After taking three top ten places earlier in the race, Bevin didn’t want to wait for any potential sprint finish today. Instead, he attacked as soon as the flag dropped, joining an 11-man breakaway, which opened a maximum gap of nearly four minutes.
With a quality group riding up the road, the peloton started the chase quite early and, on the first of eight finishing circuits in Barcelona, with 56 kilometers to go, the leaders’ advantage was down to 1’45”.
On the second lap, on the category three climb, Alt de Montjuic, the breakaway broke into pieces and initially Bevin was on the right side of the split. However, a moment later, Davide Formolo (BORA – hansgrohe) went clear alone and this time nobody could follow. He eventually held on to take the win, while Bevin got caught with 20 kilometers to go by the General Classification contenders attacking from the bunch.
With around 37 kilometers remaining, Łukasz Owsian and Simon Geschke, who had just come back to racing after fracturing his elbow, were involved in a crash in the peloton. Owsian came out of the accident with some cuts and bruises while, Geschke was taken to hospital for observation. An update on his condition will be provided as soon as possible.
Quotes from the Finish Line:
“It was a hard last stage to wrap up a hard week of racing. I went for the break hoping to get as far into the finale as possible. I got swept up in the last two laps so, I was not able to battle for a good result at the line. I attempted to really influence the race and not just be a passenger on the tough circuit. In general, I’m very satisfied with my performance and my form in Catalunya. It was a great race to kick off my European season.”
“We gave everything we had this week. We were in the breaks on multiple days and we claimed some top ten results. We had good luck for most of the week but, it was horrible to lose Geschke and Owsian to a crash today. Bevin gave it another go in the break on the last stage but, the GC race behind him kind of put a damper on our day. I think we left Catalunya after having a solid week and now we can keep moving forward.”
Volta a Catalunya
Stage 7: Barcelona>Barcelona (143.1km)
Top 3: 1. Davide Formolo (BORA – hansgrohe) 2. Enric Mas (Deceuninck – Quick Step) 3. Maximilian Schachmann (BORA – hansgrohe)
CCC Team top 3: 30. Patrick Bevin 65. Riccardo Zoidl 68. Laurens ten Dam
Top 3 of GC: Miguel Angel Lopez (Astana) 2. Adam Yates (Mitchelton-SCOTT) 3. Egan Bernal (Team Sky)
CCC Team top 3 in GC: 31. Laurens ten Dam 32. Patrick Bevin 35. Riccardo Zoidl