Volta a Catalunya Recap Through Stage 5, Two Days of Racing to Go

The Volta a Catalunya is through stage 5 now and heading into its final two stages this weekend. Thomas De Gendt opened the race with a stunning solo victory on stage one, here’s a recap of stages two through five in anticipation of an exciting weekend of racing:

Matthews wins Catalunya Stage 2, Froome Crashes

The 168-kilometer second stage left from Mataró and traversed three categorized climbs and several uncategorized ascents with a short uphill lead into the finish. Josef Cerný (CCC), Jonas Gregaard (Astana), and Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert) made up the day’s breakaway. The gap topped out at just about seven minutes before the peloton, led by Lotto Soudal and Sunweb, began to pull the group back in.

Michael Matthews sprinted to his first victory of 2019 in a slightly uphill finish in the Volta a Catalunya’s second stage. He bested defending overall champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott) in doing so.

Lotto Soudal’s Thomas De Gendt retained his overall lead, but the GC picture had its shakeups. Most notably, Chris Froome dropped out of overall contention after a crash and subsequent 14-minutes time loss. José Herrada crashed hard at 100 kilometers to go, abandoning the race with a broken collarbone.

Yates Conquers Colombian Climbers to Win Stage 3

Facing a trio of Colombian climbers and Dan Martin (UAE Team Emirates), Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) came away with a win in stage 3 of Volta a Catalunya atop the climb to the Valter 2000 ski station. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) grabbed second and Martin was third.

Bernal kicked off with an attack halfway up the final climb. Only Nairo Quintana (Movistar) was initially able to follow.

But as Bernal’s pace slowed, Yates was able to gradually bridge up to the duo of Colombian climbers. A third Colombian, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) then bridged the gap to the group along with Martin.

In a surprising move, Martin made a hard attack and led into the last 300 meters. Yates was on his wheel and swept past the Irishman as the road swung right into the finish. Bernal responded to Yates’s acceleration but couldn’t come past for the win.

Lopez Climbs to Victory and Overall Lead in Stage 4

With a long-range attack on the final climb of a mountainous stage 4 at Volta a Catalunya, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) took a stage win and the overall lead. Two riders from the day’s early breakaway survived for a day on the podium: Marc Soler (Movistar) finished second and Gregor Muhlberger was third.

The stage saw riders make two ascents of La Molina before the finish. Although fairly long at 11.5km, the climb is moderate at 4.3 percent average gradient. Leading into the finish climb, Soler and Muhlberger were the last survivors of the day’s early breakaway, with a lead of about two minutes over the peloton. Meanwhile, Team Sky was pushing a hard tempo on the lower slopes which quickly shed the overall race leader Thomas De Gendt.

With about eight kilometers to go, Lopez launched his winning attack. Egan Bernal (Team Sky), Nairo Quintana (Movistar), and Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) responded, but Lopez’s pace proved to be to much. Inside of the final five kilometers, the Colombian climber caught Soler and Muhlberger.

Though Adam Yates and Egan Bernal chased as hard as they could, they ended the stage 16 seconds behind Lopez.

Max Schachmann Holds Off Chasing Group to Win Stage Five Solo

SANT CUGAT DEL VALLÈS, SPAIN РMARCH 29: Arrival / Maximilian Schachmann of Germany and Team Bora РHansgrohe / Celebration / during the 99th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2019, Stage 5 a 188,1km stage from Puigcerdà to Sant Cugat del Vallès / VCC / @VoltaCatalunya / on March 29, 2019 in Sant Cugat del Vallès, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) achieved the impossible with a solo win at stage five of the Volta a Catalunya, dropping his breakaway companions to hold a 20 second lead into the final kilometres. The German was part of a quartet which escaped the peloton with about 140km of the 188km stage to go.

Schachmann’s companions in the breakaway included Tejay van Garderen (EF Education First), Andrey Amador (Movistar) and Bert-Jan Lindeman (Jumbo-Visma) – but sensing the peloton’s breath on the back of his neck, the Bora-Hansgrohe rider left them in his wake at 11km remaining.

