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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the penultimate stage of the 2021 Volta a Catalunya.

Today's stage heads into the hills once again, though the profile looks good for the few sprinters at the race, while a break could also take the win. It's a 194km day out heading north from Tarragona to Mataró.

A scene from the start today, courtesy of Deceuninck-QuickStep.

Bora-Hansgrohe rider Lennard Kämna took victory on yesterday's stage 5 from the break, while Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) retains the overall lead.

194km to go

A GC update ahead of today's action...

Here's what Kämna had to say ahead of today's stage...

Meanwhile, riders are trying to attack straight from the gun today in order to make the breakaway.

186km to go

183km to go

Harold Tejada (Astana), Dmitrii Strakhov (Gazprom-RusVelo), Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious), Mattias Skjelmose (Trek-Segafredo), Antoine Duchesne (Groupama-FDJ) are all out front now.

Rally's Gavin Mannion was on the move and is joined by Michael Valgren (EF-Nippo) in the chase.

178km to go

Meanwhile, Mannion and Valgren are giving up the ghost and sitting up, waiting for the peloton.

A five-man breakaway today, then. Will Tejada, Strakhov, Mohoric, Skjelmose and Duchesne make it to the finish in around 175 kilometres?

Bora-Hansgrohe and Team DSM are doing the work at the front of the peloton at the moment. Between them they have Jordi Meeus, Peter Sagan and Max Kanter as possibilities to contend at the finish.

168km to go

Harold Tejada is the best-placed rider on GC in the break. He's 2:58 down, so not quite in the virtual lead yet.

153km to go

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The break has passed the first intermediate sprint of the day at Sany Jaume del Domenys. Strakhov led the way ahead of Tejada and Skjelmose.

UAE Team Emirates are also present at the front of the peloton along with Bora and DSM.

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135km to go

A look at the break of the day, with Tejada and Jensen at the front.

The riders are just taking on rolling roads at the moment. No notable features on route until the special 'Edicio 100' sprint, at 100km to go, so another 25km until they reach that.

A 45.8kph average speed so far today.

It's fairly quiet at the moment as the riders roll along towards that intermediate sprint.

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105km to go

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100km to go

Strakhov led Skjelmose and Tejada across the sprint three minutes up on the peloton.

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85km to go

UAE Team Emirates, Euskaltel-Euskadi, Bora-Hansgrohe and Team DSM are all leading the way in the peloton at the moment.

Unconfirmed at the moment but it sounds like Trek-Segafredo's Giulio Ciccone has abandoned the race. The Italian was lying 16th overall.

AG2R Citroën are also going to work at the front of the peloton. A real mix of teams up there now.

65km to go

The lead five are all still together, of course. No attacks or drops just yet...

The gap is gradually coming down as Bora-Hansgrohe lead the peloton. 2:45 now.

49km to go

Given the success of Danish riders so far this season, the result of the final stage of the Settimana Coppi e Bartali came as no surprise.

We can add another two wins to this list from yesterday...

As for the Danes in Catalunya, we have Skjelmose in the break, while stage 1 winner Andreas Kron (Trek-Segafredo), his teammate Alexander Kamp, Jonas Gregaard (Astana), and Michael Valgren (EF-Nippo) are in the peloton.

40km to go

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A look at the break at the intermediate sprint on the circuit. Duchesne led the way.

33km to go

UAE, Bora, ISN, Euskaltel, DSM and AG2R all present at the head of the peloton.

30km to go

Just 30 seconds now. Who will be the last man standing from the break with a hopeless attack?

25km to go

Some attacks from the peloton but they're not getting anywhere.

23km to go

The peloton brings back the other four breakaway riders. Just Strakhov left now.

20km to go

The riders will hit that final climb (2.9km at 3 per cent) very soon.

Ineos and Jumbo have also moved up. The British team are 1-2-3 in the GC with Yates, Porte and Thomas.

Strakhov is brought back by Movistar and the peloton hits the hill.

The Spanish team are pushing the pace up the ascent, but it's not enough to prevent James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep) from having a go.

Knox keeps on going and draws a few more riders out.

15km to go

Others keep on pushing on at the front, determined to ruin the sprinters' day.

Elie Gesbert (Arkéa-Samsic) attacks over the top. UAE chase.

The Frenchman isn't far ahead though and will be caught on the way down. Still, a couple of mountain points for him.

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep) flies past on the descent. The Belgian team doesn't have a major sprinter here, which explains all the attacks.

10km to go

Bora-Hansgrohe are back on front working for their sprinter/s.

8km to go

But he doesn't last long off the front before Bora-Hangrohe bring him back.

6km to go

5km to go

It's just a question of keeping the pace high and avoiding any accidents ahead of the finale now.

3km to go

At the rear of the peloton its all strung out under the high pace being put on up front.

Ineos continue to lead as the peloton heads up a small rise at 2km to go.

1km to go

It's quite a mess at the front. No clear lead-out trains here...

QuickStep, Euskaltel attacks off the front.

Cerny is caught 200 metres out.

DSM, Qhubeka, Bora, ISN all have their men up front.

Bora's man is Peter Sagan, who bursts out from behind Max Kanter and powers to the line!

A victory for Sagan in Mataró!

That was a chaotic sprint finish. Here's a look at the dash for the line.

Sagan beat ISN's Daryl Impey and UAE's Sebastian Molano to the line. Kanter finished in seventh.

Two Danes in the top 10, if you're wondering, as Kamp takes fifth and Valgren ninth.

Meanwhile, it's unchanged at the top of the GC standings. Ineos retain their 1-2-3 with Yates in the race lead ahead of tomorrow's final stage in Barcelona.

Here's what Sagan had to say after his win today...

A shot of Sagan sprinting to victory today.

We'll have more news and reaction as well as the full stage 6 report coming up later on, so stay tuned for that.

That's all from us today. Be sure to check back for more news, and join me again tomorrow for live coverage of the final stage of the race in Barcelona!

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