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2024 Clásica de Almería (1.Pro), Spain

39th edition: Sunday, February 11, 2024

Clásica de Almería podium history | 2023 edition | Course map & profile | Start list

Puebla de Vícar - Roquetas de Mar, 192.3 km

Olav Kooij takes the win. There is a crash just behind the first group of riders. Organizer's photo

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Weather at the finish city of Roquetas de Mar at 1:50 PM, local time: 17C (63F), mostly cloudy, with the wind from the west at 14 km/hr (9 mph). There is an 11% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the report from winner Olav Kooij's Team Visma | Lease a Bike.

Olav Kooij has made a perfect start to the season on Sunday. In the Clásica de Almería, the 22-year-old Dutchman finished off his teammates' preparations in the sprint. It was the first victory of the new season for Team Visma | Lease a Bike.

In the south of Spain, the Clásica de Almería was a one-day race for the sprinters. Chasing the early breakaway, Team Visma | Lease a Bike controlled the peloton with the other sprinter teams. Rookie Julien Vermote rode often at the front of the peloton in the service of leader Kooij. In the winding finish town of Roquetas de Mar, the yellow and black sprint train was somewhat disrupted. After an ultimate move by lead-out rider Wout van Aert, Kooij set up his sprint and completed it successfully, although he doubted that he had won.

"At the finish line, I was initially a bit too confident, maybe", Kooij said with a smile. "I looked to my left and saw Matteo Moschetti next to me. In retrospect, I should have looked earlier to see if there was a threat, but mistakes like that are part of a season opener. Fortunately, there were no consequences. If I sprint to the line in the next few races, I will avoid such situations.”

"It's nice to start the season with a win. A first race like this always takes some getting used to. The race rhythm is missing, and you notice it. It was also challenging to stay together because of all the roundabouts. I decided to try the left side, which cost me a lot of energy. Luckily, Wout came at the perfect moment to get me into the sprint. I'm happy to have finished because the team rode very strongly. Julien was a great asset to the team today. What he did in the chase was excellent.”

Lead-out Van Aert, who will race the Clásica Jaén on Monday, also made a good impression in his first road race of the year. "It wasn't a perfect sprint, but we expected a chaotic finish. I briefly lost my teammates in the final stages. Luckily, I could move up in time to put Olav in a good position.”

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Complete Results:

