Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Stage 5) La Pobla de Segur - Manresa

ES Spain Friday 26 March 2021 201.1 km

Volta a Catalunya: Cavagna shines in the break

Volta a Catalunya: Cavagna shines in the break

Rémi Cavagna confirmed again his attacking nature by going on the offensive right from the gun on the 201.1km stage 5 between La Pobla de Segur and Manresa. Ok, in all fairness, he was one of the 40-odd riders on the move Friday afternoon, but the “TGV of Clermont-Ferrand” was the one who ignited the first move of a day that spread havoc in a peloton which quickly disintegrated on the first ranked ascent of the day.

Runner-up in the Banyoles individual time trial, Rémi was undeterred by the convincing response of the bunch – or what was left of it – and went clear again, over the top of the climb, drawing Matej Mohoric (Bahrain Victorious) with him. In the arrears, a 40-man group, featuring James Knox, formed and began a frantic chase, which paid dividends halfway through the stage, when the catch was made. With 50 kilometers to go, Cavagna attacked boldly again, putting some considerable daylight between him and the chasers.

By the time he hit the base of Port de Montserrat, Deceuninck – Quick-Step’s Frenchman managed to stretch out his lead to two minutes, but the brutal slopes of the first-category climb played against him, and the chasing group, in the meantime reduced to a dozen riders, bridged across. With the peloton trailing them by four minutes, it became clear the winner would come from the front, and in the end, following several skirmishes on the long descent, it was Lennard Kamna (Bora-hansgrohe) who slipped away and held off the chasers, from where James Knox took a solid seventh.

João Almeida concluded in the bunch and remained in the white jersey, rewarding the best young rider of the race, while Rémi took to the podium to receive the trophy for the most combative rider of the stage: “It was a nice day for a breakaway, so that’s why I tried several times. The first time, the peloton came back, but I kept going and eventually I got a gap with one other rider. When the others joined us, I waited until I sensed the right moment had come for me to attack and I got a good gap, but that climb was just too much, despite leaving everything out there. I didn’t make it, but it was a good stage for me and I’m happy with my effort and this trophy.”

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos/Getty Images

Race details

1 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
4:29:13
2 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Education - Nippo
0:39
3 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
0:42
4 Dion Smith
Team BikeExchange
0:44
5 Dan Martin
Israel Start-Up Nation
0:44
6 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - Victorious
0:44
7 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
8 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:44
9 Rigoberto Urán Urán
EF Education - Nippo
0:44
10 Steven Kruijswijk
Team Jumbo-Visma
0:44
16 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:44
21 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59
30 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:59
72 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39
73 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:56
1 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
18:45:27
2 Richie Porte
INEOS Grenadiers
0:45
3 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
0:49
4 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
1:03
5 Wilco Kelderman
BORA - hansgrohe
1:03
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
1:04
7 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:07
8 Hugh Carthy
EF Education - Nippo
1:20
9 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
1:29
10 Simon Yates
Team BikeExchange
1:32
17 Fausto Masnada
Deceuninck - Quick Step
2:39
39 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
24:41
68 Dries Devenyns
Deceuninck - Quick Step
37:31
106 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
58:57
128 Josef Černý
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:11:19
1 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
16 pt
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
3 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
10 pt
4 Rohan Dennis
INEOS Grenadiers
10 pt
5 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
9 pt
6 Natnael Berhane
Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
6 pt
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
6 pt
8 Ruben Guerreiro
EF Education - Nippo
6 pt
9 Luis León Sánchez Gil
Astana - Premier Tech
6 pt
10 Alexander Kamp
Trek - Segafredo
5 pt
13 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 Esteban Chaves Rubio
Team BikeExchange
50 pt
2 Adam Yates
INEOS Grenadiers
40 pt
3 Koen Bouwman
Team Jumbo-Visma
33 pt
4 Geraint Thomas
INEOS Grenadiers
30 pt
5 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
28 pt
6 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
27 pt
7 Michael Woods
Israel Start-Up Nation
26 pt
8 Sepp Kuss
Team Jumbo-Visma
23 pt
9 Louis Meintjes
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
16 pt
10 Joe Dombrowski
UAE-Team Emirates
15 pt
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
10 pt
29 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
4 pt
1 João Almeida
Deceuninck - Quick Step
18:46:34
2 Lucas Hamilton
Team BikeExchange
0:28
3 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:47
4 Brandon McNulty
UAE-Team Emirates
1:12
5 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
4:11
6 Lennard Kämna
BORA - hansgrohe
12:49
7 Callum Scotson
Team BikeExchange
23:42
8 Maxim Van Gils
Lotto Soudal
26:28
9 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
26:47
10 Steff Cras
Lotto Soudal
27:03
1 INEOS Grenadiers 56:17:22
2 Team BikeExchange 0:36
3 Movistar Team 8:14
4 Team Jumbo-Visma 23:03
5 EF Education - Nippo 24:45
6 Deceuninck - Quick Step 24:57
7 UAE-Team Emirates 28:47
8 BORA - hansgrohe 29:01
9 Euskaltel - Euskadi 31:00
10 Lotto Soudal 34:25

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