Valverde Takes Charge In Catalunya
PeloPics: Stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya was an hour behind schedule due to a strong head-wind in the first half of the stage, but after the fast tail-wind finalé Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde took the victory and the overall lead. Stage 1 winner and overall leader, Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) was distanced on the final climb with just over 10 kilometers to go and so was out of the running.
The Quick-Step Floors team worked hard for the race leader Hodeg, but the final climb was too much for the Colombian sprinter
With speeds of 70 kph on the run-in the riders that were left stuck together for the sprint. Bora-Hansgrohe and Bahrain-Merida took to the front in the final kilometers, but it was Valverde who shot past them all in the last meters for the win and the leaders jersey. Will Valverde repeat his 2017 overall win?
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Volta a Catalunya Stage 2 Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 4:41:50
2. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe
4. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky
5. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida
6. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
7. José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar
8. Tao Geoghegan Hart (GB) Sky
9. Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-Segafredo
10. Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale.
Volta a Catalunya Overall After Stage 2:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 8:21:09
2. Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe at 0:04
3. Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:06
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 0:11
5. Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida at 0:12
6. Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step Floors
7. Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias
8. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
9. Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis
10. Egan Bernal (Col) Sky.