After responding to a series of dangerous attacks, and with a Movistar Team that gave the best of itself despite being reduced by illness - José Herrada and Marc Soler joined Rubén Fernández in sick bay, also with symptoms of flu - Nairo Quintana today became the third Colombian rider to win the Volta a Catalunya. The champion from Boyacá imposed his authority on the race economically but decisively, braving the short (134km) and nervous seventh stage, with eight final circuits around Montjuïc, to add another prestigious win to his palmarès.

Supported on the climbs by Javi Moreno, Dayer Quintana and the excellent Winner Anacona, and on the flat by the reassuring Imanol Erviti, Nairo suppressed successive attempts on his race lead. In the first Intermediate Sprint of the day, Dan Martin (EQS) clawed back another second to move within 17" of the race lead. Four laps from the finish, Aru (AST) attacked with Barguil (TGA) and Vervaecke (LTS), only to see their move neutralised by Froome (SKY), whose darting acceleration led Nairo to chase him down in person. Moves by Contador (TNK), Hugh Carthy (CJR) and, with 4km to go and the end of the final climb in sight, Dan Martin again, failed to unseat Nairo, and the Colombian ended the day with his 7" lead over Contador intact. The Irishman Martin joined them on the final podium.

The win gave Nairo his 25th win as a professional. It was his ninth GC and his third one-week stage-race at WorldTour level, all of them early-season events: the 2013 Tour of the Basque Country, the 2015 Tirreno Adriatico, and now the 2016 Volta a Catalunya. The winner of the 2014 Giro d'Italia will now take a small break before starting the 'Itzulia', his next objective, on 4 April (Monday next). The Volta a Catalunya 2016 will be remembered for the commitment and organisation of the Movistar Team and the masterclass issued by the greatest Latin American rider in history.