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2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.Pro)

72nd edition: April 14 - 18, 2021

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana podium history | 2020 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2 | Stage 3 | Stage 4 | Stage 5


Sunday, April 18: 5th & final stage, Paterna - Valencia, 95.5 km

Arnaud Demare

Arnaud Démare takes the final stage.

Weather at the finish city of Valencia at 1:50 PM, local time: 10C (49F), sunny, with the wind from the southeast at 16 km/hr (10 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Arnaud Démare's & GC winner Stefan Küng's Team Groupama-FDJ:

In the 2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, the Groupama-FDJ cycling team stood head and shoulders above their rivals. On the fifth and final day of racing, on Sunday, the team not only secured the overall victory with Stefan Küng, but they also secured a fourth stage win thanks to Arnaud Démare in the sprint. The two national champions and their teammates therefore left Valencia with no less than five wins in their bags. An almost perfect performance.

A rather special stage was set to conclude the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana this Sunday. It was not only a short one (90 kilometers). It also started quite late, after 4pm. In this final day of racing, there were obviously two major goals: to keep the yellow jersey of Stefan Küng and to win the stage with Arnaud Démare. In order to do so, the team first had to control the breakaway, made up of Abner Gonzalez (Movistar), Maxim Cam (B&B Hotels), Joan Bou (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Julien Van der Brande (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Paul Wright (Mg.k Vis VPM) today. “We said from the start that we didn’t want to gamble today, because we really wanted to win with Arnaud,” said Stefan Küng. “So the two youngsters controlled the break well.”

The usual members of the Conti, Alexandre Balmer and Antoine Raugel, then pulled the bunch until the last ten kilometers. “This is what we planned, what we hoped for, and they did it perfectly,” said Thierry Bricaud. “It was a short and intense stage, and they managed it well. They also got good advice from their experienced teammates”. On Sunday, the massive sprint was therefore never in doubt. “We had studied the course, everyone had done a recon of the final and we knew what to expect,” added Thierry. “For the GC, we weren’t particularly worried. We just had to not take unnecessary risks. We were quite relaxed, but still focused”.

With about five kilometres to go, the Groupama-FDJ lead-out train started to get on track, this time with Miles Scotson in front of Stefan Küng. “We had simply changed positions to be sure that I did not suffer from any split in the final,” said the Swiss man. “Then we had a plan for the sprint and we executed it to perfection. We were able to deliver Arnaud in the best conditions”. The Swiss champion, wearing the yellow jersey, took the reins at the flamme rouge and this was then up to Ramon Sinkeldam and Jacopo Guarnieri to lead-out the French sprinter into the last 150 meters. “The sprint went exactly as we expected,” Thierry said. “The light headwind bothered us a bit, and it would have been even smoother without it, but it still went well”.

On the line, the French champion therefore conquered his second win of the week, his third of the season. “There has been real teamwork all week, and we proved it again today with a great lead-out and with the youngsters doing a great job controlling the breakaway,” said Arnaud. “It’s great to finish like this, moreover with the overall for Stefan. It was a great week, we had fun and we gained confidence. Personally, it feels good that I’ve been able to raise my arms three times in the past two weeks”.

With four stage victories, the general classification, the points classification, and ninth place overall for Miles Scotson, Thierry Bricaud could only give an excellent balance for the past week. “Honestly, we didn’t come here expecting to bring back so many victories,” he said. “It’s almost a grand slam, but having won with three different riders is what I like the most. The WorldTeam-Conti mix also makes it more fun, and the youngsters were able to discover the upper step. It was also a very useful race for Arnaud’s group, who hadn’t really had the chance to really set up in a sprint since the Giro. The field was not the most competitive one here, but they were able to finally execute the lead-out properly and take their habits back. They’ve tried twice, they’ve won twice. They’re taking their confidence back and that’s great for the future”. “It was a great week,” added Stefan Küng, a winner for a second time this season thanks to his overall victory. “Everything was perfect and that gives confidence for the future. I will personally follow up with the Tour de Romandie, trying to keep the momentum. I feel very good, and I will build on that and on the confidence I gained here to do the best I can in Romandie”.

At the end of this week of racing, the Groupama-FDJ cycling team has therefore raised its account to eight wins in 2021. “Victory calls for victory, and that takes a weight off everyone’s mind,” concluded Thierry Bricaud. “It gives everyone confidence and makes everyone want to get results. We’ve been looking for that momentum a bit since the start of the season. It’s going well right now, so let’s enjoy it!”

Complete results:

95.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 49.220 km/hr

1 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 1hr 56min 25sec
2 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
3 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
4 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
5 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
6 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal s.t.
7 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
8 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
9 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
10 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
11 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
12 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
13 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
14 Alfdan De Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
15 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
16 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
17 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM s.t.
18 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
19 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
20 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
21 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
22 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
23 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing s.t.
24 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
25 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
26 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
27 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
28 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
29 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
30 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
31 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
32 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
33 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
34 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
35 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
36 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH s.t.
38 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels s.t.
39 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM s.t.
40 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
41 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
42 Sebastian Mora Movistar s.t.
43 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
44 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
45 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma s.t.
46 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
47 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
48 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
49 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal s.t.
50 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
51 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
52 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
53 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
54 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
55 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
56 Enric Mas Movistar s.t.
57 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
58 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
59 Remy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
60 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
61 Victor Lafay Cofidis s.t.
62 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
63 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH s.t.
64 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
65 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma s.t.
66 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
67 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
68 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
69 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
70 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
71 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
72 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
73 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
74 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
75 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
76 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
77 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
78 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
79 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
80 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
81 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
82 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing s.t.
83 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB s.t.
84 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma s.t.
85 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
86 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
87 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
88 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
89 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
90 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
91 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing s.t.
92 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
93 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
94 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
95 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
96 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
97 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
98 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
99 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
100 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM s.t.
101 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
102 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
103 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
104 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
105 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH @ 22sec
106 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
107 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 0:25

