Boi Taüll returns at the Volta a Catalunya

Boi Taüll returns at the Volta a Catalunya

Twenty years after it last featured on the route of the Spanish race, when it hosted an individual time trial, the Boi Taüll climb was used again, this time at the end of a hard stage that contained three classified ascents which ended up landing a blow to many of the GC contenders’ aspirations.

Despite being in just five men following the abandons of Fausto Masnada and Pieter Serry, Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl did a great job in positioning Ilan Van Wilder at the front of the peloton in the run-in to the final climb, which averaged 5.8% over 14 kilometers. Taking the riders above 2000 meters, Boi Taüll was always going to be a tough cookie, and the pace pushed by several teams at the front didn’t make things easier, putting many riders in difficulty.

Ilan was among those to lose contact four kilometers from the top, but expertly paced himself and didn’t concede too much time, concluding the stage less than a minute down on João Almeida (UAE Team Emirates), who took the victory. This strong effort helped the Belgian remain in the top 20 overall with three days to go at the World Tour event, which once again concludes in Barcelona.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
4:20:27
2 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
4 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:07
5 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:13
6 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:13
7 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
8 Jai Hindley
BORA - hansgrohe
0:13
9 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:13
10 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:13
17 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:54
67 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:33
71 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
11:33
109 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:42
116 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
17:03
DNS Pieter Serry
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
-04:20:27
1 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
17:04:53
2 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:17
5 Wout Poels
Bahrain - Victorious
0:17
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
0:17
7 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:23
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:23
9 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:26
10 Torstein Træen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:34
16 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:07
51 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:06
68 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
19:53
83 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
26:50
134 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:00:44
1 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
11 pt
2 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
10 pt
3 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
4 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
10 pt
5 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
6 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
6 pt
7 Phil Bauhaus
Bahrain - Victorious
6 pt
8 Joan Bou Company
Euskaltel - Euskadi
4 pt
9 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
4 pt
10 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
4 pt
1 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
21 pt
2 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
20 pt
3 Marc Soler Giménez
UAE Team Emirates
18 pt
4 Bruno Armirail
Groupama - FDJ
16 pt
5 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
14 pt
6 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
14 pt
7 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
12 pt
8 Casper Pedersen
Team DSM
12 pt
9 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
10 Jonas Iversby Hvideberg
Team DSM
10 pt
1 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
17:04:53
2 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:06
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:17
4 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
0:23
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
0:59
6 Ilan Van Wilder
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:07
7 Santiago Buitrago Sánchez
Bahrain - Victorious
1:37
8 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
1:45
9 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
2:06
10 Iván Ramiro Sosa Cuervo
Movistar Team
2:23
18 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
16:06
46 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:00:44
1 UAE Team Emirates 51:16:08
2 Bahrain - Victorious 1:04
3 INEOS Grenadiers 7:10
4 Groupama - FDJ 7:16
5 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 7:32
6 Movistar Team 7:52
7 BORA - hansgrohe 8:50
8 Trek - Segafredo 9:17
9 EF Education-EasyPost 10:41
10 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 12:34

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