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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.

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

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

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

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: 

The peloton is at 1:55. 

60km to go

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.

45KM to go

Vincenzo Nibali 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.

“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

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. 

35km to go

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.

20km to go

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. 

15km to go

10km to go

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

5km to go

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! 

Last km! 

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.

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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

Here's the winning shot. 

This is the final GC top ten.

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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.

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

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

(Image credit: Getty Images)

Here's Vlasov in the late afternoon Spanish sun.

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

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

Jakobsen has put his crash injuries behind him. 

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. 

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

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

This one shows how Jakobsen dominated the sprint.

This is the final GC podium. 

Thanks for joining us for live coverage from the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana.

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