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.
— Volta a Catalunya (@VoltaCatalunya) March 21, 2022
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