Roglic stays calm to win Tour of Catalonia cycle race
BARCELONA, March 26– Primoz Roglic won the prestigious Tour of Catalonia cycle race on Sunday with a narrow six-second lead over Remco Evenepoel. The two riders dominated the 7th and final stage of the race, which finished with six circuits of Montjuic in the heart of Barcelona, as they had controlled the race all week. The Belgian rider attacked on the climb when…
BARCELONA, March 26 (Xinhua) — Primoz Roglic (Jumbo Visma) won the prestigious Tour of Catalonia cycle race on Sunday with a narrow six-second lead over Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step).
The two riders dominated the 7th and final stage of the race, which finished with six circuits of Montjuic in the heart of Barcelona, as they had controlled the race all week.
The day began with Evenepoel, who won last year’s Vuelta a Espana, 10 seconds behind Roglic in the overall standings.
The Belgian rider attacked on the climb when the race reached Montjuic, but Roglic was able to hold on to his wheel and the pair opened a gap of around 50 seconds over the main peloton, with Marc Soler (UAE Emirates) forming a trio.
Evenepoel’s aggression saw Soler dropped by the end of the fourth circuit of the city center hill, but Roglic was able to dig-in and ensure he would take the overall win.
Evenepoel was first to the top of the final climb of Montjuic and that allowed him to claim the prize for the best climber, while Roglic didn’t contest the final sprint to across the finish line, allowing his rival to claim his second stage win of the race.
Winning the stage gave Evenepoel a 10-second time bonus, but Roglic took a six-second bonus for finishing second to win the overall classification by six seconds.
The superiority of Roglic and Evenepoel was highlighted by the fact that third-placed Joao Almeida (UAE Emirates) finished two minutes and 11 seconds behind Roglic, and two minutes and five seconds in the wake of Evenepoel.
Evenepoel showed he is in excellent form ahead of the forthcoming Belgian Classics, such as next weekend’s Tour of Flanders, while Roglic looks as if he has fine form in the run up to the Giro d’Italia in early May. Enditem
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