Final stage of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya
Barcelona, 26th March – In a picturesque part of one of the tourist capitals in Europe, on the crowded streets of Barcelona, the last stage Barcelona Montjuic – Barcelona Montjuic 138,7 km of 97th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was taking place today. The whole race was an important learning experience for the BAHRAIN MERIDA riders.
Stage 7, the final stage of Volta Ciclista A Catalunya 2017 started and finished on Montjuic hill in Barcelona, in the middle of beautiful fontanas that are among the top tourist attractions in Barcelona. On a warm sunny Sunday morning the streets of Barcelona were filled with crowds, cheering to the riders from all teams, fans taking photos or asking their favourite riders for autographs at the famous Olympic stage for celebration of the 25th anniversary of Barcelona 1992 Olympic games.
Soon after the start, 20 kilometres into the race a breakaway group of 20 riders was formed with 3 to 4 minutes ahead of the bunch. BAHRAIN MERIDA team rider Ondrej Cink held his position in the front group. After 87 km, 8 rounds from Empieza Puerto to Montjuic were left to finish. Things were changing loop by loop, but after the 7th loop Alejandro Valverde firmly held his position and didn’t let anyone jeopardise his stage and general classification victory.
Ondrej Cink had a good position until the end of 5th loop, after which he couldn’t keep pace anymore, since the race was getting harder and harder. All in all, BAHRAIN MEIRDA Team got an important experience from Volta Ciclista A Catalunya and we are looking forward to train and compete with more strength in the future races.
“I was in the breakaway as planned, there were a lot of riders and attacks. Three laps to go I was still in the first 20, I tried to attack, go faster in the climb, but the bunch was too fast,” said Ondrej Cink after the race. “But I am satisfied with Volta Ciclista a Catalunya and I think the next races will be better and better.”
Harald Morscher, team sports director, admitted that they expected a little more from the race: “Yesterday was a disappointment for the whole team because we lost four riders to the time limit. It could be better, but I think the guys performed well, they gained new experience and I think we can give more in the upcoming races. I hope that the guys will recover well and do their best in the next races.”
Vladimir Miholjevič added: “We are satisfied with some stages and performances of Ondrej Cink and Tsgabu Grmay, but on the other hand we did some mistakes, mostly because of lack of experience of some riders. But it was a learning experience and all this is a part of cycling.”
Photo : MIWA Ijima