Volta a Catalunya: Hodeg wins opening stage in Calella

Alvaro Hodeg (Quick-Step Floors) won the opening stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Calella on Monday. After a supreme lead-out from his teammates, the Colombian sprinted to victory by several wheel lengths ahead of Bora-Hansgrohe teammates Sam Bennett and Jay McCarthy.

"Absolutely incredible. It's a dream come true for me," Hodeg said. "The team did an amazing job to get me the opportunity, and I congratulate them. Of course, we'll give it another dig [tomorrow], I feel very strong, and for sure we'll be battling for the stage."

Hodeg leads the overall classification heading into the second stage, 175km from Mataro to Valls. Bennett is in second place at four seconds back, while breakaway rider Andriy Grivko (Astana) secured enough time bonuses in the intermediate sprints to move into third place at five seconds back.

Stage 1's 152.4km course included two intermediate sprints in Saint Feliu de Guixols (47km) and Platja d'Aro (52km). The relatively flat route included a category 3 climb over Port de Collsacreu (134km) followed by a descent to the coastal finish line in Calella.

A breakaway emerged within the first 40km of the stage, with Tom Bohli (BMC), Jesus Ezquerra (Burgos BH), Daniel Turek (Israel Cycling Academy), Andriy Grivko (Astana), Antonio Molina (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Markel Irizar (Trek-Segafredo) going clear.

Grivko won the first intermediate sprint ahead of Bohli and Ezquerra in Saint Feliu de Guixols. Five kilometres later, however, it was Bohli who took top sprint points in Platja d'Aro ahead of Grivko and Turek.

Teams Movistar and Cofidis did much of the pace-setting to keep the time to the breakaway at a manageable three minutes. Bora-Hansgrohe moved forward to quicken the chase, bringing the gap down to under two minutes ahead of the day's only ascent.

The catch was made with enough time for Wilmar Paredes (Manzana Postobon) to take points in the mountain competition over the top of Port de Collsacreu. He crossed the line ahead of Movistar teammates Jose Joaquin Rojas and Marc Soler.

Movistar controlled the peloton down the descent and onto the city streets of Calella, making sure their GC-man Alejandro Valverde was in good position and out of trouble ahead of the final sprint.

