Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5: Fenn & Meersman Top 10 in Bunch Sprint
Omega Pharma - Quick-Step Cycling Team worked at the front all day to bring a two rider breakaway back, and then they had good position for Gianni Meersman — who won the prior two sprint stages of Volta Ciclista a Catalunya — going into the roundabouts in the final 5km.
However, Argos-Shimano and BMC Racing Team took over position going into the sprint, and while OPQS was in position to contest, they were just a bit too far back in the final corner at 156.5km Volta Ciclista a Catalunya Stage 5 on Friday.
Andrew Fenn was 6th, and Meersman 7th, while Francois Parisien (Argos-Shimano) earned the race victory. Samuel Dumoulin (Ag2R La Mondiale) was 2nd and Stephane Poulhies (Cofidis) was 3rd.
OPQS looks next to 178.7km Stage 6 on Saturday. The stage is a tribute to Xavier Tondo, who died in May of 2011. The race ends in Tondo's hometown of Valls.