Adam Yates won the Volta a Catalunya as the Ineos-Grenadiers team completed a 1-2-3 overall finish in Barcelona on Sunday.
Yates built his victory on a third-stage win in the mountains to finish ahead of teammates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas.
The trio finished safe in the peloton in Sunday’s seventh and last stage won by Thomas De Gendt from a breakaway. The Belgian was part of a breakaway at the foot of the category three Creu d’Ordal climb before going it alone with Matej Mohoric on the last lap of Montjuic. In third on the day came Attila Valter, the Groupama-FDJ rider crossing the line 1min42s back.
“It was a perfect team performance and a really special day today. We came here with big ambitions, but getting the top three on the podium is way beyond our expectations”, Yates said afterwards.
Chris Froome, who left Ineos-Grenadiers for Israel-Start Up Nation during the close season, was never in the mix and ended up 81st overall, 53:50 behind Yates.