Sprint trains from Cofidis and Bora-Hansgrohe manoeuvred close behind Movistar, but with three kilometres to go, it was Quick-Step Floors that took the reins and set up Hodeg for a perfectly timed sprint victory.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors3:39:31
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-HansgroheRow 1 - Cell 2
3Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-HansgroheRow 2 - Cell 2
4Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step FloorsRow 3 - Cell 2
5Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 4 - Cell 2
6Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 5 - Cell 2
7Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 6 - Cell 2
8Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 7 - Cell 2
9Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Zakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 9 - Cell 2
11Danilo Wyss (Swi) BMC Racing TeamRow 10 - Cell 2
12Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spa) Burgos BHRow 11 - Cell 2
13Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton-ScottRow 12 - Cell 2
14Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Bora-HansgroheRow 13 - Cell 2
15Eduard Prades Reverter (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 14 - Cell 2
16Jarlinson Pantano (Col) Trek-SegafredoRow 15 - Cell 2
17Bob Jungels (Lux) Quick-Step FloorsRow 16 - Cell 2
18Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 17 - Cell 2
19Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team EmiratesRow 18 - Cell 2
20Max Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 19 - Cell 2
21Mikael Cherel (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 20 - Cell 2
22Grega Bole (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 21 - Cell 2
23Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Quick-Step FloorsRow 22 - Cell 2
24Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension DataRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 24 - Cell 2
26Georg Preidler (Aut) Groupama-FDJRow 25 - Cell 2
27David Gaudu (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 26 - Cell 2
28Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 27 - Cell 2
29Joey Rosskopf (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 28 - Cell 2
30Enrique Sanz Unzue (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 29 - Cell 2
31Enric Mas (Spa) Quick-Step FloorsRow 30 - Cell 2
32Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 31 - Cell 2
33Pierre Latour (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 32 - Cell 2
34Jetse Bol (Ned) Manzana PostobonRow 33 - Cell 2
35William Bonnet (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 34 - Cell 2
36Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar TeamRow 35 - Cell 2
37Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Team SkyRow 36 - Cell 2
38Egan Bernal (Col) Team SkyRow 37 - Cell 2
39Gregor Mühlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 38 - Cell 2
40Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 39 - Cell 2
41Cyril Barthe (Fra) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 40 - Cell 2
42Davide Formolo (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 41 - Cell 2
43Esteban Chaves (Col) Mitchelton-ScottRow 42 - Cell 2
44Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 43 - Cell 2
45Julen Irizar Laskurain (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 44 - Cell 2
46Sergio Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Warren Barguil (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 46 - Cell 2
48Simon Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 47 - Cell 2
49Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-ScottRow 48 - Cell 2
50Toms Skujins (Lat) Trek-SegafredoRow 49 - Cell 2
51Diego Rubio Hernandez (Spa) Burgos BHRow 50 - Cell 2
52Sergei Chernetski (Rus) Astana Pro TeamRow 51 - Cell 2
53Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 52 - Cell 2
54Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro TeamRow 53 - Cell 2
55Michael Woods (Can) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 54 - Cell 2
56Silvio Herklotz (Ger) Burgos BHRow 55 - Cell 2
57Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Bora-HansgroheRow 56 - Cell 2
58Alex Howes (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 57 - Cell 2
59Benoit Jarrier (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 58 - Cell 2
60Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 59 - Cell 2
61Kenny Elissonde (Fra) Team SkyRow 60 - Cell 2
62Mads Würtz Schmidt (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 61 - Cell 2
63Jose Manuel Diaz (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 62 - Cell 2
64Natnael Berhane (Eri) Dimension DataRow 63 - Cell 2
65Christopher Hamilton (Aus) Team SunwebRow 64 - Cell 2
66Axel Domont (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 65 - Cell 2
67Miles Scotson (Aus) BMC Racing TeamRow 66 - Cell 2
68Maxime Monfort (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Willie Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 68 - Cell 2
70Clement Chevrier (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 69 - Cell 2
71George Bennett (NZl) LottoNL-JumboRow 70 - Cell 2
72Jhonatan Narvaez (Ecu) Quick-Step FloorsRow 71 - Cell 2
73Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 72 - Cell 2
74Fabio Aru (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 73 - Cell 2
75Mathias Frank (Swi) AG2R La MondialeRow 74 - Cell 2
76James Shaw (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 75 - Cell 2
77Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 76 - Cell 2
78Giovanni Visconti (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 77 - Cell 2
79Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 78 - Cell 2
80Bert-Jan Lindeman (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 79 - Cell 2
81Louis Vervaeke (Bel) Team SunwebRow 80 - Cell 2
82Stef Clement (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 81 - Cell 2
83Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 82 - Cell 2
84Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 83 - Cell 2
85Brent Bookwalter (USA) BMC Racing TeamRow 84 - Cell 2
86Nathan Brown (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 85 - Cell 2
87Daniel Navarro Garcia (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 86 - Cell 2
88Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 87 - Cell 2
89Jesper Hansen (Den) Astana Pro TeamRow 88 - Cell 2
90James Knox (GBr) Quick-Step FloorsRow 89 - Cell 2
91Ben O'Connor (Aus) Dimension DataRow 90 - Cell 2
92Niklas Eg (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 91 - Cell 2
93Daniel Martinez (Col) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 92 - Cell 2
94Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 93 - Cell 2
95Laurens ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 94 - Cell 2
96Floris De Tier (Bel) LottoNL-JumboRow 95 - Cell 2
97Mathias Le Turnier (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 96 - Cell 2
98Steff Cras (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 97 - Cell 2
99Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 98 - Cell 2
100Edward Ravasi (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 99 - Cell 2
101Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 100 - Cell 2
102Amael Moinard (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 101 - Cell 2
103Bram Tankink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 102 - Cell 2
