2014 Volta a Catalunya

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2014 Volta a Catalunya
2014 UCI World Tour, race 5 of 28
Race details
Dates 24–30 March 2014
Stages 7
Distance 1,167.9 km (725.7 mi)
Winning time 29h 41' 34"[1] (39.333 km/h or 24.440 mph)
Palmares
Winner  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) (Team Katusha)
Second  Alberto Contador (ESP) (Team Tinkoff-Saxo)
Third  Tejay van Garderen (USA) (BMC Racing Team)

Mountains  Stef Clement (NED) (Belkin Pro Cycling)
Sprints  Michel Koch (DEU) (Cannondale)
Team Garmin-Sharp
2013
2015

The 2014 Volta a Catalunya was the 94th running of the Volta a Catalunya cycling stage race. It started on 24 March in Calella and ended on 30 March in Barcelona, and consisted of seven stages. It was the fifth race of the 2014 UCI World Tour season.

The race was won for the second time by Spain's Joaquim Rodríguez of Team Katusha,[2] who took the lead after winning the race's third stage, and maintained the overall lead of the race until the end in Barcelona, to take his first stage race victory in over two years.[3] Rodríguez won the general classification by four seconds over runner-up and compatriot Alberto Contador (Team Tinkoff-Saxo),[4] while the BMC Racing Team's Tejay van Garderen completed the podium, three seconds behind Contador,[5] and seven down on Rodríguez; van Garderen was the winner of the race's queen stage to Vallter 2000-Setcases on the fourth day.[6]

In the race's other classifications, Stef Clement, of the Belkin Pro Cycling team,[5] was the winner of the red jersey for the mountains classification; he also won a stage wearing the jersey, winning on the penultimate stage.[7] Cannondale rider Michel Koch won both sprints classifications; along with the normal intermediate sprints,[5] Koch was the winner of the special sprints standings,[5] named in honour of Miguel Poblet, with the most points at the specific sprint places on the itinerary. For the second year in a row, Garmin-Sharp won the teams classification.[5]

Schedule[edit]

List of stages
Stage Date Course Distance Type Winner
1 24 March Calella to Calella 169.7 km (105 mi) Flat stage  Luka Mezgec (SLO)
2 25 March Mataró to Girona 168 km (104 mi) Flat stage  Luka Mezgec (SLO)
3 26 March Banyoles to La Molina 162.9 km (101 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP)
4 27 March Alp to Vallter 2000-Setcases 166.4 km (103 mi) Mountainstage.svg Mountain stage  Tejay van Garderen (USA)
5 28 March Llanars to Valls 218.2 km (136 mi) Intermediate stage  Luka Mezgec (SLO)
6 29 March El Vendrell to Vilanova i la Geltrú 172 km (107 mi) Flat stage  Stef Clement (NED)
7 30 March Barcelona to Barcelona 120.7 km (75 mi) Intermediate stage  Lieuwe Westra (NED)

Teams[edit]

As the Volta a Catalunya was a UCI World Tour event, all 18 UCI ProTeams were invited automatically and obligated to send a squad. Four other squads were given wildcard places, thus completing the 22-team peloton.

The 22 teams that competed in the race were:[8]

Stages[edit]

Stage 1[edit]

24 March 2014 — Calella to Calella, 169.7 km (105.4 mi)[9]
Stage 1 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant-Shimano 4h 09' 13"
2  Leigh Howard (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
3  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
4  Paul Martens (GER) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
5  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
6  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale s.t.
7  Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team s.t.
8  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida s.t.
9  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
10  Kévin Reza (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
General Classification after Stage 1
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) MaillotVolta.png Giant-Shimano 4h 09' 03"
2  Leigh Howard (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE + 4"
3  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 6"
4  Boris Vallée (BEL) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 8"
5  Cédric Pineau (FRA) FDJ.fr + 9"
6  Paul Martens (GER) Belkin Pro Cycling + 10"
7  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol + 10"
8  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale + 10"
9  Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 10"
10  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 10"

Stage 2[edit]

