Lopez secures Volta a Catalunya victory

Davide Formolo (Bora-Hansgrohe) takes the solo victory in Barcelona

Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana Pro Team) clinched one of the hardest-fought Volta a Catalunya races of recent years on Sunday after a tough final stage where the Colombian came under constant attacks but could finally cross the line victorious. In the lead since he won on Wednesday’s second summit finish of the Volta, at La Molina, López went into Sunday’s traditionally fraught stage around the Montjuic park in Barcelona with a slender 14 second GC advantage over Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). Yates launched a devastating attack with 20 kilometres to go, opening up a margin of nearly 40 seconds, as he and his brother Simon, who worked ferociously alongside him, drove hard to stay clear. The GC challenge forced López and Astana to chase, with some support from Team Sky, riding for third-placed Egan Bernal, and the group finally reformed on the final lap despite a final attack by Bernal. The ...

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