Final GC after stage 5:

  • GC winner: Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Mountains classification winner: Ibon Ruiz (Kern Pharma)
  • Points classification winner: Arnaud Démare (Groupama-FDJ)
  • Best young rider: Victor Lafay (Cofidis)
  • Team Classification winner: Movistar

608.8 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.050 km/hr

1 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ 14hr 49min 50sec
2 Nelson Oliveira Movistar @ 6sec
3 Enric Mas Movistar 0:36
4 Victor Lafay Cofidis 0:45
5 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic 1:01
6 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:37
7 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB 1:53
8 Remy Rochas Cofidis 2:03
9 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 2:26
10 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 2:43
11 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma 2:47
12 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma 2:58
13 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:11
14 Abner Gonzalez Movistar 3:20
15 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:30
16 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels 3:46
17 Juan Alba Movistar 4:15
18 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:36
19 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH 4:41
20 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
21 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 4:52
22 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 5:15
23 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 5:39
24 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH 5:45
25 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM 5:55
26 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 6:39
27 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ 7:02
28 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex 7:45
29 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi 8:20
30 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB 8:32
31 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 9:09
32 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 9:11
33 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing 9:39
34 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels 10:52
35 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 12:19
36 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi 12:43
37 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 12:45
38 Simone Consonni Cofidis 13:46
39 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels 14:04
40 Sebastian Mora Movistar 14:27
41 Jose Herrada Cofidis 14:54
42 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic 15:13
43 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB 15:37
44 Jose Rojas Movistar 15:59
45 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels 16:00
46 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB 16:51
47 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels 17:56
48 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 17:58
49 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 18:04
50 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 18:08
51 Imanol Erviti Movistar 18:20
52 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
53 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM 18:25
54 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels 18:27
55 Natnael Berhane Cofidis 18:33
56 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma 18:41
57 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling 19:02
58 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma 19:30
59 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 19:53
60 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH 20:01
61 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 20:28
62 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 20:44
63 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
64 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 20:47
65 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 21:32
66 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 21:32
67 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 22:36
68 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels 23:27
69 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis 24:25
70 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB 26:05
71 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 28:04
72 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM 29:23
73 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 29:30
74 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB 30:42
75 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 31:37
76 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma 33:00
77 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 36:19
78 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 37:26
79 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH 39:10
80 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH 39:24
81 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM 39:31
82 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels 39:36
83 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH 40:04
84 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM 40:50
85 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 41:59
86 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 43:57
87 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 44:03
88 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 44:32
89 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 45:08
90 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal 45:09
91 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ 45:13
92 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic 45:41
93 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing 46:22
94 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 46:29
95 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing 46:32
96 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex 46:43
97 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex 47:01
98 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex 47:10
99 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 47:19
100 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex 47:56
101 Alfdan De Decker Tarteletto-Isorex 47:57
102 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 48:03
103 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 48:43
104 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 48:47
105 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing 51:26
106 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 53:43
107 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex 54:39

Saturday, April 17: Stage 4, Xilxes - Playa Almenara 14.3 km individual time trial.

Stefan Kung

Stefan Küng on his way to winning the stage and taking over the GC lead.

Weather at the finish at Almenara at 1:50 PM, local time: 15C (59F), cloudy, with the wind from the southeast at 16 km/hr (10 mph). There is just a 1% chance of rain.

The race: Here's the report from winner Stefan Küng's Team Groupama-FDJ:

Groupama-FDJ’s week in Valence just keeps getting better. In Saturday’s time trial, Stefan Küng brought the third victory of the team in the race, which is also the first one for him this season. On his terrain, the European champion clearly dominated the event and even took the opportunity to grab the yellow jersey. Miles Scotson and Arnaud Démare, the other winners this week, also made it in the day’s top-5, as the event is set to come to an end on Sunday with another opportunity for the French champion.

At the start of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana’s individual time trial, designed over fourteen kilometers between Xilves and Playa Almenara, Stefan Küng surely was the man to beat. European and Swiss champion, a bronze medallist at the Worlds and second in that event on Tirreno-Adriatico, the Swiss rider indeed had a pedigree to show for his status. “We have to be honest,” said Thierry Bricaud. “We really were hoping to win the stage with Stefan”. Seventh overall this morning, the Swiss man was therefore supposed to be among the last ones to leave the start area. Much earlier though, Arnaud Démare already set a very interesting time, which actually allowed him to sit in the hot seat for about an hour. Thibault Guernalec then came to steal the best time from him, and Miles Scotson only failed for a second to the young Frenchman a little later. Eventually, as the European champion was about to start, two Groupama-FDJ’s riders were already on the provisional stage’s podium.

“I felt very confident considering how I had been going in the previous days,” Stefan explained. “I knew I was able to win on my terrain. However, I still needed to execute and everything was done perfectly. As usual, the bike was prepared like a rocket. The staff did their part and then it was up to me to let the legs do the talking. The time trial was mainly headwind. It was an advantage for me because it made it more difficult and I was able to make the difference as a pure specialist. I did my best and I’m happy with my performance”. Stefan Küng first got to the intermediate point with a large lead and then set the fastest time for 40 seconds when he got to the line. Only Nelson Oliveira managed to enter the fight for the stage win, but the Portuguese eventually lost 11 seconds. “The final result seems easy and logical”, summed up Thierry. “However, if you look closely, Oliveira is not that far. It came down to little details, and in the end, they were on our side. It is very good”. Although the victory was quite expected in the time trial, the battle for the yellow jersey was set to be much tighter.

