The final stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya was dominated by many attacks and ended with a solo victory for S. Yates (Mitchelton-Scott). BORA – hansgrohe worked for Jay McCarthy, who crossed the line in 5th place on the final stage of the 98th Volta Ciclista a Catalunya.
The race travelled to Barcelona for the final stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya. Stage 7 took the peloton over a 154km course with the traditional Montjuic circuit. They tackled the 200m hill averaging 5% eight times, last of the ascents came in the final five kilometres.
The Team Tactics
The final stage was a stage for BORA – hansgrohe rider Jay McCarthy. The Australian knew the final laps from last year´s edition, as he was in the breakaway for many kilometres. Therefore, the German team supported him as best as possible to go for another good stage result.
The race started at midday and after two hours of racing the peloton was still together. With 45km remaining a group of nine riders launched an attack and distanced themselves from the peloton with some seconds gap but 33km before the finish, five riders were back in the pack. BORA – hansgrohe stayed in front of the first chasing group and worked for Jay. McCarthy.
The race changed 15km before the finish line, as a new quartet attacked and went up the road. BORA – hansgrohe rider Jay McCarthy was represented in the first chasing group some seconds behind the breakaway. With 4km remaining, S. Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) launched an attack out of the break and was able to take the stage win ahead of M. Soler (Team Movistar). BORA – hansgrohe rider Jay McCarthy finished some seconds behind in the chasing group and took fifth place.
From the Finish Line
“It was a tough race today, many attacks and a high pace right from the beginning. There were a lot of crashes due to the wet roads, but luckily our riders weren´t involved. The team did a strong ride and worked for Jay. He was in the first chasing group, we thought maybe they can close the gap but the pace was high at the front. He took fifth place, which is a good result for the final stage. Of course, in the GC we planned to achieve more but what can you do.” – Jens Zemke, sports director
“I felt good today, I am happy that I finished fifth place of course it would have been nice to take another podium result today but I feel my form is coming along well for the upcoming races.” – Jay McCarthy