Egan retains third atop La Molina

28 Mar 2019

Egan retains third atop La Molina

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Volta a Catalunya – stage four: Llanars – La Molina (Alp), 150.3km

Egan Bernal retained his third-place foothold on the Volta a Catalunya general classification with another spirited climbing performance on stage four.
 
The peloton twice tackled the La Molina summit, with Bernal battling it out with his rivals in the final kilometres. After strong work from his team-mates, Bernal was equal to the accelerations of the first-category climb, shutting down a number of moves.
 
After an elite group of five riders split apart, Bernal briefly combined with Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) in a bid to shut down a late attack from Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
 
However there was no catching Lopez, who won the stage by 16 seconds and moved into a 14-second race lead. Bernal sits 17 seconds back on his compatriot, and just three down on Yates.
 
Some strong riding from Team Sky strung out the bunch for the second consecutive day. Christian Knees and Chris Froome got through a lot of work early before Jhonatan Narvaez, Sebastian Henao, Pavel Sivakov and Ivan Sosa gradually upped the pace.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

We tried to do a really hard stage with the guys. The whole team did a really good job.
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- Egan Bernal

"We tried to do a really hard stage with the guys. The whole team did a really good job. In the final we started to pull hard on the first part of the climb, because we knew that was the most steep. I attacked, but I think that the responsibility was with the best-placed rider (Yates) to control. 

"It was a little bit crazy because there were a lot of attacks. I tried to control a little bit but in the final you need to be calm. When Lopez attacked, Yates was strong but he didn't close the gap. I just followed him because it was his responsibility in the final."
What’s Next?
 
After two tough days of climbing the sprinters get their chance to shine on stage five. Despite some early mountains to overcome the course eventually flattens out – meaning not losing time will be key.

Stage three result:

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 4:02:07
2. Gregor Muhlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) +16"
3. Marc Soler (Movistar) s.t.
4. Egan Bernal (Team Sky)
5. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)

Overall standings:

1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 17:31:05
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +14"
3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +17"
4. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +25"
5. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) +46"

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