3.23.2016

Catalunya 3: At the last breath... Dan Martin!

News of the day: Bouhanni retired. He won two stages in a row and was very consistente in Paris-Nice and Sanremo, yesterday there were already romours about his sickness - still he won! - and today he abandoned the race that's heading to the mountains.
There was a break away - van Zyl, Reza, Bouwman, Howes, Hirt, Duyn and Alaphillipe. They got a big gap.
On Alto de Toses - 1st cat 6.3 km, 7% average, the top is 55.8 km from the finish - Duyn and Howes get a small advantag, the peloton is at 4'00". News comes that Dumoulin also abandoned.
38 km to go, the van Zyl's group is 40" behind Howes and Duyn, the peloton is at 2'10". 
32 km to go, first ascent of La Molina: 10.1 km, 4.5% average, 8% max. Weening attacks and bridges to Duyn and Howes, drops them and goes solo. The rest of the break is caught. 
9 km to go Vervaeke attacks from the peloton and jumps to Weening. He keeps going and is leadsing solo but peloton is only 10" behind. He's caught 4km to go. 
And there we go: 2 km to the finish and climbing, attacks start. Froome is the first, Contador responds, Quintana tries twice, then Porte speeds up but Dan Martin is the one who manages to go. Solo he flies across the line. Just way and time to rise one arm.

Daniel Martin:
"Since this morning they said they will ride for me and did a fantastic job. It's great to see how much confidence they have in me, and this only makes me stronger. I knew this finish, and what helped is that it was similar to the one in Valenciana, Alto de Fredes. In the key moments I stayed at the front and I was relaxed all the time. There was some headwind on the climb, so it was important to time the attack to perfection on that steep part of La Molina. That's another hard climb, and it will be difficult to defend the jersey. Still, we have a very strong team and will try to keep the lead. The time gaps are always small in this race, so who will come out on top tomorrow will probably win the GC. I always try to be competitive in races. Because of the virus I had in Oman I couldn't train properly, so the team and I agreed to take a break in order to regain my fitness. I skipped Tirreno and stayed at home, where I trained hard, did some motor-pacing sessions, and all this effort paid off here."

Chris Froome:
"The team were super strong all day but unfortunately we didn't finish the job off in the final. This is my first race back at WorldTour level and I'm still finding my legs. Tomorrow is a new day though and we've still got a lot to race for with myself, Geraint and Wout still in contention.It's been great being back with the guys again. There's a great atmosphere in this team and hopefully we can build on that. We've still got a few days to go and we want to play a part in this race."

Tejay van Garderen:
“I wish I had a bit more response in my legs to get directly of Martin’s wheel when he went, but instead I had to slowly claw back and it cost a bit of energy. It was a good finish and both Richie and I were up there."

Richie Porte:
“It was fast all day but it was a good effort for Tejay and I. It’s not up to us to make the race tomorrow. We’re in a good position now so we’ll see what happens.” 

Tom Dumoulin:
“At the beginning of the week, I wasn’t feeling sick anymore and the plan was to try and get stronger day by day. We were going to use this week to build up my fitness, but it turned out to be different. My condition got worse over the first two stages and today I didn’t have the legs to continue.”

Merhawi Kudus:
"It was a good stage and quite difficult with a lot of climbing and it was also quite cold. I was feeling comfortable for most of the day and it was good that we had Johann in the break. On the last climb we had some headwind so it was not possible to attack the pace that was being set. I just tried to follow the wheels and finish with the best result possible. There are some good guys here so I am happy for today but will try for more tomorrow."

RESULTS
STAGE
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 5:00:27
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:02
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
5 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team 0:00:09
6 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:11
8 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha 0:00:12
9 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky
10 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:18
11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling
12 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
13 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
14 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky
15 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
16 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
17 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:22
18 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
19 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
20 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
21 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
22 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
23 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
24 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
25 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling 0:00:28
26 Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
27 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team
28 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling
29 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
GC
1 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 14:08:18
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 0:00:06
3 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:08
4 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:12
5 Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 0:00:19
6 Richie Porte (Aus) BMC Racing Team
7 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:21
8 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:22
9 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Team Katusha
10 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:28
11 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale Pro Cycling
12 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
13 Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa) Team Katusha
14 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky
15 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
16 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
17 Wouter Poels (Ned) Team Sky 0:00:32
18 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) IAM Cycling
19 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data
20 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal
21 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team
22 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale Pro Cycling
23 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
24 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
25 Mathias Frank (Swi) IAM Cycling 0:00:38
26 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) IAM Cycling
27 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
28 Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica-GreenEdge
29 Darwin Atapuma (Col) BMC Racing Team
30 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale
MOUNTAIN
1 Boris Dron (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 49 pts
2 Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 32
3 Daniel Martin (Irl) Etixx - Quick-Step 32
4 Cameron Meyer (Aus) Dimension Data 28
5 Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff Team 24
6 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 24
7 Johann Van Zyl (RSA) Dimension Data 22
8 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 20
SRINT
1 Koen Bouwman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 6 pts
2 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 6
3 Maxime Bouet (Fra) Etixx - Quick-Step 4
4 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 3
5 Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3
6 Kévin Reza (Fra) FDJ 3
7 Huub Duijn (Ned) Roompot - Oranje Peloton 2
8 Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar Team 2
YOUTH
1 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale Pro Cycling 14:08:39
2 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:00:07
3 Carlos Verona (Spa) Etixx - Quick-Step
4 Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 0:00:11
5 Joe Dombrowski (USA) Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:17
6 Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:00:31
7 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Alpecin 0:00:34
8 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Etixx - Quick-Step
TEAM
1 BMC Racing Team 42:26:03
2 Team Sky 0:00:09
3 Cannondale Pro Cycling 0:00:12
4 Etixx - Quick-Step 0:00:24
5 IAM Cycling 0:00:39
6 AG2R La Mondiale 0:01:12
7 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:01:26
8 Movistar Team 0:02:00
9 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:08
10 Team Katusha 0:04:38
11 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:05:09
12 Lotto Soudal 0:05:15
13 Astana Pro Team
14 Trek-Segafredo 0:07:24
15 Tinkoff Team 0:09:24
16 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:12:41
17 Team Giant-Alpecin 0:17:50
18 Orica-GreenEdge 0:18:15
19 Dimension Data 0:19:04
20 Roompot - Oranje Peloton 0:28:08
21 Lampre - Merida 0:28:15
22 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:29:06
23 FDJ 0:48:51
24 Verva ActiveJet Pro Cycling Team 0:50:04

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