Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | Matej Mohorič 3rd and Giovanni Visconti 4th at Stage 5 of Volta Catalunya
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Matej Mohorič 3rd and Giovanni Visconti 4th at Stage 5 of Volta Catalunya

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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya – Stage 5

Llivia  – Vielha Val d’Aran, 212,9 km

Vielha Val d’Aran, 23rd March, 2018.

The longest stage of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was a very demanding one with hard climbs. There were several attempts for the breakaway from the start and finally, after 30 km, it happened with 12 riders and also Giovanni Visconti and Valerio Agnoli from TBM. Valerio had some issues after 140 km and couldn’t keep up in the breakaway group. Giovanni Visconti managed to stay in the breakaway that split into two parts.

The leading duo, Jarlinson Pantano (Trek-Segafredo) and Vegard Stake Laengen (UAE Team Emirates), were keeping a comfortable distance at the descent that was really fast with speed over 80 km/h.

Matej Mohorič again showed his excellence in descending capabilities and top skills on Catalunya. He jumped from the group, started speeding up and even celebrated at the finish with hands up high, thinking he had won the stage, but being completely focused, he did not hear well the SD radio. In the end, the celebration was not for nothing. Matej Mohorič was third and Giovanni Visconti fourth on today’s 5th stage of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.

TBM riders performed well today and after the race they realized that they have even bigger ambitions which is definitely a good vibe for the future races.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) got to the 8th place today and kept his GC lead by 16 seconds. Egan Bernal (Team Sky) is the runner-up in overall and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) third, with 26 seconds behind Valverde.