192.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 45.880 km/hr

1 Olav Kooij Team Visma | Lease a Bike 4hr 11min 29sec
2 Matteo Moschetti Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
3 Matteo Trentin Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
4 Arnaud De Lie Lotto Dstny s.t.
5 Gerben Thijssen Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
6 Milan Fretin Cofidis s.t.
7 Jason Tesson TotalEnergies s.t.
8 Jordi Meeus Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
9 Lewis Askey Groupama-FDJ s.t.
10 Wout van Aert Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
11 Arnaud Démare Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
12 Noah Hobbs Groupama-FDJ s.t.
13 Robin Froidevaux Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
14 Davide Cimolai Movistar s.t.
15 Iván García Cortina Movistar s.t.
16 Jon Aberasturi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
17 Sebastian Mora Burgos-BH s.t.
18 Dries Van Gestel TotalEnergies s.t.
19 Francisco Galván Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
20 Andoni Lopez Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
21 Antonio Soto Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
22 David Martin Team Polti Kometa s.t.
23 Sergi Darder Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
24 Tomas Barta Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
25 David González Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
26 Søren Wærenskjold Uno-X Mobility s.t.
27 Daniel Babor Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
28 Piet Allegaert Cofidis s.t.
29 Javier Serrano Team Polti Kometa s.t.
30 Juan David Sierra Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
31 Georgios Boúglas Burgos-BH s.t.
32 Alessio Delle Vedove Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
33 Andrea Pietrobon Team Polti Kometa s.t.
34 Sebastian Molano UAE Team Emirates s.t.
35 Davide Bais Team Polti Kometa @ 4sec
36 Nicolò Parisini Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
37 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
38 Emilien Jeannière TotalEnergies s.t.
39 Marc Sarreau Groupama-FDJ s.t.
40 Enekoitz Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
41 Iker Bonillo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
42 Mulu Hailemichael Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
43 Ruben Fernandez Cofidis s.t.
44 Jorge Arcas Movistar s.t.
45 Yentl Vandevelde Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
46 Rory Townsend Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
47 Mathias Norsgaard Movistar s.t.
48 Remi Cavagna Movistar s.t.
49 Axel Mariault Cofidis s.t.
50 Alex Jaime Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
51 Joey Rosskopf Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
52 Francisco Muñoz Team Polti Kometa s.t.
53 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
54 Nicolas Milesi Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
55 Cyril Barthe Groupama-FDJ s.t.
56 Daniel McLay Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
57 Tim Van Dijke Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
58 Arne Marit Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
59 Clément Russo Groupama-FDJ s.t.
60 Rasmus Tiller Uno-X Mobility s.t.
61 Loe Van Belle Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
62 Tobias Ludvigsson Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
63 Mick Van Dijke Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
64 Gijs Van Hoecke Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
65 Boy Van Poppel Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
66 Petr Kelemen Tudor Pro Cycling Team s.t.
67 Alexander Krieger Tudor Pro Cycling Team 0:35
68 Miles Scotson Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
69 Florian Sénéchal Arkea-B&B Hotels 0:41
70 Ivo Oliveira UAE Team Emirates 0:47
71 Alessandro Covi UAE Team Emirates 0:49
72 Jasper De Buyst Lotto Dstny 0:51
73 Tosh Van Der Sande Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
74 Cédric Beullens Lotto Dstny s.t.
75 Marco Haller Bora-hansgrohe 1:09
76 Jonas Abrahamsen Uno-X Mobility 1:16
77 Adrien Petit Intermarché-Wanty 1:24
78 Jacopo Guarnieri Lotto Dstny 1:25
79 Thomas Gachignard TotalEnergies 1:30
80 Luca Giaimi UAE Team Emirates 1:34
81 Jarne Van De Paar Lotto Dstny s.t.
82 Arnau Gilabert Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
83 Javier Romo Movistar s.t.
84 Sébastien Grignard Lotto Dstny s.t.
85 Jordan Jegat TotalEnergies s.t.
86 Jetse Bol Burgos-BH s.t.
87 Hubert Grygowski Arkea-B&B Hotels s.t.
88 Sacha Prestianni Intermarché-Wanty s.t.
89 Markus Hoelgaard Uno-X Mobility s.t.
90 Diego Sevilla Team Polti Kometa s.t.
91 Alex Molenaar Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
92 Magnus Cort Uno-X Mobility s.t.
93 Maximilian Schachmann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
94 Joan Albert Riera Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
95 Alexander Hajek Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
96 Sergio Higuita Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
97 Sinuhé Fernandez Burgos-BH s.t.
98 Nickolas Zukowsky Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
99 Samuel Fernández Garcia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
100 Joseba Lopez Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
101 Antonio Angulo Burgos-BH s.t.
102 Olivier Le Gac Groupama-FDJ s.t.
103 Miguel Angel Fernandez Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
104 Pau Miquel Delgado Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
105 Gorka Izagirre Cofidis 1:40
106 Jose Maria Garcia Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
107 Karel Vacek Burgos-BH s.t.
108 William Barta Movistar s.t.
109 Luis Angel Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
110 Alan Riou Arkea-B&B Hotels 2:16
111 Manuel Peñalver Team Polti Kometa 2:38
112 Jhonatan Guatibonza UAE Team Emirates 2:44
113 Sebastian Kolze Changizi Tudor Pro Cycling Team 3:10
114 Edgar Curto Pellicer Illes Balears-Arabay s.t.
115 Martin Urianstad Bugge Uno-X Mobility 3:35
116 Kamiel Bonneu Team Flanders-Baloise 3:40
117 Steff Cras TotalEnergies s.t.
118 Eugenio Sanchez Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
119 Baptiste Vadic TotalEnergies s.t.
120 Ander Okamika Burgos-BH s.t.
121 Ion Izagirre Cofidis s.t.
122 Victor Vercouillie Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
123 Filippo Conca Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team s.t.
124 Bob Jungels Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
125 Elias Maris Team Flanders-Baloise s.t.
126 Daniel Martinez Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
127 Valentin Madouas Groupama-FDJ s.t.
128 Julien Vermote Team Visma | Lease a Bike s.t.
129 Mathijs Paasschens Lotto Dstny s.t.
130 Diego Uriarte Equipo Kern Pharma s.t.
131 Jules Hesters Team Flanders-Baloise 7:23


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Course map & profile:

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Start list with back numbers: February 10, 2023:

