Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 2) Banyoles - Banyoles

ES Spain Tuesday 23 March 2021 18.5 km

Almeida dons the leader’s jersey at the Volta a Catalunya

Almeida dons the leader’s jersey at the Volta a Catalunya

Third overall at the UAE Tour and sixth at Tirreno-Adriatico – results that underline his incredible consistency since the start of the year – João Almeida was the last Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to roll down the ramp at Tuesday’s Volta a Catalunya 18.5km individual time trial around Banyones.

The Portuguese all-rounder was again in superb form, clocking up 22:34 at the finish and slotting into third, a result which he held until the curtain came down over the stage. It was João’s first World Tour podium of the season, one that propelled him into the leader’s jersey, another remarkable achievement for the Caldas da Rainha native, who last season sported the Giro d’Italia maglia rosa for 15 consecutive days.

“I wasn’t expecting this before the stage, but I felt good today and did my best in this time trial. Coming into the race I knew that the time trial was one of my weapons and I could gain some time thanks to it, and it’s great so see I’ve done that. I want to do a good general classification, but we’ll take it day by day and see what the big climbs will bring”, said Almeida, who has in his possession also the best young rider jersey.

Rémi Cavagna was another Deceuninck – Quick-Step rider to deliver a solid individual time trial, but for the second time in the space of just two weeks he finished runner-up, again for a small difference. After coming extremely close to his first victory of the season in Paris-Nice, the French National Champion was one of the riders to watch in the first ITT in 14 years scheduled by the Volta a Catalunya.

Cavagna showed he was on a good day as soon as went through the intermediate checkpoint, where he improved the marker set by his teammate, Czech Champion Josef Cerny, by six seconds. The “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” continued showing the same strong turn of legs and by the time he concluded his effort, he averaged a whooping 49.26km/h, going into the hot seat. Rémi stayed there for about one hour, until his time was bested by Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) for a handful of seconds.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/Getty Images

Race details

1 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
22:27
2 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:05
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:28
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:28
5 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:33
6 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:34
7 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:35
8 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:38
9 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
0:38
10 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:47
11 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:48
19 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:02
26 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:09
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:43:26
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
0:03
4 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:05
5 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:06
6 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
0:07
7 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
0:10
8 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:19
9 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:20
10 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:21
18 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:41
87 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
8:48
117 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
12:25
131 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
14:28
1 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
2 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
3 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
4 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
5 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
6 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
7 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
4 pt
8 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
4 pt
9 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
2 pt
1 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
11 pt
2 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
8 pt
3 Antonio Pedrero López
Movistar Team
6 pt
4 Rein Taaramäe
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
5 pt
5 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
4 pt
6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
3 pt
7 Gotzon Martín Sanz
Euskaltel - Euskadi
3 pt
8 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2 pt
9 Rémy Rochas
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2 pt
10 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
2 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4:43:26
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:00
3 Stefan de Bod
Astana - Premier Tech
0:10
4 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:21
5 Callum Scotson
Team BikeExchange
0:47
6 Harold Tejada Canacue
Astana - Premier Tech
0:49
7 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:56
8 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:56
9 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
1:00
10 Marc Hirschi
UAE-Team Emirates
1:00
1 INEOS Grenadiers 14:10:03
2 Deceuninck - Quick Step 0:02
3 Astana - Premier Tech 1:23
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 1:28
5 EF Education - Nippo 1:58
6 UAE-Team Emirates 2:06
7 Lotto Soudal 2:28
8 Movistar Team 2:31
9 BORA - hansgrohe 2:33
10 Team BikeExchange 2:40

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