• Bouhanni dominates Catalonia sprint opener


    CALELLA, Spain: French sprinter Nacer Bouhanni made up for his Milan-SanRemo disappointment at the weekend by dominating the opening bunch sprint at the Tour of Catalonia on Monday (Tuesday in Manila). The Cofidis rider pulled on the leader’s jersey after crossing a full length ahead of Britain’s Ben Swift, who also finished second in the Milan-SanRemo, after the 175km stage around Calella. Several escape bids were reeled in over the afternoon including a wily late bid from Ireland’s Nicolas Roche, whom Sky went after and neutralized with 1km remaining. Top-drawer competitors Chris Froome, Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Richie Porte all went through the motions Monday on a stage favoring a highly competitive cast of sprinters.



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