TOUR OF CATALUNYA 2022 STAGE 1 RESULTS

Australian Michael Matthews sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Tour of Catalunya on Monday, edging out Italian Sonny Colbrelli in a slight up-hill finish. The BikeExchange rider claimed his first win since 2020 and took the early race lead. The 31-year-old Matthews, who won the Tour de France points classification in 2017, beat Colbrelli as the pair powered away from the peloton in the closing stages after a 106 mile ride to Sant Feliu de Guixols. Frenchman Quentin Pacher crossed the line in third. The success continued Matthews’ recent return to form after his fourth-place finish in the Milan-San Remo at the weekend.

Tuesday’s second stage will be a 125 mile ride from L’Escala to Perpignan as the race moves into France.

TOUR OF CATALUNYA STAGE 1 RESULTS

1 Michael MATTHEWS Team BikeExchange – Jayco 3:47:11
2 Sonny COLBRELLI Bahrain – Victorious 0:00
3 Quentin PACHER Groupama – FDJ 0:00
4 Andrea BAGIOLI Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team 0:00
5 Sergio HIGUITA BORA – hansgrohe 0:00
6 Mattias SKJELMOSE JENSEN Trek – Segafredo 0:00
7  Simon CLARKE Israel – Premier Tech 0:00
8 Eduard PRADES Caja Rural – Seguros RGA 0:00
9 Hugo HOFSTETTER Team Arkéa Samsic 0:00
10 Attila VALTER Groupama – FDJ 0:00

 

RBA/AFP Photos: Sprint Cycling Agency

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