Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Stage 2: Mataro - Girona - Stage Details

Leigh Howard sprinted to ninth place in Girona on the second stage of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Brett Lancaster again provided a strong lead-out, capping off the tireless efforts by the ORICA-GreenEDGE squad on the rain-soaked stage. Luka Mezgec (Giant-Shimano) took his second consecutive victory to extend his overall lead by 14” over Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida). Howard sits in third overall, tied on time with Ferrari, with the mountain stages looming.

“The boys did a fantastic job setting up the lead-out train to do their work in the sprint. Everyone did their part today. Unfortunately, I tend to think Leigh just ran out of legs in the end. We’ll carry on to fight another day. The cold was a major factor for everyone today.

"It was cold and wet. The boys where shivering, and their legs were cold and tired. When the race started to get really aggressive toward the end, I said to them: ‘I know you’re cold and wet. Everyone else is cold and wet, too. Now is the time that we need to switch it on.’ – and they did. They rose to challenge and tackled the task at hand. We might not have gotten the result we wanted in the end, but I tend to think the team did a pretty good job today.” - Sport Director Neil Stephens

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
1 Luka Mezgec (Slo) - Team Giant-Shimano 3:57:49
2 Roberto Ferrari (Ita) - Lampre-Merida ST
3 Daniele Ratto (Ita) - Cannondale ST
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) - Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team ST
5 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) - BMC Racing Team ST
6 Davide Vigano (Ita) - Caja Rural - Seguros RGA ST
7 Boris Vallee (Bel) - Lotto Belisol ST
8 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) - Lotto Belisol ST
9 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
10 Maciej Paterski (Pol) - CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:00:03
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
9 Leigh Howard (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
13 Brett Lancaster (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:00:03
46 Sam Bewley (NZl) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
71 Damien Howson (Aus) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
95 Esteban Chaves (Col) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
126 Adam Yates (GBr) - ORICA-GreenEDGE ST
159 Christian Meier (Can) - ORICA-GreenEDGE 0:01:15