The second uphill finish of this Volta Ciclista a Catalunya saw an epic fight for the GC between the teams leaders and climbers.
In this fight that saw the strongest athletes gaining the finish line one by one, our leader, the Danish Jakob Fuglsang, appeared in considerable recovery and ended 9th at 1’11” from the stage winner, the Spaniard Alejandro Valverde.
The stage for the Astana Pro Team started on a positive note, with the Italian Dario Cataldo in the breakaway of the day (confirming his growing condition), regained by the bunch at just 30 km to go, while was approaching the final climb to Lo Port.
“Fuglsang between the strongest on the finish line is a good sign that confirm the condition of our athletes is growing – said the Team Sport Manager, Dmitriy Fofonov – today we tried with Cataldo in the breakaway, he was also the best positioned in the GC, and then in the final climb Fuglsang did it regularly and increasing in the final, gaining the 9th position.”
“It is clear that there are some riders who are at 100% in this moment and stronger than us but, as I said since the first day, this is a good race and the Astana Pro Team really care to as best as possible – continued Fofonov – and for this reason we will try until the end: tomorrow it will be another challenging stage with the last climb finishing at only 20 km to go (in descent until the finish line)… let’s see what we could do!”
The Volta Ciclista a Catalunya is evolving to the finish but there are still two important stage to ride: tomorrow, Tortosa – Reus (189,7 km) with an important 1000 meters on the sea level climb that will end at just 20 km to the finish.