“I wanted to give the maximum because I knew that by doing a good time, the GC win was still doable,” said Stefan Küng. After eight kilometers, the Swiss had only recovered twenty-one out of the fifty-one seconds needed on Enric Mas. However, things started to look good for the Swiss rider in the second part of the race, where the Spaniard seemed to struggle before he even suffered a flat tire in the dying moments. “At the flamme rouge, Mas had already lost the jersey, and it looks like he punctured after”, added Thierry. “It wouldn’t have changed anything. We are sure that Stefan has taken the jersey with the legs. It’s a shame for Mas, but it did not change anything”. “Right after the intermediate point, I saw on TV that he was starting to struggle,” Stefan said. “Maybe he started too hard. I would have preferred to take the jersey from him without something happening to him, but that’s sport and I’m happy to be in yellow.” A winner for the first time this year, the Swiss rider is also now sitting in first place overall, six seconds ahead of Nelson Oliveira, and thirty-six ahead of Enric Mas.

As for the icing on the cake on Saturday, Miles Scotson (4th) and Arnaud Démare (5th) were also able to enter the final top 5 in the time trial. “The team performance shows that we are doing very well with the equipment and the preparation, and that we know how to execute everything on D-Day,” said Küng. “When a rider wins and his teammates are far away, you can put it down to the rider’s talent. When you have a team performance like today, it’s just proof that the job done by the team is paying off. It’s really nice and I really have the feeling that we have passed a milestone with this new bike”. “It’s always good to do the TT seriously, otherwise you lose the habit of doing it,” added Thierry. “The team works a lot in this area, with the coaches and on the equipment. Everyone is involved and wants to do things well, riders and staff, so it’s good to have some results to show for it in the races”.

On the eve of the last, very short stage (91 km), Groupama-FDJ already got three stage wins, the yellow jersey and also another man in the GC’s top-10 with Miles Scotson (9th). “Our expectations are obviously really met at the moment, but we are not going to stop here”, said Thierry Bricaud. “Knowing the riders, they have only one thing in mind for tomorrow: keep the jersey and go for the sprint. We will do everything to finish the week in style”. “If I had been told at the start of the race that I would be in yellow after the time trial, I would have laughed”, concluded Stefan. “But this is sport, anything is possible! You always have to believe in your chances. We now want to offer Arnaud a last sprint and we have a very good lead-out train to help him. To finish with another victory and the yellow jersey would be perfect for the team”.

Complete results:

14.3 kilometers raced at an average speed of 52.963 km/hr

1 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ 16min 12sec
2 Nelson Oliveira Movistar @ 11sec
3 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 0:40
4 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 0:41
5 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 1:03
6 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 1:08
7 Sebastian Mora Movistar 1:09
8 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 1:12
9 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:13
10 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma 1:14
11 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis 1:17
12 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma 1:18
13 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 1:21
14 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 1:26
15 Enric Mas Movistar 1:27
16 Victor Lafay Cofidis 1:28
17 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 1:34
18 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic 1:35
19 Jose Herrada Cofidis 1:36
20 Imanol Erviti Movistar 1:38
21 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
22 Simone Consonni Cofidis 1:39
23 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 1:41
24 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 1:43
25 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma 1:44
26 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH 1:45
27 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:46
28 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ 1:51
29 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 1:54
30 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic 1:55
31 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
32 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
33 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels 1:57
34 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 1:59
35 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
36 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
37 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB 2:00
38 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic 2:01
39 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
40 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex 2:02
41 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
42 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH 2:03
43 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
44 Remy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
45 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 2:07
46 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 2:08
47 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH 2:09
48 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels 2:10
49 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM 2:13
50 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:14
51 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH 2:20
52 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
53 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 2:21
54 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
55 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:23
56 Giodo Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
57 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:24
58 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma 2:25
59 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:26
60 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic 2:27
61 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB 2:29
62 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels 2:30
63 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH 2:34
64 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:39
65 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM 2:41
66 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
67 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
68 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 2:42
69 Juan Alba Movistar 2:44
70 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
71 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels 2:46
72 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 2:47
73 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:51
74 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 2:56
75 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
76 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
77 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 2:57
78 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
79 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 3:00
80 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling 3:01
81 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
82 Natnael Berhane Cofidis 3:02
83 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:05
84 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:08
85 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
86 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 3:10
87 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing 3:18
88 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM s.t.
89 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH 3:19
90 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 3:20
91 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 3:24
92 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex 3:29
93 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 3:32
94 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 3:33
95 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM s.t.
96 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 3:46
97 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing s.t.
98 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex 3:47
99 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB 3:52
100 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM 3:55
101 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex 3:56
102 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB 4:17
103 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
104 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:22
105 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing 4:23
106 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex 4:24
107 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB 4:25
108 Alfdan de Decker Tarteletto-Isorex 4:38

GC after stage 4:

