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):
|1||Davide Formolo (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|2||Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|3||Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|4||Dion Smith (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|5||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)|
|6||Egan Bernal (Team Sky)|
|7||Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|8||Nairo Quintana (Movistar)|
|9||Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)|
|10||Michael Woods (EF Education First)|
Volta a Catalunya 2019 – final general classification:
|1||Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana)|
|2||Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott)|
|3||Egan Bernal (Team Sky)|
|4||Nairo Quintana (Movistar)|
|5||Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma)|
|6||Michael Woods (EF Education First)|
|7||Rafal Majka (Bora-hansgrohe)|
|8||Guillaume Martin (Wanty-Groupe Gobert)|
|9||Enric Mas (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)|
|10||Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)|