2018 Vuelta a España winner Simon Yates showed some good signs in today’s individual time trial stage on day two at Volta a Catalunya, flying around the 20.4km course in Banyoles with a time of 23 minutes and 27seconds, good enough for 26th place, to keep in self in contention for the overall.
Team BikeExchange’s other climber, Lucas Hamilton, fresh from his fourth-place overall finish in Paris-Nice, also had a promising ride in the TT event, finishing the day with a time of 23 minutes and 51 seconds, on a stage that was dominated by Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers).
The fellow Australian was an early starter down the ramp and set the benchmark time of 22minutes and 27seconds and successfully managed to hold on to the top spot as riders completed the distance one-by-one, with nobody able to better his time.
After today’s stage the general classification shakes up but with a summit finish in Vallter 2000 tomorrow, it is still all very much set to change.
“It was ok, I felt quite good and paced it well and I think I have made another step forward since Tirreno, the time trial there. So, things are looking good and I am looking forward to the climbing stages to come.
“I did the best I could, so it is what it is in that regards to the overall and we’ll see how things go in the next days go as we head to the mountains.”
2021 Volta a Catalunya – Stage 2 Results:
1. Rohan Dennis (Ineos Grenadiers) 22:27
2. Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quickstep) +0:05
3. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quickstep) +0:28
26. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +1:10
General Classification after stage 2:
1. Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-Quickstep) 4:43:26
2. Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) ST
3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana-Premier Tech) +0:03
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