513.3 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.821 km/hr

1 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ 12hr 53min 25sec
2 Nelson Oliveira Movistar @ 6sec
3 Enric Mas Movistar 0:36
4 Victor Lafay Cofidis 0:45
5 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic 1:01
6 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:37
7 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB 1:53
8 Remy Rochas Cofidis 2:03
9 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 2:26
10 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 2:43
11 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma 2:47
12 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma 2:58
13 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 3:11
14 Abner Gonzalez Movistar 3:22
15 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi 3:30
16 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels 3:46
17 Juan Alba Movistar 4:15
18 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:36
19 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH 4:41
20 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
21 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 4:52
22 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 5:15
23 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 5:39
24 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH 5:45
25 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM 5:55
26 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 6:39
27 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ 7:02
28 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex 7:45
29 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi 8:20
30 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB 8:32
31 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 9:09
32 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 9:11
33 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing 9:39
34 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels 10:52
35 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 12:19
36 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi 12:43
37 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 12:45
38 Simone Consonni Cofidis 13:46
39 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels 14:04
40 Sebastian Mora Movistar 14:27
41 Jose Herrada Cofidis 14:54
42 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic 15:13
43 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB 15:41
44 Jose Rojas Movistar 15:59
45 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels 16:00
46 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB 16:51
47 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 17:42
48 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels 17:56
49 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 17:58
50 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 18:08
51 Imanol Erviti Movistar 18:20
52 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic 18:20
53 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels 18:27
54 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM 18:28
55 Natnael Berhane Cofidis 18:33
56 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma 18:41
57 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling 19:02
58 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma 19:30
59 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 19:53
60 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH 20:01
61 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 20:28
62 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 20:44
63 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
64 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 20:47
65 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 21:07
66 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 21:32
67 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 21:33
68 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels 22:42
69 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis 23:27
70 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB 24:25
71 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 26:05
72 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM 28:04
73 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 29:30
74 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB 30:42
75 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 31:37
76 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma 33:00
77 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 36:19
78 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 37:26
79 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH 39:10
80 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH 39:24
81 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM 39:31
82 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels 39:36
83 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH 40:04
84 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM 40:50
85 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
86 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 41:59
87 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 44:03
88 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 44:07
89 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 44:10
90 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 45:08
91 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal 45:09
92 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ 45:13
93 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic 45:41
94 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing 46:22
95 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 46:29
96 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing 46:32
97 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex 46:43
98 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex 47:01
99 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex 47:10
100 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 47:19
101 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex 47:56
102 Alfdan de Decker Tarteletto-Isorex 47:57
103 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 48:03
104 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 48:43
105 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 48:47
106 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing 51:26
107 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 53:43
108 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex 54:39

Friday, April 16: Stage 3, Torrent - Dos Aguas (Alto de la Reina), 160.5 km

Enric Mas

Enric Mas takes the 2021 Valencia Tour's queen stage. Photo: Gomez Sport

Weather at the finish city of Dos Aguas at 2:00 PM, local time: 14C (57F), partly cloudy, with the wind from the east at 11 km/hr (7 mph). There is a 20% of rain at 3:00, climbing to 80% at 5:00

The race: Here is the report from winner Enric Mas' Team movistar.

It finally came – Enric Mas’ first victory for the Movistar Team, a success long deserved with his consistency over the biggest stage races in the world, arrived on Wednesday as he took honours in the Queen stage of the 2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2021, from Torrent to Dos Aguas.

The Mallorca native had excellent support from his six team-mates, initially going on the move -Erviti, Rojas and Abner González involved in the flurry of unsuccessful attacks in the first half of the race-; later controlled the pack, with Imanol as well as Sebastián Mora; and prepared Enric’s move at the GPM of Otonel, picking up the pace with Abner and Juan Diego Alba before Mas surged with about 30km to go.

Enric, supported by a sensational Nelson Oliveira -7th at the finish-, was able to leave behind race leader Miles Scotson (GFC) and later, at the finishing, Cat-2 climb Alto de la Reina, take the better from another big rival, Stefan Küng (GFC), to end up winning ahead of Frenchmen Victor Lafay (COF) and Elie Gesbert (ARK).

Complete results:

160.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 38.247 km/hr

1 Enric Mas Movistar 4hr 11min 47sec
2 Victor Lafay Cofidis @ 2sec
3 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic 0:08
4 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:29
5 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:31
6 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
7 Nelson Oliveira Movistar 0:35
8 Remy Rochas Cofidis 0:38
9 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ s.t.
10 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:33
11 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:35
12 Abner Gonzalez Movistar 2:05
13 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
14 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
15 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:09
16 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
17 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB 2:11
18 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
19 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 2:14
20 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
21 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma 2:18
22 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
23 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:22
24 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 2:40
25 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 3:01
26 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
27 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 3:47
28 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 4:38
29 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
30 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing s.t.
31 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
32 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi 5:03
33 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex 5:10
34 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 5:15
35 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic 5:56
36 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 6:18
37 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 7:39
38 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels 8:41
39 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
40 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi 9:19
41 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma 11:25
42 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
43 Jose Rojas Movistar 12:45
44 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
45 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
46 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
47 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
48 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
49 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
50 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
51 Sebastian Mora Movistar s.t.
52 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
53 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
54 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
55 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels 14:08
56 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels 15:33
57 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling 16:09
58 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
59 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
60 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
61 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
62 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
63 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
64 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB s.t.
65 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
66 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
67 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
68 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
69 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
70 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
71 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
72 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 16:40
73 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM 16:53
74 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 17:47
75 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 20:53
76 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
77 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
78 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 22:02
79 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 24:03
80 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 24:37
81 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ 26:27
82 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
83 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
84 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
85 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
86 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
87 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
88 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
89 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing s.t.
90 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
91 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
92 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
93 Felipe Lloret Burgos-BH s.t.
94 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
95 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
96 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
97 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
98 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
99 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
100 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM s.t.
101 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
102 Julien van Den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
103 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
104 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
105 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM 26:32
106 Alfdan De Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
107 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 28:09
108 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing 32:10

GC after stage 3:

