Sanchez sneaks away to stage 6 win

Spaniard moves up on GC

Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez took a canny victory in the Volta a Catalunya, timing his last kilometer attack perfectly to foil the efforts of the sprinters and gain two seconds on the overall classification as a result.

The Euskaltel-Euskadi rider is now second overall behind Michael Albasini (GreenEdge). Thanks to his advantage on the line, he moved ahead of Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Lotto Belisol), pushing Garmin-Barracuda's Dan Martin out of a podium position.

It looked as if the bunch sprint would be the order of the day, but the run-in to the finish in Badalona had just enough of an incline to provide a launchpad for Sanchez to make his move, and then enough of a decline toward the finish to give him the speed to hold off the lead-out trains.

"I won perhaps the most difficult day, because it was presumed it would be a sprint finish, but we were surprised by that hill with two kilometers to go," Sanchez said, adding that he was going so fast on the descent that he nearly crashed, but in the end he "put together one exciting victory".

Allan Davis (GreenEdge) won the bunch sprint from behind over stage 5 winner Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun).

It was an important victory for the Euskaltel-Euskadi team, which narrowly made the WorldTour selections this season, and which may be seeking new sponsorship for the next years.

"If we finish this way it is a double mission accomplished, winning a stage and getting onto the podium, which for us is a more than positive," he said.

