Bagioli just off the podium in Catalunya opening stage

Bagioli just off the podium in Catalunya opening stage

An action-packed day around Sant Feliu de Guixols kick off proceedings at the 101st edition of the Volta a Catalunya, and that made it really difficult for a breakaway to form. Not even Alt de Santa Pellaia could help, the peloton cresting this first classified climb of the stage as one. It was only after the descent that a group rode away, but soon didn’t calm down behind, the bunch getting split in three groups in the crosswinds, which spurred a mad chase as several GC riders were caught on the wrong foot.

A regrouping took place with 60 kilometers remaining, also the escapees being reeled in at the same moment. Six riders took off shortly after, Pieter Serry being part of this new wave of attackers who stayed off the front until inside ten kilometers to go, when the few sprinters’ teams in the race brought them back.

Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl also joined the party and took over the reins two kilometers from the finish, bringing Andrea Bagioli in a good position for the mass gallop, where the young Italian concluded in fourth place, behind Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco), who took the win. It was Andrea’s third top 10 finish of the season, after the ones he got at the Saudi Tour, in February.

 

Photo credit: ©Tim De Waele / Getty Images

Race details

1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
3:47:11
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
3 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
4 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
5 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:00
7 Simon Clarke
Israel - Premier Tech
0:00
8 Eduard Prades Reverte
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
9 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
10 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
27 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
45 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
69 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:00
100 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:32
101 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:32
138 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:54
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
3:47:01
2 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
0:04
3 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
0:04
4 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
5 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
6 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:10
7 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:10
8 Simon Clarke
Israel - Premier Tech
0:10
9 Eduard Prades Reverte
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:10
10 Hugo Hofstetter
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:10
28 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
46 Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
70 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:10
100 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:38
101 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:42
138 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:04
1 Michael Matthews
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
2 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
6 pt
3 Sonny Colbrelli
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
4 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
4 pt
5 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
6 Théo Delacroix
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
2 pt
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
3 pt
2 Rohan Dennis
Jumbo-Visma
3 pt
3 Alex Molenaar
Burgos-BH
3 pt
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2 pt
5 Steven Kruijswijk
Jumbo-Visma
2 pt
6 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
2 pt
7 Mads Würtz Schmidt
Israel - Premier Tech
1 pt
8 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
9 Jonathan Klever Caicedo Cepeda
EF Education-EasyPost
1 pt
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
3:47:05
2 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:06
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
4 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:06
5 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:06
6 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:06
7 Francisco Galván Fernández
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:06
8 Pavel Sivakov
INEOS Grenadiers
0:06
9 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:06
10 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
0:06
11 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:06
47 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:00
1 Bahrain - Victorious 11:21:33
2 UAE Team Emirates 0:00
3 Groupama - FDJ 0:00
4 Trek - Segafredo 0:00
5 Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
6 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 0:00
7 Jumbo-Visma 0:00
8 INEOS Grenadiers 0:00
9 Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
10 Israel - Premier Tech 0:00

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