499.0 kilometers raced so far at an average speed of 39.584 km/hr

1 Enric Mas Movistar 12hr 36min 22sec
2 Victor Lafay Cofidis @ 8sec
3 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic 0:17
4 Luis Angel Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi 0:42
5 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB 0:44
6 Nelson Oliveira Movistar 0:46
7 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ 0:51
8 Rémy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
9 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:48
10 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi 1:55
11 Abner Gonzalez Movistar 2:18
12 Juan Alba Movistar 2:22
13 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
14 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma 2:24
15 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 2:26
16 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels 2:27
17 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma 2:31
18 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
19 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 2:36
20 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH 3:29
21 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 4:00
22 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 4:22
23 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM 4:25
24 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 4:45
25 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH 4:51
26 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB 4:58
27 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 5:28
28 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ 6:02
29 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing 6:07
30 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi 6:27
31 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex 6:34
32 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 8:26
33 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 8:50
34 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels 10:05
35 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi 10:43
36 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 10:47
37 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 12:56
38 Simone Consonni Cofidis 12:58
39 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
40 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB 13:25
41 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB 14:03
42 Sebastian Mora Movistar 14:09
43 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
44 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
45 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
46 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels 14:21
47 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 15:13
48 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels 15:46
49 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels 16:22
50 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
51 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ 16:50
52 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM 17:06
53 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic 17:10
54 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH 17:33
55 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
56 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
57 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
58 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
59 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma 17:56
60 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 18:37
61 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 18:39
62 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 18:53
63 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 19:02
64 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 19:16
65 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 19:57
66 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi 20:00
67 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 20:25
68 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels 22:17
69 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis 23:59
70 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
71 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 25:23
72 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 27:24
73 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB 27:41
74 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM 27:51
75 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 29:47
76 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma 32:07
77 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 35:17
78 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 35:57
79 Felipe Lloret Burgos-BH 37:41
80 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
81 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
82 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
83 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM 37:46
84 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 38:19
85 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH 38:46
86 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 39:04
87 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi 42:15
88 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 42:40
89 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 43:55
90 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 44:02
91 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex 44:05
92 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
93 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
94 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
95 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
96 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
97 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
98 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
99 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
100 Alfdan de Decker Tarteletto-Isorex 44:10
101 Julien van Den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex 44:23
102 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 45:00
103 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 45:21
104 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 46:05
105 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 46:47
106 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing 48:31
107 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 51:10
108 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex 51:13

Thursday, April 15: Stage 2, Alicante - Alicante, 179 km

Arnaud Demare

Arnaud Démare makes it two in a row from Groupama-FDJ.

Weather at the start/finish city of Alicante at 1:20 PM, local time: 13C (56F), raining, with the wind from the northeast at 13 km/hr (8 mph). The rain is expected to continue for several more hours.

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Arnaud Démare's Team Groupama-FDJ.

And that makes it two for Groupama-FDJ in Valencia! One day after Miles Scotson’s solo victory in stage 1, a perfect teamwork led to Arnaud Démare’s success in stage 2 on Thursday. In what was a rainy day, each of the French champion’s teammates played his part to enable the sprinter to finish it off in style in Alicante. Involved in the perfect lead-out train in the last kilometre, Miles Scotson also retained the yellow jersey ahead of the queen stage.

Unlike this second stage, the opening stage of the Tour de Valence was not a primary goal coming into the Spanish race. Still, it had already enabled Groupama-FDJ to open its account thanks to Miles Scotson’s unexpected victory on Wednesday. Today in Alicante, the Australian rider then logically showed up with the yellow jersey on his shoulders starting stage 2. However, he quickly had to cover it with a rain jacket given the poor weather in the region.

With the GC leader in its ranks, but also featuring one of the stage favourites, namely Arnaud Démare, the team knew that it would have to take responsibility of the race. “We first told the guys to make sure the breakaway wasn’t too big and didn’t include threatening riders,” Thierry recalled. “Then we had to control. Antoine [Raugel] and Alexandre [Balmer] did that perfectly for almost 160k. In fact, they did most of the day’s work as the “sprinters” group didn’t have to make any effort before the final”. Usually Conti members, the two young men first let five riders gain a maximum lead of four minutes before controlling them about two minutes behind. “Our mission was clear from the start,” Antoine said. “We immediately took the reins with Alexandre and we took turns between us before other teams came to help. Then I tried to push as long as possible, and as hard as possible.”

Coming into the last 30k of the stage, the breakaway however started to hold back the bunch and the gap would not reduce anymore. “Luckily there was Stefan in the final, and he really helped close the gap,” smiled Antoine. The Swiss champion started to pull almost fifteen kilometers from the line and it had an impact straight away. “We knew we wouldn’t get much support just because Arnaud and his train were the ones to beat,” explained Thierry. “At the end, Stefan went to pull because it was getting complicated. We didn’t want to take any risks. We really wanted to bring Arnaud for a sprint. We did not want to gamble. Stefan pulled for about ten kilometers and that will not affect him for tomorrow”.

Thanks to the Swiss rider’s work, in particular, the gap dropped to just ten seconds with five kilometres to go. The breakaway was caught soon after, and the Swiss champion again took the lead shortly before the flamme rouge to get the Arnaud Démare’s lead-out train started. “I was at the back of the bunch at that point but I saw that they were still four ahead of Arnaud in the last kilometre,” Antoine said. “It was beautiful to see and I felt something good was coming”.

Groupama-FDJ indeed never left control from that point on. The race leader Miles Scotson and Ramon Sinkeldam came after Stefan Küng, and Jacopo Guarnieri launched the French champion with 150 meters to go. “We had done a recon of the final during the training camp in January, but also the day before the race,” said Thierry. “It was a textbook sprint! This is exactly what we wanted to do this morning. To make it happen is different… Having four guys in front of Arnaud for the last kilometre was perfect. It doesn’t always go the way you want it to, but that’s what we hoped for today. When it goes like that, there’s not much to say.” “I’m really happy to win today,” said the French champion, whose powerful sprint was enough to hold back his rivals. “I knew that my biggest opponent would be Caleb Ewan but the team did a great job. In the end, we took the lead like we had to. We knew it was going to be quite tense on wet roads. It was a difficult final, it was slippery but luckily we did not crash. It was a tough day from a weather point of view. We rode with 6 degrees and constant rain. We even sprinted in the jackets and neoprene gloves, just to tell! But it ended well for us”.

