Lennard Kämna (Bora–Hansgrohe) claimed a fine solo win on Stage 5 of Volta A Catalunya, a 201.5km ride from La Pobla de Segur to Manresa.
Kämna, fourth on Stage 1, emerged from a group of 40-odd riders with a late solo attack – on the 7km-descent into the finish – to seal a hard-fought win after a day full of attacking riding.
Rémi Cavagna (Deceuninck–QuickStep) had at one stage opened up a lead of one minute over the escapees but was reeled in with 25km to go and Kämna made his decisive move on the final descent, with a chasing pack that included Ruben Guerreiro and Bizkarra Etxegibel unable to catch the 2020 Tour de France stage winner.
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Overall leader Adam Yates finished in the main bunch some two minutes behind Kämna and Ineos Grenadiers remain in complete control of the General Classification, with team-mates Richie Porte and Geraint Thomas second and third.
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The win for Bora comes on the day the German team had to withdraw from Belgian E3 Saxo Bank Classic after Matthew Walls tested positive for Covid-19.
"After Walls' positive test result was received and confirmed by a second test, several PCR tests were carried out on all other team members yesterday, all of which were negative," a statement said from the team.
"Despite this, according to the instructions of the Belgian Cycling Federation, the team is not allowed to take part in today's race."
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Volta A Catalunya concludes over the weekend; first up a 194-km ride from Tarragona to Mataró on Saturday and then a 133-km jaunt around Barcelona on Sunday.
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