Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Stage 3: Girona to La Molina - Stage Details

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."

Read the full report here.

Results

Place Rider/Team Time
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
Place Mitchelton-SCOTT Riders Time
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