Lieuwe Westra takes solo win on final stage in Barcelona as Joaquim Rodriguez keeps race lead
- Chris Froome finishes sixth overall despite crash in slippery conditions
Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) won the Volta a Catalunya overall on Sunday, successfully fending off attacks on the final day’s racing in Barcelona.
Lieuwe Westra (Astana) took a solo win on the last stage, run off in wet conditions around eight laps of the hilly finishing circuit in the Spanish city.
Marcus Burghardt (BMC) placed second with Thomas Voeckler (Europcar) in third, both one minute and 22 seconds behind Westra.
Rodriguez came home in 10th to secure the overall title after nullifying a late attack by Alberto Contador (Tinkoff-Saxo) on the final climb of the day. In the event, Rodriguez kept his overall advantage over Contador at four seconds, with Tejay van Garderen in third at seven seconds.
Chris Froome (Sky) kept hold of his sixth place overall despite crashing during the stage.
Team Sky directeur sportif confirmed that Froome’s injuries were not serious after the race: “Froomey’s OK. He’s got a small cut to his knee and has lost a bit of skin on his thigh and arm, but nothing that won’t heal in a few days time, or hamper his training.”
Volta a Catalunya 2014, stage seven: Barcelona to Barcelona, 108.7km
1. Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Astana in 2-36-14
2. Marcus Burghardt (Ger) BMC Racing at 1-22
3. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar at same time
4. Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Polsat at 1-26
5. Yohan Bagot (Fra) Cofidis at 1-36
6. Jan Polanc (Slo) Lampre-Merida at 2-07
7. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo
8. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r
9. Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) FDJ
10. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at same time
Final overall classification
1. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha in 29-41-34
2. Alberto Contador (Spa) Tinkoff-Saxo at 4 secs
3. Tejay van Garderen (USA) BMC Racing at 7 secs
4. Romain Bardet (Fra) Ag2r at 10 secs
5. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 10 secs
6. Chris Froome (GBr) Team Sky at 17 secs
7. Andrew Talansky (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 18 secs
8. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita) Ag2r at 26 secs
9. Warren Barguil (Fra) Giant-Shimano at 42 secs
10. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) Trek Factory Racing at 48 secs
Joaquim Rodriguez safely retains overall Volta a Catalunya lead with one stage remaining
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