Daniel Martin of Ireland wins Volta a Catalunya

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Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2013 at 12:06 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Martin of Ireland held off local favorite Joaquin Rodriguez to protect his lead and win the Volta a Catalunya on Sunday.

Thomas de Gendt won the seventh stage, a 76-mile ride from El Vendrell to Barcelona along the Mediterranean coast ending in a climb of the Catalan capital's Montjuic hill.

The 26-year-old Martin took over the leader's jersey on the fourth stage of the seven-day race, and the Garmin Sharp safely protected his 17-second lead over Rodriguez.

Michele Scarponi of Italy finished third, another 17 seconds behind.

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