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Clement wins sixth stage of Catalonia

Madrid - Dutch rider Stef Clement claimed victory in the sixth stage of the Tour of Catalonia on Saturday as Joaquim Rodriguez maintained his overall lead.

Belkin's Clement broke for home a kilometre from the end of the 172km ride from El Vendrell to Vilanova to hold off France's Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma-Quickstep) in second and third respectively.

Dutch rider Stef Clement. Credit: Reuters

There was no change in the general classification as all the main contenders finished along with the peloton 54 seconds behind.

Spaniard Rodriguez will take a four second lead over compatriot Alberto Contador into the seventh and final stage on Sunday, a 120.7km ride around Barcelona, with American Tejay Van Garderen three seconds further back in third.

Sky's Chris Froome remains 17 seconds off the lead back in sixth overall. - Sapa-AFP

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