BARCELONA -- Spaniard David Canada secured
the biggest victory of his 11-year career when he won the Tour
of Catalonia on Sunday.
The Saunier Duval-Prodir rider safely negotiated the final
stage, a 121-km hilly trek from Lloret de Mar to Barcelona's
central Placa Catalunya, to finish 2 seconds ahead of
Colombian Santiago Botero.
Frenchman Christophe Moreau was third overall, 8 seconds
behind. The final stage was won in a bunch sprint by Italian
"Winning here was complicated, there were lots of decisive
moments," said Canada, 31.
"My team, Saunier Duval-Prodir, played a crucial role, they
helped me all the way through the final stages. Without them I
wouldn't have won overall.
"I've had a number of major injuries and illnesses last year
and this spring, but this win at last shows that I'm on the way
back at last."
Canada had seized the overall lead on Saturday after his
squad successfully isolated former leader Carlos Castano early
on the stage.
Injuries and illness have dogged Canada in the last two
In the 2005 Tour of the Basque Country, he fractured his
wrist in two places, and then had to abandon the Tour of Spain
when his heart rate shot up to 220 beats per minute.
Diagnosed with Wolf-Parkinson-White condition -- an
arrhythmic heart problem -- Canada needed a month off the bike to
recover from subsequent surgery.
He then suffered more injuries in the same wrist he had
broken five months before, further delaying his return to