JavaScript disabled. Please enable JavaScript to use My News, My Clippings, My Comments and user settings.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

If you have trouble accessing our login form below, you can go to our login page.

Matthews holds green sprinters jersey after Tour of Spain's sixth stage

Date
Michael Matthews wears the green sprint jersey in Caceres.

Michael Matthews wears the green sprint jersey in Caceres. Photo: Graham Watson

Canberra's Michael Matthews (Orica-GreenEdge) holds the green jersey, worn by the leading sprinter, after stage six of the Tour of Spain.

Matthews came sixth over all after his remarkable win on Wednesday's fifth stage. It's cyclist's first grand tour and he is just 22.

Denmark's Michael Morkov (Saxo) sprinted to victory to deny double world time trial champion and long-time leader Tony Martin (Omega Pharma-Quickstep).

Martin had led from the third kilometre of the 175km ride from Guijelo to Caceres but was caught metres from the line as Morkov surged home ahead of Maximiliano Ariel Recheeze (Lampre) Fabian Cancellara (RadioShack).

There was no change in the overall classification though as Vincenzo Nibali (Astana) retained his 3sec lead over Chris Horner with Nicholas Roche (Saxo) a further five seconds back.

"I had never participated in a bunch sprint like this before so I just tried because I was the only one in the team who can sprint," a surprised Morkov told TVE.

"In the end I had a really good position, I got on the wheel of Cancellara and I knew I would have a last kick and in the end it was enough.

"It feels amazing, it's fantastic to race in this national Danish jersey and I just feel so proud and lucky to do so."

It was a heartbreaking finish for Martin, who had made a solo break from the off to build up an advantage of more than seven minutes at one stage.

The German looked set to be caught with 10km to go as his lead was whittled down to under 10 seconds, but he kicked again to briefly extend his advantage before being overwhelmed with the line in sight to finish seventh.

"I wanted to break away and I was hoping to go with a few other guys but nobody could follow so I just kept going," he said.

"It was really close and I think it was a great day for the fans and everyone who was watching."

Ariel Recheeze claimed his second placed finish in as many days, while Cancellara's search for a stage victory in this year's race continues as he was bunched out by Morkov on the dash for the line.

In the overall classification it was another steady day for Nibali as he stayed out of trouble in the peloton as all the major contenders registered the same time.

AAP

Featured advertisers