2023 Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Ciccone Wins Catalunya Summit Stage Over Roglic & Evenepoel

Ciccone Wins Catalunya Summit Stage Over Roglic & Evenepoel

Giulio Ciccone won a mountainous slog stage of the Volta a Catalunya just ahead Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel.

Mar 21, 2023 by AFP Report
Who Beats Roglic and Evenepoel?

Giulio Ciccone won a tortuous, mountainous slog on stage two of the Volta a Catalunya on Tuesday just ahead Primoz Roglic and Remco Evenepoel.

The trio had chased down and overtaken Colombian climber Esteban Chaves over the final 500m of a twisting shoelace climb to set up a pulsating struggle to the summit finish at a snowy 2,150m altitude.

The result leaves Slovenian Roglic in the overall lead on a race already bearing the familiar pattern of Jumbo-Visma's black and yellow tunics heading up the main peloton.

Trek's Ciccone led the Tour de France as a rookie after claiming the fabled yellow jersey at La Planche des Belles Filles in 2019.

Here the Italian's performance earned him the King of the Mountains jersey on a Tour where it takes on particular significance due to its mountain-packed route.

Pretenders Mikel Landa, Jai Hindley and João Almeida were all close at the finish of a 164km ride featuring three climbs.

Adam Yates won here the last two times the Volta a Catalunya passed but he fell Monday and rolled across the line battered and 10mins behind.

Former Tour de France and Giro d'Italia winner Egan Bernal fell off the pace dropping 2min 45sec and seems to be still recovering from a life threatening accident 16 months ago.

Bernal's Ineos teammate Geraint Thomas also dropped 2min 24sec on stage two as the Welsh veteran played it cool.

The race left the seaside town of Mataro, a 30-minute drive north of Barcelona in bright sunshine headed for the ski resort of Vallter in the Catalan Pyrenees led by an eight rider break that would be caught at the foot of the final climb.