Volta a Catalunya 1: Mezgec

The camera missed the line!!!
A narrow streed climbing in the green, a blooming peach tree, the peloton in a long line chasing hard the break-away - Boris Vallee (Lotto) and Romain Lemarchand (Cofidis) joined by Ametz Txurruka down the Alto de Montsent. Beautiful Catalunya... nostalgia of nothing...
Break caught, several attacks -  Arredondo, Brambilla, Martens, then Pozzovivo. A last one by Romain Hardy (Cofidis), Wilco Kelderman (Belkin) and Mickael Cherel (Ag2r) with 12 km to go. Then Kelderman solo after his break mates had taken the wrong way on a roundabout! Caught. Bunch sprint: Luka Mezgec won.
The first break-away
It was just the begining but have a look to the main contenders of this short tour: for Garmin Sharp Dan Martin, for Team Katusha Rodriguez, for Movistar Team Quintana, for Tinkoff-Saxo Contador, for Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Uran, for Team Sky Froome and Porte, for AG2R La Mondiale Betancur and Pozzovivo, for Astana Fuglsang, for Belkin Kelderman, for BMC van Garderen, for FDJ Pinot and Geniez, for Lampre - Merida Horner, for Lotto Belisol van den Broeck, for Orica GreenEDGE Clarke, for Team Europcar Voeckler and Rolland, for  Team Giant-Shimano Luka Mezgec and Warren Barguil, for  Trek Factory Racing Nizzolo and  Arredondo, finally for  Caja Rural - Seguros RGA a certain Sanchez... 
I think it's a great start list: it's going to be a great Volta and I'm looking forward to watch it all! 

From Febraury training camp! IMPRESSIVE!
What Luka Mezgec said:
“It was a hard day today and I suffered a but on the climbs but the guys kept me going and supported me well. With 3km to go Warren Barguil brought me into position and then after that Georg Preidler took me right to the front with 1km to race. I lost a few places and had to go from far out to get through. Someone tried to box me in against the barriers but I was able to come through and get it at the end. Last week’s win was great for the confidence and together with good legs and a great team that makes the difference. We will try to defend the jersey tomorrow but after that the race will become very difficult.

What Julian Alaphilippe said:
 "I tried to do the sprint today. I am super happy for the first podium of my career as a professional. It's kind of bittersweet as this opportunity to go for a win doesn't always happen. I was there, but more or less at 400 meters from the finish I had contact with other guys and almost crashed, so I lost my speed. I launched my sprint again, but it was really hard to win at that point and to do better than this. But, I had power in the legs and that is satisfying. It was a stressful day. I have to thank my teammates, especially Pieter Serry and Gianluca Brambilla, who were there with me to lead me out and did a good job protecting me. It was a hectic sprint, a bit risky, but in any case I am happy about my race today. I am an attacker. Not the best on the climbs, or the sprints, but I try to defend myself everywhere. When I was young I won some sprints in small groups and mass sprints, so we will see what can happen. But to me I know this race, as well as this year, will be a learning process. I'm thankful to OPQS for developing me through their youth program, ETIXX, and giving me a chance to ride for them professionally. It's a joy to ride my bike for OPQS and I will try learn as much as I can from my teammates at the next races."

Team Sky about Richie Porte
"Richie Porte finished 2:58 down on the lead group with the support of team-mates Danny Pate and Josh Edmondson after not feeling his best. Sports Director Nicolas Portal said: "Richie felt okay in training but today he felt a bit empty. We'll see how he goes day by day and if he begins to improve we're sure he will be able to play a role for himself and for Froomey. The team will keep a close eye on him."


