Volta a Catalunya: Movistar powers to team time trial victory

Race lead swaps hands due to penalties to Spanish team

Alejandro Valverde and his Movistar team put in a winning display on stage 2 of the Volta a Catalunya, taking the 43.1 kilometre team time trial from Pla de l'Estany to Banyoles in a time of 48:55.

The Spanish team finished two seconds clear of BMC Racing, with Chris Froome and Team Sky in third, 46 seconds down. The win was not without controversy with Valverde's teammate, Jose Rojas, first stripped of the leader's jersey after he was docked time for taking a push during the stage. Rojas had crossed the line at the front of the Movistar team and conducted both podium celebrations and television interviews before race judges intervened and docked the Spanish rider three minutes.

In an emergency meeting with the UCI commissaires, the jury then late in the evening imposed a one minute penalty on the entire Movistar squad after a protest by BMC, awarding the race lead to Ben Hermans.

The distance of the stage and the undulating parcours caused significant gaps in the overall standings. Alberto Contador and Trek-Segafredo limited their losses well to finish fourth at 1:15, but Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale), Dan Martin (Quick-Step Floors) and Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha-Alpecin) lost more than two minutes, and with that any likely hopes of finishing on the podium.

Movistar were among the latter teams to start the stage, and it was Contador's Trek-Segafredo unit that set the early pace with a respectable time of 50:10. The Spaniard, still searching for his maiden win in Trek colours, marshalled his troops well enough and they looked on course for a podium spot until Team Sky and Movistar came through the finish.

There was little surprise when BMC overturned Trek's lead at both the intermediate and finish line time checks. The American squad may have been lacking some of their time trial depth, but with Rohan Dennis, Tejay van Garderen, and the reliability of Samuel Sanchez, Ben Hermans and Brent Bookwalter, they were always going to be the team to beat. They cut through technical sections with ease as Marco Pinotti – an expert at measuring efforts on such a course – orchestrated their ride. The red and black train looked impressive, even if they started to come apart briefly towards the end. They finished with their full contingent of eight riders, although several teams were still to finish.

Team Sky, looking to put a shambolic team time trial at Tirreno Adriatico behind them, welcomed Chris Froome, Geraint Thomas and Mikel Landa into the fold. This was the first time that all three had raced together since last year's Tour de France, with the team publicly backing the Welshman to lead their efforts here in Spain. That looked like a justified call when Landa was unceremoniously dropped during the second half of the race. Until that moment, Team Sky were one second ahead of Trek at the intermediate but 23 seconds down on the rampaging BMC.

The second half of the course was a battle of attrition, experience and, most importantly, will. Valverde, bouncing back from an illness that ruled him out of Paris-Nice, took a number of long turns on the front with Jonathan Castroviejo reminding everyone of his all-round class against the clock.

Coming into the final twists and turns it looked as though BMC would hold on take a narrow victory, but the Spanish WorldTour team would not be denied.

However, talk of unrest resulting from Movistar's ride began to surface soon after the finish. BMC Racing riders posted video footage of the Spanish team breaking UCI rules as Rojas was caught pushing Nelson Oliveira and Andrey Amador, on a climb midway through the race. Oliveira and Amador were also penalised one and two minutes, respectively, but Valverde escaped punishment despite UCI rules indicating that all riders on the team should have faced a one-minute penalty.

The overall picture

With such a long test against the clock coming so soon in the race, time gaps were always going to open up in the GC standings. Today's result has both opened up and closed off opportunities for several teams and riders.

The win puts Movistar in control, and they will be expected to set the pace on a difficult stage 3. The margin Valverde has over BMC's van Garderen and Dennis will be one of the most intriguing elements in the race. Dennis finished second in Tirreno, while van Garderen is struggling for form. Although the American is at this stage heading to the Giro as the captain of BMC, with Dennis as an understudy, another unflattering result could alter BMC's mind.

Both Thomas and Froome will rue the time conceded to Valverde, but having put time into Contador and a number of other GC contenders, they will see today's stage as mixed result.

*Update: Overnight the race jury chose to hand a one-minute penalty to the entire Movistar team, demoting them to third place on the day. The results have been amended accordingly.  

