Maximilian Schachmann wins stage 6 as Valverde retains lead on the penultimate stage
Quick-Step Floors' Maximilian Schachmann won the sixth stage outsprinting breakaway companion Diego Rubio on the line
The sixth stage of the Spanish race was shortened due to snow and fog and the orginal finish line in Torrefarrera.
Maximilian Schachmann (Quick-Step Floors) and Diego Rubio (Burgos BH) setablished the day's breakaway and created a maximum lead of 3 minutes.
With 25 kilometres remaining, the strong wind caused split the peloton, creating tension and chaos.
The tewo breakway leaders managed to stay clear of the reduced lead group.
On the Rubio launched his srpint but it wasn't enough to beat Schachmann, who got his first victory in a WorldTour race.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) arrived in the reduced peloton and retaina the leader's jersey with one stage to go.
In the last stage of the Volta Catalunya it's all about the Alto de Montjuïc. Eight runs on a hilly 6.6 kilometres circuit revolve around the iconic mountain overlooking the city. The stage amounts to 154.8 kilometres
VIDEO: 2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 Final Kilometres
2018 Volta a Catalunya Stage 6 Top 10
1 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 2:34:25
2 Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BH
3 Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:18
4 Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
5 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
6 Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
7 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky
8 Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing Team
9 José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
10 Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-Samsic
2018 Volta a Catalunya GC after Stage 6
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 24:56:48
2 Egan Bernal (Col) Team Sky 0:00:16
3 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:26
4 Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:48
5 Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:01:12
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:18
7 George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo 0:01:20
8 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:01:24
9 Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale 0:01:26
10 Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:01:28