ORICA-SCOTT wrap up the Volta Catalunya with fourth & eighth overallSun 26 Mar 2017
Tour de France white jersey winner Adam Yates and Spaniard Carlos Verona finished safely in the front bunch on today’s final stage to wrap up a successful week at the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya for ORICA-SCOTT placing fourth and eighth overall.
The final stage was won by Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) who also secured the overall victory with Yates remaining in fourth place overall after consistent riding all week.
Unfortunately yesterday’s stage winner Daryl Impey, the team’s main hope for today’s stage success, crashed in the final four kilometres, yet sport director Neil Stephens remained positive and praised the team’s performances throughout the seven-day tour.
“We didn’t know exactly where Daryl was in the finish, so there was bit of confusion if to go for it with him,” said Stephens. “He crashed at the top of the climb around four kilometres, that was unfortunate but we still have a lot of positives from the week.”
“It has been a great week for us, we’ve had a couple of ups and downs but right from the start Daryl started with seventh place and in fact today was the only stage we finished outside the top ten all week.
“We have been fighting for stages all week and it is fantastic to finish with two guys in the top ten overall, but the stage victory with Impey along with the team spirit has been the real positive thing to take away from this week.”
How it happened:
The final day began with a fast pace from the start and a breakaway of 22 riders quickly jumped out to three minutes.
ORICA-SCOTT sent Svein Tuft to the head of the bunch to contribute to the chase, controlling the distance to the leaders.
Eventually six riders decided to jump away ahead of entering the final finish circuits. The leaders held onto a gap of around two minutes 30 for three laps, with Damien Howson and Sam Bewley now also contributing to the chase.
The tough eight kilometre laps quickly began to whittle down the bunch, as Jay McCarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Thomas de Ghent (Lotto-Soudal) attacked away from the front group of six and led the race inside the final few laps.
The race was all back together on the final lap but after attacks on the climb the front was reduced down to a small group sprinting for victory.
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya stage seven results:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 3:08:50
2. Jarlinson Pentane (Trek-Segafredo) ST
3. Arthur Vichot (FDJ) ST
12. Carlos Verona (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
General classification after stage seven:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 25:27:15
2. Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) +1:03
3. Marc Soler (Movistar) +1:16
4. Adam Yates (ORICA-SCOTT) +1:31
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