25 March 2014 — Mataró to Girona, 168 km (104.4 mi)[10]
Stage 2 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) MaillotVolta.png Giant-Shimano 3h 57' 49"
2  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida s.t.
3  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale s.t.
4  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
5  Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team s.t.
6  Davide Viganò (ITA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
7  Boris Vallée (BEL) Jersey white.svg 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 + 3"
General Classification after Stage 2
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) MaillotVolta.png Giant-Shimano 8h 06' 42"
2  Roberto Ferrari (ITA) Lampre-Merida + 14"
3  Leigh Howard (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE + 14"
4  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 16"
5  Daniele Ratto (ITA) Cannondale + 16"
6  Boris Vallée (BEL) Jersey white.svg Lotto-Belisol + 18"
7  Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 20"
8  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol + 20"
9  Davide Viganò (ITA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA + 20"
10  Michel Koch (GER) Jersey pink.svg Cannondale + 20"

Stage 3[edit]

26 March 2014 — Banyoles to La Molina, 162.9 km (101.2 mi)[11]
Stage 3 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) Team Katusha 4h 50' 55"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 5"
3  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 9"
4  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 11"
5  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 13"
6  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 14"
7  Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 14"
8  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 14"
9  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 14"
10  Przemysław Niemiec (POL) Lampre-Merida + 20"
General Classification after Stage 3
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha 12h 58' 00"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 5"
3  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 9"
4  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 11"
5  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 13"
6  Wilco Kelderman (NED) Belkin Pro Cycling + 14"
7  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 14"
8  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 14"
9  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 14"
10  Przemysław Niemiec (POL) Lampre-Merida + 20"

Stage 4[edit]

27 March 2014 — Alp to Vallter 2000-Setcases, 166.4 km (103.4 mi)[12]
Stage 4 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team 4h 49' 30"
2  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
3  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 3"
4  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha + 4"
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 5"
6  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 8"
7  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 8"
8  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 15"
9  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 16"
10  Robert Kišerlovski (CRO) Trek Factory Racing + 21"
General Classification after Stage 4
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha 17h 47' 34"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 4"
3  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 7"
4  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 10"
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 10"
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 17"
7  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 18"
8  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 26"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 42"
10  David Arroyo (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA + 45"

Stage 5[edit]

28 March 2014 — Llanars to Valls, 218.2 km (135.6 mi)[13]
Stage 5 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Luka Mezgec (SLO) Giant-Shimano 5h 16' 00"
2  Julian Alaphilippe (FRA) Omega Pharma-Quick Step s.t.
3  Samuel Dumoulin (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale s.t.
4  Paul Martens (GER) Belkin Pro Cycling s.t.
5  Michel Kreder (NED) Wanty-Groupe Gobert s.t.
6  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo s.t.
7  Adam Yates (GBR) Orica-GreenEDGE s.t.
8  Kévin Reza (FRA) Team Europcar s.t.
9  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol s.t.
10  Davide Viganò (ITA) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
General Classification after Stage 5
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha 23h 03' 34"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 4"
3  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 7"
4  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 10"
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 10"
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 17"
7  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 18"
8  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 26"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 42"
10  Robert Kišerlovski (CRO) Trek Factory Racing + 48"

Stage 6[edit]

29 March 2014 — El Vendrell to Vilanova i la Geltrú, 162 km (100.7 mi)[14]
Stage 6 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Stef Clement (NED) Jersey red.svg Belkin Pro Cycling 3h 58' 44"
2  Rudy Molard (FRA) Cofidis + 3"
3  Pieter Serry (BEL) Omega Pharma-Quick Step + 3"
4  Jens Voigt (GER) Trek Factory Racing + 3"
5  Marek Rutkiewicz (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice + 3"
6  Antonio Piedra (ESP) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA + 3"
7  Pierre Rolland (FRA) Team Europcar + 3"
8  Damien Howson (AUS) Orica-GreenEDGE + 3"
9  Nico Sijmens (BEL) Wanty-Groupe Gobert + 9"
10  Tosh Van der Sande (BEL) Lotto-Belisol + 55"
General Classification after Stage 6
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha 27h 03' 13"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 4"
3  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 7"
4  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 10"
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 10"
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 17"
7  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 18"
8  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 26"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 42"
10  Robert Kišerlovski (CRO) Trek Factory Racing + 48"