1 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Team Giant-Shimano 4:09:13
2 Leigh Howard (Aus) Orica Greenedge
3 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
4 Paul Martens (Ger) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
5 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol
6 Daniele Ratto (Ita) Cannondale
7 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team
8 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) Lampre-Merida
9 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
10 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar
11 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
12 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr
13 Davide Vigano (Ita) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
14 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale
15 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
16 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team
17 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
18 David Tanner (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
19 Christian Meier (Can) Orica Greenedge
20 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida
21 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha
22 Pieter Serry (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
23 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp
24 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing
25 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo

26 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
27 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo
28 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
29 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr
30 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team
31 Brett Lancaster (Aus) Orica Greenedge
32 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
33 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team

34 Carlos Alberto Betancur Gomez (Col) AG2R La Mondiale

35 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp
36 Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Giant-Shimano
37 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha
38 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
39 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
40 Kanstantsin Siutsou (Blr) Team Sky
41 Dennis Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Belisol
42 Giacomo Nizzolo (Ita) Trek Factory Racing
43 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
44 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
45 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
46 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
47 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
48 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar
49 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale
50 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale
51 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale
52 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp
53 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica Greenedge
54 Danilo Hondo (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
55 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Spa) Team Sky
56 Mattia Cattaneo (Ita) Lampre-Merida
57 Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
58 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
59 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
60 Eros Capecchi (Ita) Movistar Team
61 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team
62 Marek Rutkiewicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
63 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
64 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp
65 Simon Clarke (Aus) Orica Greenedge
66 Christopher Horner (USA) Lampre-Merida
67 Christophe Le Mevel (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
68 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
69 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica Greenedge
70 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol
71 Bruno Pires (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
72 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
73 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing
74 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team
75 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha
76 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Tinkoff-Saxo
77 Jean Marc Marino (Fra) Cannondale
78 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team
79 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice
80 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
81 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice
82 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
83 Julian David Arredondo Moreno (Col) Trek Factory Racing
84 Nathan Earle (Aus) Team Sky
85 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
86 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
87 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica Greenedge
88 Kevin Seeldraeyers (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
89 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
90 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team
91 Heiner Rodrigo Parra Bustamente (Col) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
92 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr
93 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano
94 Cameron Wurf (Aus) Cannondale
95 Carlos Verona (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
96 Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa) Team Katusha
97 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Belisol
98 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
99 Stig Broeckx (Bel) Lotto Belisol
100 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Team Europcar
101 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team
102 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
103 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha
104 Phillip Gaimon (USA) Garmin Sharp
105 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team
106 Alexandre Geniez (Fra) FDJ.fr
107 Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin Sharp
108 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
109 Maxim Belkov (Rus) Team Katusha

110 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team
111 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp
112 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha
113 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
114 Marcos Garcia (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
115 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
116 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
117 Cristiano Salerno (Ita) Cannondale
118 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr
119 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
120 Ivan Basso (Ita) Cannondale
121 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team
122 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida
123 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
124 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
125 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team
126 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida
127 Kristof Vandewalle (Bel) Trek Factory Racing
128 Chris Anker Sörensen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
129 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Lampre-Merida
130 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team
131 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team
132 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
133 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
134 Igor Anton (Spa) Movistar Team
135 Antonio Piedra Perez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
136 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
137 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team
138 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
139 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr
140 Jesper Hansen (Den) Tinkoff-Saxo
141 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
142 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
143 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky
144 Fredrik Carl Wilhelm Kessiakoff (Swe) Astana Pro Team
145 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing
146 Serge Pauwels (Bel) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
147 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar
148 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
149 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida
150 Nathan Brown (USA) Garmin Sharp
151 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo
152 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
153 Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice
154 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar
155 Francis De Greef (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
156 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
157 Chad Haga (USA) Team Giant-Shimano
158 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team
159 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano
160 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha
161 Jack Bobridge (Aus) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
162 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar
163 Greg Henderson (NZl) Lotto Belisol 0:02:58
164 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica Greenedge
165 Cheng Ji (Chn) Team Giant-Shimano
166 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana Pro Team
167 Christophe Kern (Fra) Team Europcar
168 Romain Lemarchand (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
169 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
170 Haimar Zubeldia Agirre (Spa) Trek Factory Racing
171 Gregory Habeaux (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
172 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky
173 Richie Porte (Aus) Team Sky
174 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team
175 Joshua Edmondson (GBr) Team Sky
176 Thomas Peterson (USA) Team Giant-Shimano 0:06:29

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