Stage 6 the break away succeeded in todays stage of Volta Catalunya. The attacks started from the very beginning with every rider sensing opportunity. The combination of the climb at the start and a strong crosswind enabled a group of 22 to break clear.
Steven Kruijswijk was the closest on GC at 4 minutes down so the breakaway was given a short leash. Sky did most of the pace making in the peloton and did not allow the gap to be over 2 minutes for most of the day. On the last climb, with 30 kilometers to go, Tom Danielson and Teejay Van Garderen attacked reducing the group to 12. The attacks continued throughout the final but no rider was able to get clear. The race ended with a sprint of the twelve riders and Russian rider Sergei Chernetski (Katusha) came out on top.
Sergei Chernetski, Team Katusha wins Stage 6 of the Volta Catalunya.
Richie Porte maintained the overall race lead with 5 seconds over Pozzovivo (Ag2r) and 7 seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) who crashed in a roundabout with 3k to go but did not lose time.
Stage 7 Starting and finishing in Barcelona the riders will tackle a short 126km. They riders will go over the famous Montjuic climb and with an 8 lap 6.4km finishing circuit in the Montjuic park.
I have been looking forward to tomorrow’s stage in Barcelona all week long. So be on the look out for lots of photos and videos. I mean a circuit race around a castle. Not a whole lot better spectating then that. Really hoping it lives up to all the expectations in my head. Do you ever do that? Build something up so big that there’s no possible way it can be as awesome as you imagine. Yeah, me too. But any who, as always, I am open for suggestions. Tell me what YOU want to see.
Stage 5 took the peloton from the mountain town of Alp to Valls. While the profile looked to be almost all downhill, it was certainly not as the riders climbed over 6,000 ft of total elevation. On top of that, gusty winds added to the challenge and made it a very difficult day on the peloton. After a very… Read more →
Stage 3 of the Volta Catalunya started and finished in the cycling mecca in Girona. A destination famous for its easy access to steep climbs and twisty roads, much of the peloton calls this city home. The race was animated from the beginning with lots of attacks. After about 45 minutes a break of six riders got away. By… Read more →
Stage 1 of Volta Catalunya started and finished in the coastal town of Calella. It proved to be a fast and very nervous stage as the difficult course meant that a sprint finish was not likely. No team was eager to control the race. After one hour of racing covering 50 kilometers, a breakaway of 6 riders went clear. This looked to be the move of the day but Orica-Greenedge missed the move and chased it back. During the second hour of racing a group of three was able to get away and stick. The peloton let this break gain almost 15 minutes before Sky, Movistar, Etixx, and Cannondale-Garmin began to chase. The wet twisty descents coupled with two big mountain passes allowed the break to hold it’s gap. Finally, Sky surged forward and split the peloton into pieces during the last last 3 km of the Cat 1 climb. After sitting in all day Tinkoff began to chase during the last 20 km and the gap to the 3 leaders started decreasing rapidly. But it was to little to late, at the finish the 3 riders had a 2:40 advantage. Macie Paterski (CCC) took the stage even after racing Milan-San Remo the day before placing an impressive 22nd. Pierre Roland (EuropCar) took 2nd and is a proven general classification rider finishing 4th in last years Giro d’Italia. While Bart DeClerc has been quietly climbing with the best since turning pro in 2011. It could be one of these two who could end up champion as in 2012 Michael Albasini pulled off a similar feat.
Maciej Paterki (CCC) winner of Volta Cataluyna Stage 1
Stage 2 looks to be another a difficult course which should promote an aggressive race. Look for a sprinter who can climb (Luca Metzga of Giant fits this best) to stand on top of the podium in Olot. Stay tuned for a write up on tomorrows stage and don’t forget to subscribe
Volta Cataluyna Stage 1 Europcar Pierre Rolland
Highlights: Being able to get so close to the riders at the finish.
Lowlights: Getting so close to the riders at the finish and forgetting to switch by camera to “sport” mode. 😉
Kourtney Compton at Volta Cataluyna Stage 1
The peloton approaching the finish line 2:40 back from the leader.
Tom Danielson finishes stage 1 of Volta Cataluyna.