Ruta del Sol: Wellens wins rainy final stage

Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) claimed victory on the final stage of the Ruta del Sol as the breakaway made it all the way to the line in Coín. The Belgian out-foxed his companions in a tricky, tactical finale, beating Simon Clarke (Cannondale-Drapac) in the sprint. Victor Campenaerts (LottoNl-Jumbo) was third.

Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) kept a watchful eye on Alberto Contador (Trek-Segafredo) to seal his fifth overall victory in six editions.

For Wellens, it was a redemption of sorts after his bold solo effort on stage 2 was hampered by a crash as he tried to upset the climbers.

The Belgian produced a powerful sprint and won clearly from the group of six, after marking the moves in a tactical final 10km.

With little urgency in the peloton, it was certain the breakaway would contest the win. The closing stages saw collaboration in the lead group fly out of the window, replaced by a spate of small attacks and the subsequent soft-pedalling ‘cat-and-mouse’.

It was Wellens who shut down an attack from Nick Van Der Lijke in the final 1500 metres, and he took the Roompot rider’s wheel going through the final bend before unleashing his sprint. Clarke couldn’t get on terms, while Campenaerts, who had been the keenest to break free from his companions, pipped Paterski for the final podium spot.

The peloton came across the line 1:45 later, and while some were sprinting for minor placings, Alberto Contador was not one of them.

Starting the day just one second behind Valverde on GC, there was room for final-day drama but with a bunch finish – especially against a rider as zippy as Valverde – he knew he’d have to settle for second place. Thibaut Pinot (FDJ) rounded out the final podium, six seconds down on Valverde. 

How it unfolded

It was a wet and windy day in southern Spain, with heavy overnight rainfall having caused flooding in the Malaga region.

The miserable conditions, coupled with the relative paucity of top-level sprinters in the race, played into the breakaway’s hands, and an eight-man move formed after just four kilometres.

In it was: Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal), Marco Minnaard (Wanty-Groupe Gobert), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi), Maciej Paterski (CCC), Victor Campenaerts (LottoNL-Jumbo), Nick Van Der Lijke (Roompot), Simon Clarke (Cannondale) and Domen Novak (Bahrain Merida).

They quickly built up a decent lead, with over four minutes after just 20km.

There were a couple of third-category climbs in the first half of the parcours, with Bravo taking the points on the first and Paterski the second. Georg Preidler (Team Sunweb) cemented the king of the mountains classification thanks to his earlier efforts.

With the second half of the parcours largely flat or downhill, the break stretched their lead out to over six minutes, and visions of a stage win were coming increasingly into focus.

There was no real urgency in the bunch, with very few top-level sprinters at the race, and the breakaway entered the final 30km with an advantage of four minutes. With 15km to go, they still had 2:30, despite some of the members shaking things up with a few digs.

Campenaerts, the winner of the stage 3 time trial, looked particularly keen, and it was he who started to attack again in the final several kilometres, sparking a game of cat and mouse. All the while, the peloton was advancing and going into final kilometres, their buffer was down to around 1:30.

With 2km remaining, Campenaerts made his biggest attack, but it was well marked by Clarke, and a long period of soft-pedalling ensued. The Belgian looked thoroughly disinterested in shutting moves down, and perhaps Clarke paid for his efforts when it was left to him to pull back Van Der Lijke and Wellens.