Winning his second race of the year and the fifth for the team, Arnaud Démare also took his first victory ever on Spanish soil. “It’s a great day with this second victory, and I’m really that I was able to contribute to it,” added Antoine Raugel. The young man will undoubtedly have some work to do tomorrow, defending the yellow jersey that Miles Scotson obviously kept on Thursday. “For the moment, everything is going well”, concluded Thierry Bricaud. “Tomorrow is the queen stage and it should partly decide the overall. We don’t have the best cards, but it’s up to the other teams to try and move. As far as we’re concerned, we will hang on and see how the situation is tomorrow night. Everything is possible and we won’t set ourselves boundaries”. Before the mountaintop finish at the Alto de Reina (7.5km at 5%), Miles Scotson has got half a minute lead ahead of 30-or-so riders. “Today, we are very happy with Arnaud’s victory, because that was the main goal coming into that race,” said the Australian. “It was a great performance from all the guys, a real team effort. I am personally happy to keep the yellow jersey, but the real test will be tomorrow”.

Complete results:

179 kilometers raced at an average speed of 43.066 km/hr

1 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 4hr 9min 23sec
2 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
3 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal s.t.
4 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
5 Sebastian Mora Movistar s.t.
6 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
7 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
8 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
9 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH s.t.
10 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
11 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
12 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
13 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
14 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
15 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
16 Alfdan de Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
17 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
18 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
19 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
20 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels s.t.
21 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
22 Remy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
23 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
24 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
25 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
26 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
27 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
28 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
29 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ s.t.
30 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ s.t.
31 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
32 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
33 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
34 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH s.t.
35 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
36 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
37 Enric Mas Movistar s.t.
38 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
39 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
40 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
41 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
42 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
43 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
44 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
45 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
46 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
47 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
48 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
49 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
50 Victor Lafay Cofidis s.t.
51 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
52 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
53 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
54 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM s.t.
55 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
56 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
57 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
58 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
59 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal s.t.
60 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
61 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM s.t.
62 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
63 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma s.t.
64 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
65 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
66 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
67 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
68 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
69 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
70 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
71 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
72 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
73 Andrd Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
74 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
75 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
76 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
77 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
78 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB s.t.
79 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
80 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM @ 18sec
81 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
82 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
83 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 0:55
84 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 0:59
85 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 1:04
86 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling 1:06
87 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
88 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
89 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 1:16
90 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma s.t.
91 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing s.t.
92 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 1:23
93 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 1:29
94 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
95 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
96 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 2:13
97 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 2:42
98 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:52
99 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 5:07
100 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
101 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
102 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing s.t.
103 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 7:08
104 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
105 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
106 Jeroen Eyskens EvoPro Racing s.t.
107 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
108 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 7:50
109 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
110 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 8:05

GC after stage 2:

338.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.284 km/hr

1 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 8hr 24min 10sec
2 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal 0:32
3 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 0:34
4 Enric Mas Movistar 0:35
5 Nelson Oliveira Movistar 0:36
6 Victor Lafay Cofidis 0:37
7 Simone Consonni Cofidis 0:38
8 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
9 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
10 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels s.t.
11 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
12 Stefan Kung Groupama-FDJ s.t.
13 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
14 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
15 Remy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
16 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
17 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
18 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
19 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
20 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
21 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
22 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM s.t.
23 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
24 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
25 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
26 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
27 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma s.t.
28 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
29 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
30 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
31 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
32 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
33 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB 1:43
34 Sebastian Mora Movistar 1:49
35 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
36 Jose Rojas Movistar s.t.
37 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
38 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
39 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
40 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
41 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
42 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
43 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
44 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
45 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
46 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
47 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
48 Andre Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
49 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
50 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
51 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
52 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
53 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
54 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing 1:54
55 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma 2:07
56 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 2:33
57 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB 2:53
58 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
59 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 2:55
60 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB 3:18
61 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
62 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 4:41
63 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma 6:56
64 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
65 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
66 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex 8:57
67 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi 9:39
68 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
69 Felipe Orts Burgos-BH 11:39
70 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
71 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
72 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
73 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH s.t.
74 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
75 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
76 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
77 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
78 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
79 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB s.t.
80 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB 11:57
81 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH 12:44
82 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing 13:02
83 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 13:40
84 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:03
85 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing 16:46
86 Arnaud Demare Groupama-FDJ 17:53
87 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 18:00
88 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ 18:03
89 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
90 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
91 Alfdan de Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
92 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
93 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
94 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
95 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
96 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
97 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
98 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
99 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
100 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 18:21
101 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
102 Attilio Viviani Cofidis 18:58
103 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH 19:02
104 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing 19:19
105 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi 20:13
106 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB 20:45
107 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 20:57
108 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex 25:08
109 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex 25:11
110 Jeroen Eyskens EvoPro Racing s.t.

Wednesday, April 14: Stage 1, Elche - Ondara, 159.5 km

Miles Scotsun

Miles Scotson finishes a half-minute ahead of his nearest chaser.

The race: The organizer posted this note about the race's re-scheduling: "CV’s 72nd edition will take place from the 14th to 18th of April (2021) after being postponed from last February due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation.

"The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Gran Premi Banc Sabadell 2021 has announced the new event dates. The 72nd edition of the VCV was originally scheduled for February, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation it was postponed to a later date, together with other 70 cycling events. Now its confirmed that event will take place next April. The race will start from Elche on Wednesday April 14th and will finish in Valencia on Sunday April 18th. The race itinerary will be the same as scheduled for the month of February and the best cyclists on the international peloton will be taking part in the 72nd edition of the VCV.

"The VCV 2021 will follow all the safety protocols established by UCI and the local authorities, this in order to create a safe race environment for the cyclists and the teams. In order to achive a safe event environment, the organization will not publish any specific communication regards to the stage and routes to avoid overcrowding of cycling fans along the route."

