Alvaro Hodeg (Quickstep) won the opening stage of the Volta Catalunya, by sprinting to victory in Calella ahead of Sam Benenett (Bora-Hansgrohe) and Jay Mcarthy (Bora-Hansgrohe). The opening 151km stage of the Volta Catalunya was one for the sprinters, so for our climber packed African Team, the goal was to get through today’s stage without losing any unnecessary time. When the early break of the day, containing 6 riders, reached a lead of 3-minutes, the sprint teams started to control the gap. The wind picked up slightly over the final 40km of the stage, which required some closer attention by the riders in order to.
In another sprint finish to the Tour de Langkawi, Riccardo Minali (Astana Pro Team) took first place, followed by Matteo Malucelli (Androni Giocattoli-Sidermec) and Paolo Simion (Bardiani CSF). Mekseb Debesay finished in 13th and now sits in 4th position in the GC for Team Dimension Data. Stage 2 at Tour de Langkawi ran from Gerik to Kota Bharu, spanning 208.3km. With two categories climbs, a fourth and first, and hot temperatures, it was a long day in the saddle. Two riders, Osorio (Manzana-Postobon) and Eyob (TSG), made it away within the first 5km, followed by Suaza (Manzana-Postobon), Felipe (7-11), Ebsen (Forca) and Abdurrohman (Kfc) who.