Team Sky’s Egan Bernal crashed in the final kilometre, but carried his bike over the line with no clear injuries.

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) had a relatively easy day in the leader’s jersey, finishing 10th. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) maintained second in the overall leaving the overall standings largely unchanged with two days of racing to go.

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5 Results

Rank Name Team Time
1 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 4:25:45
2 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 0:13
3 GIBBONS Ryan Team Dimension Data ,,
4 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott ,,
5 BEVIN Patrick CCC Team ,,
6 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain Merida ,,
7 MCCARTHY Jay BORA – hansgrohe 0:15
8 QUINTANA Nairo Movistar Team ,,
9 LAMBRECHT Bjorg Lotto Soudal ,,
10 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Astana Pro Team ,,
11 YATES Adam Mitchelton-Scott ,,
12 MAJKA Rafał BORA – hansgrohe ,,
13 DE WITTE Mathias Roompot – Charles ,,
14 LAMMERTINK Maurits Roompot – Charles ,,
15 ZEITS Andrey Astana Pro Team ,,
16 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
17 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team ,,
18 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Groupama – FDJ ,,
19 MARTIN Dan UAE-Team Emirates ,,
20 CARAPAZ Richard Movistar Team ,,
21 MAS Enric Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
22 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team ,,
23 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
24 KUDUS Merhawi Astana Pro Team ,,
25 DOUBEY Fabien Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
26 MATÉ Luis Ángel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
27 RAVASI Edward UAE-Team Emirates ,,
28 MADRAZO Ángel Burgos-BH ,,
29 CAPECCHI Eros Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
30 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida ,,
31 SOLER Marc Movistar Team ,,
32 CRAS Steff Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
33 RODRÍGUEZ Óscar Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
34 BIDARD François AG2R La Mondiale ,,
35 VILLELLA Davide Astana Pro Team ,,
36 PINOT Thibaut Groupama – FDJ ,,
37 GALLOPIN Tony AG2R La Mondiale ,,
38 KNOX James Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
39 ATAPUMA Darwin Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
40 FORMOLO Davide BORA – hansgrohe ,,
41 REICHENBACH Sébastien Groupama – FDJ ,,
42 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale ,,
43 ITURRIA Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
44 DE TIER Floris Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
45 RODRÍGUEZ Cristián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
46 CARUSO Damiano Bahrain Merida ,,
47 ERVITI Imanol Movistar Team ,,
48 EIKING Odd Christian Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
49 ZAKARIN Ilnur Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
50 SIVAKOV Pavel Team Sky ,,
51 FABBRO Matteo Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
52 O’CONNOR Ben Team Dimension Data ,,
53 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott ,,
54 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott ,,
55 KANGERT Tanel EF Education First ,,
56 CONTRERAS Rodrigo Astana Pro Team ,,
57 NAVARRO Daniel Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
58 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First ,,
59 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb ,,
60 HERRADA Jesús Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
61 BOLE Grega Bahrain Merida ,,
62 GRMAY Tsgabu Mitchelton-Scott ,,
63 LEEZER Tom Team Jumbo-Visma 0:26
64 FROOME Chris Team Sky ,,
65 HOFSTEDE Lennard Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
66 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb 0:40
67 VERONA Carlos Movistar Team 1:18
68 HENAO Sebastián Team Sky 2:20
69 BERNAL Egan Team Sky 0:15
70 CHAVES Esteban Mitchelton-Scott 2:34
71 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 2:40
