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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Final Results
 
By Mark Sharon
Date: 3/31/2014
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya - Final Results
 
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31 March, 2014

Katusha's Joaquim Rodriguez wins Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Despite the rain and wet roads on the final day of racing in Catalunya, the leading Russian team Katusha let nothing deter them from the purpose of the day: to deliver Joaquim Rodriguez to the finish line as the winner of the 94th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Mission accomplished.

A happy Joaquim Rodriguez was content with this victory, saying, “This victory is important to me. It was a big race in Spain and also a WorldTour race. Now two weeks in a row we win in the WorldTour,” he said, referring to last week’s win by Alexander Kristoff in Milano-Sanremo. “Also this was a real race, especially when you saw Alberto Contador trying all the way to the end to gain the four seconds he needed. You saw the real Contador who always fights for victory. This race was especially hard with all the wind and the rain, but that’s what makes bike racing exciting. Otherwise there is nothing to organize.

General manager Viacheslav Ekimov had high praise for his riders: “To ‘Purito’ I want to send many congratulations and to say that I hope he feels well-prepared for the upcoming Ardennes classics. We believe he can show us something there, too. This is a WorldTour win and we all dream to have these wins and we’ve kept our fingers crossed that these things would happen for the Russian Global Cycling Project. Katusha Team is at such a high level on our morale right now. We’ll try to maintain this momentum for the classics in Belgium.

A late attack from Alberto Contador was quickly brought back by Rodriguez, keeping the general classification status quo with fellow Spaniard Contador in second at four-seconds and American Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) rounding out the podium in third. With the win, Joaquim Rodriguez moves into fifth place on the UCI WorldTour.

Sports director Dmitry Konyshev added: “This WorldTour win is important for the team and for Joaquim too because he’s Catalan. One more time we’ve showed everyone that Katusha is a great team because we strive to work together. Today the team worked together perfectly. We let the breakaway go so there would be no time bonuses and they did a good job. Purito caught Contador’s last attack and was right there in the front for the sprint. He was perfect.”

After an initial 71 km on the open roads, the final stage included 8 local laps over the Alt de Montjuïc climb in the Barcelona area. Because of the wet roads, the laps were shortened from 6.2 km to 5km to ensure rider safety on the descents. Astana’s Lieuwe Westra attacked in the closing laps to claim a solo victory at 1:22 to Marcus Burghardt (BMC) and Thomas Voeckler of Europcar after two-and-a-half hours of racing. Rodriguez sprinted in with the GC favorites to take tenth on stage 7 at 2:07.

Rodriguez concluded: “I want to thank the organizers for taking away the dangerous part of the circuit and for thinking of the well-being of the riders. Now I look forward to trying to win in Liège-Bastogne-Liège and then on to the Giro d’Italia. (photo ©Tim De Waele / Team Katusha)



