Davide Cimolai, the Italian driver, claimed the win after a spring finish on stage 6 of Volta a Catalunya, as Team Sky’s Chris Froome made it to the 8th position overall.
The Lampre-Merida racer passed ahead of Giant-Alpecin’s Nikias Arndt as well as Lotto Soudal’s Tosh Van der Sande following breakaway leader Dimension Data’s Cameron Meyer had finally been closed down over last kilometre.
It was the first win of Lampre-Merida of a frustrating season. Nairo Quintana of Movistar kept his overall lead with an end in the peleton, 7 seconds ahead of Alberto Contador of Spain, while defending champ Richie Porte stays in the third spot seventeen seconds back.
Froome, a Brit star, is just forty-six seconds off the pace going into the final hilly hundred and thirty six kilometers circuit stage across the Montjuic region of Barcelona. Cimolai told that finally, they got their first victory after working very hard all through the week. It was really important after an inauspicious season.
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Sir Bradley Wiggins is about to race the Belgian races this year. His participation at 3 Days of De Panne race has been confirmed by the race organizer recently.
Added De Pane race, the 2012 Tour France champion would be racing E3 Harelbeke, Flanders Tour & Paris Roubaix. The last one is his final race as a Sky member.
De Pane committee is really thrilled to have such a legendary figure as Wiggins in the race.
“We were thrilled to hear that Wiggo would be racing again”, stated Johan Hecke, the press chief of the race.
“He would undoubtedly love to flaunt the rainbow jersey during time trial at the race finale. We are hopeful that he would be coming up with a similar spectacular performance as he did in the year 2009.”
The last time Bradley raced at the Belgian race was in the year 2011. In the year 2009, he triumphed at the finale’s 15.3 km time-trial in Garmin’s colors, racing ahead of Westra (Lieuwe) & Devolder (Stijn).
Along with Wiggins, Mark Cavendish too has been confirmed for the Belgian races. He would be riding at DwarsVlaanderen before Ghent-Wevelgem which is scheduled for 29th March.
“I am really happy that I would be riding DwarsVlaanderen since it’s a great Belgian race”, remarked Cavendish. Read more »