Volta a Catalunya 2017: Valverde powers to overall win with third stage victory
The final stage in the Volta a Catalunya is played out on a hilly city circuit in Barcelona. Alejandro Valverde powers to his third stage win in the 7-day stage race. Contador finishes in second overall, young gun Soler in third. (Slideshow route/profile)
Results 7th stage Volta a Catalunya 2017
1. Alejandro Valverde (spa)
2. Jarlinson Pantano (col) s.t.
3. Arthur Vichot (fra) s.t.
4. Rafal Majka (pol) s.t.
5. Daniel Martin (irl) s.t.
6. Aldemar Reyes (col) s.t.
7. Romain Bardet (fra) s.t.
8. Davide Formolo (ita) s.t.
9. George Bennett (nzl) s.t.
10. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) s.t.
Final GC Volta a Catalunya 2017
1. Alejandro Valverde (spa)
2. Alberto Contador (spa) + 1.03
3. Marc Soler (spa) + 1.16
4. Adam Yates (gbr) + 1.31
5. Tejay van Garderen (usa) + 1.34
6. Daniel Martin (irl) + 2.29
7. Steven Kruijswijk (nld) + 2.56
8. Carlos Verona (ita) + 3.00
9. George Bennett (nzl) + 3.01
10. Romain Bardet (fra) + 3.05
Once the flag is dropped 21 riders escape to race to a 4 minutes lead. Break away specialist Thomas De Gendt is one of them, along with Daniel Teklehaimanot, Jay McCarthy, Victor Campenaerts, Xandro Meurisse, and David Gaudu. Before re-entering Barcelona those riders leave their companions and with 10 kms left De Gendt is the last riders to be reeled in. Then Chris Froome heads out on his own, but he is caught atop Monjuic.
Dan Martin attacks on the ensuing false flat and Valverde jumps to his wheel. In the dying metres of the race Martin is caught by the chasing pack, but leader Valverde stays ahead to take his third stage win in seven days Volta a Catalunya. Impressive!
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