Chris Froome dropped to the 6th position in the recently concluded Tour of Catalonia 2014, post his final-day slip. It was Lieuwe Westra who was the winner of the final Barcelona stage whilst Joaquim Rodriguez emerged as the overall champion.
Sir Wiggins was about to support Froome in the race but he is presently busy in a specialized climbing training under the advice of Sky coaches. The Catalonia Tour was quite heavy for the 2013 Tour France winner as he had to get back to the race post back injury. He admitted that his health issues might not allow him to pursue victory in the last stage. Froome suffered a tough fall around 58 km line- however he was somehow unhurt & was allowed to continue.
Froome’s overall timing was seventeen seconds behind Rodriguez (Team Katusha), the 2nd time winner for the event. It was Alberto Contador from Tinkoff-Saxo who came up second in the esteemed race.
The Tour of Catalonia champ had a 4 second lead going to the last & shortest of the 7 stages, a twelve kilometer ride amidst damp conditions which proceeded & culminated on Montjuic Hill, Barcelona.
The 2 times Tour France champ Contador mounted a casual attack around 2 kilometers out yet Purito (Rodriguez) reined him conveniently & all major riders finished the bunched together. It’s the champion’s fetish for smoke that has earned him the nickname of “Purito” which implies “cigar” in Spanish.
They were just 2 minutes behind Westra (Astana Pro) who came up as the champion for the final stage. Tejay Garderen of BMC was the 3rd overall in the 2014 Tour of Catalonia.
Albeit Froome could not come up with a winning mark in the Ctalonia Tour yet Team Sky is not-so-unhappy given its one-two finish as Coppi e Bartali.