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Matthews wins stage two of Volta a Catalunya as Froome suffers crash

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Michael Matthews wins stage 2 Volta a Catalunya 2019

Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) was the strongest in the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya, crossing the line ahead of Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott).

The 166.7km stage culminated with a one-kilometer uphill kick to the line. Matthews lit the afterburners in the final few hundred meters to the line and won by a comfortable margin.

“It was really hard but I was pretty confident in an uphill sprint like this,” Matthews said. “But after my bad luck this year it’s just incredible. I’m so happy. When I saw Valverde on my wheel, really struggling in the sprint, I knew that I was going fast and had some good power, so I’m so thankful to my team for believing in me for this long and came up with a nice victory.”

Chris Froome suffered a bruising day as he was caught in a crash. The four-time Tour de France winner hit the deck inside the last 40km of the 166.7km stage from Mataro to Sant Feliu De Guixols.

Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal) kept the overall lead that he earned on Monday with a bold solo breakaway to win stage 1 of the seven-day race.

Volta a Catalunya 2019 – stage 2 results (Mataró – Sant Feliu de Guixols):

1Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

4:09:34

2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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3Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

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4Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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5Odd Christian Eiking (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)

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6James Knox (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)

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7Patrick Bevin (CCC)

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8Enrico Gasparotto (Dimension Data)

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9Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)

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10Daniel Martin (UAE Team Emirates)

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Volta a Catalunya 2019 – general classification after stage 2:

1Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal)

8:23:50

2Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

+02’47”

3Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb)

+02’48”

4Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)

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5Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott)

+02’54”

6Nairo Quintana (Movistar)

+02’56”

7Egan Bernal (Team Sky)

+02’57”

8Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)

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9Luis Angel Mate (Cofidis)

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10Patrick Bevin (CCC)

+02’58”