Volta a Catalunya changes race leader for the fourth time in less than 24 hours

Ben Hermans (BMC Racing) is the fourth rider to be announced as the leader after the first stage of the Volta a Catalunya

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

All of Movistar's team at the Volta a Catalunya have been given time punishments for the actions of some riders in pushing one another in stage two's team time trial - leading to the organisers announcing that BMC Racing's Ben Hermans is the fourth different leader in less than 24 hours.

The Spanish team narrowly won Tuesday's 41.3km TTT by two seconds but José Joaquin Rojas was retrospectively deducted three minutes from his overall time after video footage showed him giving a helping hand to one of his teammates up a climb.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.