Overview

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 7) Barcelona - Barcelona

ES Spain, Sunday 31 March 2019
143.1 km

Enric Mas cracks top 10 overall at the Volta a Catalunya

Enric Mas cracks top 10 overall at the Volta a Catalunya

The final day of the Volta a Catalunya was, by far, the most entertaining one of the entire race, with the Montjuic seriously spicing up things in the second part, despite averaging just 5.7% over 2.1 kilometers. Knowing the breakaway had a chance, James Knox, who earlier this week sprinted to a top 10 finish in Sant Feliu de Guixols, booked a place in the 11-man lead group which went on the attack early, opening a healthy margin of three minutes by the time they reached the first of the eight laps in Barcelona.

The Montjuic hill – which in the past had hosted the World Championships, as well as stage finishes at the Tour de France and Vuelta a España – lived up to its reputation and brought fireworks as soon as the race hit its gradients, with the front group splintering under the impetus of Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe). Only Knox responded from the group and set out in pursuit of the Italian, while behind the peloton exploded, consequence of a massive crash and a series of attacks which threatened to shake up the general classification.

Gritting his teeth and keen on leaving everything out there, James continued the chase even after being caught by the Yates brothers (Mitchelton-Scott) on the penultimate lap. It took a big acceleration from Adam Yates to dispatch the 23-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider, who would eventually finish 16th.

“We knew it was going to be an unpredictable stage, so we said why not try something. The legs felt good, but the headwind on the circuit made it really difficult. When Yates came across, I tried to hang in there for as long as possible, but it was hard, so I got reeled in by the pack. Overall, it was a solid day”, said James Knox.

Always present near the front of what was left of the peloton, Enric Mas took advantage of a lull in the elite group once Yates got caught and attacked over the top of the Montjuic, charging on the fast descent and building a decent gap, which saw him take second behind Formolo for his first World Tour podium of the season. Mas was repaid for his bold move, moving up six places in the general classification and concluding Volta a Catalunya in ninth position, the best results of the 24-year-old Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider in three participations.

“It was a hard week, but today I felt much better than in the first stages and after James got dropped from the break, I saw an opportunity and went for it. The stage win was out of reach, but nevertheless, I am happy with how I felt and with today’s result, from which I draw a lot of confidence as I continue building towards the rest of the season”, explained the best-placed Spaniard in the overall standings of the 99th Volta a Catalunya, who raced here for the first time since finishing fourth at the Volta ao Algarve.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/ Getty Images

Race details

1 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
3:19:41
2 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:51
3 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
0:53
4 Dion Smith
Mitchelton-Scott
0:55
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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6 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
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7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
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8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
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9 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
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10 Michael Woods
EF Education First
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16 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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38 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Fabio Sabatini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Eros Capecchi
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1005 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
29:14:17
2 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
0:14
3 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:17
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Movistar Team
0:25
5 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:56
6 Michael Woods
EF Education First
1:42
7 Rafał Majka
BORA - hansgrohe
2:27
8 Guillaume Martin
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
2:41
9 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
3:02
25 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:55
95 Petr Vakoč
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:18:17
1 Michael Matthews
Team Sunweb
29 pt
2 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
28 pt
3 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
16 pt
4 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
13 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
11 pt
6 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
10 pt
7 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
10 pt
8 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
8 pt
9 Daryl Impey
Mitchelton-Scott
8 pt
10 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
7 pt
11 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
27 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
29:14:17
2 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
0:17
3 Enric Mas Nicolau
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:49
4 Maximilian Schachmann
BORA - hansgrohe
3:15
5 Odd Christian Eiking
Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team
7:07
6 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
13:55
7 Merhawi Kudus Ghebremedhin
Astana Pro Team
15:57
8 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
17:20
9 Pavel Sivakov
Team Sky
18:19
10 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
24:58
1 Thomas De Gendt
Lotto Soudal
60 pt
2 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
41 pt
3 Gregor Mühlberger
BORA - hansgrohe
40 pt
4 Adam Yates
Mitchelton-Scott
34 pt
5 Egan Bernal Gómez
Team Sky
25 pt
6 Luis Ángel Maté Mardones
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
24 pt
7 Pieter Weening
Roompot - Charles
24 pt
8 Miguel Ángel López Moreno
Astana Pro Team
22 pt
9 Patrick Bevin
CCC Team
21 pt
10 Davide Formolo
BORA - hansgrohe
18 pt
23 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5 pt
1 Movistar Team 87:49:11
2 BORA - hansgrohe 5:13
3 Astana Pro Team 10:12
4 Wanty - Gobert Cycling Team 16:39
5 Mitchelton-Scott 16:42
6 EF Education First 23:07
7 Team Sky 30:12
8 Euskadi Basque Country - Murias 33:55
9 Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 34:48
10 AG2R La Mondiale 35:41

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