman Egal Bernal.

"I definitely didn't expect this coming into Catalonia this year. I was expecting to come here and just train through it basically and now I come out of it with two World Tour stage wins," Matthews said.

The peloton stepped up the pace on the five-man breakaway, which at one stage held a three-minute lead, with 40km of the 174km route remaining.

With 12km left, the sprinters, including Matthews, caught up with the group.

Sunday's final 143km stage starts and ends in Barcelona with the biggest climb an ascent up the 485m Creu d'Ordal as 25-year-old Lopez bids to maintain his leader's jersey to add to his Tour of Colombia title earlier in the year.

STAGE SIX RESULTS

1. Michael Matthews (AUS) Team Sunweb 3:56:36
2. Phil Bauhaus (GER) Bahrain - Merida "
3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton - Scott "
4. Patrick Bevin (NZL) CCC Team "
5. Mikel Aristi (ESP) Euskadi Basque Country - Murias "
6. Hugo Hofstetter (FRA) Cofidis, Solutions Crédits "
7. Ryan Gibbons (RSA) Team Dimension Data "
8. Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana Pro Team "
9. Rafal Majka (POL) BORA - hansgrohe "
10. Enric Mas (ESP) Deceuninck - Quick-Step "
11. Egan Bernal (COL) Team Sky "
12. Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale "
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) Movistar Team "
14. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton - Scott "
15. Mathias De Witte (BEL) Roompot - Charles "
16. Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Team Jumbo - Visma "
17. Esteban Chaves (COL) Mitchelton - Scott "
18. Michael Woods (CAN) EF Education First "
19. Daniel Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates "
20. Fabio Sabatini (ITA) Deceuninck - Quick-Step "

OVERALL LEADERS

1. Miguel Ángel López (COL) Astana Pro Team 25:53:41
2. Adam Yates (GBR) Mitchelton - Scott +14
3. Egan Bernal (COL) Team Sky +17
4. Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team +25
5. Daniel Martin (IRL) UAE Team Emirates +46
6. Steven Kruijswijk (NED) Team Jumbo - Visma +56
7. Michael Woods (CAN) EF Education First +1:42
8. Romain Bardet (FRA) AG2R La Mondiale +1:44
9. Rafal Majka (POL) BORA - hansgrohe +2:27
10. Marc Soler (ESP) Movistar Team +2:36
11. Guillaume Martin (FRA) Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team +2:41
12. Simon Yates (GBR) Mitchelton - Scott +2:45
13. Richard Carapaz (ECU) Movistar Team +2:49
14. Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) Team Katusha - Alpecin +2:55
15. Enric Mas (ESP) Deceuninck - Quick-Step +2:59
16. Alejandro Valverde (ESP) Movistar Team +3:02
17. Thibaut Pinot (FRA) Groupama - FDJ "
18. Maximilian Schachmann (GER) BORA - hansgrohe +3:21
19. Damiano Caruso (ITA) Bahrain - Merida +4:22
20. Merhawi Kudus (ERI) Astana Pro Team +4:31



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