With a mountainous finish in a special category pass, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) won the second stage of the Volta a Catalunya 2024, which took place between Mataró and the winter resort of Vallter 2000, with 185.6 kilometers of route and two categorized passes, one of second and one special, located in the middle of the finish line.

The Slovenian invested a time of 4 hours, 52 minutes, 38 seconds to win in a difficult finish, where the cold and the snow were the main actors of the day. Second came the Spanish Mikel Landa, (Soudal Quick-Step) and the Russian Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – Hansgrohe) reported in third position.

As for the Colombians, Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) was the best rider in seventh place, followed by Einer Rubio (Movistar) in eleventh place and Nairo Quintana (Movistar) in 18th place.

In the individual general classification, Tadel Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) took command and accumulated a time of 9 hours, 3 minutes, 57 seconds, followed by Mikel Landa (Soudal Quick-Step) and Aleksandr Vlasov (BORA – Hansgrohe) at 1:35 and 1:38, respectively. While Egan Bernal (Ineos Grenadiers) is 7th 2:02 behind the leader.

The breakaway of the day was led by Sainbayar Jambaljamts (Burgos BH), Alex Jaime (Team Kern Pharma), Samuel Fernández (Team Caja Rural-RGA), Xabier Isasa (Euskaltel Euskadi Team), Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin-Deceuninck Cycling Team) Kevin Colleoni (Intermarché-Wanty).

In the first mountain stage of the day on the Coll de Coubet, Spaniard Samuel Fernández (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) finished first, escorted by Belgian Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin – Deceuninck). Third came Mongolian Jambaljamts Sainbayar (Burgos – BH).

In the first ramps of the final climb Samuel Fernandez (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA) was unhooked and the Belgian Jimmy Janssens (Alpecin – Deceuninck) started the climb alone.

Eight kilometers from the finish the last breakaway was neutralized by the favorites, where the two-time Tour de France champion, Tadej Pogacar, was the one who had the most strength and remains to claim another victory in the season.

The 103rd edition of the Catalan round will continue this Wednesday with its third stage, another mountainous fraction with a route of 176.7 kilometers between Sant Joan de les Abadesses and Port Ainé, a special category pass (18.4 km at 6.7%).

Volta Ciclista a Catalunya 2024 (2.UWT)
Results Stage 2 | Mataró – Vallter 2000 (186,5 km)

1 Tadej PogačarUAE Team Emirates4:52:37
2 Mikel LandaSoudal Quick-Step1:23
3 Aleksandr VlasovBORA – hansgrohe1:24
4 João AlmeidaUAE Team Emirates1:38
5 Lenny MartinezGroupama – FDJ1:43
6 Chris HarperTeam Jayco AlUla1:44
7 Egan BernalINEOS Grenadiers1:47
8 Enric MasMovistar Team1:49
9 Wout PoelsBahrain – Victorious2:03
10 José Manuel DíazBurgos – BH,,

Los protagonistas de la fuga en el segundo día de la ronda catalana. (Foto © Volta a Catalunya)

Ranking General

1 Tadej PogačarUAE Team Emirates9:03:57
2 Mikel LandaSoudal Quick-Step1:35
3 Aleksandr VlasovBORA – hansgrohe1:38
4 João AlmeidaUAE Team Emirates1:56
5 Lenny MartinezGroupama – FDJ2:01
6 Chris HarperTeam Jayco AlUla2:02
7 Egan BernalINEOS Grenadiers,,
8 Enric MasMovistar Team2:07
9 Sepp KussTeam Visma | Lease a Bike2:21
10 José Manuel DíazBurgos – BH,,

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico