March 27, 2011

Dan Martin finished off a strong week of racing at the Volta a Catalunya on the GC podium. Johnny Weltz sent this recap:

Today the rain hit us for the first time this week, not the best day as the streets here on the outskirts of Barcelona get extremly slippery.

It was a short stage so the attacks started right away. We covered all the moves from the beginning. Unfortunenatly a big crash very early on the day took down VDV and Dean.

VDV was quick back on the bike with no serious problems, but Julian got it worse and had to go in the ambulance with a neck protection on and very dizzy. Luckily after the x-ray there were no broken bones.

Tom Peterson was in almost everything that moved until the right break went, but they never gained more than a minute so there was a bunch sprint in sight.

On the final circuit the break was very difficult to catch and it almost lasted, only caught at last kilometer. The team did a strong job keeping Dan out of trouble the whole day on a difficult stage and climbed to third on GC after a impressive week of racing.

More photos from Volta a Catalunya:
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