The stage got off to a lively start with numerous attacks being launched on the category one climb to Port de la Collada De Toses. Simon Geschke was among those who was trying to go clear, but eventually a four-man leading group went away and established an advantage of over three minutes.
Meanwhile, all six CCC Team riders were sitting safely in the peloton, protecting Bevin for a possible mass sprint.
The quartet entered the final 20 kilometers with a gap of 1’45” but, inside the last ten kilometers, the leading group fell apart. Maximilian Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe) pulled away from the breakaway by himself and managed to hold on until the finish line.
Meanwhile in the peloton behind, a battle for position started and Bevin made sure that he had a good spot in the front of the group for the battle for the podium places. Despite spending majority of yesterday’s mountain stage in the breakaway, Bevin was still able to dig deep and sprint to fifth place.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“Today’s sprint was a reflection of the improvement I am making this week. It’s the third opportunity I have had at the line and it’s the best result so far. It’s great to find some racing rhythm after time off and I want to really keep pushing ahead for the final two stages of the race.”
Volta a Catalunya
Stage 5: Puigcerdà>Sant Cugat del Vallès (188,1km)
Top 3: 1. Maximilian Schachmann (Bora-hansgrohe) 2. Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb) 3. Ryan Gibbons (Team Dimension Data)
CCC Team top 3: 5. Patrick Bevin 81. Łukasz Owsian 87. Simon Geschke