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Dan Martin holds six-second lead after stage win in Volta a Cataluyna

Birmingham-born Irishman Dan Martin won stage three of the Volta a Cataluyna on Wednesday to seize the race lead.

The 29-year-old finished the 172-kilometres stage from Girona to the summit at La Molina ahead of a stellar field, with Alberto Contador (Tinkoff) second and Romain Bardet (Ag2r La Mondiale) third.

Tour de France champion Chris Froome (Team Sky) was eighth, one place ahead of another Briton, Hugh Carthy (Caja Rural-Seguros).

Martin holds a six-second overall lead from Contador, while Froome sits 22secs behind in seventh and his Team Sky colleague Geraint Thomas is ninth in the race, which finishes on Sunday.

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