On a day when events in Brussels make me think that cycling is so trivial, I somehow also can’t help but feel that cycling is that much more essential. With this in mind, I present a photo gallery from Els Àngels, a category 1 climb just outside of Girona. The second stage of the Volta a Catalunya brought the peloton here en route to the finish line in Olot, some 70 kilometers away.
The breakaway: Boris Dron (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Maxime Bouet (Etixx Quick Step), Thomas De Gendt (Lotto Soudal), and Kamil Gradek (Verva Activejet Pro Cycling).
The organized peloton.
David De La Cruz.
Johannes Fröhlinger and Tobias Ludvigsson.
Ben King, riding on his birthday, in his first race of the season after breaking his fibula towards the end of the off season.
The unmistakable orange of CCC Sprandi, Poland’s most beloved discount shoe store chain.
Cam Meyer started the day as the best climber but lost the red jersey to Boris Dron after the Belgian’s efforts in the breakaway.
Racing to catch the tail of the peloton, Tejay Van Garderen suffered a flat and teammate Darwin Atapuma was on hand to swap out a tire.
Bernie Eisel pulled Omar Fraile back to the main group. The Spaniard is the lantern rouge.
Atapuma went on to complete the stage with the main field.