Here's the stage 1 summary from winner Miles Scotson's Groupama-FDJ team:

Due to the health situation and its postponement from early February, the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana got underway in mid-April this year. Therefore, the field was quite different with only four WorldTour teams starting, including Groupama-FDJ. With the Swiss and French champions lining up, Thierry Bricaud and Jens Blatter’s squad had some cards to play. However, this first stage did not appear really suitable for the French sprinter.

From Elche to Ondara, about 170 kilometers were to be covered and four categorized climbs were to be crossed on quite hard-going terrain. Although the early scenario looked very usual, with a breakaway of five including Stephen Bassett (Rally Cycling), Maxime Cam (B&B Hotels), Ibon Ruiz (Kern Pharma), Lennert Teugels (Tarteletto-Isorex) and Raffaele Radice (Mg.k Vis VPM), the race really came to life halfway through with the various climbs on the course. “We knew it would be difficult for the sprinters to make it today,” said Thierry. “We usually train on these roads in winter, the riders know them very well and they knew it would be hard to survive one specific part. It was indeed, for everyone. We knew this was not our best opportunity for a sprint”.

The bunch then clearly reduced, and starting the last climb, the team still had Stefan Küng, Miles Scotson and Antoine Raugel in the first group that caught the morning breakaway. The Swiss champion proved to be the first one to make a move and try to escape. However, fifty riders or so eventually got back together after the top. Miles Scotson then gave it a go for the first time on the downhill, but it did not work out. Stefan Küng kept stretching the group on the descent, and Miles Scotson later took advantage of a slight speed reduction to attack yet another time. There were twenty-two kilometers left to cover at the time. “After the last climb, I thought Stefan could probably win solo today,” he said.

“Originally, I thought I’d wait for the sprint, but there was Degenkolb in the group. I thought I was going to attack, and if I was caught, Stefan could go. Actually, my move stayed away”. “Miles perfectly timed his attack,” Stefan testified. “In the back, it was up to us, and to me in particular, to slow down the chase. I always stayed in second position to disturb the other teams’ efforts. I covered every move to protect him.”

Up front, Miles Scotson first got rid of a Movistar rider and then quickly made a gap on what was left of the bunch. Despite the group trying to organize, he managed to increase his lead to 40 seconds or so after the day’s last downhill. “With ten kilometers to go, I was pretty sure I was going to win, but I started thinking too much for the overall, taking as many seconds as I could,” Miles said. “In the end, I threw away a lot of seconds just by trying to not break too much in a roundabout”. With just three kilometers to go, while riding with a minute lead on the bunch, the Australian crashed on the wet road. However, he managed to get back quickly on his bike and continue his effort. “It was really slippery today, it probably hadn’t rained here in a while,” he said. “I was happy that the bike was ok and that I could still get the win”. The former Australian champion fortunately did not suffer any additional incident in the last two kilometres and could celebrate his second pro victory, and his first one for Groupama-FDJ. “I’m super happy,” he said at the finish. “We came here to win a stage with Arnaud. I didn’t expect to win one myself, but I had good legs and took the opportunity.”

“It’s a great reward for Miles,” added Thierry. “He is such an important domestique all year, but he can sometimes give it a go according to the race circumstances. He seized the opportunity the best way possible!” “Miles was very, very strong, and we did a good race as team”, added Stefan, seventh at the finish, twenty-eight seconds behind his Australian teammate, as Antoine Raugel took 13th for his first outing with the WorldTeam. Arnaud Démare got to the line a few minutes later and added: “It’s a great victory for Miles! It’s really nice considering all the work he does all year. He was able to seize his chance. We know he’s a strong time trialist, we know he’s doing well at the moment, but it’s never easy to pull it off. It’s great that he managed to do it. I’m happy for him”. Bringing the fourth victory of the season to the team, Miles Scotson also logically got the yellow jersey on Wednesday. He will now try to live up to it. “Tomorrow, we will probably go for the sprint with Arnaud, and I’ll help him in the final,” he concluded. “On Friday, Stefan and I will try to hang on and limit our losses in the final climb. Stefan can also win the time trial the next day. Today I won with a margin, although it is not as big as I would have liked with the crash. We’ll see if I can hang on in the mountains and then try for the time trial. Anyway, we have plenty of opportunities now”.

Complete results:

159.5 kilometers raced at an average speed of 37.537 km/hr

1 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 4hr 14min 57sec
2 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal @ 28sec
3 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
4 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling s.t.
5 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
6 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
7 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ s.t.
8 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels s.t.
9 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
10 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
11 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM s.t.
12 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
13 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
14 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
15 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
16 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
17 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma s.t.
18 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
19 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
20 Victor Lafay Cofidis s.t.
21 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
22 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
23 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
24 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
25 Rémy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
26 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
27 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing s.t.
28 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
29 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
30 Luis Angel Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
31 Enric Mas Movistar s.t.
32 Daniel Mendez Kern Pharma s.t.
33 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
34 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
35 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
36 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 1:07
37 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:39
38 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
39 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
40 Sebastian Mora Movistar s.t.
41 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
42 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
43 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
44 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
45 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
46 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
47 André Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
48 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
49 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
50 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
51 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
52 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
53 José Rojas Movistar s.t.
54 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
55 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
56 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma s.t.
57 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
58 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
59 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
60 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
61 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
62 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
63 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
64 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
65 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
66 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
67 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
68 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB s.t.
69 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
70 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 5:48
71 Juan Osorio Burgos-BH 11:29
72 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
73 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
74 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
75 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing s.t.
76 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
77 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
78 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
79 Felipe Lloret Burgos-BH s.t.
80 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
81 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
82 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing s.t.
83 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
84 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB s.t.
85 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
86 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 13:34
87 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 13:39
88 Oier Lazkano Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:08
89 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 17:50
90 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
91 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 17:53
92 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
93 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
94 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
95 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
96 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
97 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
98 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
99 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
100 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
101 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
102 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
103 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
104 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
105 Filippo Conca Lotto Soudal s.t.
106 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
107 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
108 Alfdan De Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
109 Jeroen Eyskens EvoPro Racing s.t.
110 Julien van den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
111 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH s.t.
112 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
113 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.

