Carlos Rodriguez impresses with second top-three on climbs in Valenciana

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2022 - 72nd Edition - 3rd stage Alicante - Antenas del Maigmo’ 155,1 km - 04/02/2022 - Carlos Rodriguez (ESP - INEOS Grenadiers) - photo Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency©2022
Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) attacked on final climb of stage 3 to land another runner-up spot plus most combative prize (Image credit: Luis Angel Gomez/SprintCyclingAgency)

On the same tough mountain stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana where Belgium's top young star Remco Evenepoel (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) had something of an off day, promising young Spaniard Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) managed to step up his game with a vengeance.

The 21-year-old finished an impressive second on the Antenas del Maigmó summit finish to stage winner Alexsandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe), outpowering far more experienced racers of the calibre of Jakob Fuglsang (Israel-Premier Tech), Enric Mas and Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) and, of course, Evenepoel as well.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.