Vos secures overall win Volta a Catalunya after second place in final stage

Vos secures overall win Volta a Catalunya after second place in final stage

Marianne Vos has secured the overall victory in the Volta a Catalunya. The 37-year-old rider from Team Visma | Lease a Bike finished second in the final stage and did not see her leading position threatened. Riejanne Markus finished in second place in the GC.

Yesterday, Vos won the mountain stage to La Molina, taking a shot at the overall win. In the relatively easy stage to Barcelona, Team Visma | Lease a Bike took control and responded to every attack. Markus rode ahead for a while after reaching the top of the first climb, but was caught by the peloton a little later.

A bunch sprint followed and Vos narrowly lost to Ally Wollaston, who took her second stage win. Vos concluded the three-day race with a stage win and the overall victory. "Of course I regret that I just missed out on winning today, but that does not take away from the fact that I look back on the past three days with a lot of pride and joy", Vos said.

"At the beginning of the week I didn't expect to win the classification, so that's very special."

Marianne Vos

"After the unexpected win at La Molina, I knew the possibility was there to win the GC. We wanted to keep control in the race today and stay out of trouble. That worked out really well. In the sprint preparation we lost each other a bit and Ally proved herself the fastest. At the beginning of the week I didn't expect to win the classification, so that's very special."

Markus also showed herself to be delighted with second place in the classification. "I'm super happy with our performance. We wanted to take the initiative today because we knew we were one of the strongest teams. We had everything under control and were in every group that went away. I rode ahead for a while, but that was more to make the race tough. I'm super proud of everyone and we go home with a good feeling."

"I have seen a team that has made very big improvements."

Jan Boven

Sports director Jan Boven agreed with Markus. "I have seen a team that has made very big improvements. Yesterday was impressive, but also today they executed the plan well. Until the last three kilometres it went exactly as we had hoped, but then they lost each other. Those are things we need to fine-tune with each other, but all in all we can definitely move forward with this."

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