Vuelta a España
Stage 6: Guijuelo - Cáceres - Stage Details

It was all hands on deck for Michael Matthews on stage six of the Vuelta a España. Matthews’ win on stage five inspired a confidence boast in his ORICA-GreenEDGE teammates who once again rode the front to ensure the projected bunch sprint would come to fruition.

Ultimately, Matthews managed sixth on the stage as Michael Mørkøv (Saxo-Tinkoff) snagged the stage victory ahead of Maximiliano Richeze (Lampre-Merida) and Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack Leopard Trek). Although he missed out on the stage win, Matthews still earned a trip to the podium for his efforts. The 22-year-old donned the green sprint jersey in Caceres as the points classification leader. 

“The guys were together and trying to get organised, but they all seem to agree they were a bit too far back. It was really difficult to get the front as a group today. It’s very disappointing. For the amount of work we put in and our belief that Matthews is the fastest guy, it’s definitely not how we wanted things to go. The team is racing to win.” - Sport Director Matt Wilson

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Michael Morkov (Den) - Team Saxo-Tinkoff 3:54:15
2 Maximiliano Ariel Richeze (Arg) - Lampre-Merida ST
3 Fabian Cancellara (Swi) - RadioShack Leopard ST
4 Tyler Farrar (USA) - Garmin-Sharp ST
5 Juan Antonio Flecha Giannoni (Spa) - Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team ST
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
7 Tony Martin (Ger) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
8 Gianni Meersman (Bel) - Omega Pharma-Quick Step ST
9 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) - BMC Racing Team ST
10 Graeme Brown (Aus) - Belkin Pro Cycling Team ST
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
6 Michael Matthews (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
136 Baden Cooke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:23
163 Simon Gerrans (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:00
179 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:17
180 Mitchell Docker (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
182 Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:37
184 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:02:40
190 Simon Clarke (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:03:46