Joaquim Rodriguez wins 2nd Volta a Catalunya
Joaquim Rodriguez wins 2nd Volta a Catalunya, Westra claims final stage
Associated Press
2014-03-30 11:22 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- Joaquim Rodriguez won his second Volta a Catalunya in his hometown of Barcelona after protecting his lead for a fourth consecutive stage on Sunday.

Dutch cyclist Lieuwe Westra of Astana won the seventh and final stage, a rainy 120.7-kilometer (74.9-mile) ride around the Catalan capital finishing with eight laps of the Montjuic hill.

Rodriguez won his first Volta in 2010. The Katusha rider took the lead of this edition, the 94th, on Wednesday when he surged past Alberto Contador, Nairo Quintana and Tour de France winner Christopher Froome to a summit finish.

The 34-year-old Rodriguez earned his first professional win in Barcelona in 2004 when he won the now defunct Setmana Catalana.

Rodriguez was the UCI WorldTour's highest ranked cyclist in 2012 and 2013.

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