Dan Martin wins Volta a Catalunya
Dan Martin (Garmin-Sharp) won the 2013 Volta a Catalunya on Sunday, successfully defending his overall lead in the race from last-minute attacks by rivals Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha) and Michele Scarponi (Lampre-Merida).
Martin finished the race 17 seconds ahead of Rodriguez overall, with Scaponi moving up into third at 34 seconds. Bradley Wiggins (Sky) showed that his form is building ahead of his assault on the Giro d'Italia in May with fifth place at 54 seconds.
Thomas De Gendt (Vacansoleil-DCM) won the final stage from a four-man escape group that also contained Scarponi. Sky's David Lopez was second, with Robert Kiserlovski (RadioShack-Leopard) in third.
Volta a Catalunya 2013, stage seven: El Vendrell to Barcelona
1. Thomas De Gendt (Bel) Vacansoleil-DCM in 2-45-42
2. David Lopez (Spa) Sky
3. Robert Kiserlovski (Cro) RadioShack-Leopard
4. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at same time
5. Samuel Dumoulin (Fra) Ag2r at 21 secs
6. Julien Simon (Fra) Sojasun
7. Manuele Mori (Ita) Lampre-Merida
8. Travis Meyer (Aus) Orica-GreenEdge
9. Gianluca Brambilla (Ita) Omega Pharma-QuickStep
10. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at same time
Final overall classification
1. Daniel Martin (Irl) Garmin-Sharp in 29-02-25
2. Joaquim Rodriguez (Spa) Katusha at 17 secs
3. Michele Scarponi (Ita) Lampre-Merida at 34 secs
4. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar at 45 secs
5. Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Sky at 54 secs
6. Robert Gesink (Ned) Blanco at 1-07
7. Pzemyslaw Niemiec (Pol) Lampre-Merida at 1-18
8. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ at 1-26
9. Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at 1-28
10. Thomas Danielson (USA) Garmin-Sharp at 1-41
Thomas De Gendt wins the final stage in Barcelona
Daniel Martin wins overall
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Nigel Wynn worked as associate editor on CyclingWeekly.com, he worked almost single-handedly on the Cycling Weekly website in its early days. His passion for cycling, his writing and his creativity, as well as his hard work and dedication, were the original driving force behind the website’s success. Without him, CyclingWeekly.com would certainly not exist on the size and scale that it enjoys today. Nigel sadly passed away, following a brave battle with a cancer-related illness, in 2018. He was a highly valued colleague, and more importantly, n exceptional person to work with - his presence is sorely missed.
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