72 DUCHESNE Antoine Groupama – FDJ ,,
73 BARCELÓ Fernando Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
74 BERHANE Natnael Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
75 DEGAND Thomas Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
76 MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo UAE-Team Emirates ,,
77 BIZKARRA Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
78 PORTE Richie Trek – Segafredo ,,
79 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo ,,
80 PETILLI Simone UAE-Team Emirates ,,
81 OWSIAN Łukasz CCC Team ,,
82 ALBASINI Michael Mitchelton-Scott ,,
83 DE CLERCQ Bart Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
84 GASTAUER Ben AG2R La Mondiale ,,
85 VILELA Ricardo Burgos-BH ,,
86 RIESEBEEK Oscar Roompot – Charles ,,
87 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team ,,
88 FRANKINY Kilian Groupama – FDJ ,,
89 MINNAARD Marco Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
90 AGNOLI Valerio Bahrain Merida ,,
91 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates ,,
92 HOFSTETTER Hugo Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
93 CICCONE Giulio Trek – Segafredo ,,
94 BROWN Nathan EF Education First ,,
95 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Roompot – Charles ,,
96 WOODS Michael EF Education First 0:15
97 ČERNÝ Josef CCC Team 2:40
98 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First ,,
99 KNEES Christian Team Sky ,,
100 KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
101 TEN DAM Laurens CCC Team ,,
102 SOSA Iván Ramiro Team Sky ,,
103 BARGUIL Warren Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
104 AMADOR Andrey Movistar Team ,,
105 GREIPEL André Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
106 GAROSIO Andrea Bahrain Merida 3:47
107 KOCHETKOV Pavel Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
108 MITRI James Burgos-BH ,,
109 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
110 TOLHOEK Antwan Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
111 VACHON Florian Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
112 CAICEDO Jonathan Klever EF Education First ,,
113 SOTO Nelson Andrés Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
114 MORA Sebastián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
115 BRAVO Garikoitz Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
116 WYSS Danilo Team Dimension Data ,,
117 BOUCHARD Geoffrey AG2R La Mondiale 4:41
118 NIBALI Antonio Bahrain Merida ,,
119 GOUGEARD Alexis AG2R La Mondiale ,,
120 GREGAARD Jonas Astana Pro Team 4:59
121 SUTHERLAND Rory UAE-Team Emirates 6:37
122 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
123 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First ,,
124 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb ,,
125 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan Team Sky ,,
126 DE GENDT Thomas Lotto Soudal 7:35
127 VANHOUCKE Harm Lotto Soudal ,,
128 STORER Michael Team Sunweb ,,
129 SABATINI Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
130 ZOIDL Riccardo CCC Team ,,
131 SCHILLINGER Andreas BORA – hansgrohe ,,
132 MÜHLBERGER Gregor BORA – hansgrohe ,,
133 WEENING Pieter Roompot – Charles ,,
134 LEDANOIS Kévin Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
135 VAUGRENARD Benoît Groupama – FDJ ,,
136 MOINARD Amaël Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
137 DELAPLACE Anthony Team Arkéa Samsic 10:05
138 POWER Robert Team Sunweb ,,
139 FEILLU Brice Team Arkéa Samsic ,,
140 VAKOČ Petr Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
141 CUADROS Álvaro Caja Rural – Seguros RGA ,,
142 SAMITIER Sergio Euskadi Basque Country – Murias ,,
143 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Soudal ,,
144 RUBIO Diego Burgos-BH ,,
145 ARISTI Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 10:10
146 ARMÉE Sander Lotto Soudal 11:39
147 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques Team Dimension Data ,,
148 CABEDO Óscar Burgos-BH ,,
149 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel Team Dimension Data 25:22

