Primoz Roglic seals Volta a Catalunya victory in thrilling final stage

  • Remco Evenepoel’s takes last stage but Roglic wins by 6secs
  • ‘First holidays and celebrations, then build up towards the Giro’

Primoz Roglic sealed victory in the Volta a Catalunya as Remco Evenepoel’s final-stage win was not enough to overhaul his rival.

Roglic held a 10-second advantage over the Belgian going into the hilly final stage and while Evenepoel made his move with 30km to go to set up a riveting finale, he could not shake off the Slovenian who dug deep to withstand a number of accelerations.

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Mathieu van der Poel matches grandfather with Milan-Sanremo win

  • Dutchman’s French grandfather Raymond Poulidor won in 1961
  • Van der Poel wins third title after Tour of Flanders wins

Mathieu van der Poel won the Milan-Sanremo on Saturday to claim the first Monument of the season, 62 years after his grandfather won the race.

UAE Team Emirates set the pace and their rider Tim Wellens took the lead in the final stages before handing it over to his teammate, Tadej Pogačar, but he had Filippo Ganna, Wout van Aert and Van der Poel for company on the final descent.

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Deignan fears loss of Women’s Tour as funding crisis threaten race

  • Race needs to fill £500,000 shortfall for 2023 event
  • ‘Internationally it’s a really important race’

The two-time Women’s Tour champion Lizzie Deignan has warned the race will leave a huge hole in the WorldTour calendar if it does not go ahead in June. The organisers, Sweetspot, said last week they must find new partners to fill a £500,000 funding shortfall in order to stage a race that has established a strong reputation in Britain and abroad.

“The way the race is run is extremely professional and it’s probably been the most professional race we’ve had on the calendar,” Deignan said.

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Tadej Pogacar wraps up Paris-Nice triumph with stunning late blitz

  • ‘Attack is the best defence’ says Slovenian after dazzling display
  • David Gaudu finishes second and Jonas Vingegaard third

Tadej Pogacar showed that “attack is the best form of defence” as he swept aside his rivals with a devastating late charge to clinch victory in the 81st edition of Paris-Nice by winning the final stage.

The the UAE Team Emirates rider was in total control in the hills overlooking Nice, launching a stunning attack on the final climb that his rivals could not live with. By the time he hit the Promenade des Anglais, leading towards the finish line, he was able to begin his celebrations.

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