Swiss rider seals overall win after taking opening two stages

Simon wins stage 7 of the 2012 Volta a Catalunya
Overall winner Michael Albasini with Samuel Sánchez and Jurgen Van Den Broeck on Final podium of the 2012 Volta a Catalunya

BARCELONA, Spain (AFP) — Switzerland’s Michael Albasini (GreenEdge) won the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday.

Albasini, winner of the first two stages, finished 1:30 ahead of Saturday’s stage winner Samuel Sánchez (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

Sunday’s seventh and final stage, a 119.8km ride between Badalona and Barcelona, was won by Frenchman Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun).