Team BikeExchange wrapped up a successful week at Volta a Catalunya today, walking away with their first WorldTour stage victory of the season, three riders in the top-10 on the general classification and the overall victory in both the points and mountain classifications.
On the fast and furious stage around Montjuïc, Esteban Chaves was able to maintain his sixth place on GC and secure the two jersey competitions, while teammates Simon Yates and Lucas Hamilton both moved up one place to ninth and tenth respectively, after all making it into the final front selection behind the solo stage winner Thomas de Gendt.
These high overall placings also saw Team BikeExchange finish a close second on the team classification standings, highlighting the squads consistency across the board all week, with strong results including a fourth and fifth stage placing from Dion Smith.
“I think this race is up there with the toughest one-week races that I have done. It was a final good day for us with Dion Smith and Tanel Kangert getting into the main breakaway. It just wasn’t meant to be in the end, that group didn’t stay away to the line but then we just drilled it on the final laps and so it was pretty hard all day.
“In the end, we had three guys there in the final group and finished with three in the top-10 and we can be happy with the whole week.”
“It is awesome, three guys in the top-10 overall and three guys in the first group today in the final. This circuit in Barcelona, I think it was harder today than the previous years, but the team worked perfectly. We covered the breakaway; everybody was super active throughout the race and everybody was super committed.
“I am happy for the results; it gives me confidence for my performance and for the coming races. It is unbelievable for us, for the team, but we deserved this. We worked really hard for this; this is not for free, we put a lot of effort in and this is the result and we need to enjoy it but we also need to keep working for the future.”
Julian Dean – Sport Director
“It has been really good and a really successful week for us. Lot of guys came here with different objectives. The most pleasing thing was that the level of the whole team, it was really, really high.
We took a stage win and nearly secured the team’s classification today with having Tanel and Dion in the breakaway; that was a little bit disappointing to miss that but overall, we can be very happy with the stage win we took, the overall and the points jersey and the mountains jersey wins.”
2021 Volta a Catalunya – Stage 7 Results:
1. Thomas de Gendt 3:06:10
2. Matej Mohoric +0:22
3. Attila Valter +1:41
15. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange)
Final General Classification:
1. Adam Yates 26:16:41
2. Richie Porte +0:45
3. Geraint Thomas +0:49
6. Esteban Chaves (Team BikeExchange) +1:04
9. Simon Yates (Team BikeExchange) +1:32
10. Lucas Hamilton (Team BikeExchange) +1:35
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