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Hola and welcome to the Cyclingnews live coverage of stage 5 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. 

Today's stage is a 92km loop around Valencia. We're expecting a fast race and fast sprint finish. 

Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) finished safely in the peloton after attacks in the crosswinds failed to happen during Saturday's stage and he is set to secure overall victory today.

ALTO DE LAS ANTENAS DEL MAIGMO TIBI ALICANTE SPAIN FEBRUARY 04 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Teamm Bora Hansgrohe celebrates at podium as Yellow Leader Jersey winner during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 3 a 1551km stage from Alicante to Alto De Las Antenas Del Maigmo Tibi 1080m VCV2022 on February 04 2022 in Alicante Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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Matteo Moschetti (Trek-Segafredo) won the high-speed sprint finish in Torrevieja on Saturday and so is a threat today. 

TORREVIEJA SPAIN FEBRUARY 05 Matteo Moschetti of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning ahead of Manuel Penalver Aniorte of Spain and Team Burgos BH and Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 4 a 1931km stage from Orihuela to Torrevieja VCV2022 on February 05 2022 in Torrevieja Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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However we expect Fabio Jakobsen to be keen to make up for his mistake. 

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As the Cyclingnews live blimp takes height the riders have just rolled out from the start.

As soon as the racing started there was a crash and split in the peloton, with even Remco Evenepoel going on the attack. However Bora made chase and the race is back together. At least for now. 

There is a new attack, with Vincenzo Nibali in there.  

The peloton is letting them hang out front at 1:00.  

The quartet lead by 1:30. The peloton have something to chase.

70km to go

After the early crashes and attacks, the race has settled.  

The four attackers are giving it big licks on the front but the peloton will surely not let them get too much of a lead. 

The four attackers are: 

Vincenzo Nibali and Manuele Boaro (Astana), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Gotzon Martin (Euskaltel - Euskadi).

 

 

The peloton is at 1:55. 

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60km to go

The attackers almost take a wrong turn on a roundabout. 

The peloton will have to be careful. 

There's no risk of cross winds and echelons today, with only a slight breeze blowing across the loop around northern Valencia.  

Behind the Intermarche and QuickStep teams are leading the chase, for Kristoff and Jakobsen respectively.   

The peloton is lined out as they chase the attackers. It's race on. 

Trek-Segafredo are also up front ready to help the chase and so give Moschetti a chance of a second win.

To read about Moschetti's win on Saturday, click below.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana: Matteo Moschetti takes sprint win on stage 4 (opens in new tab)

TORREVIEJA SPAIN FEBRUARY 05 Matteo Moschetti of Italy and Team Trek Segafredo celebrates winning ahead of Manuel Penalver Aniorte of Spain and Team Burgos BH and Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 4 a 1931km stage from Orihuela to Torrevieja VCV2022 on February 05 2022 in Torrevieja Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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45KM to go

The riders are at the half-way of the 92km stage. 

The attackers lead by 1:20 as the pursuit match continues. 

Vincenzo Nibali (opens in new tab) has admitted that it would be “presumptuous” to think he could win a Grand Tour again at the age of 37, but the Italian is determined to make the most of what seems likely to be his final season as a professional in 2022.

Nibali returned to Astana-Qazaqstan (opens in new tab) this winter after spending three seasons with Bahrain and two with Trek-Segafredo. He is scheduled to ride both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France (opens in new tab) and has also been pencilled in to ride all five Monuments, even if a final decision on his participation on the cobbles has yet to be taken.

“I certainly want this year to be a long showcase, but to think of winning of a Grand Tour again would be presumptuous,” Nibali recently told La Gazzetta dello Sport

“But I’m happy to have returned to Astana, where I enjoyed some great years. If I’m here, it’s because there’s a sense of confidence, of willingness to work.”

Vincenzo Nibali and Manuele Boaro (Astana), Jonathan Lastra (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA) and Gotzon Martin (Euskaltel - Euskadi) are still working together but their lead is down to below a minute. 

The average speed for the first hour of racing was 49.8km/h. Ouch! 

35km to go

The riders enter an area of orange groves now and pass through the feed zone.   

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The riders are on some narrow twisting roads but will soon turn south and blast to central Valencia.  

Nibali is clearly enjoying an early-season hit out in the break today. He's not an overall threat and so has decided to hurt himself, show himself and have some fun.

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25km to go

The peloton is playing cat and mouse with the attackers. Their gap is back up to 45 seconds. 

The same attackers may ease off to convince the peloton to ease, and then perhaps surge again in the hope of trying to stay away.    

20km to go

The five are all taking turns on the front, moving off smoothly to keep the pace at 50km/h. 

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Bora are also leading the chase as the best way to protect race leader Aleksandr Vlasov. 

Vlasov leads Remco Evenepoel (QuickStep-AlphaVinyl) by 32 seconds. 

Carlos Rodriguez (Ineos Grenadiers) is third overall at 36 seconds.

Vlasov dethroned Evenepoel on the dirt road climb to the Antenas del Maigmó hilltop finish on stage 3. 

He is set to win his first stage race on his season debut with Bora-Hansgrohe. 

ALTO DE LAS ANTENAS DEL MAIGMO TIBI ALICANTE SPAIN FEBRUARY 04 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Teamm Bora Hansgrohe attacks in the final gravel strokes sector while fans cheer during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 3 a 1551km stage from Alicante to Alto De Las Antenas Del Maigmo Tibi 1080m VCV2022 on February 04 2022 in Alicante Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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15km to go

The kilometres are ticking down fast now. The attackers lead by just 15 seconds. 

