photo credits @ VaC
Kaden Groves (Alpecin-Deceuninck) won stage 4 of the Volta a Catalunya today, beating Bryan Coquard (Cofidis) in a chaotic sprint finish in Sabadell.
The Australian rider was at the head of the peloton when the day’s five-rider breakaway group was swept up just kilometers before the finish, later timing his sprint to perfection to come past his French rival during the final meters to snatch the stage honors, while Israel-Premier Tech’s Corbin Strong claimed the final spot on the podium.
Meanwhile, Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) finished safely in the peloton to continue his lead in the general classification, closely shadowed by Remco Evenepoel (Soudal Quick-Step).
A small breakaway group containing Nans Peters (AG2R Citröen Team), Chris Juul-Jensen (Team Jayco AlUla), David de la Cruz (Astana Qazaqstan Team), Roger Adrià (Equipo Kern Pharma) and Torstein Traeen (Uno-X Pro Cycling Team) finally came together along the descent of the La Molina.
From there, the escapees went on to establish a modest advantage of around three minutes. However, a watchful peloton that was being led by Cofidis and INEOS Grenadiers managed to bring their gap down to 1:20 over the final hilltop.
The catch was finally made with 4 kilometers to go, as teams began amassing at the front for what was shaping up to be an inevitable sprint finale.
Israel – Premier Tech managed to insert a couple of riders at front during the final hundred meters with the goal of leading out Strong. But, Coquard decided to open up his sprint first, riding shoulder-to shoulder against the Australian rider.
However, Groves managed to out-kick both of his rivals during the waning moments to seize the victory with a final bike throw.
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