Felix Grossschartner completed UCI World Tour event, Volta Ciclista a Catalunya in 17th place overall. On the last stage, in Barcelona, Maciej Paterski was riding aggressively, in the break.
Info: March 26th, Barcelona – Barcelona, 138,7km
Course: undulating, eight 7-kilometer laps in the end, with a climb to Alt de Montjuic (cat. 3)
Maciej Paterski was very attentive and didn’t overlooked one of the early breakaway attempts. He managed to go clear alongside 21 other riders and together they gained over 4 minutes on the peloton.
The collaboration was not working well in the escape and with 70km to go it started to fall apart. Riders were trying to pull away and eventually 6 escapees were able to go clear – Jay McCarthy (Bora Hansgrohe), Daniel Teklehaimot (Dimension Data), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto-Soudal), David Gaudu (FDJ), Xandro Meurisse (Wanty – Groupe Gobert), Victor Campenaerts (Team LottoNL-Jumbo).
That group stayed together until 25km to go, when McCarthy, De Gendt and Gaudu launched an uphill attack. At that point the peloton was one minute behind the trio, and Paterski’s group was still hanging on between the two groups
The shattered bunch, which included Felix Grossschartner, first caught Gaudu, then McCarthy and eventually De Gendt, with 9km remaining. The final ascent, on the final lap saw race favorites attacking each other, but at the end of the day it was all about the sprint from the 16-man group. Alejandro Valverde claimed not only the final GC, but also the last stage, beating at the line Jarlinson Pantano (Trek – Segafredo) and Arthur Vichot (FDJ).
Felix Grossschartner arrived in 25th place (16 seconds back) and completed the UCI World Tour event in 17th place.