Colombia Oro y Paz: Paluta 67th in last stage

Michał Paluta wrapped 6-day long Colombia Oro y Paz with 67th place on the last stage, which featured hard, mountainous course.

Info: Stage 6, February 11th,  Armenia  –  Manizales (Torre de Chipre), 184,3km

Course: hilly, mountain top finish (19,8km, avg. 4,2%, max. 20,2%)

The final stage of the race got off to a crazy start. 33 riders went away early and even though there were no GC threats in that group, it was still a quality breakaway, with some big names, such as Fernando Gaviria, Oscar Sevilla, Tao Geoghegan Hart or Sebastian Henao.

CCC Sprandi Polkowice was not able to send one of its representative into that escape.

The attackers gained over 4 minutes on the bunch and as it turned out, for some it was just enough to beat the chasers. In the long climb, that led to the finish, the leading group got shattered. Rodrigo Contreras (EPM) seemed to be the strongest among the escapees, as he covered almost the entire climb going solo in the front. He got caught though just before the finish line by his former companion from the break, Dayer Quintana (Movistar), who held on and at the end of the day could celebrate stage victory. He arrived 10 seconds ahead of Egan Bernal, who went off late in the stage, attacked on the decisive ascent from the reduced field and claimed overall win. Sebastian Henao took 3rd in Manizales.

Michał Paluta was 67th at the summit and completed 6-day event in 62nd place

Nairo Quintana (Movistar) and Rigoberto Uran (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) rounded out GC podium.