Catalunya 2: Bouhanni AGAIN (and Brussels carnage)

A minute of silence before the start for the victims of the carnage in Brussels. Not a day for sport honestly. And still life must go on and spring is on full swing as well as the procycling season. 
There was a break-away - De Plus, De Gendt, Gradek and Dron - but the bunch sprint was almost sure and they never got a big gap.
At the sprint Nacer Bouhanni won. On the podium two Belgian riders. 
Yes, Begium cries its deads. But in Syria, Iraq, Somalia, Libia... everyday it's a huge carnage and everyday children die in our sea trying to excape from wars caused by 'our' economic interests and fought with weapons sold by 'our' companies. Companies' owners and bankers want to persuade workers that their interests are our interests but no, that isn't true. 
Sorry: it has been a beautiful sprint. But how far it seems now...

Louis Vervaeke and Thomas De Gendt:
"Every day we give all we got to achieve success. On days like these that is of minor importance. #Flowersforvictims".

Peter Maass:
"As we recoil at Brussels attacks, let us also remember ongoing bombings in Yemen; 120 dead in latest calamity there."

Philippe Gilbert:
“Yesterday I was suffering a bit as it was my first race since Paris-Nice. I’ve been training at home but without race speed so it’s a bit different. Yesterday I was suffering but I was still there, so I was happy to be there in a good position with one kilometer to go today. I was up there a bit too early so at 400m to go I decided to slow down a bit and take the risk, but in the end Bouhanni was just too fast. I knew there would be three of four stages in this race that were good for me. The next two days I’ll be riding in service of my teammates. It’s always a big motivation when you have guys like Richie Porte and Tejay van Garderen in the team. We know they can do well, so we are all motivated to work hard.”

Kiel Reijnen:
"Like yesterday [the sprint] was really chaotic, but for different reasons. I think because it was slight uphill the GC (general classification) riders were worried about time gaps so in the final kilometer a lot of the GC climbers were in the very front, and it makes it very difficult to find a good route to the line. In the end, after the last roundabout, a small gap opened up to the first seven or eight riders, and I had to close the gap. This took some energy out of my sprint. Unfortunately, with that last little effort, the sprint was pretty long for me. I am happy that we improved on yesterday, and we have one more good sprint left for the week, so I will try and get some rest in the mountains tomorrow."

Gianni Meersman:
"Despite having big roads, the last 20 kilometers were pretty nervous, because of the road tunnels. The guys brought me to the front with 4 kilometers to go, and inside the final 1500 meters a right hand corner came up, and that's where I took Bouhanni's wheel. When he launched his sprint, I tried to pass him, but he was really strong. I finished second, but there was nothing more I could do, so I am happy with this result and with the great job of the team".

Lotto Jumbo DS Addy Engels:
“I took a look at my phone several times to see if there was some more news about what happened in Belgium. The news impacted us, of course, both before and after the stage. Thankfully, they just got on with their jobs during the race.”


1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 4:39:10
2 Gianni Meersman (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
3 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
4 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha
5 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
7 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
8 Jonas Vangenechten (Bel) IAM Cycling
9 Pawel Franczak (Pol) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team
10 Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
11 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
12 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
13 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge
14 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
15 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
16 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
17 Davide Cimolai (Ita) Lampre - Merida
18 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky
19 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky
20 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
1 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 9:07:41
2 Ben Swift (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:14
3 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal
4 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-GreenEdge 0:00:16
5 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing Team
6 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step
7 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:17
8 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:18
9 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:19
10 Aleksei Tsatevich (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:20
11 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
12 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
13 Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo
14 Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ
15 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
16 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step
17 Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team
18 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
19 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
20 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
1 Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 49 pts
2 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Dimension Data 28
3 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 17
1 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6 pts
2 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 4
3 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3
1 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 9:07:58
2 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 2
3 Carlos Barbero (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3
1 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 9:08:01
2 Jordi Simon (Spa) Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team
3 David De La Cruz (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
1 Team Sky 27:24:03
2 Team Giant-Alpecin
3 BMC Racing Team
4 IAM Cycling
5 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
6 Etixx - Quick-Step
7 Team Katusha
8 Cofidis, Solutions Credits
9 Wanty - Groupe Gobert
10 Orica-GreenEdge
11 Movistar Team
12 CCC Sprandi Polkowice
13 Trek-Segafredo
14 Lampre - Merida
15 Tinkoff Team
16 Cannondale Pro Cycling
17 Lotto Soudal
18 FDJ
19 AG2R La Mondiale
20 Team LottoNl-Jumbo
21 Roompot - Oranje Peloton
22 Dimension Data
23 Astana Pro Team
24 Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:06:43

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