Tadej Pogačar celebrates winning stage 6 of the Volta a Catalunya.

Catalunya wrap-up: Pogačar soars on all terrains to win four stages and overall

Tadej Pogačar gets his first GC win of 2024.

Tadej Pogačar wins stage 6 of the Volta a Catalunya. Photo: © Cor Vos

Is there anything Tadej Pogačar can’t do?

Short answer: Nope.

Pogačar came to the Volta a Catalunya for the first time in his career bent on obtaining his first GC victory of 2024, and boy, did he succeed. The Slovenian has switched up his programme a little this year with a debut Giro creeping ever closer, and after a successful short trip to Italy to start his season, he continued to show he’s on flying form in Spain, winning no less than four stages on his way to a dominant overall win.

Tadej Pogačar rides in the midst of the favourites group, filthy from heavy rain and road grit, on stage 2 of Volta a Catalunya.
Pogačar was well looked-after as the weather turned sour late in stage 2.
Axel Laurance wins the bunch sprint on stage 5 of the Volta a Catalunya.
Laurance charged down the centre of the road to win stage 5 into Villadecans ahead of stage 4-winner Van den Berg and Coquard, with Venezuelan national champion Orluis Aular (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Stevie Williams also finding top-5 finishes in the wheels.
Tadej Pogačar raises four fingers in celebration of his fourth stage win at the Volta a Catalunya.
Pogačar winning his fourth stage win of the week in a reduced bunch sprint – is there anything he can’t do?

Brief stage-by-stage results:

  1. Nick Schultz (Israel-Premier Tech)
  2. Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates)
  3. Tadej Pogačar
  4. Marijn van den Berg (EF Education-EasyPost)
  5. Axel Laurance (Alpecin-Deceuninck)
  6. Tadej Pogačar
  7. Tadej Pogačar
Mikel Landa finishes stage 3 of the Volta a Catalunya.
Landa crossed the line 48 seconds after Pogačar on stage 3, wearing the KOM jersey on behalf of the race leader who also led the points classification. For once, though the outright leader of the best-young-rider classification, Lenny Martinez, got to wear his own jersey.

Quote of the race:

“Unfortunately, Pogačar is here, and that means victory will be really difficult.”

Mikel Landa after taking his second consecutive runner-up finish behind Pogačar on stage 3
Tadej Pogačar celebrates winning stage 6 of Volta a Catalunya.
Pogačar increased his lead to 3:31 on the challenging penultimate stage, demonstrating a unique and unusual victory salute that was apparently a tribute to Marc “Spiderman” Soler.

Brief analysis:

Egan Bernal leads Mikel Landa over the finish line of stage 6 at the 2024 Volta a Catalunya.
Bernal said after his runner-up finish on stage 6, “For sure it’s another step forward, although I have to keep my feet on the ground and there’s still a lot of work to do. But I think I should be happy and really proud of myself, too.”

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