Miguel Angel Lopez survives attacks to win Volta a Catalunya

Miguel Angel Lopez wins Volta a Catalunya 2019

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) withstood a late attack by British brothers Adam and Simon Yates to claim victory in the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday.

Lopez seized control of the race on Thursday’s summit-finish and the 25-year-old added to the Tour of Colombia he won in impressive fashion in February.

“I’m tired but very happy,” the climber said in an Instagram post alongside a photo of him smiling broadly on the team bus.

The day’s racing was marred by a heavy crash of around 20 riders on an 70/kph downhill section. Romain Bardet, who appeared to break a collarbone, Simon Geschke were all taken to hospital for treatment. Marc Soler also pulled out of the race.

“It was a violent fall because we were going downhill fast,” explained Bardet. “I’m suffering with my ribs but it could have been much worse,” said the 28-year-old Frenchman.

The seventh and final stage, a hilly 143km ride that started and ended in Barcelona, culminating in seven laps of the coastal city and its steep climb to Montjuic.

Lopez started the day with a slender 14sec lead over Adam Yates, who, accompanied by his brother Simon, attempted a late attack but could not break Lopez.

Eventually, a reduced group of 13 contenders all finished about 55sec behind the solo winner Bora-Hansgrohe rider Davide Formolo.

Yates’ runner-up spot follows on the heels of his gut-wrenching second place, by a single second to Primoz Roglic, at the Tirreno-Adriatico two weeks ago.

Volta a Catalunya 2019 – stage 7 results (Barcelona – Barcelona):

1Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)


2Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


3Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)


4Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott)


5Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


6Egan Bernal (Team Sky)


7Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


8Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


9Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


10Michael Woods (EF Education First)



Volta a Catalunya 2019 – final general classification:

1Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)


2Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Egan Bernal (Team Sky)


4Nairo Quintana (Movistar)


5Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)


6Michael Woods (EF Education First)


7Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)


8Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)


9Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


10Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)



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