De Gendt sees hard work pay off with Volta a Catalunya stage win

Thomas De Gendt on the stage 3 podium at Volta a Catalunya

One season rolls by and then another, but Thomas De Gendt 's ability to snatch prestigious stage wins remains undiminished. In the Volta a Catalunya 's stage 3 on Wednesday, the Lotto-Soudal rider pulled off one of his most spectacular victories to date. De Gendt's success, his third stage win in the Volta, came after a day-long breakaway, first in the company of four other riders and then alone with 28 kilometres to go, finishing on the line with 20 seconds over the main pack. A dangerous late four-rider attack with Simon Yates (Michelton-Scott) and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) meant that rather than allowing De Gendt to open up a decent margin, the Belgian came within a whisker of being caught up in the GC battle behind. After his wins in Port Ainé and Barcelona in previous years, De Gendt now has a third Volta stage win in his palmarès. As ...

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