Volta a Catalunya (st. 1)
Paterski (CCC) -first GC leader-, Rolland (EUC), De Clercq (LTS) put 2'40" on main field at Calella's finish, after breakaway getsd unsuccessfully chased down by Movistar Team together with many other squads
The 95th Volta a Catalunya took an unexpected turn on Monday at Calella's finish, after 185km rolling through the Maresme with three rated climbs. The big fight for the day's early break -almost 60km full of attacks- eventually conceded a massive gap to the trio of riders that managed to get away: Maciej Paterski (CCC), Pierre Rolland (EUC) and Bart de Clercq (LTS).
Almost ten minutes ahead of the bunch with 60km remaining -a gap not getting down practically until the flat between the climbs of Collformic and Collsacreu-, the control by Cannondale-Garmin and Sky turned into a hectic chase by all race favourites' teams, including the Movistar riders, who had put themselves on the front in an early phase.
The pulling by the Blues reduced the margin to 2'40" across the line, a gap still considerable yet less threatening in a race with lots of tricks and a high mountain stage en route to La Molina on Thursday. José Joaquín Rojas, part of the Milano-Sanremo roster together with Alejandro Valverde and also at the Volta, was the highest placed of the telephone squad in 15th spot. Stage two should bring a better chance on Tuesday, with Olot's finale (191km) including plenty of slopes as well as the Cat-3 Alt de Montagut.