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Overall Standing After Stage 5

Rank Name Team Time
1 LÓPEZ Miguel Ángel Astana Pro Team 21:57:05
2 YATES Adam Mitchelton-Scott 0:14
3 BERNAL Egan Team Sky 0:17
4 QUINTANA Nairo Movistar Team 0:25
5 MARTIN Dan UAE-Team Emirates 0:46
6 KRUIJSWIJK Steven Team Jumbo-Visma 0:56
7 WOODS Michael EF Education First 1:42
8 BARDET Romain AG2R La Mondiale 1:44
9 MAJKA Rafał BORA – hansgrohe 2:27
10 SOLER Marc Movistar Team 2:36
11 YATES Simon Mitchelton-Scott 2:39
12 MARTIN Guillaume Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 2:41
13 ZAKARIN Ilnur Team Katusha – Alpecin 2:49
14 CARAPAZ Richard Movistar Team ,,
15 PINOT Thibaut Groupama – FDJ 2:56
16 MAS Enric Deceuninck – Quick Step 2:59
17 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team 3:02
18 SCHACHMANN Maximilian BORA – hansgrohe 3:21
19 PERNSTEINER Hermann Bahrain Merida 3:56
20 CARUSO Damiano Bahrain Merida 4:22
21 KUDUS Merhawi Astana Pro Team 4:25
22 RODRÍGUEZ Cristián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 4:55
23 RODRÍGUEZ Óscar Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 4:57
24 EIKING Odd Christian Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 6:07
25 ATAPUMA Darwin Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 6:37
26 MATÉ Luis Ángel Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 7:23
27 ZEITS Andrey Astana Pro Team 7:44
28 DOMBROWSKI Joe EF Education First 9:13
29 GALLOPIN Tony AG2R La Mondiale 9:15
30 NAVARRO Daniel Team Katusha – Alpecin 10:35
31 DOUBEY Fabien Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 11:35
32 FORMOLO Davide BORA – hansgrohe 11:42
33 PORTE Richie Trek – Segafredo 11:45
34 TEN DAM Laurens CCC Team 11:57
35 KNOX James Deceuninck – Quick Step 13:01
36 BRAVO Garikoitz Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 13:03
37 REICHENBACH Sébastien Groupama – FDJ 13:07
38 CICCONE Giulio Trek – Segafredo 13:39
39 BARGUIL Warren Team Arkéa Samsic 14:00
40 BILBAO Pello Astana Pro Team 14:03
41 ZOIDL Riccardo CCC Team 14:30
42 PETILLI Simone UAE-Team Emirates 15:44
43 DE GENDT Thomas Lotto Soudal 15:46
44 SIVAKOV Pavel Team Sky 16:43
45 SOSA Iván Ramiro Team Sky 18:13
46 MÜHLBERGER Gregor BORA – hansgrohe 18:39
47 BEVIN Patrick CCC Team 19:04
48 BIZKARRA Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 19:14
49 HERRADA Jesús Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 19:34
50 DE TIER Floris Team Jumbo-Visma 19:41
51 CONTRERAS Rodrigo Astana Pro Team 20:10
52 CHAVES Esteban Mitchelton-Scott 20:50
53 GRMAY Tsgabu Mitchelton-Scott 21:31
54 HAMILTON Chris Team Sunweb 22:30
55 CRAS Steff Team Katusha – Alpecin 22:34
56 VILLELLA Davide Astana Pro Team 22:50
57 DEGAND Thomas Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 23:05
58 KANGERT Tanel EF Education First 23:49
59 MUÑOZ Cristian Camilo UAE-Team Emirates 25:38
60 KUSS Sepp Team Jumbo-Visma 25:44
61 VAN GARDEREN Tejay EF Education First 25:55
62 O’CONNOR Ben Team Dimension Data 26:13
63 LAMBRECHT Bjorg Lotto Soudal 26:32
64 HENAO Sebastián Team Sky 27:00
65 VERONA Carlos Movistar Team 27:29
66 DE CLERCQ Bart Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 27:54
67 MINNAARD Marco Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team 28:06
68 HOFSTEDE Lennard Team Jumbo-Visma 30:46
69 GAROSIO Andrea Bahrain Merida 31:02
70 GESCHKE Simon CCC Team 31:03
71 GASTAUER Ben AG2R La Mondiale 33:09
72 VILELA Ricardo Burgos-BH 33:13
73 FABBRO Matteo Team Katusha – Alpecin 34:20
