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2012 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 7
 
By Luke Allingham
Date: 3/25/2012
2012 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 7
 

2012 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Stage 7
Saur-Sojasun's Julien Simon wins the sprint to claim victory at the final stage of the 2012 Volta a Catalunya. Michael Albasini wins overall race lead after holding overall since stage 1.

Saur-Sojasun rider Julien Simon won his second stage of this years Volta a Catalunya by out sprinting Francesco Gavazzi (Astana Pro Team) and Lampre-ISD's Damiano Cunego. GreenEdge Cycling's Michael Albasini, who took the overall lead on stage 1, finished the race in the overall lead and brought GreenEdge their 2nd WorldTour overall victory.

"I need to thank the team for the work that they've done throughout the week," said Albasini in a team press release. "This is an important win for me personally and for the team. It would have been impossible without them."

Although the closing stage of this year's Volta a Catalunya only measured 119.8 km, it was a challenging one. The stage 7 route featured three category 3 climbs and one category 1 climb.

The day's breakaway featured: Gatis Smukulis and Petr Ignatenko of Katusha, Alexsandr Dyachenko (Astana Pro Team), Stef Clement (Rabobank), Javier Ramírez (Andalucía), Morris Possoni (Lampre-ISD), David De la Fuente (Caja Rural), Nicolas Edet (Cofidis) and David de la Cruz (Caja Rural). The peloton never allowed the group of nine to have a gap over two minutes. The group was caught with 40 km remaining.

Albasini managed to stay with the peloton throughout the whole day and finished in the peloton and lost no time. "I had Daryl [Impey] with me on the final climb," explained Albasini. "He has been by my side throughout the entire week. Each of my teammates did everything we asked them to do. They rode an incredible race, and I'm happy to pay them back by finishing off the job with the win."

In the final sprint it was Julien Simon who once again had the extra power to win the stage.

Stage Results
1 SIMON, JULIEN SAUR - SOJASUN 2:47:02
2 GAVAZZI, FRANCESCO ASTANA PRO TEAM
3 CUNEGO, DAMIANO LAMPRE - ISD
4 URAN, RIGOBERTO SKY PROCYCLING
5 KISERLOVSKI, ROBERT ASTANA PRO TEAM
6 VAN DEN BROECK, JURGEN LOTTO BELISOL TEAM
7 KRUYSWYK, STEVENRABOBANK CYCLING TEAM
8 BARDET, ROMAIN AG2R-LA MONDIALE
9 PATERSKI, MACIEJLIQUIGAS- CANNONDALE
10 MENCHOV, DENIS KATUSHA TEAM
11 CARRARA, MATTEO VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM
12 MARTIN, DAN GARMIN - BARRACUDA
13 CATALDO, DARIO OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP
14 SZMYD, SYLWESTERLIQUIGAS- CANNONDALE
15 IMPEY, DARYL GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM
16 SÁNCHEZ, SAMUEL EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI
17 KOHLER, MARTIN BMC RACING TEAM
18 PARDILLA, SERGIO MOVISTAR TEAM
19 GARCÍA, MARCOS CAJA RURAL
20 FEILLU, BRICE SAUR - SOJASUN

Overall Standings
1 ALBASINI, MICHAEL GREENEDGE CYCLING TEAM 24:15:45
2 SANCHEZ, SAMUEL EUSKALTEL - EUSKADI at 00:01:30
3 VAN DEN BROEK, JURGEN LOTTO TEAM BELISOL at 00:01:32
4 MARTIN, DAN GARMIN - BARRACUDA at 00:01:32
5 URAN, RIGOBERTO SKY PROCYCLING at 00:01:32
6 CUNEGO, DAMIANO LAMP - ISD at 00:01:32
7 KISERLOVSKI, ROBERT ASTANA PRO TEAM at 00:01:32
8 CARRARA, MATTEO VACANSOLEIL-DCM PRO CYCLING TEAM at 00:01:32
9 CATALDO, DARIO OMEGA PHARMA-QUICKSTEP at 00:01:32
10 HOME, SERGIO MOVISTAR TEAM at 00:01:32
11 MENCHOV, DENIS KATUSHA TEAM at 00:01:32
12 DANIELSON, TOM GARMIN - BARRACUDA at 00:01:32
13 SZMYD, SYLWESTER LIQUIGAS-CANNONDALE at 00:01:32
14 KRUYSWYK, STEVENRABOBANK CYCLING TEAM at 00:01:32
15 STETINA, PETER GARMIN - BARRACUDA at 00:01:32
16 LOSADA, ALBERTO KATUSHA TEAM at 00:02:16
17 DOVE, ADRIAN ANDALUCIA at 00:02:23
18 FEILLU, BRICE SAUR - SOJASUN at 00:02:23
19 GESINK, ROBERT RABOBANK CYCLING TEAM at 00:02:36
20 TROFIMOV, YURIY KATUSHA TEAM at 00:03:07

Jersey Wearers/Holders
Team Classification: Garmin-Barracuda @ 72:51:51
Mountain Classification: Chris Anker Sorensen (Saxo Bank) @ 67 points
Sprint Classification: Tomasz Marczyński (Vacansoleil-DCM) @ 10 points
Catalans Classification: Alberto Losada (Katusha) @ 24:18:01


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