Adam Yates conquers Volta Catalunya Queen Stage, Thomas De Gendt holds GC lead
Mar 28 2019 01:42 am CET

Adam Yates conquers Volta Catalunya Queen Stage, Thomas De Gendt holds GC lead
Adam Yates conquers Volta Catalunya Queen Stage, Thomas De Gendt holds GC lead
Photo of Mitchelton-Scott jersey (c) Jonathan Roorda / CyclingPub.com

Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates has taken the victory of the third stage of the Volta a Catalunya. Thomas De Gendt managed to defend his GC lead.

The Queen stage of the Spanish race was 179 kilometres long between Sant Feliu de Guixols and Vallter 2000 and featured one climb of the third category, two of the first category and a mountain finish on a hors-category ascent. The day started with the escape of 12 riders that included names like Dries Devenyns, Lennard Kämna, Bart De Clercq and Pieter Weening, among others.

The last of the escapees remaining was Weening, who at the end got reeled back in by a peloton that was pulled by Team Sky just starting the climb of the Vallter 2000. Race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) couldn't hold the pace and was dropped by the pack and very soon the same happened to Alejandro Valverde (Movistar).

When Sky saw this, it increased the pace to leave Egan Bernal in a good position ahead of the tough finale. The Colombian was the first of the favourites' group to make a move and was followed by Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and moments later they were joined by Astana's Miguel Angel Lopez, Mitchelton-Scott's Adam Yates and UAE Team Emirates' Daniel Martin.

The five riders arrived together to the final meters and Yates was the faster sprinter, while Bernal, Martin, Quintana and Lopez completed the top-five of the day in that order. De Gendt arrived to the finish line two minutes and 21 seconds behind Yates, as such defending his GC lead with success.

Yates climbed to the second overall position and sits at 27 seconds from the Belgian. Bernal follows at 30 seconds from De Gendt, Martin at 33 seconds and Quintana closes the top five of the GC standing at 35 seconds.






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