Monday, 29 March 2021 08:09

Staff Reporter.

@ Yuzuru Sunada.

Adam Yates has won the Volta a Catalunya ahead of Geraint Thomas in a race dominated by Ineos Grenadiers.

Britain's Yates, 28, led the race since a powerful victory on the summit finish of stage three on Vallter 2000.

Ineos completed the top three in the general classification, with Australia's Richie Porte second, 45 seconds down and Thomas third by a further four seconds.

Sunday's final stage was won by Lotto-Soudal's Thomas de Gendt of Belgium.

The 133km stage, held in glorious sunshine around the Catalan capital Barcelona, saw the group of rivals for the white and green jersey come in one minute and 46 seconds behind De Gendt.

The group included Yates and all the other main British contenders - Thomas, Hugh Carthy of EF Education-Nippo (one minute and 20 seconds down) and Yates' twin brother Simon for Team BikeExchange, a further 12 seconds behind Carthy, in ninth overall.

Tour of Catanolia Stage 7 Results:

1. Thomas De Gendt (BEL/Lotto) 3hrs 06mins 10sec
2. Matej Mohoric (SLO/BAH) +22sec
3. Attila Valter (HUN/FDJ) +1:42
4. Sebastien Reichenbach (SUI/FDJ) +1:46
5. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) +1:46
6. Michael Woods (CAN/ISR) +1:46
7. Marc Hirschi (SUI/UAE) +1:46
8. Joao Almeida (POR/DEC) +1:46
9. Adam Yates (GBR/INE) +1:46
10. Clement Champoussin (FRA/AG2) +1:46

Final General Classification.

1. Adam Yates (GBR/Ineos) 26hrs 16mins 41sec
2. Richie Porte (AUS/INE) +45sec
3. Geraint Thomas (GBR/INE) +49sec
4. Alejandro Valverde (ESP/MOV) +1:03
5. Wilco Kelderman (NED/BOR) +1:03
6. Esteban Chaves (COL/BIK) +1:04
7. Joao Almeida (POR/DEC) +1:05
8. Hugh Carthy (GBR/EF1) +1:20
9. Simon Yates (GBR/BIK) +1:32
10. Lucas Hamilton (AUS/BIK) +1:35.