3.23.2017

Volta Catalunya: Mid Race Sum Up... and getting ready for Nepal

Photo published for Renners in Ronde van Catalonië ontwaken onder laagje sneeuw
I'm feeling better. Antibiotics work and motivation works even better: I'll leave to Nepal in few days! 
Things to do are many but I can't go out until tomorrow, so I concentrated on my philosophy, re-schedulated my lessons according, because due to this illness I have lost a lot of time.
It's interesting in a certain way, a kind of a challenge forcing me to give an overall account of a philosphical school or age instead of several authors in dettails, stressing trends, differences and similarities. It's an approach I like, but demanding for highschool students...
Fever and headache didn't allow me to watch the first stage of Volta a Catalunya. Of course I heard about the Movistar's pushing in the TTT... Today I'm watching. Stage 4 has been  reduced by 58km due to snow and cold weather. There was a larger early break but it has been quickly caught. A new front group formed, including Gonçalves, Keizer, Bono, Rubio and Osorio.  After 39 km they have a 1' 50'' gap.
Alt del Pubill (3rd cat): Osorio is first at the KOM, the gap is 2:40. Team Sky and Trek are very active in the peloton.
50 km to go a crash in the peloton brings down several riders. Ilur Zakarin looks bad, he sits on the edge of the road, breathing looks painful and he points to his chest. Eventually he gets back on bike and so far he's racing.
The pace is high in the chase and Osorio decides it's time to go solo.
Turo del Puig is a serious climb (6 km average 5%) and it comes relatively close to the finish as we are in the last 15 km. Indeed Astana attack with Cataldo and Fuglsang out the front. Cataldo is caught, Fuglsang still has few meters. Bardet attacks too from behind and Dan Martin follows. Contador closes the gap. 
Descent. The peloton exploded but nobody managed to go away. Marc Soler - in white jersey - and Alejandro Valverde are leading. They are taking risks. Gaudu and Froome joined and these four has got a gap. Still 7 km to go and they are in a flat.
5 km to go they are  all together again. It's going to be a sprint. And Nacer Bouhanni wins it by a powerful progression. Chapeau!

Nacer Bouhanni:
"I'm super happy with what the Cofidis team has done for me today and by helping me to win this race. It was my fault on stage 1, I went too far out. I wasn't happy to lose by two centimetres and so I really wanted to win today. I did what I needed to do."

Tejay van Garderen:
"I think today went really well for us. We were about to start in a snow storm, but they made a good call to move us down the valley. It shortened the stage obviously, but it also kept everyone safe and dry. It was a relatively easier day today before a hectic final climb and descent to the finish, but I think we managed it well.
I feel really good going into tomorrow's stage. I'm confident in the team and myself. It will be a hard climb, and certainly, anything can happen. Wearing the leader's jersey always adds motivation. It gives you an extra gear or 20 extra watts so, hopefully, I can get to the base of the climb in a good position and then from there I just need to give it my best. That's all I can ask for."


RESULTS
STAGE 1
1 Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ 4:28:21
2 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3 Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data
4 Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert
5 André Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal
6 Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team
7 Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott
8 Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors
9 Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb
10 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
STAGE 2
1 BMC Racing Team 48:57:00
2 Team Sky 0:00:44
3 Movistar Team 0:00:58
4 Trek-Segafredo 0:01:15
5 Orica-Scott 0:01:24
6 FDJ 0:01:44
7 Team Lotto NL-Jumbo 0:01:48
8 Astana Pro Team 0:02:05
9 Lotto Soudal 0:02:10
10 Quick-Step Floors 0:02:13
11 AG2R La Mondiale 0:02:15
12 Bora-Hansgrohe 0:02:27
13 CCC Sprandi Polkowice 0:02:37
14 Team Katusha Alpecin 0:02:48
15 UAE Team Emirates 0:02:58
16 Team Sunweb 0:03:04
17 Bahrain-Merida 0:03:26
18 Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team 0:03:30
19 Team Dimension Data 0:03:31
20 Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij 0:03:45
21 Wanty-Groupe Gobert 0:04:04
22 Manzana Postobon Team 0:04:24
23 Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:04:27
24 Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 0:04:36
25 Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team 0:05:19
STAGE 3
1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 5:07:12
2 Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors
3 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:00:03
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale
5 Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
6 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo
8 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team
9 Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac 0:00:08
10 Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac
GC after stage 3
1 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 10:24:33
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:44
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:45
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:49
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:10
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:13
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:01:18
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo
STAGE 4
1 Nacer BOUHANNI FRA COF 27 3:04:27
2 Davide CIMOLAI ITA FDJ 28 +0
3 Daryl IMPEY RSA ORS 33 +0
4 Alexander EDMONSON AUS ORS 24 +0
5 Dion SMITH NZL WGG 24 +0
6 Pieter SERRY BEL QST 29 +0
7 Enrico GASPAROTTO ITA TBM 35 +0
8 Petr VAKOC CZE QST 25 +0
9 Jose ROJAS ESP MOV 32 +0
10 Bauke MOLLEMA NED TFS 31 +0

GC
1 Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 13:29:00
2 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:00:41
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:44
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:45
5 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:49
6 Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:10
7 Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:13
8 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott 0:01:18
9 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo 0:01:25
10 Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo

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