Chaves attacks to take a strong second place in his first climbing test of the season at Volta a Catalunya

Two-time Grand Tour podium finisher Esteban Chaves attacked his way to an impressive second place on the summit finish in Vallter 2000 today in Volta a Catalunya, firing out of a reduced chasing group in the steep final four kilometres and powering towards the victory.
 
With the breakaway remains swallowed up, Chaves picked his moment and launched in pursuit of former teammate Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers), Sepp Kuss (Jumbo Visma) and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) who had forced a gap, leading the race into the final six kilometres as the road continued to head north.
 
Finding his rhythm, Chaves caught and passed Kuss and Valverde but with still Yates ahead, it was all to fight for. The Colombian drew closer with each pedal stroke but had to settle for a bittersweet second place, crossing the line just 13seconds down on the stage winner Yates.
 
Heading into tomorrow’s Queen stage, Simon Yates and Chaves sit in eighth and ninth place respectively, with the classification all still to play for after today’s strong showing.
 
Esteban Chaves
“I lost the momentum in the final part; it is the first race, and the confidence is not 100% especially after the last years and months and I lost the momentum in the final moment. I have to work harder but I am getting closer.
 
“Adam (Yates) was really strong in the end and it was the first real test for my legs, but I am happy with this ride. 
 
“The team worked really well as always today, we understand each other and now we are looking forward to tomorrow. 
 
“Today really gives me and the team a lot of confidence for tomorrow and for the coming days and the season in front.”

 
2021 Volta a Catalunya – Stage 3 Results:
1. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) 22:27
2. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) +0:13
3. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) +0:19
 
General Classification after stage 3:
1. Adam Yates (Ineos Grenadiers) 9:44:21
2. Richie Porte (Ineos Grenadiers) +0:45
3. Joan Almeida (Deceuninck-Quickstep) +0:50
8. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +1:21
9. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) +1:21
 
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