Bahrain Merida Pro Cycling Team | VOLTA A CATALUNYA – ST 3
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Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

March 25th – 31st


Sant Feliu de Guíxols – Vallter 2000 / Setcases (Vall Camprodon), 179km. Mountain.

The first of two mountain stages featured a very demanding profile with two consecutive Ports both of first category and a steep final. The decisive moves happened on the final ascent, with the attacks of Quintana and Bernal, then joined by Yates, Lopez and Martin. Today’s victory was an affair among them and the British won the sprint atop Vallter 2000. Team BAHRAIN MERIDA overall contender Hermann Pernsteiner finished 1’37” adrift (16th): “It was a good stage for me today. Unfortunately on the final climb the pace was really high and some riders open a gap. I was with Majka and we worked together and the gap to the front stay the same until the finish of the climb. I’m happy with the result. I felt good during the stage and also on the last climb. I was also a little bit surprised to be so good at altitude because it was my first time this year. The guys did a great job bringing me and Damiano in a really good position ahead of the final climb and did everything for us and if we will keep on working like this there will be other good stages on next day. All in all I’m happy and ready for the next stage”. Sports Director Vladimir Miholjević explains how the race unfolded: A breakaway of eleven riders went out from the bunch after 10 km and they gain a gap of 5’20” maximum. We didn’t plan to be in the breakaway. We saved the energy and prepared to ride for our to GC guys Pernsteiner and Caruso and the guys did a great job for them and brought them under the last climb without expending any extra energy, but on the last climb they lost contact with the best. This was a consequence of what their legs allowed to do in this moment, but it is ok for Damiano because he’s coming back after illness and Pernsteiner could test his limits”.