Win in Manresa after the vertiginous descent of Montserrat Lennard Kämna, a German from the banks of the Elbe, a specialist in escapes in hard stages, and wins by claustrophobia, by persistence, because he is very good and is very stubborn. In the past Tour there was no mountain day that Kämna, 24, was not on the getaway. He was second once (after Daniel Martínez, the prince of Soacha) and first another, ahead of the Carapaz unleashed after Egan’s withdrawal.
Of the five stages of the Volta a Catalunya, in three he has been on the run. And in the fifth, his escape was double. First he left the peloton with a group of twenty of a high quality -Guerreiro, Dan Martin, Mohoric, Verona, Kruijswijk, Rigo, Brambilla, they were there-, and then he had to leave the 20, because he only wins if he arrives only. From behind, absolute control of the superintendent of the leader, Adam Yates, who only has two stages left until the end at Montjuïc castle to achieve, at 28 years and five after being fourth in the Tour, one of his most victories. important.
In the escape, so abundant, there was no runner from Kern Pharma, the team of young Spaniards, nor in the peloton. They were all back home. They had pulled out because two team members had tested positive for covid on an antigen test. “We are waiting for the results of the PCR to confirm the two cases, but we have decided to withdraw due to responsibility,” explains, very upset, its director, Juanjo Oroz, who did not hide the feeling of bad luck, since this stage, and Saturday’s race, everyone knew they were the best fit for the team to show off in their first WorldTour race, and they also passed the headquarters of their sponsor, the pharmaceutical company Kern, in Terrassa. “Thursday night we all did the test and we had a positive, and on Friday morning we repeated it and another one came out. Let’s hope we won’t have any other cases between now and our next big goals, the Estella GP and the Tour of the Basque Country, in 10 days ”.