4.5km to go
De Gendt solo over the top. Not sure how close Mohoric is yet..
Mohoric has no answer for that acceleration.
5km to go
De Gendt atttacks on the climb!
Only Champoussin, Valter and Reichenbach remain in that chase group now…
Bouwman is caught by the chase group now. Good effort but there wasn’t a chance to catch the leaders.
6.5km to go
1:15 back to the chase, 2:20 back to the Movistar-led peloton.
It’s just between De Gendt and Mohoric now.
8km to go
Final lap for the leaders now…
Once again De Gendt loses contact with Mohoric on the descent and once again he gets back on after.
2:40 back to the peloton. Bouwman is still a minute back.
Bouwman is pushing on alone from the chase group, though it’s likely a hopeless effort to catch the front two.
13km to go
3:15 back to the peloton.
The two leaders. 1:15 up now.
The peloton has split up under Movistar’s pace. Maybe only around 15 riders left at the front.
16km to go
Two laps to go for the two leaders.
There’s little cooperation in the chase behind the two leaders.
3:40 back to the peloton, meanwhile. Movistar still work.
19km to go
Mohorič leads down the descent. He keeps pulling out a gap heading downhill.
Champoussin, Gesbert and Reichenbach look the strongest from the chasers on the climb. Still 55 seconds back, though.
It’s not going to happen for the chasers here. They’re only losing time to De Gendt and Mohorič.
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EF are also present towards the front of the peloton.
And now Movistar are back on the front.
23km to go
Geraint Thomas takes it up for Ineos, after Alejandro Valverde put in a small effort at the front. The peloton is still 4:25 down. The chasers are now 55 seconds down on the leaders.
Sánchez struggles in the chase. Meanwhile, Movistar are pushing on back in the peloton.
Edet and Gesbert are the Cofidis and Arkéa men in the chase.
30km to go
4 laps left.
De Gendt and Mohorič pass the summit once again.
López leads the chase behind the attackers. There’s about 10 riders there.
Champoussin, Knox, Valter, Reichenbach, Badilatti, Taaramäe, Soler, Urán, Sánchez are also there along with a rider apiece from Arkéa and Cofidis.
The main break has split up as they chase the attackers.
Ineos continue to lead the peloton, 4:45 down.
More riders try and get away from thte break.
38km to go
De Gendt and Mohorič have around 40 seconds.
De Gendt and Mohorič lead over the top of the first ascent of Montjuïc. Pernsteiner attacks after the summit to chase them.
Four minutes for the break.
50km to go
The break have hit the finishing circuit.
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Ineos continue to lead the peloton, meanwhile.
Not too long now until the riders hit the finishing circuit.
Adam Yates leads as riders tackle final stage in Barcelona
Dion Smith led Cataldo and Taaramäe across the intermediate sprint.
65km to go
The break’s advantage is up to three minutes at the halfway mark of the stage.
The break are almost at the next intermediate sprint at Castelldefels.
Here’s a look at the breakaway.
80km to go
2:45 for the break after just over 50 kilometres of racing.
Nickolas Zukowsky (Rally) and Jeremy Bellicaud (Wanty) have both abandoned in recent kilometres.
Two riders out front for Astana, Wanty, FDJ, Arkéa, BikeExchange, QuickStep, Bahrain, Cofidis, AG2R. Three for Movistar while the other teams have one each.
Ineos, Gazprom-RusVelo, Rally and Kern Pharma are the only teams not represented in that breakaway.
84km to go
2:30 between them and the peloton at the moment.
