Van Wilder impresses at Volta a Catalunya

Van Wilder impresses at Volta a Catalunya

La Molina returned at the Volta a Catalunya for the first time since 2019, and sticking to the script of the previous years it featured on the course, the 12.1km ascent didn’t bring any significant gaps between the general classification favourites, even though this time it was climbed from a different side.

Not long after the start, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl lost Fausto Masnada, who abandoned the race through illness, but the team still had one card to play, Ilan Van Wilder – a top 10 finisher last month at the Tour de la Provence. The young Belgian, who joined the Wolfpack ahead of this season, was part of the select front group that arrived at the bottom of La Molina, where Ben O’Connor (AG2R-Citroen) showed his intentions by attacking early.

As more and more contenders launched attack after attack, increasing the tempo and further shedding riders out the back, Ilan remained calm in the bunch and conserved his energy before putting in a dig of his own with four kilometers to go. The others reacted and brought him back, and the 21-year-old eventually arrived at the finish part of this group, just nine seconds down on the winner. His solid display elevated Van Wilder four positions in the rankings, where he sits in 12th place ahead of the second mountain top finish.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
4:12:51
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:06
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:06
4 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
5 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:06
6 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:06
7 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:06
8 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:06
9 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:06
10 Damien Howson
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
0:09
14 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
69 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:56
74 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:11
88 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:43
122 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
12:14
140 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
27:04
DNF Fausto Masnada
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:12:51
1 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
12:44:20
2 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:10
3 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:12
4 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:16
5 Giulio Ciccone
Trek - Segafredo
0:16
6 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:16
7 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:16
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:16
9 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:16
10 Steven Kruijswijk
Jumbo-Visma
0:19
12 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:19
49 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:39
59 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:26
62 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
9:53
88 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:08
149 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:08
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
11 pt
2 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
3 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
5 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
6 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
4 pt
7 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 pt
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
4 pt
9 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
4 pt
10 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4 pt
1 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
20 pt
2 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
16 pt
3 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
12 pt
4 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
5 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
10 pt
6 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
9 pt
7 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
8 Simone Petilli
Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux
8 pt
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
6 pt
10 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
4 pt
21 Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
12:44:30
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
3 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:06
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:06
5 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:09
6 Henri Vandenabeele
Team DSM
0:09
7 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
0:18
8 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:42
9 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
0:42
10 Harm Vanhoucke
Lotto Soudal
0:42
18 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
4:29
53 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
43:58
1 UAE Team Emirates 38:13:51
2 Bahrain - Victorious 0:03
3 Trek - Segafredo 0:26
4 Movistar Team 0:39
5 Groupama - FDJ 1:59
6 EF Education-EasyPost 2:26
7 INEOS Grenadiers 3:31
8 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 3:50
9 Cofidis 4:23
10 BORA - hansgrohe 4:56

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