Michael Matthews wins the 'sprint' second leg of the Tour of Catalonia

Michael Matthews wins the 'sprint' second leg of the Tour of Catalonia

The Australian Michael Matthews (Sunweb) today won the second leg of the 99th edition of the Tour de Catalunya on bike, while Belgian Thomas de Gendt (Lotto Soudal) held the lead of the individual overall.

In the first win of the season, the 28-year-old Australian took 4: 09.34 hours to complete the 166.7 kilometers between Mataró and Sant Feliu de Guixols, beating Spanish world champion Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and second place South African Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), third.

Overall, De Gendt remains the leader but now has Valverde 'on his leg', at 2.47 minutes, after the Spaniard once again took advantage of time bonuses, while Matthews moved up to third, at 2.48.

The Portuguese Ricardo Vilela (Burgos-BH) was 64 today in the stage, 12 seconds behind the winner, and rose to the same position in the overall standings, in a 'jump' of 20 positions.

In 98 of the general follows team-mate José Neves, who today cut the goal in 109th, while Rui Oliveira (UAE Emirates) is 155th, after finishing today in the 138th position.

On Wednesday, cyclists face the climb to Vallter 2000 in the Pyrenees at the end of the race, which starts in Sant Feliu de Guixols, with a length of 179 kilometers that could be decisive for the final victory.

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