Bernal climbs to second on queen stage

27 Mar 2019

Bernal climbs to second on queen stage

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Volta a Catalunya - Stage three: Sant Feliu de Guixols - Vallter 2000 (Setcases), 179km

Egan Bernal moved up to third place overall at the Volta a Catalunya following a thrilling showdown on the queen stage.
 
The Colombian was the first of the overall contenders to attack on the summit finish to the Vallter 2000 ski resort, breaking the race apart with just over five kilometres to go.
 
Bernal crossed the line in second place, as an elite five-man group traded blows on the steep final metres of the beyond-category climb. 
 
The result sees Bernal move up the GC, now sitting just 30 seconds back on race leader Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal). The Belgian dug deep on the final climb to retain his lead, with stage winner Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) elevating himself into second place, three seconds ahead of Bernal.
 
Team Sky arrived at the head of the race as the climb up to Setcases began, with Jhonatan Narvaez leading the line before Sebastian Henao and Ivan Sosa proceeded to split the peloton apart. Bernal will wear the young rider jersey on Thursday as new leader of the competition.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

The most important thing is to try and do our best and then see how far it could bring us.
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- Egan Bernal

“The most important thing is to try and do our best and then see how far it could bring us. We took some time on Valverde today, but in the first group there are still some really good riders like Nairo, Yates, Dan Martin - so of course it''s going to be difficult, but we will try. 

“Tomorrow is another hard and important stage and we then we will try to attack again.”
Key moment
 
With his rivals in difficulty, Bernal launched the first big acceleration drawing out Nairo Quintana (Movistar). The pair forged clear but were eventually joined by Yates, Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) and Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates). The quintet went on to contest the stage, with the overall standings still wide open heading into the next phase of the race.
 
What’s next?
 
The climbing continues on stage four, with the first category ascent to Molina set to shake up the GC once more. The climb is tackled twice, with bonus seconds up for grabs in between ascents. The uphill finish should see the overall contenders go toe to toe once again.
Stage three result:

1. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) 5:02:18
2. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.
3. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates)
4. Nairo Quintana (Movistar)
5. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) +2"

Overall standings:

1. Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) 13:28:29
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +27"
3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +30"
4. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) +33"
5. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +35"

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