# 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 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 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 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 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 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. |