Stage 7[edit]

30 March 2014 — Barcelona to Barcelona, 120.7 km (75.0 mi)[15]
Stage 7 Result
Rider Team Time
1  Lieuwe Westra (NED) Astana 2h 36' 14"
2  Marcus Burghardt (GER) BMC Racing Team + 1' 22"
3  Thomas Voeckler (FRA) Team Europcar + 1' 22"
4  Maciej Paterski (POL) CCC Polsat Polkowice + 1' 26"
5  Yoann Bagot (FRA) Cofidis + 1' 36"
6  Jan Polanc (SLO) Lampre-Merida + 2' 07"
7  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 2' 07"
8  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 2' 07"
9  Arnold Jeannesson (FRA) FDJ.fr + 2' 07"
10  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha + 2' 07"
Final General Classification
Rider Team Time
1  Joaquim Rodríguez (ESP) MaillotVolta.png Team Katusha 29h 41' 34"
2  Alberto Contador (ESP) Team Tinkoff-Saxo + 4"
3  Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team + 7"
4  Romain Bardet (FRA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 10"
5  Nairo Quintana (COL) Movistar Team + 10"
6  Chris Froome (GBR) Team Sky + 17"
7  Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp + 18"
8  Domenico Pozzovivo (ITA) Ag2r-La Mondiale + 26"
9  Warren Barguil (FRA) Giant-Shimano + 42"
10  Robert Kišerlovski (CRO) Trek Factory Racing + 48"

Classification leadership table[edit]

In the 2014 Volta a Catalunya, four different jerseys were awarded. For the general classification, calculated by adding each cyclist's finishing times on each stage, and allowing time bonuses in intermediate sprints and at the finish in mass-start stages, the leader received a white and green jersey. This classification was considered the most important of the 2014 Volta a Catalunya, and the winner of the classification was considered the winner of the race.

Additionally, there was a sprints classification, which awarded a white jersey. In the sprints classification, cyclists received points for finishing in the top 3 at intermediate sprint points during each stage; these intermediate sprints also offered bonus seconds towards the general classification. A special sprints classification was also contested, with points on offer at a specific point during the stage; the classification was named in honour of former cyclist Miguel Poblet, who died in 2013. There was also a mountains classification, the leadership of which was marked by a red jersey. In the mountains classification, points were won by reaching the top of a climb before other cyclists, with more points available for the higher-categorised climbs.

There was also a classification for teams, in which the times of the best three cyclists per team on each stage were added together; the leading team at the end of the race was the team with the lowest total time.

Stage Winner General classification
MaillotVolta.png
Mountains classification
Red jersey
Sprints classification
White jersey
Special sprints classification
Jersey pink.svg
Teams classification
1 Luka Mezgec Luka Mezgec Romain Lemarchand Boris Vallée Romain Lemarchand Omega Pharma-Quick Step
2 Luka Mezgec Michel Koch Lotto-Belisol
3 Joaquim Rodríguez Joaquim Rodríguez Jack Bobridge Michel Koch Ag2r-La Mondiale
4 Tejay van Garderen Stef Clement Garmin-Sharp
5 Luka Mezgec
6 Stef Clement
7 Lieuwe Westra
Final Joaquim Rodríguez Stef Clement Michel Koch Michel Koch Garmin-Sharp

References[edit]

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  7. ^ "Clement wins Volta a Catalunya stage in mountain jersey". Belkin Pro Cycling (Rabo Wielerploegen). 29 March 2014. Retrieved 30 March 2014. 
  8. ^ "Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2014 start list". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "Stage 1: Calella to Calella". Cyclingnews.com (Future plc). Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  10. ^ "Stage 2: Mataró to Girona". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  11. ^ "Stage 3: Banyoles to La Molina". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  12. ^ "Stage 4: Alp to Setcases". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "Stage 5: Llanars to Valls". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  14. ^ "Stage 6: El Vendrell to Vilanova i la Geltrú". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 
  15. ^ "Stage 7: Barcelona to Barcelona". Cyclingnews.com. Future plc. Retrieved 24 March 2014. 

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