International Cycling

Mezgec gets third stage win

2014-03-29 08:28
Luka Mezgec (AFP)

Valls - Slovenian cyclist Luka Mezgec has earned his third stage win of this Volta a Catalunya, edging the pack in the final sprint on Friday.

Joaquim Rodriguez maintained the overall lead, with the 218km ride from Llanars Vall de Camprodon to Valls producing no changes at the top of the general classification.

Mezgec, riding for Giant-Shimano, finished the stage in 5 hours, 16 minutes at the front of a large pack. He also won the two opening stages of the seven-day race with sprint finishes.

Rodriguez kept his four-second lead over Alberto Contador.

Tejay van Garderen remained seven seconds behind. Nairo Quintana trailed by 10 seconds and Tour de France winner Christopher Froome was 17 seconds off the pacesetter.

"I hope I can reach the final day with the same advantage," said Rodriguez, who won the Volta in 2010. "We will have to be very attentive and stay focused."

Contador downplayed his chances of overtaking Rodriguez.

"The remaining course leaves very little margin," Contador said.

"For me, the important thing is to recover physically from these tiring days."

Saturday's sixth stage will take riders over 172 km from El Vendrell to Vilanova i la Geltru.

The race finishes in Barcelona on Sunday.

Result of the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia, a 218.2km ride from Camprodon to Valls, on Friday:

1. Luka Mezgec (SLO/GIA) 5hr 15min 59sec
2. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/OPQ) same time
3. Samuel Dumoulin (FRA/ALM)
4. Paul Martens (GER/BKN)
5. Michel Kreder (NED/AJW)
6. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN)
7. Adam Yates (ENG/ORI)
8. Kevin Reza (FRA/EUC)
9. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/LTB).
10. Davide Vigano (ITA/CJR) all same time

Overall standings:
1. Joaquin Rodriguez (ESP/KAT) 23hr 03min 34sec
2. Alberto Contador (ESP/TIN) at 0:04sec
3. Tejay Van Garderen (USA/BMC) 0:07.
4. Romain Bardet (FRA/ALM) 0:10
5. Nairo Quintana (COL/MOV) 0:10
6. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) 0:17
7. Andrew Talansky (USA/GRM) 0:18
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA/ALM) 0:26
9. Warren Barguil (FRA/GIA) 0:42
10. Robert Kiserlovski (CRO/RSH) 0:48

Read more on:    tour of catalonia  |  cycling
NEXT ON SPORT24X

Kreuziger suspension upheld

2014-08-20 19:46

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Besides the 'Big 3' of rugby, cricket and soccer, which of the 'smaller' sports in South Africa do you enjoy the most?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.