Spain’s Xavier Tondo (Cervelo TestTeam) won Wednesday’s third stage of the Tour of Catalonia, a 185.9-kilometre run from La Vall d’En Bas to La Seu d’Urgell in northeastern Spain.
His compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez, who rides for Katusha, took over as overall leader of the event from Germany’s Paul Voss.
Voss, who had led since the opening time trial, finished 2:24 down and fell to 30th place.
Garmin-Transition’s Ryder Hesjedal was the top North American on the stage, in 13th, and is also the top North American on GC, in sixth place at 1:20 back from Rodriguez.
Preliminary stage results:
- 1. Xavier TONDO VOLPINI (ESP) Cervelo Test Team in 4:43:23
- 2. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (ESP) Team Katusha at 0
- 3. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL (ESP) Caisse D’epargne at 48
- 4. Sandy CASAR (FRA) Française Des Jeux at 1:20
- 5. Michel KREDER (NED) Garmin – Transitions at 1:20
- 6. Nicolas ROCHE (IRL) Ag2r La Mondiale at 1:20
- 7. Pieter WEENING (NED) Rabobank at 1:20
- 8. Aitor PEREZ ARRIETA (ESP) Footon – Servetto – Fuji at 1:20
- 9. Paolo TIRALONGO (ITA) Astana at 1:20
- 10. Rein TAARAMAE (EST) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne at 1:20
- 1. Joaquin RODRIGUEZ OLIVER (Spain) Team Katusha in 9:04:12
- 2. Xavier TONDO VOLPINI (Spain) Cervelo Test Team in 10
- 3. Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL (Spain) Caisse D’epargne in 48
- 4. Nicolas ROCHE (Ireland) Ag2r La Mondiale in 1:20
- 5. Kristijan KOREN (Slovenia) Liquigas Doimo in 1:20
- 6. Ryder HESJEDAL (Canada) Garmin – Transitions in 1:20
- 7. Rein TAARAMAE (Estonia) Cofidis, Le Credit En Ligne in 1:20
- 8. Roman KREUZIGER (Czech Republic) Liquigas Doimo in 1:22
- 9. Michel KREDER (Netherlands) Garmin – Transitions in 1:24
- 10. Oscar PEREIRO SIO (Spain) Astana in 1:24