Wiggins sixth as Meersman wins

Reigning Tour de France champion Sir Bradley Wiggins finished sixth in the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia after a sprint finish in Calella.

Belgium’s Gianni Meersman took the stage win after a 159km (98-mile) ride around Calella, north of Barcelona.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider led home a breakaway group to edge out Valerio Agnoli and Alejandro Valverde.

Meersman also secured a 10-second bonus for winning the stage to take the lead in the overall classification.

Tour of Catalonia stage 1 results:

1. Gianni Meersman (Belgium / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 3:55:56″

2. Valerio Agnoli (Italy / Astana) Same time

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) ST

4. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Garmin) ST

5. Danilo Wyss (Switzerland / BMC Racing) ST

6. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) ST

Tour of Catalonia overall classification:

1. Gianni Meersman (Belgium / Omega Pharma – Quick-Step) 3:55:46″

2. Valerio Agnoli (Italy / Astana) +4″

3. Alejandro Valverde (Spain / Movistar) +6″

4. Daniel Martin (Ireland / Garmin) +10″

5. Danilo Wyss (Switzerland / BMC Racing) ST

6. Bradley Wiggins (Britain / Team Sky) ST

Article source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/cycling/21836669

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