Buckle up for a fast final 15km and a fast sprint finish. 

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10km to go

Gruppo compatto. 

It's all about the sprint finish now.

Bora are rightly protecting Vlasov as the race drives on to the centre of Valencia and the fast finish. 

5km to go

We can expect the sprint teams to take over with 3km to go. It will be important to lead into the final sweeping corners and fast roads.

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QuickStep, Intermarche and Trek are all gathering up front now. 

Remco Evenepoel is about to do a big turn on the front to help Jakobsen. 

After a loop  the riders are on a wide highway. 

This is a high-speed sprint to the finish.

Last 2km! 

There are two teams on different sides of the road. 

Last km! 

Remco lines them out and gives QuickStep control. 

Yves Lampaert takes over. 

Intermarche take over.

Swift is there to help Viviani.

Morkov leads it out. 

Jakobsen came off Morkov's wheel and timed his sprint to perfection. 

He beat Elia Viviani and Alexander Kristoff. 

Viviani and Kristoff are on form and fast but Jakobsen and QuickStep were better today.

This is the top ten.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Fabio Jakobsen (Ned) Quick-Step AlphaVinyl 1:55:49
2Elia Viviani (Ita) Ineos Grenadiers
3Alexander Kristoff (Nor) Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
4Timothy Dupont (Bel) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
5Stanislaw Aniolkowski (Pol) Bingoal Pauwels Sauces WB
6Matteo Trentin (Ita) UAE Team Emirates
7Manuel Peñalver Aniorte (Spa) Burgos-BH
8Juan Sebastian Molano Benavides (Col) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:01
9Fernando Barceló Aragon (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA
10Luca Mozzato (Ita) B&B Hotels-KTM

Here's the winning shot. 

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Orange Points Jersey celebrates winning during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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This is the final GC top ten.

Results
Pos.Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Bora-Hansgrohe 18:56:45
2Remco Evenepoel (Bel) Quick-Step AlphaVinyl 0:00:32
3Carlos Rodriguez Cano (Spa) Ineos Grenadiers 0:00:36
4Enric Mas Nicolau (Spa) Movistar Team 0:00:50
5Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team 0:01:02
6Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Israel Start-Up Nation 0:01:05
7Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Bahrain Victorious 0:01:14
8Giulio Ciccone (Ita) Trek-Segafredo 0:02:00
9David de la Cruz (Spa) Astana Qazaqstan Team 0:02:28
10Tao Geoghegan Hart (GBr) Ineos Grenadiers 0:02:54

This was the sprint finish.

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The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana is Vlasov's eighth career win but surprisingly it is his first stage race win. 

That's an excellent start to his time at Bora-Hansgrohe and his 2022 season.

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Yellow Leader Jersey competes during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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Here's Vlasov in the late afternoon Spanish sun.

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Bora Hansgrohe Yellow Leader Jersey competes during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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This is a shot of Vincenzo Nibali in the attack of the stage.

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Vincenzo Nibali of Italy and Astana Qazaqstan Team competes in the breakaway during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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Fabio Jakobsen was happy to win again after Saturday's mistakes.

“It’s an honour to be part of this team. I think everybody saw today what a textbook lead is. I’m happy to have the legs to finish it off,” Jakobsen explained. 

“Yesterday I was boxed-in and couldn’t sprint. That’s frustrating for a sprinter but we had a talk and today we made a plan and stuck to it. I have to thank all the guys, we controlled the stage and did the lead out and I was the fastest."

Jakobsen has put his crash injuries behind him. 

“I enjoyed a normal winter preparation like in the years before I crashed and so I guess I’m now at this level and now we go on," he said. 

"Now I ride the Volta ao Algarve next, then Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne and then Paris-Nice."  

Jakobsen was also praising of Remco Evenepoel, who failed to win overall but who finished second behind Vlasov and worked for Jakobsen in the sprints. 

“He’s a special kid. He’s like a little brother to me. We have a special bond," Jakobsen said. 

"Him helping me says a lot about him. He’s a perfect teammate and look forward to racing with him together.” 

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To read our full stage report and see our growing photo gallery, click below.

Aleksandr Vlasov wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (opens in new tab)

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Orange Points Jersey celebrates winning during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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We have more great photos from the final stage in Valencia in our stage report and photo gallery. 

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl Orange Points Jersey celebrates winning ahead of Elia Viviani of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers and Alexander Kristoff of Norway and Team Intermarch Wanty Gobert Matriaux during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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This one shows how Jakobsen dominated the sprint.

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 LR Elia Viviani of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers and Fabio Jakobsen of Netherlands and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl orange points jersey sprint to win during the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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This is the final GC podium. 

VALENCIA SPAIN FEBRUARY 06 LR Remco Evenepoel of Belgium and Team QuickStep Alpha Vinyl on second place race winner Aleksander Vlasov of Russia and Team Bora Hansgrohe yellow leader jersey and Carlos Rodriguez Cano of Spain and Team INEOS Grenadiers on third place pose on the podium during the podium ceremony after the 73rd Volta A La Comunitat Valenciana 2022 Stage 5 a 92km stage from Paterna to Valencia VCV2022 on February 06 2022 in Valencia Spain Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images

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