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Return to Catalonia: Kmna sees its insistence on Manresa rewarded


The German attacks on the descent of Montserrat and wins the fifth stage, while Adam Yates maintains the lead

Kmna conquers the fifth stage of the Tour of Catalonia.EFE
The German cyclist Lennard Kmna (BORA-Hansgrohe) has won this Friday the fifth stage of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya, disputed between La Pobla de Segur and Manresa over 201.1 kilometers, attacking on the descent of Montserrat from a large escape, while Adam Yates (INEOS Grenadiers) continues to lead.

Lennard Kmna has tenacity, resistance, resilience. All this is necessary to get into the leaks of the first and fourth stages of this Volta and, after not being successful, insist until good, with his triumphant arrival in Manresa, that of ‘the third time is the charm’.

The German attacked on the descent of the Port de Montserrat, a tough climb of 1 category just over 20 kilometers from the finish line, and left behind the best of a large escape, of about 40 members, where the Spaniards also stood out. Carlos Verona (Movistar Team) and Mikel Bizkarra (Euskaltel-Euskadi).

Verona was the one who had the most options to win, getting to be several kilometers rolling alone but, always, watched a few meters behind by his escape companions. Among them, a hyperactive Bizkarra, testing it a lot, but without success or legs.

Third professional victory

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The only one who could hold the pulse and the guy between the escape was Kmna, driven by that iron will to inscribe his name on the list of winners of the 100th edition of the Volta. At 24, he achieved his third professional victory, the first of the year and leaving the bad taste of being fourth in the first stage.

Along with the German there were heavy cyclists. A lot of carats on a getaway that was practically a platoon. In addition to initially having Marc Soler (Movistar Team), although they got off the hook early, they reached the end Steven Kruijswijk (Jumbo-Visma), Rigoberto Urn (EF) o And Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation).

With no hunting rhythm, only control, the squad of favorites arrived pulled by an INEOS Grenadiers who had everything in their hands. Thus, the British Adam Yates continues to lead with his Richie Porte Y Geraint Thomas like squires on the podium, to which he continues to aspire Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team), fourth overall with no notable changes.

This Saturday, the sixth and penultimate stage of the centennial edition of the Volta Ciclista a Catalunya will start from Tarragona and reach Matar after 193.8 kilometers. A stage with a ‘cheat’ as the Alt El Collet is only 15 kilometers from the finish line. Feasible scenario for another leak.

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