Davide Formolo and Miguel Angel Lopez celebrate in eventful last stage of Volta a Catalunya
Mar 31 2019 08:15 pm CET

Davide Formolo and Miguel Angel Lopez celebrate in eventful last stage of Volta a Catalunya
Davide Formolo and Miguel Angel Lopez celebrate in eventful last stage of Volta a Catalunya
Bora-hansgrohe

Bora-hansgrohe's Davide Formolo took the win at the last stage of the Volta a Catalunya. The Italian crossed the finish line in Barcelona on his own, while Miguel Angel Lopez successfully defended the overall lead.

The last stage of the Spanish race was 143.1 kilometres long and featured a city circuit in Barcelona over a hilly course. The escape of the day was formed by eleven riders and featured names like Carlos Verona, James Knox, Davide Formolo and Thomas De Gendt, among others.

With 40 kilometres to go, a group of around 20 riders suffered a heavy crash and included names like Romain Bardet, Marc Soler and Simon Geschke. At around 30 kilometres to go, Formolo changed the pace in front and went away on his own, leaving his escape companions behind.

Around ten kilometres later, Adam and Simon Yates attacked from the pack and created a gap, putting Miguel Angel Lopez' GC lead at risk for a while. Moments later, Adam was left riding on his own but he couldn't hold the gap and was eventually caught by a group led by Alejandro Valverde, also including Lopez, Nairo Quintana and Egan Bernal.

Formolo managed to maintain his gap and crossed the finish line by himself, 51 seconds ahead of Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) and 53 ahead of Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe). Lopez arrived to the finish 55 seconds behind the day's winner and managed to maintain his GC lead, while Yates and Bernal stepped on the second and third place of the podium, respectively.






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