32 men out front…
Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation), Luis León Sánchez, Stefan De Bod (Astana-Premier Tech), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Nicolas Edet, Fernando Barceló (Cofidis), Attila Valter, Matteo Badilatti (Groupama-FDJ), Elie Gesbert, Laurent Pichon (Arkéa-Samsic), Dion Smith, Tanel Kangert (BikeExchange), Josef Černy, James Knox (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Chris Hamilton (DSM), Hermannn Pernsteiner, Matej Mohorič (Bahrain Victorious), Clement Champoussin, Jaakko Hänninen (AG2R Citroën), Rigoberto Urán (EF-Nippo), Juan Pedro López (Trek-Segafredo), Marc Soler, Sergio Samitier, Dario Cataldo (Movistar), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), Koen Bouwman (Jumbo-Visma), Louis Meintjes, Rein Taaramäe (Intermarché-Wanty Gobert), Ide Schelling (Bora-Hansgrohe), Sean Bennett (Qhubeka Assos), Juan José Lobato (Euskaltel-Euskadi)
And now another very large group has made a move…
95km to go
The riders are still on a plateau after the climb. Ineos have succeeded in bringing the move back. No break yet…
Wilco Kelderman (Bora-Hansgrohe) is in the move and is just 1:03 down on GC in 14th place.
Ineos are working to bring the move back, so I’ll hold off on typing out 30 names for now. Sebastian Reichenbach (Groupama-FDJ), David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Lennard Kämna (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Dario Cataldo (Movistar) were among the riders in the move.
Groupama-FDJ’s Attila Valter lead the way over that third-cat climb, by the way. Now to get to work on the riders in the break…
Ineos Grenadiers lead the peloton, while that attack group now has 35 seconds.
It might take a while to identify all the riders out front if that ends up being our break of the day…
105km to go
A huge group of around 30 riders has a small gap at the top of the climb.
It’s the only climb of the day aside from the Montjuïc, which they’ll climb six times.
The riders are now making their way up the day’s first classified climb, the third-cat Coll de la Creu d’Ordal. It’s 5.7km long at an average of 4.4 per cent.
113km to go
Nobody has made it away though. That would’ve been a very strong group.
David de la Cruz (UAE Team Emirates), Remy Rochas (Cofidis), Fausto Masnada and Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Alexander Kamp (Trek-Segafredo), Dan Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation) are also trying to get away.
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Poels is one of the early attackers today as riders attempt to break away.
124km to go
The peloton passed the first intermediate sprint of the day early on. Peter Sagan took the three points and bonus seconds at Molins de Rei, followed by Wout Poels and Rohan Dennis.
No break yet.
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The riders have officially started racing now, though the real start was held up after a Gazprom-RusVelo rider suffered a mechanical problem in the neutralised zone.
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Back in Catalunya and Jordi Meeus (Bora-Hansgrohe) and the Lotto Soudal duo of Sylvain Moniquet and Steff Cras are out of the race this morning. 139 men take the start today.
Today’s big news comes from Gent-Wevelgem, where both Bora-Hansgrohe and Trek-Segafredo have been unable to start after positive COVID-19 cases among the squads.
The peloton have now rolled out for the neutralised start.
Here’s a look at the GC heading into the stage. It’ll be very hard for anyone to overhaul Adam Yates’ lead today, though podium spots could be up for grabs while the rest of the top 10 is separated by less than 30 seconds.
1 Adam Yates (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 23:08:45
2 Richie Porte (Aus) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:45
3 Geraint Thomas (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:49
4 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:03
5 Wilco Kelderman (Ned) Bora-Hansgrohe
6 Esteban Chaves Rubio (Col) Team BikeExchange 0:01:04
7 João Almeida (Por) Deceuninck-QuickStep 0:01:07
8 Hugh Carthy (GBr) EF Education-Nippo 0:01:20
9 Sepp Kuss (USA) Jumbo-Visma 0:01:29
10 Simon Yates (GBr) Team BikeExchange 0:01:32
Today’s stage is the usual race closer, with a long loop west of Barcelona to start before the riders head to Montjuïc Park for six laps of the hilly the finishing circuit.
The peloton will be rolling out for the neutralised start in around five minutes’ time.
Riders are currently signing on and performing media duties at the start in Barcelona.
Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the final stage of the 2021 Volta a Catalunya.