Volta a Catalunya: Bagioli takes first World Tour win

Volta a Catalunya: Bagioli takes first World Tour win

Andrea Bagioli capped off a great week for Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl at the 101st edition of the prestigious World Tour race, notching up the victory in Barcelona from a select group at the end of an explosive 138km stage that took in six ascents of Montjuic – the decisive climb of the 1973 World Championships.

Despite being short, the hill played an important role, whittling down the peloton and inspiring several riders to try and go clear on the steepest part, just before the top. The last time up, seven men broke away and carried a good gap on the descent, but a lack of collaboration allowed the chasers, among whom was also Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl’s Italian, to bridge across.

As the regrouping took place with a whisker over one kilometer to go, Andrea moved through the field boldly and decisively, entering second wheel on the final stretch and kicking out in the final 100 meters to clinch the biggest success of his career so far and the Wolfpack’s 17th win this season.

“I wanted to try and fight for the victory today, because the laps with that short and steep climb suited me. On top of that, I made sure of not going too hard in the last two days and keeping some energy for this stage, which was tough, with lots of attacks in the last two laps. On the final climb, I was dropped, but managed to come back on the descent just ahead of the flamme rouge and sprint for the win. I wasn’t sure of the victory, because I initially thought there were other riders in front, but seconds after crossing the line I was told by my team and couldn’t believe it.”

“This win, my first in a World Tour race, means a lot to me. It wasn’t the easiest start to the season, with a couple of setbacks, but I continued to believe in myself and the team supported me all the time. We had a good week here, with the wins brought by myself and Ethan, and these results will only feed our confidence for the next races”, said the first Italian in three years to win a stage at the Volta a Catalunya.

 

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Race details

1 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
3:18:09
2 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
0:00
3 Fernando Barceló Aragón
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
0:00
4 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
0:00
5 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - Victorious
0:00
6 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
0:00
7 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:00
8 Carlos Verona Quintanilla
Movistar Team
0:00
9 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
0:00
10 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:00
27 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
0:58
72 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
6:07
90 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
8:58
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
29:53:33
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
0:16
3 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:52
4 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
0:53
5 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
1:08
6 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
1:10
7 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:13
8 Guillaume Martin
Cofidis
1:16
9 Torstein Træen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:27
10 Sam Oomen
Jumbo-Visma
1:55
56 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
39:38
62 Louis Vervaeke
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
44:56
76 Dries Devenyns
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:03:05
92 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:32:21
1 Kaden Groves
Team BikeExchange - Jayco
17 pt
2 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
15 pt
3 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
15 pt
4 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
11 pt
5 Ben O'Connor
AG2R Citroën Team
10 pt
6 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
7 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
10 pt
8 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
10 pt
9 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
8 pt
10 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
6 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
28 pt
2 Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel
Euskaltel - Euskadi
21 pt
3 Ander Okamika
Burgos-BH
20 pt
4 Richard Carapaz Montenegro
INEOS Grenadiers
20 pt
5 Steven Kruijswijk
Jumbo-Visma
17 pt
6 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
16 pt
7 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
16 pt
8 Jesús Herrada López
Cofidis
15 pt
9 Nairo Quintana Rojas
Team Arkéa Samsic
14 pt
10 Quentin Pacher
Groupama - FDJ
12 pt
28 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1 pt
1 Sergio Higuita García
BORA - hansgrohe
29:53:33
2 João Almeida
UAE Team Emirates
0:52
3 Juan Ayuso Pesquera
UAE Team Emirates
1:08
4 Tobias Halland Johannessen
Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
1:13
5 Carlos Rodríguez Cano
INEOS Grenadiers
2:50
6 Mattias Skjelmose Jensen
Trek - Segafredo
2:54
7 Javier Romo
Astana Qazaqstan Team
12:35
8 Attila Valter
Groupama - FDJ
17:35
9 Sylvain Moniquet
Lotto Soudal
20:50
10 Henri Vandenabeele
Team DSM
23:52
17 Andrea Bagioli
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
39:38
31 Ethan Vernon
Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team
1:32:21
1 Bahrain - Victorious 89:46:49
2 UAE Team Emirates 6:35
3 Groupama - FDJ 7:18
4 Uno-X Pro Cycling Team 7:20
5 INEOS Grenadiers 11:14
6 BORA - hansgrohe 11:15
7 Trek - Segafredo 17:53
8 Intermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux 18:00
9 Movistar Team 24:50
10 Jumbo-Visma 26:44

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