Procycling: Valverde Wins Volta a Catalunya

Alejandro Valverde:
“The legs felt really good after such a difficult race as in Saturday, when we had to go through some difficult climbs at a very high pace, under the rain and with much cold. It was all completely different today, with pleasant weather, a short stage and - just like throughour the whole week - a magnificent job from my team-mates to control that 22-rider early break, later chased down by the other teams. At that final lap, I knew Martin would be jumping away at that point next to the Stadium, because he had done so in the past. I just went after him - though it took a lot for me to close the gap, when he stopped I could see that our advantage was decent. Since it wasn't the best cooperation between us two, we ended up starting that downhill sprint at a very much slower speed than the pursuit group. I just, barely managed to win the stage. To be honest, I wasn't expecting to get these results. I knew I was in good condition leading up to this race, and those final training rides with Rojas and my team-mates in Andorra the week prior did good on me, but you had to keep in mind that I had spent a whole month without racing, since the Vuelta a Andalucía, while some other rivals like Alberto had a better racing pace. My plan was to go day-by-day, without setting my sights on the bigger goals, but my legs got better and better through the race, even more so today. The Volta is a race that I really like, and every time I take the start here is with an aim to do things well. My five team-mates were superb, and I don't want to forget about Castroviejo and Amador, who had to abandon with illness yet still did great while they could. We proved we were the strongest team at the TTT, and I tried to continue chasing victories to repay the whole squad after their fantastic effort on Tuesday and ever since."

Marc Soler:
“I wasn't expecting this result at all. My plan here was supporting Alejandro so he could win the Volta. I knew I was in good form after my performance in Paris-Nice, but when you're young as I am, you always have some sort of doubt on your real level against such strong contenders. I got a podium finish that makes me extremely happy and surprised. Yates tried to take that third place away from me with his move into the last climb, but I was riding strong, I had so much support from the fans as I was riding at home, and even tried to counter his move and attack at the final slopes of the climb. We must remain calm, this doesn't change anything in my career. I'm not thinking about riding a Grand Tour straight away. I didn't race any during my first two pro seasons, and it doesn't matter. The important thing is that my progression is leading me to some big results, things are going well. We can't rush it - it's just a beautiful step in my career.”


1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 3:08:50
2 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
3 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ
4 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe
5 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
6 Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon
7 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
8 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
9 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
10 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 25:27:15
2 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:03
3 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:16
4 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:01:31
5 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:01:34
6 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 0:02:29
7 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:02:56
8 Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott 0:03:00
9 George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:03:01
10 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:03:05
11 Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:03:33
12 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:05:14
13 Darwin Atapuma (Col) Team UAE Emirates 0:05:39
14 Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:07:57
15 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:12:41
16 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb 0:13:01
17 Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida
18 Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:13:39
19 Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:14:18
20 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac 0:18:04
21 Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:18:43
22 Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:20:47
23 Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team 0:21:09
24 Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:24:11
25 Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon 0:24:16
26 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:24:58
27 Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:25:29
28 Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon 0:26:16
29 Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:27:15
30 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:28:19
31 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo 0:29:31
32 Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:30:26
33 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:31:32
34 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:32:25
35 Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Emirates 0:32:48
36 Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:32:57
37 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:33:36
38 David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ 0:35:07
39 Jordi Simon (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team 0:35:44
40 Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 0:35:45
41 Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ 0:36:24
42 Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data 0:37:32
43 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:38:05
44 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott 0:38:19
45 Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:38:32
46 Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:38:46
47 Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:38:59
48 Lennard Kämna (Ger) Team Sunweb 0:39:03
49 Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:39:33
50 Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:40:15
51 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data 0:40:22
52 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:40:44
53 Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky 0:40:51
54 Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 0:40:55
55 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida 0:41:48
56 Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb 0:42:08
57 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors 0:42:24
58 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:43:36
59 Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal 0:43:37
60 Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:45:16
61 Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:51:20
62 Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:51:43
63 Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0:52:32
64 Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Emirates 0:53:48
65 Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo 0:53:52
66 Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team 0:54:04
67 Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ 0:54:30
68 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:54:57
69 Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott 0:55:30
70 Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky 0:55:38
71 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team 0:56:16
72 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:56:48
73 Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data 0:56:51
74 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 0:56:53
75 Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors 0:57:57
76 Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin 0:58:07
77 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data 0:59:06
78 Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:59:32
79 Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:59:59
80 José Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe 1:00:02
81 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin 1:01:59
82 Jérémy Maison (Fra) FDJ 1:02:13
83 Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:06:30
84 Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team 1:07:28
85 Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida 1:07:30
86 Jan Bárta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe 1:07:46
87 Ángel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin 1:08:57
88 Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon 1:09:16
89 Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:10:25
90 Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb 1:10:31
91 Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Team UAE Emirates 1:11:12
92 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb 1:12:06
93 Hernando Bohorquez (Col) Manzana Postobon 1:12:37
94 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 1:13:53
95 Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky 1:16:04
96 Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Team UAE Emirates 1:16:06
97 Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:16:57
98 Rein Taaramäe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin 1:17:18
99 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors 1:17:29
100 Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott 1:18:37
101 Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:18:42
102 Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 1:19:09
103 Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal 1:19:35
104 Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:19:43
105 Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data 1:25:32
106 Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac 1:28:02
107 Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 1:29:44
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 105 pts
1 Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac 13 pts
1 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 25:28:31
2 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:15
3 Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott 0:01:44
4 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 0:03:58
5 Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:12:23
6 Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac 0:16:48
7 Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon 0:23:00
8 Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors 0:23:42
1 Movistar Team 76:29:25
2 Cannondale-Drapac 0:13:28
3 Team LottoNl-Jumbo 0:16:27
4 Orica-Scott 0:18:01
5 Astana Pro Team 0:23:14
6 Trek-Segafredo 0:33:37
7 AG2R La Mondiale 0:34:35
8 Quick-Step Floors 0:35:52
9 BMC Racing Team 0:44:04
10 Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:51:57
11 Team Sunweb 0:59:58
12 FDJ 1:21:02
13 UAE Team Emirates 1:22:25
14 Team Sky 1:31:43
15 Lotto Soudal 1:32:46
16 Manzana Postobon 1:33:52
17 Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij 1:38:10
18 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 1:38:41
19 Bahrain-Merida 1:39:52
20 Dimension Data 1:43:08
21 Bora-Hansgrohe 1:44:45
22 Katusha-Alpecin 2:26:43
23 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 2:28:40

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