104Fabio Duarte (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jan Hirt (Cze) Astana Pro TeamRow 104 - Cell 2
106Dorian Godon (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 105 - Cell 2
107Tsgabu Grmay (Eth) Trek-SegafredoRow 106 - Cell 2
108Nikita Stalnov (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Ben Gastauer (Lux) AG2R La MondialeRow 108 - Cell 2
110Jhonatan Restrepo (Col) Katusha-AlpecinRow 109 - Cell 2
111Nicolas Roche (Irl) BMC Racing TeamRow 110 - Cell 2
112Florian Vachon (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 111 - Cell 2
113Nicholas Schultz (Aus) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 112 - Cell 2
114Aldemar Reyes Ortega (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 113 - Cell 2
115Sebastian Henao (Col) Team SkyRow 114 - Cell 2
116Ricardo Vilela (Por) Manzana PostobonRow 115 - Cell 2
117Pablo Torres Muiño (Spa) Burgos BHRow 116 - Cell 2
118José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 117 - Cell 2
119Cristian Rodriguez Martin (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 118 - Cell 2
120Robert Gesink (Ned) LottoNL-JumboRow 119 - Cell 2
121Louis Meintjes (RSA) Dimension DataRow 120 - Cell 2
122Matteo Fabbro (Ita) Katusha-AlpecinRow 121 - Cell 2
123Joe Dombrowski (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 122 - Cell 2
124Fabricio Ferrari Barcelo (Uru) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 123 - Cell 2
125Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 124 - Cell 2
126Nathan Earle (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 125 - Cell 2
127Carlos Verona (Spa) Mitchelton-ScottRow 126 - Cell 2
128Maxim Belkov (Rus) Katusha-AlpecinRow 127 - Cell 2
129Jhojan Orlando Garcia Sosa (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 128 - Cell 2
130Elie Gesbert (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 129 - Cell 2
131Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 130 - Cell 2
132Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 131 - Cell 2
133Pierre Rolland (Fra) EF Education First-Drapac p/b CannondaleRow 132 - Cell 2
134Adam Hansen (Aus) Lotto SoudalRow 133 - Cell 2
135François Bidard (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 134 - Cell 2
136Peter Stetina (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 135 - Cell 2
137Thibaut Pinot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 136 - Cell 2
138Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 137 - Cell 2
139Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 138 - Cell 2
140Valerio Agnoli (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 139 - Cell 2
141Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 140 - Cell 2
142Igor Anton (Spa) Dimension DataRow 141 - Cell 2
143Jérémy Maison (Fra) Fortuneo-SamsicRow 142 - Cell 2
144Joaquim Silva (Por) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 143 - Cell 2
145Hector Saez Benito (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 144 - Cell 2
146Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro TeamRow 145 - Cell 2
147David Lopez Garcia (Spa) Team SkyRow 146 - Cell 2
148Jérémy Roy (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 147 - Cell 2
149Igor Merino Kortazar (Spa) Burgos BHRow 148 - Cell 2
150Ruben Plaza (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 149 - Cell 2
151Philip Deignan (Irl) Team SkyRow 150 - Cell 2
152Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Katusha-AlpecinRow 151 - Cell 2
153Antonio Pedrero (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 152 - Cell 2
154Rob Power (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 153 - Cell 2
155Darwin Atapuma (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 154 - Cell 2
156Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 155 - Cell 2
157Arthur Vichot (Fra) Groupama-FDJRow 156 - Cell 2
158Sander Armee (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 157 - Cell 2
159Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 158 - Cell 2
160Michael Storer (Aus) Team Sunweb0:00:26
161Hernan Ricardo Aguirre Caipa (Col) Manzana PostobonRow 160 - Cell 2
162Jai Hindley (Aus) Team SunwebRow 161 - Cell 2
163Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:00:44
164Rory Sutherland (Aus) UAE Team EmiratesRow 163 - Cell 2
165Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team0:01:38
166Roy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:03:13
167Laurent Didier (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 166 - Cell 2
168Jorge Cubero Galvez (Spa) Burgos BH0:04:59
169Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 168 - Cell 2
170Pawel Poljanski (Pol) Bora-HansgroheRow 169 - Cell 2
171Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:06:03
172Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BHRow 171 - Cell 2
173Antonio Molina Canet (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 172 - Cell 2
174Daniel Teklehaimanot (Eri) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 173 - Cell 2
175Stephen Cummings (GBr) Dimension DataRow 174 - Cell 2
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KOM 1 - 134km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Wilmar Andres Paredes Zapata (Col) Manzana Postobon3pts
2José Joaquin Rojas (Spa) Movistar Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 1 - 46km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResultHeader Cell - Column 3
1Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team3pts
2Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team2Row 1 - Cell 3
3Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Spa) Burgos BH1Row 2 - Cell 3
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Sprint 2 - 52.4km
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
3Tom Bohli (Swi) BMC Racing Team1
2Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team2
1Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy3
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Teams
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Bora - Hansgrohe10:58:33
2Quick - Step FloorsRow 1 - Cell 2
3Bahrain - MeridaRow 2 - Cell 2
4Movistar TeamRow 3 - Cell 2
5BMC Racing TeamRow 4 - Cell 2
6Euskadi Basque C.-MuriasRow 5 - Cell 2
7FdDJRow 6 - Cell 2
8Mitchelton - ScottRow 7 - Cell 2
9UAE Team EmiratesRow 8 - Cell 2
10Burgos - BhRow 9 - Cell 2
11Ag2R La MondialeRow 10 - Cell 2
12Team SkyRow 11 - Cell 2
13Lotto SoudalRow 12 - Cell 2
14Trek - SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Team SunwebRow 14 - Cell 2
16T. EF Education First-DrapacRow 15 - Cell 2
17Team Dimension DataRow 16 - Cell 2
18Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 17 - Cell 2
19Astana Pro TeamRow 18 - Cell 2
20Israel Cycling AcademyRow 19 - Cell 2
21Team Fortuneo - SamsicRow 20 - Cell 2
22Team Katusha AlpecinRow 21 - Cell 2
23Team LottoNl - JumboRow 22 - Cell 2
24Manzana Postobon TeamRow 23 - Cell 2
25Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 24 - Cell 2
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General Classification after stage 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Quick-Step Floors3:39:21
2Sam Bennett (Irl) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:04
3Andrey Grivko (Ukr) Astana Pro Team0:00:05
4Jay McCarthy (Aus) Bora-Hansgrohe0:00:06
5Michael Mørkøv (Den) Quick-Step Floors0:00:10
6Roberto Ferrari (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 5 - Cell 2
7Niccolo Bonifazio (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 6 - Cell 2
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