"The UCI World Tour calendar is very crowded and the points are commodity as precious as gold," he stated.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi4:04:50 
2Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:00:02 
3Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
4Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank  
5Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
6Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana  
7Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
8Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda  
9Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling  
10Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team  
11Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
12Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
13Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
14Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
15Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
16Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team  
17Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
18Jordi Simon (Spa) Andalucia  
19Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
20Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
21Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
22Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
23Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
24Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
25Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
26Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
27Christian Meier (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
28Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia  
29Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Project 1t4i  
30Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Project 1t4i  
31Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia  
32Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
33Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
34Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
35Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural  
36Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
37Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
38Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
39Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team  
40Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
41Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
42Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  
43Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
44Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
45Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
46Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
47Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Pro Team Astana  
48Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team  
49Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan  
50Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
51Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
52Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale  
53Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
54David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team  
55Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
56Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
57Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
58Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team  
59Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team0:00:16 
60Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
61Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
62Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Thierry Hupond (Fra) Project 1t4i  
64André Fernando Santos Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural  
65Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
66Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling  
67Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank  
68Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Project 1t4i  
69Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank  
70Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan  
71Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
72Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
73Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
74Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team  
75Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team  
76Egor Silin (Rus) Pro Team Astana  
77Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
78Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team  
79Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
80David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:23 
81Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD  
82Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:26 
83Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat  
84Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
85Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
86Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:00:31 
87Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
88Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:00:38 
89Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:08 
90Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:01:15 
91Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:01:23 
92Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:01:30 
93Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia  
94Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:01:35 
95Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
96Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
97David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
98Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:37 
99Denis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:02:42 
100Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
101Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:04:06 
102Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Andalucia0:04:58 
103José Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia  
104Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia  
105Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
106Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
107Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
108Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan  
109Brett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
110Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
111David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural  
112Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo Bank  
113Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda  
114Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural  
115Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural  
116Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
117Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:06:30 
118Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
119Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:07:26 
120Yann Huguet (Fra) Project 1t4i  
121Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
122Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
123Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
124Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural  
Mountain 1 - Les Viladeras (Cat. 3), km. 28.0
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank6 pts
2Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep4 
3Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale2 
4Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team1 
Mountain 2 - Sant Feliu Saserras (Cat. 3), km. 57.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale6 pts
2Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat4 
3David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
4Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank1 
Mountain 3 - La Conreria (Cat. 2), km. 147.1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team10 pts
2Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda7 
3Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5 
4Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team3 
5Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD2 
6Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana1 
Sprint 1 - Santa Eulalia De Ronçana, km 115,20
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat3 pts
2David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne2 
3Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale1 
Sprint 2 - Mollet Del Valles, km 137,30
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne3 pts
2Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat2 
3Yann Huguet (Fra) Project 1t4i1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1GreenEdge Cycling Team12:14:36 
2Saur - Sojasun  
3Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
4Pro Team Astana  
8BMC Racing Team  
9Movistar Team  
10Katusha Team  
11Rabobank Cycling Team  
12Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
14Team Saxo Bank0:00:14 
15Sky Procycling  
16Project 1t4i  
18Lampre - ISD0:00:21 
19Caja Rural0:00:35 
20FDJ-Big Mat0:01:02 
21AG2R La Mondiale0:01:47 
22Lotto Belisol Team0:03:16 
23Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:09:52 
General classification after stage 6
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team21:28:43 
2Samuel Sanchez Gonzalez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:30 
3Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:01:32 
4Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda  
5Rigoberto Uran Uran (Col) Sky Procycling  
6Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre - ISD  
7Sergio Pardilla Belllón (Spa) Movistar Team  
8Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Pro Team Astana  
9Dario Cataldo (Ita) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
10Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team  
11Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
12Denis Menchov (Rus) Katusha Team  
13Sylvester Szmyd (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale  
14Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team  
15Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin-Barracuda  
16Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:01:56 
17Robert Gesink (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:02:16 
18Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  
19Adrián Palomares Villaplana (Spa) Andalucia0:02:23 
20Brice Feillu (Fra) Saur - Sojasun  
21Yuriy Trofimov (Rus) Katusha Team0:03:07 
22Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank0:03:21 
23Mathias Frank (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:03:41 
24Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:25 
25Fabrice Jeandesboz (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:04:29 
26Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:05:32 
27Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:05:33 
28Rémy Di Gregorio (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:07:15 
29Steve Morabito (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:07:37 
30Miguel Minguez Ayala (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:08:06 
31Luis Leon Sanchez Gil (Spa) Rabobank Cycling Team  
32Julien Simon (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:08:23 
33David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Movistar Team0:08:40 
34Bruno Pires (Por) Team Saxo Bank0:08:41 
35Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
36Daryl Impey (RSA) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:09:18 
37Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan0:09:32 
38Petr Ignatenko (Rus) Katusha Team  
39Oliver Zaugg (Swi) RadioShack-Nissan0:10:16 
40Christian Meier (Can) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:10:36 
41Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep  
42Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
43Jose Vicente Toribio (Spa) Andalucia  
44Yukihiro Doi (Jpn) Project 1t4i  
45Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:10:51 
46David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural0:10:57 
47Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Pro Team Astana0:12:47 
48Iván Velasco Murillo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:13:01 
49Francis De Greef (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:13:29 
50Stefan Denifl (Aut) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:14:14 
51Maxime Mederel (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:14:30 
52Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Project 1t4i0:15:18 
53Matthew Busche (USA) RadioShack-Nissan  
54Xabier Zandio Echaide (Spa) Sky Procycling0:15:29 
55Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:16:14 
56Mauro Santambrogio (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:16:48 
57Marco Marzano (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:16:49 
58Ivan Santaromita (Ita) BMC Racing Team0:17:05 
59Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne  
60Egor Silin (Rus) Pro Team Astana0:17:29 
61Maciej Paterski (Pol) Liquigas-Cannondale0:18:03 
62Johann Tschopp (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:18:32 
63Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:18:38 
64Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale0:19:01 
65Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin-Barracuda0:19:58 
66Branislau Samoilau (Blr) Movistar Team0:20:15 
67Sandy Casar (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:20:21 
68Gatis Smukulis (Lat) Katusha Team0:20:40 
69Vladimir Karpets (Rus) Movistar Team0:21:39 
70Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:21:43 
71Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat0:22:08 
72David Moncoutie (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:22:42 
73Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:23:05 
74Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:24:59 
75Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha Team0:25:15 
76André Fernando Santos Martins Cardoso (Por) Caja Rural0:26:35 
77Kevin De Weert (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:27:44 
78Jorge Azanza Soto (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:27:58 
79David De La Fuente Rasilla (Spa) Caja Rural  
80Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural0:28:01 
81Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:29:48 
82Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:30:01 
83Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:30:22 
84Francesco Gavazzi (Ita) Pro Team Astana0:31:41 
85Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team0:32:16 
86Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:32:39 
87Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Saur - Sojasun0:32:43 
88Fabio Sabatini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:32:59 
89Alex Howes (USA) Garmin-Barracuda0:33:13 
90Matthieu Sprick (Fra) Project 1t4i  
91Jordi Simon (Spa) Andalucia0:33:20 
92Davide Appollonio (Ita) Sky Procycling0:33:23 
93Thierry Hupond (Fra) Project 1t4i0:33:37 
94Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:34:16 
95Denys Kostyuk (Ukr) Lampre - ISD0:34:37 
96Marzio Bruseghin (Ita) Movistar Team0:34:39 
97Laurent Didier (Lux) RadioShack-Nissan0:34:46 
98Martijn Keizer (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:34:54 
99Denis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol Team0:35:39 
100Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:36:25 
101Benjamin Noval Gonzalez (Spa) Team Saxo Bank0:37:55 
102Francis Mourey (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat0:38:05 
103Victor Cabedo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:38:39 
104Matteo Bono (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:38:54 
105Morris Possoni (Ita) Lampre - ISD0:40:23 
106Yann Huguet (Fra) Project 1t4i  
107Allan Davis (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:41:17 
108Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Saxo Bank  
109Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) GreenEdge Cycling Team  
110Javier Ramirez (Spa) Andalucia0:42:37 
111Sergey Renev (Kaz) Pro Team Astana  
112Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia0:42:38 
113Juan José Haedo (Arg) Team Saxo Bank0:45:26 
114Brett Lancaster (Aus) GreenEdge Cycling Team0:47:00 
115Sergio Carrasco (Spa) Andalucia0:47:27 
116Kenny Robert Van Hummel (Ned) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:47:30 
117Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:48:41 
118Alessandro Vanotti (Ita) Liquigas-Cannondale0:50:50 
119José Luis Cano (Spa) Andalucia0:50:55 
120Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Andalucia  
121Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz) Pro Team Astana0:51:01 
122Marco Bandiera (Ita) Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:51:26 
123Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural0:53:58 
124Aitor Galdos (Spa) Caja Rural0:57:16 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank67 pts
2Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team25 
3Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank Cycling Team21 
4Nicolas Edet (Fra) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne20 
5Michal Golas (Pol) Omega Pharma - QuickStep20 
6Levi Leipheimer (USA) Omega Pharma - QuickStep19 
7Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale19 
8Thomas Rohregger (Aut) RadioShack-Nissan18 
9Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Barracuda18 
10Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia17 
11Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Barracuda16 
Sprint classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team8 pts
2Julian Sanchez Pimienta (Spa) Caja Rural6 
3Romain Zingle (Bel) Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne4 
4Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural4 
5Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ-Big Mat3 
6Jesus Rosendo Prado (Spa) Andalucia3 
7Christian Vande Velde (USA) Garmin-Barracuda3 
8Michael Albasini (Swi) GreenEdge Cycling Team3 
9Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Team Saxo Bank3 
10Jordi Simon (Spa) Andalucia3 
11Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ-Big Mat2 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Katusha Team  
2David De La Cruz Melgarejo (Spa) Caja Rural  
3Jordi Simon (Spa) Andalucia  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Katusha Team0:02:19 
3Saur - Sojasun0:03:55 
4Omega Pharma - QuickStep0:05:41 
5Rabobank Cycling Team0:06:27 
6Movistar Team0:09:17 
7BMC Racing Team0:12:38 
8GreenEdge Cycling Team0:15:18 
9Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne0:15:20 
11Pro Team Astana0:18:10 
13Caja Rural0:29:03 
14Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team0:30:03 
16FDJ-Big Mat0:33:53 
17AG2R La Mondiale0:35:36 
18Sky Procycling0:36:48 
19Team Saxo Bank0:38:53 
20Lampre - ISD0:39:47 
21Project 1t4i0:45:31 
23Lotto Belisol Team0:46:04 


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