Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 2) Mataró - Sant Feliu de Guíxols

ES Spain, Tuesday 26 March 2019
179.8 km

Knox in the mix at the Volta a Catalunya

Knox in the mix at the Volta a Catalunya

The peloton climbed from the off on the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya, a 166.7km trek from Mataro to Sant Feliu de Guixols, a small town situated on the Costa Brava. Three mountain passes dotted the route, which culminated in an uphill drag to the finish, where the puncheurs were expected to be in the limelight.

Unlike Monday, the bunch didn’t make any more mistakes and overhauled the three-man breakaway that had animated the day long before it came down to crunch time, on the slopes of Alt de Romanys. Despite the descent not being technical, some riders tried to slip away, only to be brought back as the peloton was making its way into Sant Feliu de Guixols, a stage finish at the Volta a Catalunya for the first time in more than nine decades.

A fierce battle for position ensued in the closing kilometers, with many riders keen to gain places in the field and start at the front the complicated final 600 meters, which averaged 5.2%. Won by Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), the stage saw Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s James Knox get involved in the sprint and take a strong sixth place for his fourth top 10 of the season.

Eighth overall at the UAE Tour last month, a result which gave him a major confidence boost, James made a significant jump in the general classification following Tuesday’s stage, which came just before the summit finish to Vallter 2000, where together with teammate Enric Mas, who concluded the day in the same time, will try to be in contention and continue making inroads in the standings.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
4:09:34
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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3 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
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4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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6 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
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8 Enrico Gasparotto
Team Dimension Data
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9 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
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10 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
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24 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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85 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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141 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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145 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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156 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:11
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
8:23:50
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2:47
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
2:48
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
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5 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
2:54
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
2:56
7 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
2:57
8 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
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9 Luis Ángel Maté Mardones
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
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10 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
2:58
21 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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32 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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78 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:27
105 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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158 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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159 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:44
162 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
30:01
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
2 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
11 pt
3 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
10 pt
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
6 pt
5 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
4 pt
6 Grega Bole
Bahrain Merida
4 pt
7 Josef Černý
CCC Team
3 pt
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
2 pt
9 Huub Duijn
Roompot - Charles
2 pt
10 Marco Minnaard
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
2 pt
1 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8:26:38
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:09
3 Bjorg Lambrecht
Lotto Soudal
0:10
4 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
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5 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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6 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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7 Hugh Carthy
EF Education First
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8 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
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9 Steff Cras
Team Katusha Alpecin
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10 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
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47 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
27:13
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
37 pt
2 Luis Ángel Maté Mardones
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
24 pt
3 Álvaro Cuadros Morata
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
12 pt
4 Huub Duijn
Roompot - Charles
9 pt
5 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
7 pt
6 Alexis Gougeard
AG2R La Mondiale
7 pt
7 Marco Minnaard
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
6 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
4 pt
9 Jonas Gregaard Wilsly
Astana Pro Team
4 pt
10 Ángel Madrazo Ruiz
Burgos-BH
3 pt
1 Lotto Soudal 25:17:42
2 BORA - hansgrohe 2:38
3 Mitchelton-Scott 2:42
4 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team ,,
5 EF Education First ,,
6 Movistar Team ,,
7 Roompot - Charles ,,
8 Astana Pro Team ,,
9 Team Katusha Alpecin ,,
10 UAE-Team Emirates 2:54

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