AN INSISTENT MEDVEDEV TAKES THE QUEEN STAGE OF VOLCAT 201919-04-2019
The general classification remain more open than ever, with the three leaders separated by less than 30 seconds.
After yesterday's challenges, it remained to be seen how just a few hours of rest would affect the riders. 70Km and 1700m+ with steep climbs that could determine the outcome of the race awaited.
At the beginning of a very fast stage, Valero led the main group. But no one wanted to stay behind to avoid setbacks. Guerra (Buff-Scott Mtb Team) tried to score another point and break up the group. Moreover, Medvedev, just like the first day, persisted and tried to increase gaps with constant attacks.
However, it wasn't until halfway through the stage that European champion Alexey Medvedev (Cicli Taddei) managed to leave his rivals behind, gaining a lead of up to two minutes.
Still, every passing kilometre made the stage drag on. Medvedev finally crossed the finish line with half a minute difference. The fight for the podium was spectacular. Another sprint gave a second podium to Cicli Taddei, with Casagrande in second place. David Valero (MMR Factory Racing Team) took third place.
In the women's category, the German Shneider wanted to put the leader Lechner on the ropes. Still, the Italian champion stood firm and escaped along with Estonian Loiv. The Torpado Südtirol racer’s calm approach during the first half of the stage allowed her to launch an attack at the end, to increase separation in the general classification. The Estonian Loiv (Hawaii Express), arrived two minutes behind. Schneider settled for third place in the end.
UP IN THE AIR
In the general classification, Becking gained ten seconds over Peeter Pruus, who is now second. Ever, only 28 seconds behind, is still very much alive and hopes to battle it out over the next two stages. The penultimate day of the VolCAT may be definitive. The race will determine everyone’s position.
The stage saw lots of movement and few differences, but it wore out every rider. A third exciting stage is approaching with many changes, due to the gruelling track that will make all participants delight in the natural beauty surrounding Igualada. The beautiful trails meshing with the red earth will leave every biker speechless.
In the other categories VolCAT’s initial leaders are: Lucas Serrières (XC63) in the Sub-23, Sara Gay (Biking Point) in the women’s Sub-23, Tommaso Vanni (Cicli Taddei) in the Master 30, Pablo Egeda in the Master 40, Carlos Alberto Jesús in the Master 50, Silvia Scipioni in the women’s Master 30 and Eva Martín in the women’s Master 40. Meanwhile the Open category is in the hands of Sébastien Morvan and Olga Echenique.