Volta a Catalunya 2021 - Ineos' Adam Yates crowned champion as Thomas De Gendt wins final stage
It was a jubilant day for British star Adam Yates of the Ineos Grenadiers as he closed out victory at the Volta a Catalunya to seal the title in Barcelona, and also for veteran Thomas De Gendt, who finished the race with a very fine Stage 7 win. The Belgian took the spoils on Sunday, but it was a quite brilliant performance throughout by Ineos.
'Fabulous victory' - De Gendt wins Stage 7 at Volta a Catalunya
Adam Yates clinched the 2021 Volta a Catalunya title in convincing fashion for Ineos in Barcelona on Sunday while Thomas De Gendt was victorious on Stage 7.
The Brit held a 45-second lead over team-mate Richie Porte with Geraint Thomas a further four seconds back in the overall standings as Ineos prepared to close out the win - and they duly did so with consummate ease.
The race concluded on Sunday with a 133-km jaunt around Barcelona, and Yates was able to enjoy closing out the win in comfortable fashion.
It was also a memorable day for De Gendt of Lotto Soudal as the 34-year-old pipped Matej Mohoric and Attila Valter to take the final stage of the race.
The centenary of the famous race concluded with a fine finish in Barcelona and celebrations for Ineos as Yates and his team-mates secured an impressive triumph.
'I had a really good day' - De Gendt delighted with 'special' win
For the delighted Ineos, it was the first time the team have assumed all three podium places in a stage race since the outfit were formed as Team Sky back in 2010.
No team has ended up with the top three spots at the Volta a Catalunya since 1960 in what was a remarkable achievement for Yates and his team-mates.
Esteban Chaves (BikeExchange) took the mountain and points classifications; Joao Almeida (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was the best young rider; and David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates) was the top Catalunyan rider.
'Perfect week' - Yates delighted with Volta victory