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Quintana wins Volta a Catalunya title


Quintana wins Volta a Catalunya title


Nairo Quintana of the Movistar team won the overall title at the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday following the hilly 136 kilometre seventh and final stage around Barcelona.

A 12-man break went clear early but the a main bunch were happy to let them have the spotlight for most of the day.

The final few laps of the the finishing circuit above the catalan capital splintered the front group.

Primoz Roglic of Slovenia and Russian Aleksei Tsatevich were the last survivors of that break and battled it out in a two man sprint for stage honours.

Tsatevich had more power in the legs in the final 100 metres and eventually surpassed his rival to secure the win.

Quintana fended off a series of attacks from his GC rivals throughout the day to defend his seven-second overall lead and take the title ahead of Spaniard Alberto Contador with Tour de France champion Chris Froome coming home eighth overall.

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