Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 3) Canal Olimpic de Catalunya - Vallter 2000

ES Spain Wednesday 24 March 2021 203.1 km

Volta a Catalunya: Almeida puts in another superb effort

Volta a Catalunya: Almeida puts in another superb effort

João Almeida started the day in the leader’s white-and-green jersey and concluded it dressed in the white-and-orange jersey, which he received on the podium after retaining his place at the top of the youth classification. Basically, the story of stage 3 was written on Vallter 2000, the demanding 11.1km climb averaging 7.6%, where the race was blown apart early, once several riders began showing their intentions.

Up until that point, the likes of Rémi Cavagna and Josef Cerny worked tirelessly at the front of the peloton to bring back the nine escapees who had a ten-minute maximum gap after just 70 kilometers of racing. The mission was accomplished by the time they hit the base of the ascent, just one minute separating the remaining escapees from the depleted peloton. The hardest section of the climb came quite early and it was there that some riders took off, opening up a gap on the other contenders.

Their action was short-lived, but it opened the door to other attacks which tried to put many GC guys on the ropes. Another series of brutal accelerations then followed, and João found himself trailing a four-man leading group with five kilometers to go, but he didn’t panic and admirably limited the losses on the way to the top. Out of the saddle, Almeida put in a valiant effort that not only kept him on the overall podium, but also helped the Portuguese extend his buffer in the best young rider standings.

“The climb was a really demanding one and I knew it was going the be hard to hold the jersey, but I did my best. The team helped me the whole day, protecting me and pulling behind the break, for which I want to say thanks. The attacks came early on those double-digit gradients and others were stronger than me, but I gave everything and I am happy with my effort. It’s nice to sit third on the GC, but four hard stages still remain and we’ll see what happens”, João said after the podium ceremony.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/Getty Images

Race details

1 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
5:00:58
2 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
0:13
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
0:19
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:31
5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:31
6 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:31
7 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
0:31
8 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:36
9 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:36
10 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:36
16 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:46
23 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:29
79 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:11
91 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
11:43
142 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
16:53
160 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
21:26
1 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
9:44:21
2 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:45
3 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:49
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:53
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:03
6 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:04
7 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
1:14
8 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
1:21
9 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
1:21
10 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:24
18 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:52
50 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10:55
99 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
20:34
136 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
29:21
153 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
35:57
1 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
2 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
3 Andreas Kron
Lotto Soudal
10 pt
4 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
5 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
6 pt
6 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
7 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6 pt
8 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
5 pt
9 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
10 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
4 pt
1 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
26 pt
2 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
24 pt
3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
18 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
14 pt
5 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
12 pt
6 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
11 pt
7 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
11 pt
8 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
8 pt
9 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
8 pt
10 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
6 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9:45:10
2 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
0:35
3 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:41
4 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
0:44
5 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:46
6 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
2:33
7 Jaime Castrillo Zapater
Equipo Kern Pharma
3:25
8 Roger Adrià Oliveras
Equipo Kern Pharma
3:32
9 Juan Pedro López Pérez
Trek - Segafredo
3:36
10 Jai Hindley
Team DSM
3:44
1 INEOS Grenadiers 29:14:04
2 Team BikeExchange 2:58
3 Team Jumbo-Visma 3:50
4 Movistar Team 5:25
5 EF Education - Nippo 6:25
6 BORA - hansgrohe 8:26
7 Lotto Soudal 8:33
8 Team DSM 10:13
9 UAE-Team Emirates 10:25
10 Deceuninck - Quick Step 11:21

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