Thomas and Froome on the move in Spain

22 Mar 2017

Thomas and Froome on the move in Spain

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Geraint Thomas and Chris Froome moved up to third and fifth overall at the Volta a Catalunya after the race’s first mountain top finish.

Thomas claimed sixth behind stage three winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), three seconds down on the Spaniard, while Froome crossed the line a further five seconds back in 12th after a tough 188km day in the saddle.

The team had set the pace on the day’s three serious climbs, with Vasil Kiryienka, Mikel Nieve and finally Pete Kennaugh all putting in big shifts at the head of the peloton inside the final 50km.

Then, with 2km to go on the first category La Molina, it was over to Thomas and Froome, who both finished strongly to move up the leaderboard.

Stage winner Valverde now sits fourth, between Thomas and Froome, while Tejay Van Garderen (BMC) holds the race lead from team-mate Samuel Sanchez.
Chris Froome

Chris Froome

I’m here to suffer this week - to gain from hard racing and soak it all up.
Speaking to after the stage Froome admitted he’d relished the tough day of climbing action.

“It was a little bit of a shock to the system,” he said. “It’s the first mountain stage I’ve done at a WorldTour race since the Vuelta last year but it’s good, that’s why I’m here, I’m here to suffer this week - to gain from hard racing and soak it all up.

“As a team we’re in a good place. We did a strong team time trial yesterday, but we’ve still got quite a bit of time to make up on the BMC guys.

“It’s all going to come down to Friday’s mountain top finish, which is a really tough climb. G’s looking in great shape and we’ll do everything we can over the next few days to make sure he’s up there."
Stage three results:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 5:07:12
2. Daniel Martin (Quick-Step Floors) s.t.
3. Adam Yates (ORICA-Scott) +3”
4. Romain Bardet (AG2R La Mondiale) +3”
5. Ilnur Zakarin (Katusha) +3
6. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +3"

General Classification:

1. Tejay van Garderen (BMC) 10:24:33
2. Samuel Sanchez (BMC) +41"
3. Geraint Thomas (Team Sky) +44"
4. Alejandro Valverde (MOV) +45"
5. Chris Froome (Team Sky) +49"

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