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    Davide Cimolai takes first stage as Chris Froome, Alberto Contador keep pace in Tour of Catalonia

    Mar 21, 2017
    Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton. AP

    CALELLA, Spain — Davide Cimolai of Italy won the opening stage of the Tour of Catalonia by less than a wheel on Monday.

    The FDJ rider pushed his wheel just in front of Nacer Bouhanni as the two broke away in the final meters of the 179-kilometer (111-mile) mountainous stage starting and ending in the coastal town of Calella.

    "The objective was to win one stage, and now I work for the team," Cimolai said after finishing the stage in 4 1/2 hours.

    It was his second career win at the Tour of Catalonia after also winning a stage last year.

    Tour de France winner Chris Froome and top rivals Alberto Contador and Alejandro Valverde finished safely in the peloton.

    The stage on Tuesday is a 41-kilometer (25-mile) team time trial to and from Banyoles.

    The week-long race in northeastern Spain concludes on Sunday in Barcelona.

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    Tour de France winner Chris Froome finished safely in the peloton. AP
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