Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019

February 6-10, Orihuela, Valencia, Road - 2.1

Complete Live Report

Live commentary by:
Sadhbh O'Shea

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  1. 13:54:33 CET

    Welcome back to our live coverage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Today is the final stage of the Spanish race and by the end of the day we will know our overall winner. 

  2. 13:58:28 CET

    Adam Yates took victory on yesterday's queen stage with a strong performance on the Ermita de Santa Lucia. Catch up on yesterday's action with our report and results here.


    1 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 4:54:57
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
    3 Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia (Spa) Astana Pro Team 0:00:02
    4 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    5 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:04
    6 Sergio Andres Higuita Garcia (Col) Equipo Euskadi 0:00:05
    7 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:02
    8 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:17
    9 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
    10 Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy 0:00:25


  3. 14:00:19 CET

    Ion Izagirre finished fourth in yesterday's stage, but his consistency and performance in the opening time trial helped him to move into the overall lead, despite a valiant effort from Edvald Boasson Hagen. This is how the general classification looks at the moment. 


    1 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 14:18:27
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:07
    3 Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    4 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:16
    5 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:18
    6 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Solutions Credits 0:00:29
    7 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:33
    8 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 0:00:34
    9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 0:00:46
    10 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:48


  4. 14:01:20 CET

    The neutral start has been given and it won't be long before we have racing proper. Today is very short at just 88.5km and will likely finish in a bunch sprint. 


  5. 14:04:40 CET

    There are no bonus seconds up for grabs today, so Ion Izagirre should be able to claim the overall victory - his first in four years. However, he just has seven seconds on Valverde and any splits in the bunch could be detrimental to his hopes. So, it's not over just yet. 

  6. 14:07:49 CET

    The men are racing on the same course as the women's race this morning. It was the first running of the women's Valenciana race - not to be confused with the Setmana Valenciana stage race later this month. I won't spoil the results but you can find out exactly what happened here


  7. 14:10:14 CET

    It is a little bit cooler today compared to previous days and a little overcast, but the weather forecast says that it should remain dry for the rest of the day. 


  8. 14:13:22 CET

    The flag dropped for racing just a few minutes ago and we already have riders off the front. Three riders currently have a small gap on the peloton behind. 


  9. 78km remaining from 88.5km

    14:16:44 CET

    The three leaders now have 1:50 on the peloton after 10km of racing. The riders are Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise), Alexey Kurbatov (Gazprom-Rusvelo) and Gotzon Martin Sanz (Equipo Euskadi). Meanwhile, Alexis Gougeard (AG2R La Mondiale) is chasing behind. 


  10. 14:20:53 CET

    Here are the three escapees


  11. 14:23:14 CET

    Gougeard has now closed the gap to the three leaders as the advantage of the breakaway goes up to 2:15. 


  12. 14:29:51 CET

    This is a very short stage so we won't see the breakaway getting anything near the advantage that they got yesterday. In fact, the peloton has turned up the pace a little bit and brought the gap down a few seconds to 1:47.


  13. 14:37:20 CET

    If Ion Izagirre can hold on for the overall victory today then it will be his first GC win since the 2015 Tour de Pologne. Read his thoughts about yesterday's stage and the possibility of winning on his first outing for Astana, here


  14. 60km remaining from 88.5km

    14:39:57 CET

    Lots of teams working on the front of the peloton as there are quite a few riders looking for victory on this stage. This pressure means that the breakaway's lead has been cut down to 1:17.


  15. 14:41:56 CET

    A lot of movement at the front of the peloton CCC Team are really putting in a big effort and Team Sky have come to help them. Perhaps they're looking to split things up.


  16. 14:44:20 CET

    This pressure in the peloton is cutting chunks out of the breakaway's lead. The four up front have got just 50 seconds now and they're really having to dig deep, they might struggle to get into Valencia in the lead. 


  17. 14:49:09 CET

    If you haven't listened to it yet, why not enhance your cycling experience this afternoon by downloading our latest Cyclingnews Podcast, here. Hear from Cavendish and Evenepoel, and the team discusses the rumours of Tinkov buying Team Sky. Don't forget, we also have a Women's Edition podcast. You can listen to that here.


  18. 50km remaining from 88.5km

    14:52:19 CET

    The peloton has the breakaway in their sights almost as the gap drops to 38 seconds. 


  19. 14:54:55 CET

    Luis Leon Sanchez brings his leader Ion Izagirre up to the diminished peloton. They'll want to keep Izagirre well out of trouble, they may also try to slow things down a touch. 


  20. 46km remaining from 88.5km

    14:55:59 CET

    The riders have been doing a loop just outside of Valencia but they are quickly approaching the seaside city. They will complete four laps of a circuit before contesting the finish. 


  21. 14:58:33 CET

    The gap did grow out a small bit after Astana moved to the front but the peloton is not relenting as we enter Valencia. This is going to be fast and furious right until the last. The gap between the two groups is just 45 seconds. 


  22. 41km remaining from 88.5km

    15:02:58 CET

    The leaders are closing in on the start finish line. The wind is blowing fairly strong and could cause some problems. It's also chilly out there, but the riders won't have too many opportunities to get cold at the pace they're at right now. 


  23. 15:06:04 CET

    There are some trains forming on the front of the peloton, Movistar, Astana and CCC Team have all formed a line at the front of the bunch. 


