Rodríguez savours second Volta a Catalunya triumph

Sipping on a cup of hot chocolate in the press room as he reviewed the last week's racing, Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) recognised that securing his home race, the Volta a Catalunya, for a second time in his career had been anything but straight forward. With a victory margin of just four seconds over Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) and seven on Tejay van Garderen (BMC) there was no respite from the tension for Rodriguez until the main bunch of some two dozen riders, including the Catalan and his main rivals, powered over the final stage's finish line in a rain-lashed Montjuic Park on Sunday afternoon.

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