Volta a Catalunya - Miguel Angel Lopez: The battle for the GC is still ahead
Mar 29 2019 07:13 am CET

Volta a Catalunya - Miguel Angel Lopez: The battle for the GC is still ahead
Volta a Catalunya - Miguel Angel Lopez: The battle for the GC is still ahead
Astana

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) launched a strong attack on the final metres of the fourth stage of the Volta a Catalunya, taking not only the day's victory but also the lead of the overall standing.

The Colombian rider launched a solo attack with seven kilometres to go, caught the remaining escapees and went on to claim the stage victory. In the third stage of the Spanish race, Lopez was also part of the front group on the final kilometres and crossed the finish line in the fifth position.

"I knew this stage could be a good moment to do something in the general classification," he commented. "So, with the whole team, we were motivated to do it well. The team did a great job for me during the whole day, protecting me well and providing me with a very good position on the last climb.

"Yesterday I saw I have the legs to stay with the strongest riders of this race, so today I decided to try to attack on the final climb. Maybe, it was a risk, but for the first time, I did an attack with around 8.5 km to go. And later, I attacked again inside the final 7 km, giving my best in this attack. I just went away, keeping the highest pace I could and this brought me the stage win. I am really happy with this victory, especially after being close to it last few times. Now I am the leader of the overall, but, for sure, the race is still open. We still have three stages to go and the battle for the GC is still ahead. I am happy with my win, so now I will move day by day in this race."




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