Volta a Catalunya 7: The Braver The Winner

Purito Rodriguez
...and that's Lieuwe Westra. He was part of the early break-away including also Stef Clement (Belkin), Marcus Burghardt (BMC), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Daniele Ratto (Cannondale), Cédric Pineau (FDJ.fr), Boris Vallee (Lotto-Belisol), Perrig Quemeneur (Europcar), Fumiyuki Beppu (Trek Factory), Maciej Paterski (CCC), Yohan Bagot (Cofidis) and two Wanty riders, Jerome Baugnies and Michel Kreder. It was a consistent group and it worked very well. They went till the line, Westra attacking solo and taking the victory tt-style. 
Behind the bigs missed the spot. Under a rainy sky, on wet tricky road, only Contador attacked but couldn't drop Purito who won the overall..
Chris Froome even crashed but kept his temper and his GC place (6th).
Impressive Trek Factory Racing Kiserlovski who managed to stay 10th in GC in spite his team was decimated.

What Lieuwe Westra said:
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"The break worked together for two laps as normal, it was a difficult race but a good day and I had good legs, I was watching Voeckler, he went for it two or three times from behind me, and I thought I could do better than that by myself. I looked for the right place to attack, went for it on the top of the climb, and made it all the way to the finish. After yesterday the team was not happy that a break had managed to get away without any of us, so we made very sure to get somebody in today's move. I was directly in the good group from the start of the stage and had a good feeling we could stay away. It's very important for me to win with Astana. I was pretty sure that I could win it, with two and a half laps to go I felt pretty certain. I'd been one of the better climbers in the group on the ascent, so I knew that if I got away, it'd be hard to pull me back."

What Tejay van Garderen said:
"It was really a successful week. I had no idea how my form was going to be coming into it after the setback I had before Paris-Nice. I stayed confident and the team showed a lot of confidence in me. They all rode really well. I think we have the momentum back and we're looking forward to the next race, which is Pays Basque." 
What Stef Clement (King of Mountain) said:
"You just have to keep on trying, that's what cycling is all about, you do your job and keep battling and eventually it will all come right at one time. This week was that time. It's a huge thrill to be able to do this with the team and the morale has been so high it just carries you forward and inspires you. I normally like the heat and the sun but it seems that I can cope with the worst of weather too!"

Trek Factory Racing about Robert Kiserolvski (10th in GC):
“Robert was in the crash with Froome and there are no transponders on the spare bikes so both were missing in the first results,” said DS Gallopin. “We quickly sorted that out with the jury. The overall did not change.”


1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 2:36:14
2 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:01:22
3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar
4 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:01:26
5 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:36
6 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 0:02:07
7 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
9 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr
10 Joaquim Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha

1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 29:41:34
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 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:48
11 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:00
12 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:01
13 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:20
14 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:24
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:01:26
16 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:01:49
17 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:54
18 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:58
19 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol
20 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:34
21 Carlos Verona (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:03:37
22 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:42
23 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:44
24 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:47
25 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:00
26 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:42
27 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:04:49
28 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:21
29 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:06:26
30 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:07:25
31 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 0:07:28
32 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:08:16
33 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:08:23
34 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:08:49
35 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:09:24
36 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:09:25
37 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:12:07
38 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:12:49
39 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 0:12:58
40 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge 0:14:19
41 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:14:53
42 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:14:54
43 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:15:12
44 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:16:08
45 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:16:53
46 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:17:05
47 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:18:37
48 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:18:50
49 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:19:15
50 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:23:03
51 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:23:27
52 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:24:06
53 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:24:31
54 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:24:55
55 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:25:24
56 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale 0:25:44
57 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:25:55
58 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 0:26:09
59 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:26:14
60 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:27:06
61 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:27:43
62 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:27:44
63 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:28:08
64 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp 0:28:52
65 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:29:08
66 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:29:21
67 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:29:23
68 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 0:29:57
69 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:30:38
70 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:32:14
71 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:33:30
72 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:35:00
73 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:35:17
74 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:35:37
75 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:36:06
76 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:36:30
77 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:36:38
78 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:36:49
79 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:36:56
80 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:37:24
81 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37:47
82 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:38:04
83 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:39:16
84 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:39:20
85 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing 0:39:22
86 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:40:45
87 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:41:30
88 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:41:34
89 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:41:43
90 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:42:08
91 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:42:43
92 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr 0:43:40
93 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 0:43:51
94 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:46:10
95 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar 0:47:23
96 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:50:56
97 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:51:26
98 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:51:27
99 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:52:20
100 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:00:07
101 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:11:40
1 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team
1 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale
1 Garmin Sharp 89:08:15
2 AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:21
3 Astana Pro Team 0:01:40
4 Cofidis, Solutions Credit 0:02:44
5 Team Sky 0:04:59
6 Movistar Team 0:08:04
7 BMC Racing Team 0:10:06
8 Team Katusha 0:11:23
9 Lotto Belisol 0:11:40
10 Omega Pharma - Quick-Step 0:12:48
11 FDJ.fr 0:15:16
12 Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:20:54
13 Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:22:52
14 Cannondale 0:23:55
15 Team Europcar 0:27:01
16 Orica GreenEdge 0:29:11
17 Tinkoff-Saxo 0:36:38
18 Lampre-Merida 0:46:56
19 CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:48:23
20 Team Giant-Shimano 0:53:01
21 Trek Factory Racing 0:54:54
22 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 1:14:49

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