Alejandro Valverde and Jurgen Roelandts celebrate in Valencia
Feb 04 2018 11:50 pm CET

Alejandro Valverde and Jurgen Roelandts celebrate in Valencia
Alejandro Valverde and Jurgen Roelandts celebrate in Valencia
Photo of Jurgen Roelandts © Mary Cárdenas /

Movistar's Alejandro Valverde has won the 2018 edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Jurgen Roelandts of BMC Racing Team won the final stage on the streets of Valencia.

The fifth and final stage of the race began in Paterna and finished 135 kilometers later in Valencia city. Although the two locations are close, the riders had to complete a lap through the region before arriving to the final line.

The first half of the stage was dominated by a potentially strong breakaway with Michal Kwiatkowski, Stefan Kueng, Rein Taaramae, Domen Novak, Jan Tratnik and Thomas Sprengers.

The group's advantage was never more than a minute however and with 35 kilometers to go its size was down to four with Novak and Taaramae failing to keep up with the pace.

Kueng was the last escapee to stay ahead of the peloton but the Swiss time trialists couldn't compete with the pack's pace and was caught in the last kilometers.

Stage 1 winner Danny van Poppel of LottoNL-Jumbo was once again a top favorite to take the win, but was too late to react to Belgian Roelandts who launched his sprint coming out of the final corner. Van Poppel almost closed the gap but Roelandts had enough left to secure the victory.

Race leader Valverde finished safely in the peloton to secure the overall victory in his first stage race since his crash in the 2017 Tour de France.

The top three remained unchanged on the last day with Astana riders Luis Leon Sanchez and Jakob Fuglsang completing the podium.



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