Egan seals third in Barcelona

31 Mar 2019

Egan seals third in Barcelona

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Volta a Catalunya – Stage seven: Barcelona, 143.1km

Egan Bernal retained third position overall after a breathless final day of racing at the Volta a Catalunya.
 
The traditional hilly circuit around Montjuic provided plenty of action, with Team Sky following a number of attacks late on as the GC threatened to be turned on its head.
 
Bernal launched a late acceleration in a bid to jump up the podium, but in the end the race came back together, despite a dangerous long-range solo move from second-placed Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott).
 
Crossing the line sixth on the day, Bernal made sure of a podium finish, 17 seconds back on overall victor Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana).
 
Team Sky had pushed the pace ahead of the finishing circuit, with Christian Knees and then Chris Froome doing some early work to string out the bunch. Sebastian Henao then leapt into action with 35km to go, covering a dangerous move from Nairo Quintana (Movistar), Michael Woods (EF Education First) and Simon Yates.
 
Pavel Sivakov helped drive along the slimmed down final group on the concluding lap, but despite Lopez being exposed, the Colombian was able to hold on to victory, with Yates’ solo move hauled back with around 2km to go.
Egan Bernal

Egan Bernal

I’m happy because this is my second podium in two WorldTour races. I’m really happy to keep the podium place. The level was really high. We tried, we did our best and now we focus on the next races.
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Stage seven result 
 
1. Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) 3:19:41
2. Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) +51”
3. Max Schachmann (Bora-Hansgrohe) +53”
4. Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott) +55"
5. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) s.t.
6. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) s.t.
 
Overall standings:
 
1. Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 29:14:17
2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) +14"
3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) +17"
4. Nairo Quintana (Movistar) +25"
5. Steven Kruijswijk (Team Jumbo-Visma) +56”

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