  24. 15:09:46 CET

    There are a few riders in with a chance of victory today. Matteo Trentin will be looking for his second after winning on day 2. Alexander Kristoff, Nacer Bouhanni, Magnus Cort, Sonny Colbrelli, Dylan Groenewegen, Rick Zabel, Ben Swift and previous race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen are all potential contenders.


  25. 15:12:41 CET

    Astana leads the peloton across the start finish line for the first time. Jumbo-Visma are now moving up towards the front too. Groenwegen had a difficult stage 2, but it possibly the favourite to win today. 


  26. 15:14:41 CET

    We've stopped getting time checks for the breakaway, but they have started to look over their shoulders and can sense the peloton closing in. It won't be too long before they're caught. The only question is, when?


  27. 31km remaining from 88.5km

    15:16:26 CET

    Ideally, the group won't want to catch the leaders until the final 10km to prevent more attacks. They're just letting them dangle out front for now. 


  28. 15:20:16 CET

    The riders pass the finish line for the second time and the gap continues to drop ever so slightly. The peloton keep getting glances of the breakaway on the longer stretches of road. 


  29. 15:26:26 CET

    It's still all go at the front of the peloton with a number of teams helping pull. However, they're not yet in top gear as they save just a little bit for the finale. We will have four riders off the front of the group with just 20 seconds of an advantage. 


  30. 15:29:23 CET

    Jumbo-Visma doing a lot of work on the front


  31. 19km remaining from 88.5km

    15:33:12 CET

    As we enter into the final 20 kilometres of this stage, CCC Team are back up towards the front. The gap to our four escapees is just 13 seconds. 


  32. 15:37:47 CET

    Another lap completed and we're closing in on the climax to this race. Ion Izagirre should hold on for overall victory - barring any disasters - but who can take the stage win?


  33. 15:39:28 CET

    A puncture for Jay Thomson and it's a slow change of bikes for the South African as his bike is in the middle of the roof rack. He's annoyed as he is one of the important support riders for Boasson Hagen. He could still get back on. 


  34. 12km remaining from 88.5km

    15:40:30 CET

    The breakaway has been brought back but we now have Julien Duval having a go off the front. He's not making much ground. 


  35. 10km remaining from 88.5km

    15:41:37 CET

    After a short attack, Duval realises he's not going anywhere and sits up, waiting to be brought back. Once again, it's gruppo compatto. 


  36. 15:43:06 CET

    Astana moves to the front again with Izagirre in second wheel. He needs to make it to three kilometres to go to all but assure his overall win. 


  37. 15:44:26 CET

    Now that the breakaway has been brought back the pace has considerably slowed. The riders want to save their legs for the final push. 


  38. 15:45:03 CET

    Geraint Thomas up near the front. Perhaps trying to stay out of trouble but also working for the team's sprinters. They have Ben Swift and Chris Lawless in the pack. 


  39. 15:45:40 CET

    The bell tolls for the peloton, the next time the riders cross the finish line it will be for the stage victory. 


  40. 5km remaining from 88.5km

    15:48:34 CET

    Thomas now pulling on the front of the bunch. This race has been more of a training effort for the Welshman, but he's putting in some work for his teammates. 


  41. 15:49:37 CET

    The pace beginning to wind back up again but the team's don't want to burn their riders too early. This is going to be a big sprint fight for the win. 


  42. 3km remaining from 88.5km

    15:51:22 CET

    Izagirre has been muscled down the peloton but he's still safely within the bunch at the moment. They're inside the final three kilometres so, if there is a crash, he will get the same time as the main group. 


  43. 2km remaining from 88.5km

    15:51:54 CET

    There are no bonus seconds on offer, so as long as he finishes within seven seconds of Valverde he is assured of the win. 


  44. 15:52:12 CET

    Crash in the bunch


  45. 15:52:36 CET

    Quite a sizeable crash


  46. 15:52:46 CET

    A reduced bunch challenging for the win


  47. 15:52:56 CET

    Trentin goes


  48. 15:53:21 CET

    A photo finish there but it looks like it was Groenewegen


  49. 15:54:01 CET

    Izagirre missed the crash and finished with the lead group. He has won the overall classification.


  50. 15:59:57 CET

    Here is how it finished on the stage

    1 Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 01:50:17
    2 Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates
    3 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott
    4 Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
    5 Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis Solutions Credits
    6 Michele Gazoli
    7 Sondre Enger (Nor) Israel Cycling Academy
    8 Sonny Colbrelli (Ita) Bahrain-Merida
    9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data
    10 Giovanni Lonardi (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane


  51. 16:03:30 CET

    And this is the final general classification

    1 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team 16:08:44
    2 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 00:00:07
    3 Pello Bilbao Lopez de Armentia (Spa) Astana Pro Team
    4 Daniel Martin (Irl) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:16
    5 Dylan Teuns (Bel) Bahrain-Merida 00:00:18
    6 Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis, Credit Solutions 00:00:29
    7 Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:33
    8 Adam Yates (GBr) Mitchelton-Scott 00:00:34
    9 Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data 00:00:46
    10 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 00:00:48


  52. 16:08:52 CET

    Today's winner Dylan Groenewegen up on the podium collecting his reward. That was some sprint from him and he's clearly in form ahead of the Classics. 


  53. 16:23:50 CET

    And the overall winner Ion Izagirre.


  54. 17:34:59 CET

    That is it from the final stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. Head here for our report, results and photos.


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