Overall Standings

1 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa) Team Katusha 29:41:34
2 Alberto Contador Velasco (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:00:04
3 Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:00:07
4 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:10
5 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Col) Movistar Team  
6 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky 0:00:17
7 Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin Sharp 0:00:18
8 Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) AG2R La Mondiale 0:00:26
9 Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:00:42
10 Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing 0:00:48
11 Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:01:00
12 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:01:01
13 Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:01:20
14 Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:01:24
15 Ryder Hesjedal (Can) Garmin Sharp 0:01:26
16 Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin Sharp 0:01:49
17 David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team Sky 0:01:54
18 Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa) Team Katusha 0:01:58
19 Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Belisol  
20 Fabio Aru (Ita) Astana Pro Team 0:02:34
21 Carlos Verona (Spa) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:03:37
22 Adam Yates (GBr) Orica GreenEdge 0:03:42
23 Yoann Bagot (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:44
24 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:03:47
25 Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:04:00
26 José Herrada Lopez (Spa) Movistar Team 0:04:42
27 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:04:49
28 Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:05:21
29 Rigoberto Uran (Col) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:06:26
30 Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:07:25
31 George Bennett (NZl) Cannondale 0:07:28
32 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Col) BMC Racing Team 0:08:16
33 Davide Malacarne (Ita) Team Europcar 0:08:23
34 Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:08:49
35 Mikel Landa Meana (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:09:24
36 Peter Stetina (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:09:25
37 Amets Txurruka (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:12:07
38 Jose Rodolfo Serpa Perez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:12:49
39 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita) Team Katusha 0:12:58
40 Christian Meier (Can) Orica GreenEdge 0:14:19
41 Ruben Plaza Molina (Spa) Movistar Team 0:14:53
42 Branislau Samoilau (Blr) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:14:54
43 Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa) Movistar Team 0:15:12
44 Stef Clement (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:16:08
45 Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team 0:16:53
46 Jhoan Esteban Chaves (Col) Orica GreenEdge 0:17:05
47 Davide Rebellin (Ita) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:18:37
48 Lawrence Warbasse (USA) BMC Racing Team 0:18:50
49 Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale 0:19:15
50 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro Team 0:23:03
51 Javier Moreno Bazan (Spa) Movistar Team 0:23:27
52 Rudy Molard (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:24:06
53 Jérémy Roy (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:24:31
54 Maxime Mederel (Fra) Team Europcar 0:24:55
55 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana Pro Team 0:25:24
56 Cayetano José Sarmiento Tunarrosa (Col) Cannondale 0:25:44
57 Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:25:55
58 Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida 0:26:09
59 Martin Kohler (Swi) BMC Racing Team 0:26:14
60 Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Giant-Shimano 0:27:06
61 Winner Anacona Gomez (Col) Lampre-Merida 0:27:43
62 Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:27:44
63 Jens Voigt (Ger) Trek Factory Racing 0:28:08
64 Koldo Fernandez (Spa) Garmin Sharp 0:28:52
65 Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:29:08
66 Romain Hardy (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:29:21
67 Rory Sutherland (Aus) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:29:23
68 Kévin Reza (Fra) Team Europcar 0:29:57
69 Javier Alexis Acevedo Colle (Col) Garmin Sharp 0:30:38
70 Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:32:14
71 Perrig Quemeneur (Fra) Team Europcar 0:33:30
72 Adrian Honkisz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:35:00
73 Martijn Keizer (Ned) Belkin Pro Cycling Team 0:35:17
74 Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:35:37
75 Eduard Vorganov (Rus) Team Katusha 0:36:06
76 Yannick Eijssen (Bel) BMC Racing Team 0:36:30
77 Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing Team 0:36:38
78 Cédric Pineau (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:36:49
79 Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por) Tinkoff-Saxo 0:36:56
80 Thomas Damuseau (Fra) Team Giant-Shimano 0:37:24
81 Sébastien Minard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0:37:47
82 Nico Sijmens (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:38:04
83 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team 0:39:16
84 Boris Vallee (Bel) Lotto Belisol 0:39:20
85 Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Trek Factory Racing 0:39:22
86 Michel Kreder (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:40:45
87 Kenny Elissonde (Fra) FDJ.fr 0:41:30
88 Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Team Europcar 0:41:34
89 Angel Madrazo Ruiz (Spa) Caja Rural - Seguros RGA 0:41:43
90 Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:42:08
91 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa) Team Katusha 0:42:43
92 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin) FDJ.fr 0:43:40
93 Michel Koch (Ger) Cannondale 0:43:51
94 Jérôme Baugnies (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert 0:46:10
95 Natnael Berhane (Eri) Team Europcar 0:47:23
96 Julian Kern (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale 0:50:56
97 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa) Movistar Team 0:51:26
98 Pavel Brutt (Rus) Team Katusha 0:51:27
99 Danny Pate (USA) Team Sky 0:52:20
100 Anthony Roux (Fra) FDJ.fr 1:00:07
101 Stéphane Poulhies (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 1:11:40




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