Stage 3 of Volta a Catalunya concluded with a mountain top finish in La Molina with multiple Vuelta a Espana stage winner Esteban Chaves staying in contention until the final steep slopes to finish in 29th place.
A large group of riders were still together until the final kilometre of the race when the gradient increased. Numerous riders tried to get away but a well-timed late move by Dan Martin (Etixx-Quickstep) saw him take the stage victory.
Sport director Neil Stephens explained how it was a really hard stage and although the team didn't come away with a top result he was pleased with the team's efforts.
"It was a really solid day today," Stephens said. "It was the first time we really had to put things to the test. The boys did a great job. Damien Howson was really good after such a long time without racing to stay up there until the last climb."
|1||Daniel Martin (IRL) - Etixx - Quick-Step||5:00:27|
|2||Alberto Contador (SPA) - Tinkoff Team||0:00:02|
|3||Romain Bardet (FRA) - AG2R La Mondiale||0:00:02|
|4||Tejay Van Garderen (USA) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:02|
|5||Richie Porte (AUS) - BMC Racing Team||0:00:09|
|6||Nairo Quintana (COL) - Movistar Team||0:00:09|
|7||Davide Formolo (ITA) - Cannondale Pro Cycling||0:00:11|
|8||Ilnur Zakarin (RUS) - Team Katusha||0:00:12|
|9||Christopher Froome (GBR) - Team Sky||0:00:12|
|10||Hugh Carthy (GBR) - Caja Rural-Seguros RGA||0:00:18|
|29||Esteban Chaves (COL) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:00:28|
|67||Damien Howson (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:06:28|
|80||Ruben Plaza (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:11:58|
|83||Jack Haig (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:12:57|
|101||Amets Txurruka (SPA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:45|
|102||Daryl Impey (RSA) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:45|
|103||Simon Gerrans (AUS) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:16:45|
|149||Christian Meier (CAN) - ORICA-GreenEDGE||0:21:17|