Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 4) Llanars (Vall de Camprodon) - La Molina

ES Spain, Thursday 28 March 2019
150.3 km

Volta a Catalunya: La Molina reshuffles the overall standings

Volta a Catalunya: La Molina reshuffles the overall standings

Four classified climbs were on the menu for stage 4 of the week-long event on Thursday, when the peloton left behind Llanars and headed to La Molina, an old acquaintance of the Volta a Catalunya. A hectic start to the race, with many attempts to get clear, wasn’t what the peloton had hoped for, and this meant that the field stayed together long into the stage. Not even the 11% maximum slopes of Port del Coll de Coubet could help a group slip away, the game-changer proving to be the subsequent downhill, where twenty-five men broke clear.

James Knox was there for Deceuninck – Quick-Step, picking up a bonus second at the intermediate sprint in Ripoll, home of a Benedictine monastery built in the ninth century, which during the Middle Ages boasted one of the most impressive scriptoriums in the Western civilisation. The young Brit, who is riding his fourth World Tour race of the season, worked hard at the front, helping the leaders extend their advantage to five minutes at the base of the Hors Catégorie Port de la Creuta, which was featuring for the second straight year.

The bunch started a fierce chase on the 19.9km-long climb, chewing into the gap of the escapees, who began firing attacks which split the group, just three riders cresting the summit in the lead. The others, including James Knox, were reabsorbed by the pack on the downhill to La Molina, the day’s final hurdle, where the GC contenders began throwing jabs at one another, forcing a high pace which proved too much for some riders, who were distanced.

The stage win was nabbed by Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana), who also took over the lead in the general classification, where Enric Mas sits in 17th place as he continues to ease back into racing following a one-month break he took after coming fourth at the Volta ao Algarve. At the same time, the 23-year-old maintained his spot on the youth classification podium, with three days to go at the Volta a Catalunya.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
4:02:07
2 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
3 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
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4 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
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5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:19
7 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
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8 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
0:32
9 Michael Woods
EF Education First
0:41
10 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
0:42
16 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:46
60 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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95 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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116 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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120 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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123 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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154 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
26:19
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
17:31:05
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:14
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:17
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:25
5 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
0:46
6 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:56
7 Michael Woods
EF Education First
1:42
8 Romain Bardet
AG2R La Mondiale
1:44
9 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
2:27
10 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
2:36
17 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:59
42 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:01
93 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:42
120 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
52:42
143 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:06:51
148 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:13:52
154 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:25
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
2 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
13 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
11 pt
4 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
6 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
7 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
8 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
7 pt
9 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
7 pt
10 Dan Martin
UAE-Team Emirates
4 pt
23 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
17:31:05
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:17
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:59
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:52
5 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
4:25
6 Cristián Rodríguez Martín
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
4:55
7 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Euskadi Basque Country - Murias
4:57
8 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
6:07
9 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
11:14
10 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
11:19
11 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:01
45 Álvaro José Hodeg Chagüi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:20:25
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
47 pt
2 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
38 pt
3 Álvaro Cuadros Morata
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
35 pt
4 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
34 pt
5 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
28 pt
6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
24 pt
7 Luis Ángel Maté Mardones
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
24 pt
8 Pieter Weening
Roompot - Charles
24 pt
9 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
10 Marc Soler Giménez
Movistar Team
22 pt
17 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12 pt
1 Movistar Team 52:38:05
2 Astana Pro Team 6:02
3 BORA - hansgrohe 7:49
4 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 15:33
5 Mitchelton-Scott 16:44
6 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 19:38
7 EF Education First 21:11
8 AG2R La Mondiale 26:03
9 Team Sky 28:05
10 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 28:32

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