March 19-25, Calella, Spain, Road - WorldTour

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) won his third title at the Volta a Catalunya that concluded with stage 7 on Sunday in Barcelona. Movistar showed their strength as Nairo Quintana took second overall 29 seconds back, while Pierre Latour (AG2R La Mondiale) finished third 47 seconds back.

Simon Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) won the final stage and finished fourth overall.

The Volta a Catalunya followed Paris-Nice and Tirreno-Adriatico in the WorldTour stage race calendar, and while the Classics men ply their trade in Belgium, the climbers were in their element in the mountains of Spain.

This year's race scraped the team time trial, which last year helped propel Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) to the overall victory. 

This year's course was to include back-to-back summit finishes, the first at Vallter 2000 for stage 3, however, that final was cancelled due to risk of avalanches. The second summit was to La Molina on stage 4. Organisers had to shorten stage 6, also due to the snowy conditions. 

 

2018 Volta a Catalunya - Brief Results

Final general classification after stage 7
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team28:25:07 
2Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team0:00:29 
3Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:00:47 
4Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott  
5Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:01:10 
6George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:23 
7Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale0:01:29 
8Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo0:01:31 
9Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro Team  
10Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:34 
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