Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Stage 6: El Vendrell - Vilanova i la Geltru - Stage Details

Howson was amongst fantastic company in an escape group of nine that held off the peloton on the sixth stage of Volta a Catalunya. Joined up the road by Jens Voigt (Trek Factory Racing), Stef Clement (Belkin), Pieter Serry (Omega Pharma – Quick-Step), Pierre Rolland (Europcar), Antonio Piedra Perez (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), Nico Sijmens (Wanty – Group Gobert), Rudy Molard (Cofidis) and Marek Rutkiewicz (CCC Polsat Polkowice), Howson held his own in an aggressive, animated finale before finishing in eighth place in Vilanova i la Geltru. 

“Damien did a great job today. The guys in the break were really good in this sort of situation. We didn’t tell him when to go or who to go with– we left that to him. We told him to stay cool. That’s expecting a lot. Damien one of the youngest guys in the peloton in his first WorldTour race and now he’s in the break going for the win. The attacks are going one right after another – and we want him to keep his cool. He did a really great job.” - Sport Director Neil Stephens

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Stef Clement (Ned) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team 3:58:44
2 Rudy Molard (Fra) - Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:03
3 Pieter Serry (Bel) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
4 Jens Voigt (Ger) - Trek Factory Racing ST
5 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) - CCC Polsat Polkowice ST
6 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) - Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ST
7 Pierre Rolland (Fra) - Team Europcar ST
8 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
9 Nico Sijmens (Bel) - Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:00:09
10 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) - Lotto Belisol 0:00:55
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
8 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
20 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:55
22 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
33 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
99 Esteban Chaves (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
128 Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:25