Cycling: Meersman takes opening stage in Catalonia

Belgium's Gianni Meersman won the first stage of the Tour of Catalonia in a sprint finish at the end of the 159 kilometre ride around Calella.

The Omega Pharma-Quick Step rider led home a hugely experienced breakaway pack to edge out Valerio Agnoli and Alejandro Valverde, who came in second and third respectively.

Last year's Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins finished the stage in sixth.