International Cycling

Mezgec wins again in Catalonia

2014-03-25 20:11
Luka Mezgec (AFP)

Madrid - Slovenia's Luka Mezgec has claimed a second stage win in as many days for Giant-Shimano on the second day of the Tour of Catalonia.

Mezgec led home Italians Roberto Ferrari (Lampre-Merida) and Daniele Ratto (Cannondale) in a time of 3hrs 57mins 49secs to extend his overall advantage over Ferrari and Australia's Howard Leigh (Orica-GreeEdge) to 14 seconds in the general classification.

Tour de France winner Chris Froome was again in the lead pack that finished the 168km second stage from Mataro to Girona three seconds back along with Spanish duo Alberto Contador and Joaquim Rodriguez and Colombia's Nairo Quintana to leave them 23 seconds off the lead.

However, Froome's chances of victory later in the week suffered a blow as Sky teammate Ritchie Porte had to withdraw from the race due to ill health after finishing way off the pace on Monday.

Wednesday's third stage sees the first mountain finish of the week as the riders tackle a 162.9km ride from Banyoles to La Molina.

Results from the second stage of the of the Tour of Catalonia on Tuesday, a 168km ride from Mataro to Girona:

1. Luka Mezgec (SLO/Giant-Shimano) 3hr 57min 49sec

2. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/Lampre-Merida) same time

3. Daniele Ratto (ITA/Cannondale) s.t.

4. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Omega Pharma-Quick-step) s.t.

5. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) s.t.

6. Davide Vigano (ITA/Caja Rural) s.t.

7. Boris Vallee (BEL/Lotto Belisol) s.t.

8. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/Lotto Belisol) s.t.

9. Leigh Howard (AUS/Orica GreenEdge) s.t.

10. Maciej Paterski (POL/CCC Polsat Polkowice) at 0.03


28. Alberto Contador (ESP/Tinkoff-Saxo) s.t., 35. Chris Froome (GBR/SKY) s.t., 36. Nairo Quintana (COL/Movistar) s.t., 52. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/Katusha) s.t.

Overall standings:

1. Luka Mezgec (SLO/Giant-Shimano) 4:09:03

2. Roberto Ferrari (ITA/Lampre-Merida) at. 0:14 sec.

3. Leigh Howard (AUS/Orica GreenEdge) s.t.

4. Julian Alaphilippe (FRA/Omega Pharma-Quick-step) 0:16

5. Daniele Ratto (ITA/Cannondale) s.t.

6. Boris Vallee (BEL/Lotto Belisol) 0:18

7. Marcus Burghardt (GER/BMC) 0: 20

8. Tosh Van der Sande (BEL/Lotto Belisol) s.t.

9. Davide Vigano (ITA/Caja Rural) s.t.

10. Michel Koch (GER/Cannondale) s.t.


21. Alberto Contador (ESP) 0:23, 29. Joaquim Rodriguez (ESP/Katusha) s.t., 34. Chris Froome (GBR) s.t., 54. Nairo Quintana (COL/Movistar) s.t.

Read more on:    tour of catalonia  |  cycling

Phelps strikes gold in Oz

2014-08-22 15:40


Read News24’s Comments Policy 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
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

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

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.