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

Riders are currently signing on and performing media duties at the start in Barcelona.

The peloton will be rolling out for the neutralised start in around five minutes' time.

Today's stage is the usual race closer, with a long loop west of Barcelona to start before the riders head to Montjuïc Park for six laps of the hilly the finishing circuit.

Here's a look at the GC heading into the stage. It'll be very hard for anyone to overhaul Adam Yates' lead today, though podium spots could be up for grabs while the rest of the top 10 is separated by less than 30 seconds.

The peloton have now rolled out for the neutralised start.

Today's big news comes from Gent-Wevelgem, where both Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo have been unable to start after positive COVID-19 cases among the squads.

Back in Catalunya and Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) and the Lotto Soudal duo of Sylvain Moniquet and Steff Cras are out of the race this morning. 139 men take the start today.

The riders have officially started racing now, though the real start was held up after a Gazprom-RusVelo rider suffered a mechanical problem in the neutralised zone.

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124km to go

Poels is one of the early attackers today as riders attempt to break away.

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David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Remy Rochas (Cofidis), Fausto Masnada and Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) are also trying to get away.

113km to go

The riders are now making their way up the day's first classified climb, the third-cat Coll de la Creu d'Ordal. It's 5.7km long at an average of 4.4 per cent.

It's the only climb of the day aside from the Montjuïc, which they'll climb six times.

105km to go

It might take a while to identify all the riders out front if that ends up being our break of the day...

Ineos Grenadiers lead the peloton, while that attack group now has 35 seconds.

Groupama-FDJ's Attila Valter lead the way over that third-cat climb, by the way. Now to get to work on the riders in the break...

Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in the move and is just 1:03 down on GC in 14th place.

95km to go

And now another very large group has made a move...

32 men out front...

84km to go

Ineos, Gazprom-RusVelo, Rally and Kern Pharma are the only teams not represented in that breakaway.

Two riders out front for Astana, Wanty, FDJ, Arkéa, BikeExchange, QuickStep, Bahrain, Cofidis, AG2R. Three for Movistar while the other teams have one each.

Nickolas Zukowsky (Rally) and Jeremy Bellicaud (Wanty) have both abandoned in recent kilometres.

80km to go

Here's a look at the breakaway.

The break are almost at the next intermediate sprint at Castelldefels.

65km to go

Dion Smith led Cataldo and Taaramäe across the intermediate sprint.

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Not too long now until the riders hit the finishing circuit.

Ineos continue to lead the peloton, meanwhile.

50km to go

Four minutes for the break.

De Gendt and Mohorič lead over the top of the first ascent of Montjuïc. Pernsteiner attacks after the summit to chase them.

38km to go

More riders try and get away from thte break.

Ineos continue to lead the peloton, 4:45 down.

The main break has split up as they chase the attackers.

López leads the chase behind the attackers. There's about 10 riders there.

De Gendt and Mohorič pass the summit once again.

30km to go

Edet and Gesbert are the Cofidis and Arkéa men in the chase.

Sánchez struggles in the chase. Meanwhile, Movistar are pushing on back in the peloton.

23km to go

And now Movistar are back on the front.

EF are also present towards the front of the peloton.

It's not going to happen for the chasers here. They're only losing time to De Gendt and Mohorič.

Champoussin, Gesbert and Reichenbach look the strongest from the chasers on the climb. Still 55 seconds back, though.

19km to go

3:40 back to the peloton, meanwhile. Movistar still work.

There's little cooperation in the chase behind the two leaders.

16km to go

The peloton has split up under Movistar's pace. Maybe only around 15 riders left at the front.

The two leaders. 1:15 up now.

13km to go

Bouwman is pushing on alone from the chase group, though it's likely a hopeless effort to catch the front two.

Once again De Gendt loses contact with Mohoric on the descent and once again he gets back on after.

8km to go

It's just between De Gendt and Mohoric now.

6.5km to go

Bouwman is caught by the chase group now. Good effort but there wasn't a chance to catch the leaders.

Only Champoussin, Valter and Reichenbach remain in that chase group now...

5km to go

Mohoric has no answer for that acceleration.

4.5km to go

Mohoric is nowhere to be seen. This could be De Gendt's day.

De Gendt down the descent. No sign of Mohoric yet.

3km to go

De Gendt passes the Olympic stadium. Still solo and looking good.

2km to go

Geraint Thomas works in the peloton. Doesn't look like there have been any further major splits there.

1km to go

It's the 16th win of De Gendt's career! He celebrates as he crosses the line solo.

Mohoric freewheels home, 25 seconds down.

No movement in the peloton. Adam Yates is safe as race winner and it looks like Ineos have a podium lockout. Simon Yates pushes on into the final kilometre.

Valter was best of the rest in third place, 1:42 down. Reichenbach led the peloton home at 1:46.

That's the biggest stage of Adam Yates' career. He has won the Tour of Turkey, CRO Race and UAE Tour in previous years.

Here's what Thomas De Gendt had to say after the stage...

The stage result and GC are up.

Today's winner.

A nice shot of the final podium before the podium ceremony.

Check out our report page here.

Here's the actual final podium. Esteban Chaves won both points and mountain jerseys, João Almeida was best young rider, while Ineos were top team and David de la Cruz won the prize for the top Catalan finisher.

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We'll have more reaction and news from Catalunya coming up, too, as well as a full stage 7 report.

Here's our full report on the day's action. Keep checking back for the incoming news from Spain as well as all the latest from Gent-Wevelgem, too. 

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