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1BMC Racing Team48:57:00 
2Team Sky0:00:44 
3Movistar Team0:00:58 
7Team Lotto NL-Jumbo0:01:48 
8Astana Pro Team0:02:05 
9Lotto Soudal0:02:10 
10Quick-Step Floors0:02:13 
11AG2R La Mondiale0:02:15 
13CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:37 
14Team Katusha Alpecin0:02:48 
15UAE Team Emirates0:02:58 
16Team Sunweb0:03:04 
18Cannondale Drapac Professional Cycling Team0:03:30 
19Team Dimension Data0:03:31 
20Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij0:03:45 
21Wanty-Groupe Gobert0:04:04 
22Manzana Postobon Team0:04:24 
23Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:27 
24Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:36 
25Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:05:19 
General Classification after stage 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team5:17:18 
2Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing Team  
3Tejay Van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing Team  
4Rohan Dennis (Aus) BMC Racing Team  
5Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team  
6Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) BMC Racing Team  
7Samuel Sanchez (Spa) BMC Racing Team  
8Geraint Thomas (GBr) Team Sky0:00:44 
9Peter Kennaugh (GBr) Team Sky  
10Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky  
11Philip Deignan (Irl) Team Sky  
12Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky  
13Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky  
14Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:00:47 
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:58 
16Ruben Fernandez (Spa) Movistar Team  
17Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
18Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team  
19Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Movistar Team  
20Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:01:00 
21Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:01:15 
22Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
23Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
24Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo  
25Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-Segafredo  
26Daryl Impey (RSA) Orica-Scott0:01:24 
27Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott  
28Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
29Sam Bewley (NZl) Orica-Scott  
30Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott  
31Ruben Plaza (Spa) Orica-Scott0:01:33 
32Davide Cimolai (Ita) FDJ0:01:34 
33JŽrŽmy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:01:44 
34David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ  
35Arthur Vichot (Fra) FDJ  
36LŽo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
37Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ  
38Benoit Vaugrenard (Fra) FDJ0:01:45 
39Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:48 
40George Bennett (NZl) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
41Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
42Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
43Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo  
44Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ  
45Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team0:02:00 
46Dario Cataldo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:05 
47Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team  
48Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro Team  
49Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
50Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team  
51AndrŽ Greipel (Ger) Lotto Soudal0:02:10 
52Rafael Valls (Spa) Lotto Soudal  
53Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
54Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:02:13 
55Pieter Serry (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
56Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors  
57Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors  
58Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
59Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors  
60Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:15 
61Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
62Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La Mondiale  
63Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:27 
64Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
65Rafal Majka (Pol) Bora-Hansgrohe  
66Jan B‡rta (Cze) Bora-Hansgrohe  
67JosŽ Mendes (Por) Bora-Hansgrohe  
68Felix Gro§schartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:37 
69Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
70Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
71Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice  
72Ilnur Zakarin (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:48 
73Rein TaaramŠe (Est) Katusha-Alpecin  
74JosŽ Gonalves (Por) Katusha-Alpecin  
75Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin  
76Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-Alpecin  
77Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana Pro Team0:02:51 
78Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:53 
79Darwin Atapuma (Col) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:02:58 
80Anass Ait El Abdia (Mor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
81Kristijan Durasek (Cro) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
82Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
83Przemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
84Jose Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team0:03:00 
85Sindre Skj¿stad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb0:03:04 
86Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb  
87Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
88Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:03:05 
89Matteo Bono (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:03:12 
90Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:03:26 
91Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida  
92Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
93Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida  
94Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Bahrain-Merida  
95Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
96Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data0:03:27 
97Davide Villella (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:30 
98Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac  
99Michael Woods (Can) Cannondale-Drapac  
100Andrew Talansky (USA) Cannondale-Drapac  
101Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac  
102Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension Data0:03:31 
103Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
104Mekseb Debesay (Eri) Dimension Data  
105Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data  
106Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data  
107Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing Team0:03:32 
108Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:45 
109Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
110Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
111Etienne Van Empel (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
112Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij  
113Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:56 
114Dion Smith (NZl) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:04:04 
115Guillaume Levarlet (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
116Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
117Fabien Doubey (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
118Thomas Degand (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
119Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
120Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert  
121Phil Bauhaus (Ger) Team Sunweb0:04:11 
122Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:21 
123Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon0:04:24 
124Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana Postobon  
125Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon  
126Aldemar Reyes (Col) Manzana Postobon  
127Hernan Aguirre (Col) Manzana Postobon  
128Hernando Bohorquez (Col) Manzana Postobon0:04:26 
129Geoffrey Soupe (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:04:27 
130Julien Simon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
131StŽphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
132Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
133Daniel Navarro (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
134Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:04:34 
135Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:36 
136Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
137Sergio Pardilla (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
138Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
139Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
140Luis Mas (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA  
141Alexis Vuillermoz (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:04:44 
142Cyril Gautier (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
143Svein Tuft (Can) Orica-Scott0:05:03 
144Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-Hansgrohe0:05:15 
145Jordi Simon (Spa) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:05:19 
146Caio Godoy (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team  
147Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:05:28 
148Jeroen Meijers (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:05:32 
149Sean De Bie (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:39 
150Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:05:40 
151Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:05:48 
152Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-Segafredo0:05:53 
153Piotr Brozyna (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:06:07 
154Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:06:31 
155çngel Vicioso (Spa) Katusha-Alpecin0:06:59 
156Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:00 
157Nathan Haas (Aus) Dimension Data0:07:01 
158Manuele Mori (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
159Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Quick-Step Floors0:07:03 
160RŽmi Cavagna (Fra) Quick-Step Floors0:07:11 
161Alex Howes (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:07:26 
162Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Dimension Data  
163Alexander EDMONSON0:07:30 
164Franois Bidard (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:07:34 
165Murilo Affonso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:08:44 
166Magno Prado Nazaret (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:08:49 
167Tiago Machado (Por) Katusha-Alpecin0:09:00 
168Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:09:10 
169Artyom Zakharov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:09:13 
170Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:09:19 
171Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:10:42 
172Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:10:56 
173Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:10:58 
174Matthias BrŠndle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:12:08 
175Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:12:20 
176Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:12:58 
177Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin0:13:05 
178Alexandre Geniez (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:13:08 
179Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:13:25 
180Patryk Stosz (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:13:30 
181Lennard KŠmna (Ger) Team Sunweb0:13:53 
182Johannes Fršhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:13:57 
183Max Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
184Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:14:03 
185Tim Ariesen (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:14:38 
186Frederik Veuchelen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:14:57 
187Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:15:20 
188Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:16:28 
189Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe0:18:21 
190Mateusz Taciak (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:21:19 
191Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:21:39 
192Gabriel Machado (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:23:15 
193Flavio Cardoso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:25:32 
194Raphael Pires (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:28:57 
195Pedro Dourado (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team0:29:13 
196Dylan Page (Swi) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:29:49 
Mountains Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Murilo Affonso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team48 pts
2Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida37 
3Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac26 
4Magno Prado Nazaret (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team23 
5Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana Postobon19 
6Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale10 
7Brendan Canty (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac7 
8Pavel Kochetkov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin6 
9Robert Gesink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo4 
10Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky2 
11Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal2 
12Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert2 
13Juan Felipe Osorio (Col) Manzana Postobon2 
14Andrey Amador (CRc) Movistar Team1 
15Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal1 
16Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto Soudal1 
Sprint Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Murilo Affonso (Bra) Soul Brasil Pro Cycling Team5 pts
2Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac5 
3Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida2 
Youth Classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC Racing Team5:17:18 
2Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:00:58 
3Michael Gogl (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:01:15 
4Adam Yates (GBr) Orica-Scott0:01:24 
5Damien Howson (Aus) Orica-Scott  
6Carlos Verona (Spa) Orica-Scott  
7JŽrŽmy Maison (Fra) FDJ0:01:44 
8David Gaudu (Fra) FDJ  
9LŽo Vincent (Fra) FDJ  
10Alexey Vermeulen (USA) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:01:48 
11Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:02:10 
12Petr Vakoc (Cze) Quick-Step Floors0:02:13 
13Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step Floors  
14Laurens De Plus (Bel) Quick-Step Floors  
15Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step Floors  
16Pierre Roger Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:02:15 
17Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:02:27 
18Felix Gro§schartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:02:37 
19Anass Ait El Abdia (Mor) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:02:58 
20Louis Meintjes (RSA) Team UAE Abu Dhabi  
21Sindre Skj¿stad Lunke (Nor) Team Sunweb0:03:04 
22Chris Hamilton (Aus) Team Sunweb  
23Valerio Conti (Ita) Team UAE Abu Dhabi0:03:05 
24Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:03:26 
25Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac0:03:30 
26Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac  
27Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension Data0:03:31 
28Lachlan Morton (Aus) Dimension Data  
29Martijn Tusveld (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:03:45 

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