The rider from Lotto-Soudal soloes to victory in Barcelona.
Thomas De Gendt has struck once more. The Lotto Soudal rider rode to a memorable victory in the final stage of the Volta a Catalunya. During the final lap of the local circuit – around the famous Montjuïc hill in Barcelona - De Gendt left behind his breakaway companion Mohorič and soloed to victory.
For the 34-year-old Belgian, it was the fifth stage victory of his career at the Volta a Catalunya.
"I really like the Volta a Catalunya and with five stage victories under my belt, the race seems to suit me really well", Thomas De Gendt began. “I just like the terrain and the variety of stages. I was really disappointed that the race couldn't take place last year due to the known circumstances. Fortunately, I'm back this year and I could grab another stage win. It is my ninth participation in this stage race and I am successful on almost every occasion. So you can state that the Volta a Catalunya really is a race made for me.”
Following several attempts in the beginning of the race, a large front group of over thirty riders finally formed. Not long after Thomas De Gendt and his breakaway companions reached the local circuit in Barcelona at about 50 kilometres from the finish, the Lotto Soudal rider made his move on the first of six climbs towards Montjuïc.
Only Mohorič managed to bridge to De Gendt and as the cooperation in the chasing group wasn’t optimal, the advantage of the pair quickly increased.
After a few laps on the local course, it soon became clear that De Gendt and Mohorič would battle it out for the stage win.
The decision fell on the final climb towards Montjuïc, where Thomas De Gendt, atop on his Ridley equipped with Campagnolo Super Record EPS disc brake groupset and with Campagnolo Bora full carbon wheels, launched an impressive acceleration and left the Slovenian behind.
The Lotto Soudal rider powered towards the finish and took a memorable fifth stage victory at the Volta a Catalunya.
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