3.27.2014

Volta a Catalunya 4: Imagine (van Garderen in the fog)

Yep, because today imagination was needed: fog and snow made impossible to shw the race.
There was a break-away -Plaza, De Gendt, Clement and Mederal - and it went on till 20 km to the finish when De Gendt tried solo, in vain. 
Then things got serious and quite complicated to report unless you have seen it. Actually nobody could see anything so... well... many attacked, including Serpa, Barguil, Rolland, Kelderman...
On the final climb - 12km long 7.8% average, maximum 12% - the main favourites clashed again. Van Garderen won while Froome looked again the weakest. It was kinda shocking to see something more than fog:  a small rider in red rising a finger toward the sky...

What Tejay van Garderen said:
"I let the other guys do a couple little attacks first so they could kind of wear each other out I think I got a little lucky and I think the cold might have helped me a little bit. I think I can cope with it a bit better than some of those guys who are 60 kilos. This is my first WorldTour victory and to be up there against all the names like (Alberto) Contador, (Chris) Froome and Purito (Joaquim Rodriguez) – grand tour winners – is a huge honor.  It's going to be difficult [for GC] because there aren't that many opportunities. There is no time trial, there are no more mountain stages. But if we see an opportunity, we are definitely going to take it."

What  Romain Bardet said:
"J'y ai cru... Doigts frigorifiés, j'ai buté. Je ne sais pas si je dois me réjouir d'être là ou être déçu d'être passé si prés. En tout cas c'était épique."

What Stef Clement - new Mountain Jersey - said:
"In the brake-away [sic] of the queenstage @VoltaCatalunya; first attack, first snow, first flat-tire but at the end first mountainjersey of my '14"

What Warren Barguil said:
“The legs were good on the final climb today but without the help the guys gave me I wouldn’t have been in the front group at the bottom. I punctured when the race started to split and Georg gave me his wheel, then Thomas Damuseau led me back to the front group. In the final kilometres I wanted to attack as the favourites were watching each other. It’s a bit of dream to be climbing in that company and I am really happy with this result.”


MORE TO COME
RESULTS
STAGE
1 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 4:49:30
2 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
3 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:03
4 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:04
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:05
6 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:08
7 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
8 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:15
9 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:16
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:21
11 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:00:26
12 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:00:37
13 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:00:49
14 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:51
15 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr
GC
1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 17:47:34
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:04
3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:07
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:10
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:17
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:18
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:42
10 David Arroyo Duran (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:00:45
11 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:48
12 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:00
13 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:14
14 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:16
15 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:18

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