De Clercq moves into Volta a Catalunya lead

When Bart De Clercq (Lotto Soudal) entered into the breakaway on the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya, it was never in the plan for him to move into the position of probable overall race winner, but the 28-year-old held onto the group of pre-race favourites for dear life, only losing ground in the final few kilometres and conceding just 47 seconds. Now, with a lead of 21 seconds on Richie Porte (Team Sky), he is just three relatively flat stages away from what would be the biggest victory of his career.

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