Alvaro Hodeg sprints to opening Volta a Catalunya stage win

Alvaro Hodeg stage 1 volta a catalunya 2018

Quick-Step Floors’ new sprint star Alvaro Hodeg stormed to victory in the opening stage of the Volta Catalunya.

The 21-year-old Colombian rider benefitted from a perfectly executed lead-out train to hold off Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe) and Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe).

“It’s a dream come true, today was great for me,” Hodeg said. “They (the team) gave me the opportunity and well, this victory is for them.”

With the winner’s bonus seconds, Hodeg took the overall leader’s white jersey ahead of Tuesday’s second stage from Mataro to Valls.

Victory completed a good few days for the 21-year-old after his victory in the Handzame Classic in Belgium last Friday.

Defending champion Alejandro Valverde finished safely in the peloton as the Movistar man began his bid for a third Tour of Catalunya title.

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Volta a Catalunya 2018 – stage 1 results (Calella – Calella):

1Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors)

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2Sam Bennett (Bora-hansgrohe)

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3Jay McCarthy (Bora-hansgrohe)

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4Michael Mørkøv (Quick-Step Floors)

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5Roberto Ferrari (UAE Team Emirates)

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6Niccolo Bonifazio (Bahrain-Merida)

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7Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)

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8Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)

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9Matej Mohoric (Bahrain-Merida)

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10Zakkari Dempster (Israel Cycling Academy)

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