Ben Swift second in first stage of Volta a Catalunya as Nacer Bouhanni takes win

Nacer Bouhanni takes the win on the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya ahead of Ben Swift and Daryl Impey

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Ben Swift (Team Sky) took his second runners-up spot in three days as he trailed Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis) over the line in the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya in Calella.

Swift, who took second to another Frenchman, Arnaud Démare, in Milan-San Remo on Saturday, got on Bouhanni's wheel in the final 100 metres of the sprint, but couldn't find the speed to come around him.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.