Six climbs on today’s route, so of course it’s a bunch sprint at the end!
Volta Catalunya Stage 1: Calella to Calella, 178.9km
FDJ’s Davide Cimolai held off a determined, if wayward, Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) to claim his first victory for his new team, the leader’s jersey and an FDJ trademark victoire gif . Kristian Sbaragli (Dimension-Data) rounded out the podium.
Highlights (we pick it up with about 8km to go)…
FDJ’s Arthur Vichot played the perfect poisson pilote in the final kilometre #bleublancrougehugs…
First race in this Europe for the Brazilian team Funvic/Brasil. They got two riders in the break of the day and came away with King of the Mountains podium time for Murillo Affonso.
Typical Spanish sprint stage: 2 x Cat 1, 1 x Cat 2 and 3 x Cat 3. All this and save some energy for the 41.3km TTT on stage 2… #carnage
Full report at Cycling News.
Header image: So Close between Davide Cimolai and Nacer Bouhanni © JOSEP LAGO/AFP/Getty Images