Sprint day at the Dauphine, and my my it’s a murky world amongst the fast-finishers and their lead out trains.. Head-butts, nerves of steel, and burst of gut wrenching speed to finish it off. Best news of the day? The return to racing of Orica-GreenEdge’s Mitch Docker after his horrific crash at Paris-Roubaix: out in the break and looking tache-tastic.
Movistar’s Nairo Quintana, who rode strongly all week, took the leader’s jersey on the fourth stage and never really looked in danger of losing it, despite a veritable galaxy of stars snapping at his heels. A mere 7sec back was Alberto Contador (Tinkoff), while Dan Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) took a second on today’s intermediate sprint to dislodge Richie Porte (BMC) from the podium and step up into third place.
It took the VeloVoice team a while to travel to the Volta a Catalunya [Midge got waylaid at the Tour de Normandie], but we’re back in the groove! With a line up of stars that would grace the Tour de France and several stages to suit the fast men; it’s been all action from the get go. Here’s a quick catch up from one of our favourite Spanish stage races.