CyclingQuotes.com uses cookies for statistics and targeting ads. This information is shared with third parties.
ACCEPT COOKIES » MORE INFO »

Every day we bring you more pro-cycling news

"The legs felt good. I usually respond pretty well to the cold weather. I think a lot of guys were suffering because of it. To be up there, on a hard summit finish, in the middle of the names I finished with, is a good morale boost,&qu...

Photo: Sirotti

BMC RACING TEAM

TEAM PROFILE
|
NEWS

TEJAY VAN GARDEREN

RIDER PROFILE
|
NEWS

VOLTA A CATALUNYA

RACE PROFILE
|
NEWS
26.03.2014 @ 21:37 Posted by Emil Axelgaard

After having withdrawn early from Paris-Nice, Tejay van Garderen had entered the Volta a Catalunya a bit uncertain about his condition. Today he got a great morale boost when he beat Chris Froome to finish 4th in the first big mountain stage.

 

BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen climbed his way into the top five in the overall standings at the Volta a Catalunya with fourth place on Wednesday's mountain-top finish. The first of two consecutive mountain-top finishes traveled 162.9 kilometers from Banyoles to La Molina.


Six riders built a nine-minute advantage after 50 km. Strong winds over the top of the day's highest climb – the Alt de La Creueta – and cold temperatures helped the escapees maintain a two-minute advantage entering the final 20 km. The last of the breakaway riders, Team Europcar's Kévin Reza, was caught with 5 km to go.

Joaquin Rodriguez (Team Katusha) countered an attack by Christopher Froome (Team Sky) inside the final 500 meters and soloed to win the stage by five seconds ahead of Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo). Nairo Quintana (Movistar Team) was third, nine seconds after Rodriguez, while van Garderen arrived two seconds later.

Rodriguez took the overall lead with four stages to go, five seconds ahead of Contador, nine in front of Quintana and 11 ahead of van Garderen. 

"We got a little bit lucky with the weather," van Garderen said. "We were expecting much worse. It definitely got really cold out there in the second part of the stage. All in all, we were really lucky.

 

"The legs felt good. I usually respond pretty well to the cold weather. I think a lot of guys were suffering because of it. To be up there, on a hard summit finish, in the middle of the names I finished with, is a good morale boost."

"It was a great job by Tejay today," sports director Yvon Ledanois said. "I am happy. It builds confidence for tomorrow and it is an important result for him because he did not do Paris-Nice. It is also good morale for the team."

 

You can read our preview of the fourth stage here and follow our live coverage at 15.15 CET on CyclingQuotes.com/live.

MORE NEWS:

VIEW SELECTED

List of CyclingQuotes previews 15.05.2017 @ 07:54End of the road for CyclingQuotes 08.01.2017 @ 16:00Rui Costa confirms Giro participation 07.01.2017 @ 12:55Van Avermaet: I am not afraid of Sagan 07.01.2017 @ 09:45Unchanged course for E3 Harelbeke 07.01.2017 @ 09:32Jenner takes surprise win at Australian U23 Championships 07.01.2017 @ 08:53No replacement for Meersman at Fortuneo-Vital Concept 06.01.2017 @ 19:14Barguil with two goals in 2017 06.01.2017 @ 19:06More details about French Vuelta start emerges 06.01.2017 @ 14:16Kristoff to start season at Etoile de Besseges 06.01.2017 @ 14:10Ion Izagirre announces schedule for first year at Bahrain 06.01.2017 @ 12:40JLT Condor optimistic for Herald Sun Tour 06.01.2017 @ 09:19Haas leads Dimension Data trio in fight for Australian... 06.01.2017 @ 09:15Sagan spearheads Bora-hansgrohe at Tour Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:12Henao and Thomas lead Sky Down Under 06.01.2017 @ 09:09Bauer crowned New Zealand TT champion 06.01.2017 @ 08:33Van der Poel ready to defend Dutch title 05.01.2017 @ 21:00Pantano ambitious for first Tour with Trek 05.01.2017 @ 20:41Landa with new approach to the Giro 05.01.2017 @ 20:36Sunweb Development Team sign Goos and Zepuntke 05.01.2017 @ 20:27Dumoulin confirms Giro participation 05.01.2017 @ 20:19Bauer targets victories in Quick-Step debut 05.01.2017 @ 20:16Gaviria and Boonen lead Quick-Step in San Juan 05.01.2017 @ 20:13Team Sunweb presented in Germany 05.01.2017 @ 20:09ASO take over major German WorldTour race 05.01.2017 @ 11:01Team Sunweb unveil new jersey 05.01.2017 @ 10:54Reactions from the Australian TT Championships 05.01.2017 @ 08:27Dennis defends Australian TT title 05.01.2017 @ 08:21Scotson takes back to back U23 TT titles in Australia 05.01.2017 @ 08:15Utrecht on track to host 2020 Vuelta 04.01.2017 @ 18:28Pre-season setback for Talansky 04.01.2017 @ 17:56Kristoff: It's not impossible for me to win in Rou... 04.01.2017 @ 17:49Boom close to first cyclo-cross win in LottoNL debut 04.01.2017 @ 17:40UAE Abu Dhabi make late signing of Arab rider 04.01.2017 @ 17:36UAE Abu Dhabi unveil new jersey 04.01.2017 @ 17:30BMC unveil race schedule 04.01.2017 @ 17:21Androni sign Costa Rican super talent 04.01.2017 @ 17:13Lampre leave the peloton 04.01.2017 @ 17:03Nibali to skip the classics 04.01.2017 @ 16:58Kolobnev announces retirement 04.01.2017 @ 15:08Young Dimension Data team targets third consecutive win... 04.01.2017 @ 14:01Vakoc leads Quick-Step at Tour Down Under 04.01.2017 @ 13:58Puncheur course for 2017 Arctic Race of Norway 04.01.2017 @ 13:55Ewan makes it itwo in row at Criterium Championships 04.01.2017 @ 13:53Track world champion wins Australian U23 criterium title 04.01.2017 @ 13:50Orica-Scott target numerous Australian titles 04.01.2017 @ 13:472017 team analysis: Movistar Team 03.01.2017 @ 17:30Wilier-Selle Italia confirm signing of Italian talent 03.01.2017 @ 17:21Novo Nordisk under pressure to secure new sponsorship 03.01.2017 @ 17:15Report: Dumoulin to focus on the Giro 03.01.2017 @ 17:06U23 World Champion forced to turn down Quick-Step 03.01.2017 @ 17:03Ag2r veteran announces retirement 03.01.2017 @ 16:59Thurau finds new team in Kuwait 03.01.2017 @ 16:5520 teams for Challenge Mallorca 03.01.2017 @ 16:47Tony Martin unveils new rainbow jersey 03.01.2017 @ 16:39

Robert ÖSTERLING
40 years | today
Artem KOBELEV
35 years | today
Tony GALLOPIN
29 years | today
Jonas MELO
25 years | today
Amalie DIDERIKSEN
21 years | today

© CyclingQuotes.com 2013