The Volta a Catalunya started today and immediately the riders had a harsh stage to overcome. The stage started and arrived in Calella. The riders had to get over six climbs – two of first category – in the 178.9 kilometres long stage. After around thirty kilometres four breakers rode away from the bunch and got a maximum two-minute lead. About halfway, the escapees were reinforced by three other riders but that didn’t bother the bunch. The peloton, led by Lotto Soudal and Thomas De Gendt, caught the last two escapees at about 25 kilometres from the finish. The teams could prepare for a sprint. It was Davide Cimolai who sprinted the fastest. Nacer Bouhanni became second, Kristian Sbaragli third. André Greipel finished as the first Lotto Soudal rider on the fifth place. Tomorrow the riders are going to ride a team time trial of 41.3 kilometres.
Greipel fifth in first stage Volta a Catalunya