2011 Volta a Catalunya – Stage 1 – Successful break

The racing is coming fast an furious now. Imagine you’re Alessandro Petacchi. You race 298km from Milan to San Remo, absolutely decimate yourself. Bam, you’re in a car to Monaco (10minutes) and have dinner. Then, you’re on a train to Barcelona and joining your teammates for the Volta a Catalunya where on Monday you are in a group with the climbing favorites hunting down Gatis Smukulis who wins the stage but you come over the line in second place. Man, what a trip. Is there even time to breathe?

Volta a Catalunya Stage 1 results
1 Gatis Smukulis (HTC-Highroad)______4:08:48
2 Alessandro Petacchi (Lampre-ISD)___+0:28″
3 Joaquín Rojas (Movistar)
4 Rigoberto Urán (Sky)
5 Jan Bakelants (Omega Pharma-Lotto)
6 Maxime Bouet (AG2R)
7 Paolo Tiralongo (Astana)
8 Cadel Evans (BMC)
9 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank)
10 Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank)

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