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Slovenian Bozic sprints to stage victory

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  • Slovenian Borut Bozic took the honors on the 176km sixth stage of the Vuelta
  • Bozic, who was pipped to stage win on Monday, beat Tyler Farrar into second
  • German Andre Greipel finished 10th to keep six-second lead over Tom Boonen
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(CNN) -- Slovenian Borut Bozic took the honors on the 176km sixth stage of the Vuelta Espana in Xativa after coming out on top in a sprint finish.

Borut Bozic celebrates pipping Tyler Farrar to victory in Friday's sixth stage of the Vuelta Espana.

Borut Bozic celebrates pipping Tyler Farrar to victory in Friday's sixth stage of the Vuelta Espana.

Bozic, who was pipped to a stage win by Greg Henderson on Monday, launched his attack early in the final sprint and never looked under threat as he finished clear of Tyler Farrar, Daniele Bennati, Davide Vigano and Tom Boonen.

German Andre Greipel, who had won the previous two stages and finished fourth in the two before that, finished 10th on Friday to keep his six-second lead over Quick Step rider Boonen.

Earlier in the day, a four-man group broke away early on and led the way for a large part of the stage -- enjoying leads of up to seven minutes in sweltering heat in the east of Spain.

Among that lead party were Jose Antonio Lopez Gil and Matheus Pronk, who were both part of the group that also broke away during Thursday's stage to Vinaros.

Team Columbia, determined to keep their rider Greipel in the gold leader's jersey, set the pace at the head of the peloton to ensure the leading quartet did not get too far ahead -- and gradually the gap between the two groups started to disappear.

The difference was down to less than two minutes with 30km remaining -- and not long after that two of the leading pair, Pronk and Aitor Arrieta, were caught by the main group.

That left just Lopez Gil and Bingen Bustinza from the original breakaway, and their time at the front of the race came to an end soon afterwards as well as the Columbia and Quick Step teams overhauled them.

With more than 20km left, there was still time for a couple more attempted breakaways -- but in the end it again came down to the sprinters, where Vancansoleil rider Bozic proved unstoppable.

Saturday`s stage seven takes place in Valencia, and is the second individual time-trial of this year's race.

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