Today’s stage at Volta Ciclista a Catalunya has been a great show, the one that will remain in the memory of the fans.
Attacking for the last time at 15 km to the finish, our Italian rider Dario Cataldo, was so close to sprint for the stage victory with his breakaway mate, the other Italian Alessandro De Marchi.
After a head to head with the bunch along the last 15 km of the stage, Cataldo and De Marchi were taken at 50 meters to the finish line and the victory went to the South African, Daryl Impey, with Cataldo 7th.
“The stage started very fast because everyone wanted to enter in the breakaway – said Cataldo after the stage – then, when we were approaching the first GPM, I saw the top riders of the GC were staying particularly at the front and I sniffed that something was going to happen… in the subsequent narrow descent, the teams of the GC leader increased the rhythm and the bunch exploded!”
“We remained at the front and the rhythm was really high – explained Cataldo – I knew some ‘big fishes’ remained in the second group and there was no time to breath for the entire stage… then, at the top of the last GPM I tried to attack for the first time but the rider who came with me didn’t collaborated.”
“We did the descent so fast and everyone was tired and freezed – continued Cataldo – when we were down, me and De Marchi decided to try to escape and it could have been the a very good chance: after fighting for 15 km, have been taken at 50 meters to the finish is not a good thing and now all today’s efforts come to me… anyway, let’s rest as much as possible because tomorrow there will another stage that normally is also a very challenging one, in Barcelona.”
Between the Astana Pro Team riders, even the Danish Jakob Fuglsang ended the stage in the first group and now he is 12th in the GC and 4’05” from the leader.
Tomorrow, the last stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya will have its conclusion in Barcelona, on the Montjuic circuit to be done 8 times, for a total of 138.7 km.