Volta a Catalunya is perhaps the best chance of the year for climbers who cannot time-trial well and are not born in Slovenia to take a WorldTour GC victory. For riders like Michael Woods or Nairo Quintana, it is a golden opportunity to win GC by purely out-climbing everyone else and securing much needed UCI points for their teams.
Tadej Pogačar can win anything at this point, in the manner that he pleases, adding to his already incredible palmares a Strade Bianche victory.
The queen stage of Valenciana did not disappoint. The extremely steep Maigmo Tibi climb and its rough gravel section allowed Vlasov to flourish whilst Evenepoel struggled.