Sergio Higuita (Bora-Hansgrohe) secured the general victory on the ultimate stage of the Volta a Catalunya, ending safely in a decreased lead group in Montjuïc Park in Barcelona to win his first WorldTour stage race.
Andrea Bagioli (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) took the win on stage 7, outsprinting Atilla Valter (Groupama-FDJ) and Fernando Barceló (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) on the line because the GC favourites completed among the many lead group.
23-year-old Bagioli jumped off the wheel of Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) at 125 metres to go, and was unrivalled within the sprint to the road, with Valter solely in a position to race to the end within the Italian’s wheel.
The dash end drew a near what was a usually hectic day of racing across the circuit in Montjuïc Park, with assaults coming from a number of GC contenders over the closing laps.
Regardless of makes an attempt from second-placed Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) and third-placed João Almeida (UAE Staff Emirates), although, the highest of the GC remained unchanged on the end as the most important contenders got here dwelling collectively.
The way it unfolded
A gray however not excessively chilly day in central Barcelona greeted the peloton for the final stage of racing, a brief and really punchy 136 kilometre leg concluding with a number of laps of the Montjuïc Park. Because the ravages of a harsh week of racing proceed to have their impact, some groups like Lotto Soudal, have been now squeezed all the way down to only one rider, Sylvain Moniquet, for the ultimate day’s racing.
No sooner had the flag dropped than a break of 27 riders went up the street, with the heftily-sized moved together with many of the major favourites aside from Nairo Quintana (Arkéa-Samsic). And no sooner had that transfer been caught than one other massive breakaway sheered away, spearheaded by Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma).
The blistering tempo started to take its toll because the peloton break up into a number of chunks and Wout Poels (Bahrain Victorious), mendacity sixth general, opted to desert following, as his group considerably delicately described it, “abdomen points.”
Lastly after over an hour of fraught racing, 12 riders managed to claw their means clear: Dylan Teuns (Bahrain Victorious), Giulio Ciccone and Antwan Tolhoek (Trek-Segafredo), Jesus Herrada (Cofidis), Dries Devenyns (Fast Step-AlphaVinyl), Henri Vandenabeele (DSM), Marc Soler (UAE Staff Emirates), Louis Meintjes (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) and a minimum of three racers from Groupama-FDJ – Michael Storer, Sebastian Reichenbach and Quentin Pacher. Additionally current, regardless of skidding off the street at one level, was Kruijswijk.
The dozen escapees roared again into Barcelona and in the direction of the six eight kilometre laps of the Montjuic circuit with roughly 90 seconds benefit, whereas Bora-hansgrohe stored issues undder management for race chief Higuita. Logically sufficient given their numerical benefit, Trek and Groupama-FDJ did the majority of the spadework within the break, though collaboration was largely good all through.
The solar had lastly come out by the point the race reached the doorway into the Montjuic circuit, the place Devenyns dropped again from the break. Simply 40 seconds separated the pinnacle of affairs and the bunch as they tackled the circuit’s steep and wildly irregular major climb, lower than three kilometres lengthy and averaging a relatively benign 4.6 % however with segments of as much as 19 %.
Because the hole shrank on the undulating, technical circuit, Groupama realised it was a query of now or by no means and after a sudden acceleration by Pacher, Kruijswijk rapidly joined the Frenchman within the entrance of the race. Their margin on the peloton, although, was nonetheless a scant 45 seconds.
Nearly instantly after a quiet first lap, a ferocious improve in tempo by UAE, notably Juan Ayuso and George Bennett ended the uneasy truce, shrinking the duo’s benefit to simply below a minute and shredding the pelton to 40 riders at most.
Nevertheless by the third ascent of the six of the Montjuic climb the tempo had gone out of the chase once more, and whereas Astana-Qazakstan tried to keep up a excessive tempo, however in reality the race settled into a gentle chase mode once more.
25 kilometres from the end, a counter-attack lastly seemed to stick, as Joe Dombrowski (Astana Qazaqstan) and younger Spanish racer Oier Lazkano (Movistar), joined by Simon Clarke (Israel-Premier Tech) and Devenyns started a extra sustained pursuit. Lastly, too, Ineos Grenadiers started to point out their playing cards, because of Castroviejo and the Rodríguez opening up the throttle on the third final ascent of Montjuïc.
A number of extra riders, together with Hugh Carthy (EF Training-EasyPost) joined the lead group because the race sped in the direction of the ultimate 15 kilometres, however the break was over on the 13km mark as Richard Carapaz (Ineos Grenadiers) tried a transfer on the second-last ascent of the Montjuïc climb.
The Colombian was rapidly introduced again, nonetheless, whereas just a few kilometres later it was his compatriot Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) who leapt away. His time without work the entrance was a quick one, too, and the decreased lead group continued on as one over the unclassified lump following the descent from the Montjuïc hill.
Close to the highest of the ultimate ascent, João Almeida (UAE Staff Emirates) made an acceleration which break up up the group and surprisingly distanced Carapaz. On the way in which down, 5 males – Higuita, Almeida and his teammate Juan Ayuso, Ben O’Connor (AG2R Citroën), and Tobias Halland Johannessen (Uno-X) have been disregarded entrance, whereas Carapaz and the also-dropped Quintana rapidly bought again on.
O’Connor gave it a nudge because the group handed the Olympic stadium for the ultimate time with 2.5km to go, however no person would be capable to get away so near the end. As an alternative, the chase group behind got here again, making it 20 males up entrance for the finale.
Carlos Verona (Movistar) and Guillaume Martin (Cofidis) launched the dash to the road earlier than fading, and it was the Italian Andrea Bagioli (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) who got here by means of within the closing metres to say the win, the fourth of his profession.
|#||Rider Identify (Nation) Staff||End result|
|1||Andrea Bagioli (Ita) QuickStep-AlphaVinyl||3:18:09|
|2||Atilla Valter (Hun) Groupama-FDJ|
|3||Fernando Barcelo (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA|
|4||Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Staff Emirates|
|5||Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain Victorious|
|6||Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis|
|7||Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic|
|8||Carlos Verona (Spa) Movistar|
|9||Sergio Higuita (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe|
|10||Richard Carapaz (Eu) Ineos Grenadiers|
|#||Rider Identify (Nation) Staff||End result|
|1||Sergio Higuita (Col) Bora-Hansgrohe||29:53:33|
|2||Richard Carapaz (Eu) Ineos Grenadiers||0:00:16|
|3||Joao Almeida (Por) UAE Staff Emirates||0:00:52|
|4||Nairo Quintana (Col) Arkea-Samsic||0:00:53|
|5||Juan Ayuso (Spa) UAE Staff Emirates||0:01:08|
|6||Ben O’Connor (Aus) AG2R Citroen||0:01:10|
|7||Tobias Halland Johannessen (Nor) Uno-X||0:01:13|
|8||Guillaume Martin (Fra) Cofidis||0:01:16|
|9||Torstein Træen (Nor) Uno-X||0:01:27|
|10||Sam Oomen (Ned) Jumbo-Visma||0:01:55|