74 STETINA Peter Trek – Segafredo 34:28
75 SMITH Dion Mitchelton-Scott 34:36
76 LEDANOIS Kévin Team Arkéa Samsic 34:45
77 BARCELÓ Fernando Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 34:55
78 CAICEDO Jonathan Klever EF Education First 35:04
79 CARTHY Hugh EF Education First 35:15
80 NARVÁEZ Jhonatan Team Sky 35:22
81 RAVASI Edward UAE-Team Emirates 35:46
82 LUDVIGSSON Tobias Groupama – FDJ 36:32
83 BIDARD François AG2R La Mondiale 36:57
84 OWSIAN Łukasz CCC Team 37:14
85 ITURRIA Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 37:47
86 LAMMERTINK Maurits Roompot – Charles 38:33
87 KOCHETKOV Pavel Team Katusha – Alpecin 38:43
88 MCCARTHY Jay BORA – hansgrohe 39:06
89 BOLE Grega Bahrain Merida 39:42
90 BAKELANTS Jan Team Sunweb 39:57
91 MOINARD Amaël Team Arkéa Samsic 40:12
92 BOUCHARD Geoffrey AG2R La Mondiale 40:18
93 VANENDERT Jelle Lotto Soudal 40:22
94 BERHANE Natnael Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 40:29
95 MATTHEWS Michael Team Sunweb 40:31
96 VAN DER LIJKE Nick Roompot – Charles 41:31
97 IMPEY Daryl Mitchelton-Scott 43:04
98 LINDEMAN Bert-Jan Team Jumbo-Visma 43:05
99 EG Niklas Trek – Segafredo 43:06
100 DEVENYNS Dries Deceuninck – Quick Step 44:04
101 AGNOLI Valerio Bahrain Merida 45:33
102 FEILLU Brice Team Arkéa Samsic 45:38
103 NIBALI Antonio Bahrain Merida 46:04
104 TOLHOEK Antwan Team Jumbo-Visma 46:05
105 BROWN Nathan EF Education First 46:58
106 WEENING Pieter Roompot – Charles 47:35
107 GIBBONS Ryan Team Dimension Data 50:00
108 DE WITTE Mathias Roompot – Charles 50:06
109 KÄMNA Lennard Team Sunweb 50:22
110 FRANKINY Kilian Groupama – FDJ 50:45
111 VACHON Florian Team Arkéa Samsic 51:21
112 SUTHERLAND Rory UAE-Team Emirates 51:48
113 CAPECCHI Eros Deceuninck – Quick Step 52:42
114 MADRAZO Ángel Burgos-BH 52:48
115 GREGAARD Jonas Astana Pro Team 52:54
116 KNEES Christian Team Sky 55:09
117 RIESEBEEK Oscar Roompot – Charles 55:36
118 ČERNÝ Josef CCC Team 56:23
119 STORER Michael Team Sunweb 57:22
120 ERVITI Imanol Movistar Team 57:54
121 LEEZER Tom Team Jumbo-Visma 58:30
122 SOTO Nelson Andrés Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 59:05
123 AMADOR Andrey Movistar Team 59:24
124 RUBIO Diego Burgos-BH 1:00:18
125 ALBASINI Michael Mitchelton-Scott 1:03:04
126 DELAPLACE Anthony Team Arkéa Samsic 1:03:20
127 FROOME Chris Team Sky 1:04:27
128 GREIPEL André Team Arkéa Samsic 1:04:48
129 GOUGEARD Alexis AG2R La Mondiale 1:06:40
130 CUADROS Álvaro Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 1:07:45
131 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Jacques Team Dimension Data 1:08:11
132 ARISTI Mikel Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 1:08:20
133 WYSS Danilo Team Dimension Data 1:08:42
134 RIABUSHENKO Alexandr UAE-Team Emirates 1:08:58
135 BAUHAUS Phil Bahrain Merida 1:09:02
136 ARMÉE Sander Lotto Soudal 1:09:43
137 SAMITIER Sergio Euskadi Basque Country – Murias 1:10:42
138 VANHOUCKE Harm Lotto Soudal 1:11:27
139 VAKOČ Petr Deceuninck – Quick Step 1:16:41
140 HOFSTETTER Hugo Cofidis, Solutions Crédits 1:16:42
141 MORA Sebastián Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 1:16:43
142 DUCHESNE Antoine Groupama – FDJ 1:19:40
143 VAUGRENARD Benoît Groupama – FDJ 1:20:37
144 SABATINI Fabio Deceuninck – Quick Step 1:21:12
145 MITRI James Burgos-BH 1:21:56
146 CABEDO Óscar Burgos-BH 1:22:38
147 POWER Robert Team Sunweb 1:26:07
148 SCHILLINGER Andreas BORA – hansgrohe 1:26:28
149 GHEBREIGZABHIER Amanuel Team Dimension Data 1:27:16
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