Q36.5 Pro Cycling Team
1 Matteo Moschetti
2 Filippo Conca
3 Tobias Ludvigsson
4 Rory Townsend
5 Nicolò Parisini
6 Joey Rosskopf
7 Nickolas Zukowsky
Lotto Dstny
11 Arnaud De Lie
12 Cédric Beullens
13 Jasper De Buyst
14 Jacopo Guarnieri
15 Mathijs Paasschens
16 Jarne Van De Paar
17 Sebastien Grignard
21 Jordi Meeus
22 Alexander Hajek
23 Bob Jungels
24 Marco Haller
25 Sergio Higuita
26 Daniel Martinez
27 Maximilian Schachmann
Uno-X Mobility
31 Magnus Cort
32 Jonas Abrahamsen
33 Markus Hoelgaard
34 Erik Resell
35 Rasmus Tiller
36 Søren Wærenskjold
37 Martin Urianstad Bugge
41 Ion Izagirre
42 Piet Allegaert
43 Ruben Fernandez
44 Milan Fretin
45 Gorka Izagirre
46 Axel Mariault
Team Visma | Lease A Bike
51 Wout Van Aert
52 Loe Van Belle
53 Mick Van Dijke
54 Tim Van Dijke
55 Olav Kooij
56 Tosh Van Der Sande
57 Julien Vermote
61 Steff Cras
62 Thomas Gachignard
63 Emilien Jeannière
64 Jordan Jegat
65 Jason Tesson
66 Baptiste Vadic
67 Dries Van Gestel
71 Lewis Askey
72 Cyril Barthe
73 Olivier Le Gac
74 Valentin Madouas
75 Clément Russo
76 Marc Sarreau
77 Noah Hobbs
UAE Team Emirates
81 Sjoerd Bax
82 Alessandro Covi
83 Luca Giaimi
84 Jhonatan Guatibonza
85 Sebastian Molano
87 Ivo Oliveira
Movistar Team
91 Jorge Arcas
92 Will Barta
93 Remi Cavagna
94 Davide Cimolai
95 Iván García Cortina
96 Javier Romo
97 Mathias Norsgaard
101 Jon Aberasturi
102 Andoni Lopez De Abetxuko
103 Iker Bonillo
104 Xabier Berasategi
105 Enekoitz Azparren
106 Unai Cuadrado
107 Luis Angel Mate
111 Gerben Thijssen
112 Alessio Delle Vedove
113 Arne Marit
114 Adrien Petit
115 Sacha Prestianni
116 Gijs Van Hoecke
117 Boy Van Poppel
Arkea-B&B Hotels
121 Arnaud Démare
122 Hubert Grygowski
123 Daniel McLay
124 Nicolas Milesi
125 Alan Riou
126 Florian Sénéchal
127 Miles Scotson
Equipo Kern Pharma
131 Miguel Angel Fernandez
132 Eugenio Sanchez
133 Antonio Soto
134 Francisco Galván
135 Alex Jaime
136 Diego Uriarte
137 Pau Miquel
141 Sebastian Mora
142 Antonio Angulo
143 Georgios Boúglas
144 Jetse Bol
145 Sinuhé Fernandez
146 Ander Okamika
147 Karel Vacek
Team Polti Kometa
151 David Martin
152 Francisco Muñoz
153 Andrea Pietrobon
154 Javier Serrano
155 Diego Sevilla
156 Manuel Peñalver
157 Davide Bais
Tudor Pro Cycling Team
161 Sebastian Kolze Changizi
162 Juan David Sierra
164 Robin Froidevaux
165 Petr Kelemen
166 Alexander Krieger
167 Matteo Trentin
Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
171 Orluis Aular
172 Daniel Babor
173 Tomas Barta
174 Samuel Fernández
175 David González
176 Joseba Lopez
177 Mulu Hailemichael
Team Flanders-Baloise
181 Kamiel Bonneu
182 Elias Maris
183 Vincent van Memelen
184 Siebe Deweirdt
185 VYentl Vandevelde
186 Jules Hesters
187 Victor Vercouillie
Illes Balears-Arabay Cycling
191 Sergi Darder
192 Edgar Curto
193 Arnau Gilabert
194 Joan Albert Riera
195 Asier Pablo Gonzalez
196 Alex Molenaar
197 Jose Maria Garcia