Soler, Valverde, Mas limit margins at ITT before big mountains
23 March 2021

Volta a Catalunya (st. 2)

Movistar Team's three GC reference just over half minute behind new GC leader Almeida (DQT) after Banyoles / Pla de l'Estany time trial, before series of tough stages through to the weekend.

Portuguese rider Joao Almeida (DQT) left Banyoles, venue for the individual time trial (18.5km) of the 2021 Volta a Catalunya, as new race leader after showing his strength, best of the GC contenders, over a technical, lumpy circuit, where the Movistar Team kept the pace of the climbers’ side of the overall classification group to remain in contention.

Valverde during his effort around Banyoles. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Marc Soler, the best of the Blues at the ITT, finished just over one minute behind the day’s winner, Rohan Dennis (IGD), and now sits 39″ off the new white-and-green jersey holder, with Alejandro Valverde (46″ from Almeida) and Enric Mas (+51″) in pretty similar performances to those of the Catalan, everyone around 47kph average at the Pla de l’Estany course.

Mas during his time trial. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The Telefónica-backed squad will now try, starting on Wednesday, to notably feature at the abundant mountains awaiting for them through to Sunday’s finale. Stage three will be a long one, 203km with one big climb up to more than two thousand metres above sea level, at the ski station of Vallter 2000.

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 22 - 28 Mar

Volta a Catalunya ESP

(2nd Stage) Pla de l'Estany / Banyoles (CRI / ITT) (18.5 km)
  1. 01 Rohan Dennis INEOS Grenadiers 22'27"
  2. 02 Rémi Cavagna Deceuninck - Quick Step +5"
  3. 03 Joao Almeida Deceuninck - Quick Step +28"
  4. 24 Marc Soler Movistar Team +1'07"
  5. 30 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +1'14"
  6. 36 Enric Mas Movistar Team +1'19"
  7. 112 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +2'23"
  8. 133 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +2'50"
  9. 150 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +3'15"
  10. 155 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +3'22"
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  1. 01 Joao Almeida Deceuninck - Quick Step 4h43'26"
  2. 02 Brandon McNulty UAE Team Emirates +1"
  3. 03 Luis León Sánchez Astana - Premier Tech +3"
  4. 16 Marc Soler Movistar Team +39"
  5. 22 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +46"
  6. 26 Enric Mas Movistar Team +51"
  7. 80 Carlos Verona Movistar Team +2'54"
  8. 101 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +10'09"
  9. 112 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team +11'01"
  10. 126 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +13'14"
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