Rohan Dennis powers to time trial win as Joao Almeida takes Volta a Catalunya lead


Tuesday March 23 — Banyoles, 18.5km (time trial)

Rohan Dennis took his first win of the season on Tuesday when the Ineos Grenadiers rider blasted his way around the lumpy 18.5-kilometre time trial course in Banyoles to secure stage two at the Volta a Catalunya.

“It’s really great to be back on the top step,” Dennis said after securing his first win since taking the world time trial title in Harrogate in 2019 with a time of  22min 27sec, clocking an average speed of 49.443km/h.

Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck-Quick Step), the French time trial champion, completed the course 5sec slower than Dennis, while his Portuguese team-mate Joao Almeida was third fastest, at 28sec. Almeida, who led last year’s Giro d’Italia for 15 days, took the leader’s jersey off the shoulders of Andreas Kron (Lotto-Soudal) and hold the narrowest of leads — just 1sec — over Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates), while Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbos-Visma) is now third overall 5sec off the pace.

Adam Yates moved up to fifth on general classification after finishing the time trial in seventh place on what was a good day for British team Ineos Grenadiers who had four riders in the top 10. Riding in only his second race for Ineos Grenadiers following the close season transfer from Mitchelton-Scott, Yates is their highest placed rider on general classification, while team-mate Richie Porte is seventh on the same time. Geraint Thomas, meanwhile, moved up 22 places to eighth, at 19sec.

Chris Froome (Isreal Start-up Nation) who started the day 8min 40sec off the lead in 97th place, was again off the pace finishing his time trial in 79th spot, 2min 5sec behind former team-mate Dennis.

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