GC after stage 1:

1 Miles Scotson Groupama-FDJ 4hr 14min 47sec
2 John Degenkolb Lotto Soudal @ 32sec
3 Alan Riou Arkéa-Samsic 0:34
4 Enric Mas Movistar 0:35
5 Nelson Oliveira Movistar 0:36
6 Victor Lafay Cofidis 0:37
7 Colin Joyce Rally Cycling 0:38
8 Simone Consonni Cofidis s.t.
9 Thibault Ferasse B&B Hotels s.t.
10 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ s.t.
11 Franck Bonnamour B&B Hotels s.t.
12 Jonathan Lastra Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
13 Remy Mertz Bingoal-WB s.t.
14 Paul Wright MG. K vis VPM s.t.
15 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
16 Antoine Raugel Groupama-FDJ s.t.
17 Jordi Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
18 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH s.t.
19 Jonathan Hivert B&B Hotels s.t.
20 Savva Novikov Kern Pharma s.t.
21 Elie Gesbert Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
22 Jesus Ezquerra Burgos-BH s.t.
23 Abner Gonzalez Movistar s.t.
24 Diego Lopez Kern Pharma s.t.
25 Natnael Berhane Cofidis s.t.
26 Eliot Lietaer B&B Hotels s.t.
27 Rémy Rochas Cofidis s.t.
28 Nicola Bagioli B&B Hotels s.t.
29 Vitor Zucco EvoPro Racing s.t.
30 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
31 Luis Mate Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
32 Daniel Mendez Kern Pharma s.t.
33 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
34 Nathan Brown Rally Cycling s.t.
35 Juan Alba Movistar s.t.
36 Carlos Garcia Kern Pharma 1:17
37 Jon Aberasturi Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 1:49
38 Timothy Dupont Bingoal-WB s.t.
39 Magnus Sheffield Rally Cycling s.t.
40 Sebastian Mora Movistar s.t.
41 Mathijs Paasschens Bingoal-WB s.t.
42 Antonio Angulo Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
43 Joey Rosskopf Rally Cycling s.t.
44 Maxime Cam B&B Hotels s.t.
45 Alan Boileau B&B Hotels s.t.
46 Jose Herrada Cofidis s.t.
47 André Carvalho Cofidis s.t.
48 Edwin Avila Burgos-BH s.t.
49 Guido Draghi MG. K vis VPM s.t.
50 Ibon Ruiz Kern Pharma s.t.
51 Imanol Erviti Movistar s.t.
52 Unai Cuadrado Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
53 José Rojas Movistar s.t.
54 Daniel Navarro Burgos-BH s.t.
55 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
56 Ivan Moreno Kern Pharma s.t.
57 Gotzon Martin Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
58 Paul Double MG. K vis VPM s.t.
59 Alexandre Balmer Groupama-FDJ s.t.
60 Kevin Ledanois Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
61 Txomin Juaristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
62 Mikel Iturria Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
63 Lennert Teugels Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
64 Gianni Marchand Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
65 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
66 Robin Carpenter Rally Cycling s.t.
67 Jelle Vanendert Bingoal-WB s.t.
68 Dimitri Peyskens Bingoal-WB s.t.
69 Jon Irisarri Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
70 Orluis Aular Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 5:58
71 Juan Felipe Osorio Burgos-BH 11:39
72 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
73 Jonas van Genechten B&B Hotels s.t.
74 Laurenz Rex Bingoal-WB s.t.
75 Brendan Rhim EvoPro Racing s.t.
76 Angel Fuentes Burgos-BH s.t.
77 Alex Jaime Kern Pharma s.t.
78 Szymon Sajnok Cofidis s.t.
79 Felipe Lloret Burgos-BH s.t.
80 Francesco di Felice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
81 Raffaele Radice MG. K vis VPM s.t.
82 Jonathan Brown EvoPro Racing s.t.
83 Johan Meens Bingoal-WB s.t.
84 Laurens Huys Bingoal-WB s.t.
85 Diego Rosa Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
86 Caleb Ewan Lotto Soudal 13:44
87 Alejandro Osorio Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 13:49
88 Oier Lazkano Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 14:18
89 Niccolo Salvietti MG. K vis VPM 18:00
90 Brent van de Kerkhove Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
91 Francesco Carollo MG. K vis VPM 18:03
92 Ramon Sinkeldam Groupama-FDJ s.t.
93 Bram Welten Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
94 Joan Bou Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
95 Nathan Vandepitte Bingoal-WB s.t.
96 Gerben Thijssen Lotto Soudal s.t.
97 Enzo Wouters Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
98 Ben Walsh EvoPro Racing s.t.
99 Cyrus Monk EvoPro Racing s.t.
100 Maxime de Poorter Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
101 Oskar Nisu EvoPro Racing s.t.
102 Attilio Viviani Cofidis s.t.
103 Jacopo Guarnieri Groupama-FDJ s.t.
104 Gil D'Heygere Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
105 Filippo Conca Lotto Soudal s.t.
106 Ylber Sefa Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
107 Arnaud Démare Groupama-FDJ s.t.
108 Alfdan De Decker Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
109 Jeroen Eyskens EvoPro Racing s.t.
110 Julien Van Den Brande Tarteletto-Isorex s.t.
111 Mario Aparicio Burgos-BH s.t.
112 Xabier Azparren Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.
113 Mikel Aristi Euskaltel-Euskadi s.t.