August 20, 2008

The last relatively flat day before the Volta a Portugal goes back into the hills, today’s stage ended in a field sprint with Tyler Farrar finishing 7th. Also finishing in the front group was Dan Martin, who turned 22 today.

Dan’s smart finishes in the front these last few flat stages has not only allowed him to hold steady on his lead as Best Young Rider but has allowed him to maintain his 11th place overall before the race moves back into the hills he so loves. Feeling better since his stage 3 report, Dan is rested and ready for the race to go vertical and is especially looking forward to Saturday’s penultimate five-climb day.

**Stay tuned for a special stage report from Lucas Euser.**

Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O stage 6 results
1. Candido Barbosa 4h01’29”
7. Tyler Farrar +00″
23. Dan Martin +00″
33. Pat McCarty +07″
56. Lucas Euser +07″
58. Chris Sutton +17″
69. Steven Cozza +1’15”
70. Christian Meier +1’15”

Team Garmin-Chipotle H3O GC
1.Rui Sousa 26h37’41”

11. Dan Martin +5’38
19. Pat McCarty +7’52”
31. Lucas Euser +10’09”
47. Steven Cozza +18’38”
76. Tyler Farrar +35’07”
81. Chris Sutton +36’31”
108. Christian Meier +45’34”

Team Garmin-Chipotle Best Young
1. Dan Martin 22h41’50”
2. Tiago Machado +1’21”
3. Jose Herrada +1’25”