Wellens played it perfectly in the sprint, capitalising on Van Der Lijke’s early effort and coming through to punch the air in celebration, his opportunism landing him a third victory of the campaign.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal3:58:31
2Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-DrapacRow 1 - Cell 2
3Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 2 - Cell 2
4Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 3 - Cell 2
5Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 4 - Cell 2
6Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 5 - Cell 2
7Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:01:34
8Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:01:45
9Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 8 - Cell 2
10Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 9 - Cell 2
11Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 10 - Cell 2
12Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJRow 11 - Cell 2
13Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-SegafredoRow 12 - Cell 2
14Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 13 - Cell 2
15Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 14 - Cell 2
16Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BHRow 15 - Cell 2
17Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 16 - Cell 2
18Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 17 - Cell 2
19Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 18 - Cell 2
20Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 19 - Cell 2
21Wout Poels (Ned) Team SkyRow 20 - Cell 2
22José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 21 - Cell 2
23Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 22 - Cell 2
24Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 23 - Cell 2
25Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 24 - Cell 2
26Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 25 - Cell 2
27Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 26 - Cell 2
28Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 27 - Cell 2
29Mikel Landa (Spa) Team SkyRow 28 - Cell 2
30Diego Rosa (Ita) Team SkyRow 29 - Cell 2
31Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 31 - Cell 2
33Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 32 - Cell 2
34Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 34 - Cell 2
36André Cardoso (Por) Trek-SegafredoRow 35 - Cell 2
37Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 36 - Cell 2
38Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team SkyRow 37 - Cell 2
39Sam Oomen (Ned) Team SunwebRow 38 - Cell 2
40Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJRow 39 - Cell 2
41Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJRow 40 - Cell 2
42Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-DrapacRow 41 - Cell 2
43Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-MeridaRow 42 - Cell 2
44Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-DrapacRow 43 - Cell 2
45Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 44 - Cell 2
46Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJRow 45 - Cell 2
47Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 46 - Cell 2
48Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 47 - Cell 2
49Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 48 - Cell 2
50Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 49 - Cell 2
51Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BHRow 50 - Cell 2
52Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 51 - Cell 2
53Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 52 - Cell 2
54Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 53 - Cell 2
55Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 54 - Cell 2
56Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 55 - Cell 2
57Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 56 - Cell 2
58Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 57 - Cell 2
59Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-SegafredoRow 58 - Cell 2
60Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-MeridaRow 59 - Cell 2
61Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJRow 60 - Cell 2
62Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 61 - Cell 2
63Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 62 - Cell 2
64Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 63 - Cell 2
65Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 64 - Cell 2
66Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 65 - Cell 2
67Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto SoudalRow 66 - Cell 2
68Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 67 - Cell 2
69Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 68 - Cell 2
70Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team SunwebRow 69 - Cell 2
71Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-DrapacRow 70 - Cell 2
72Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 71 - Cell 2
73Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 72 - Cell 2
74David Belda (Spa) Burgos BHRow 73 - Cell 2
75Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-DrapacRow 74 - Cell 2
76Warren Barguil (Fra) Team SunwebRow 75 - Cell 2
77Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 76 - Cell 2
78Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 77 - Cell 2
79Chad Haga (USA) Team SunwebRow 78 - Cell 2
80Georg Preidler (Aut) Team SunwebRow 79 - Cell 2
81David Lopez (Spa) Team SkyRow 80 - Cell 2
82Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 81 - Cell 2
83Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 82 - Cell 2
84Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 83 - Cell 2
85Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 84 - Cell 2
86Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 85 - Cell 2
87Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 86 - Cell 2
88Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:02:35
89Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:03:42
90Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:02
91Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 90 - Cell 2
92Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 91 - Cell 2
93Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 92 - Cell 2
94Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 93 - Cell 2
95Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-JumboRow 94 - Cell 2
96Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJRow 95 - Cell 2
97Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 96 - Cell 2
98Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 97 - Cell 2
99Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems CrelanRow 98 - Cell 2
100Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 99 - Cell 2
101Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 100 - Cell 2
102Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGARow 101 - Cell 2
103Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-SegafredoRow 102 - Cell 2
104William Bonnet (Fra) FDJRow 103 - Cell 2
105Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BHRow 104 - Cell 2
106Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 105 - Cell 2
107Julien Morice (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 106 - Cell 2
108Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 107 - Cell 2
109Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar TeamRow 108 - Cell 2
110Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-MeridaRow 109 - Cell 2
111Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 110 - Cell 2
112Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 111 - Cell 2
113Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:06:11
114Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 113 - Cell 2
115Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-DrapacRow 114 - Cell 2
116Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – RusveloRow 115 - Cell 2
117Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:10:38
118Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 117 - Cell 2
119Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BHRow 118 - Cell 2
120Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi PolkowiceRow 119 - Cell 2
121Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 120 - Cell 2
122Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-MuriasRow 121 - Cell 2
123Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe GobertRow 122 - Cell 2
124Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - BaloiseRow 123 - Cell 2
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Final general classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team17:12:23
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:00:01
3Thibaut Pinot (Fra) FDJ0:00:06
4Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky0:00:21
5Diego Rosa (Ita) Team Sky0:00:45
6Mikel Landa (Spa) Team Sky0:00:48
7Sébastien Reichenbach (Swi) FDJ0:00:52
8Rigoberto Uran (Col) Cannondale-Drapac0:01:29
9Ondrej Cink (Cze) Bahrain-Merida0:01:48
10Javier Moreno (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:01:50
11Pieter Weening (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:01:57
12Warren Barguil (Fra) Team Sunweb0:02:04
13Mikel Nieve (Spa) Team Sky0:02:27
14Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:03:46
15Sam Oomen (Ned) Team Sunweb0:03:47
16Floris De Tier (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:03:53
17Sergey Firsanov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:04:13
18Stef Clement (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:04:29
19Eduard Prades (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:04:48
20Bart De Clercq (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:04:52
21Laurens Ten Dam (Ned) Team Sunweb0:04:59
22Sindre Skjøstad Lunke (Nor) Team SunwebRow 21 - Cell 2
23Michal Schlegel (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:05:12
24Oscar Riesebeek (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse LoterijRow 23 - Cell 2
25Garikoitz Bravo Oiarbide (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:05:25
26André Cardoso (Por) Trek-Segafredo0:05:29
27David Belda (Spa) Burgos BH0:05:36
28Marco Minnaard (Ned) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:06:13
29Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:08:04
30Mikel Bizkarra Etxegibel (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:08:19
31Nick Van Der Lijke (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:08:33
32Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:08:53
33Jasper De Buyst (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:08:56
34Victor De La Parte (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:42
35Jan Hirt (Cze) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:09:56
36Marc Soler (Spa) Movistar Team0:09:57
37Hector Saez (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:10:09
38Fabio Felline (Ita) Trek-Segafredo0:10:14
39Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:10:38
40Gorka Izagirre (Spa) Movistar Team0:11:26
41Lukasz Owsian (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:11:39
42Hugh Carthy (GBr) Cannondale-Drapac0:12:00
43Martijn Budding (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:12:29
44Steve Morabito (Swi) FDJ0:13:00
45Romain Sicard (Fra) Direct Energie0:13:32
46Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) Lotto Soudal0:13:46
47Tobias Ludvigsson (Swe) FDJ0:13:57
48David Lopez (Spa) Team Sky0:14:34
49Stéphane Rossetto (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:14:38
50Alexander Aranburu (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:16:02
51Krists Neilands (Lat) Israel Cycling Academy0:16:55
52Eliot Lietaer (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:16:59
53Chad Haga (USA) Team Sunweb0:17:26
54Stijn Devolder (Bel) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:18:06
55Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb0:18:29
56Igor Merino (Spa) Burgos BH0:19:26
57Leszek Plucinski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:19:27
58Simon Clarke (Aus) Cannondale-Drapac0:19:36
59Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:19:49
60Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:20:20
61Huub Duijn (Ned) Veranda's Willems Crelan0:20:25
62Maciej Paterski (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:20:35
63Antonio Molina (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:21:15
64Nathan Brown (USA) Cannondale-Drapac0:21:44
65Georg Preidler (Aut) Team Sunweb0:21:45
66Kristijan Koren (Slo) Cannondale-Drapac0:21:53
67Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:22:04
68Vasil Kiryienka (Blr) Team Sky0:22:13
69Domen Novak (Slo) Bahrain-Merida0:22:14
70Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie0:22:43
71Jon Irisarri (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:22:52
72Ibai Salas (Spa) Burgos BH0:23:11
73Victor Campenaerts (Bel) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:25:13
74Maxime Farazijn (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:25:19
75Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida0:25:40
76Bram Tankink (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:25:41
77Daniel Hoelgaard (Nor) FDJ0:26:27
78Pierre Rolland (Fra) Cannondale-Drapac0:26:30
79Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy0:26:38
80Andrei Solomennikov (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:26:46
81Dmitriy Kozontchuk (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:26:58
82Rory Sutherland (Aus) Movistar Team0:27:56
83Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky0:28:00
84Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal0:28:07
85Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:28:50
86Pim Ligthart (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:28:54
87Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie0:29:05
88José Manuel Díaz (Spa) Israel Cycling Academy0:29:08
89Florian Senechal (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:29:39
90Edward Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:30:49
91Felix Großschartner (Aut) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:30:53
92Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie0:30:57
93Kevin Van Melsen (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:30:59
94William Bonnet (Fra) FDJ0:31:40
95Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal0:32:00
96Daniel Turek (Cze) Israel Cycling Academy0:32:34
97Aydar Zakarin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:33:00
98Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:33:22
99Yukiya Arashiro (Jpn) Bahrain-Merida0:34:00
100Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits0:35:00
101Julien Morice (Fra) Direct Energie0:35:02
102Adrian Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:35:07
103Daniel Lopez (Spa) Burgos BH0:35:48
104Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy0:35:52
105Martijn Keizer (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo0:36:02
106Markel Irizar (Spa) Trek-Segafredo0:37:17
107Antonio Nibali (Ita) Bahrain-Merida0:37:22
108Johan Le Bon (Fra) FDJ0:37:26
109Winner Anacona (Col) Movistar Team0:37:53
110Berden De Vries (Ned) Roompot - Nederlandse Loterij0:38:46
111Yohann Gene (Fra) Direct Energie0:38:49
112Jorge Arcas Peña (Spa) Movistar Team0:38:53
113Aitor Gonzalez (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:39:28
114Guy Sagiv (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy0:39:36
115Jens Wallays (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:39:42
116Diego Rubio (Spa) Caja Rural-Seguros RGA0:39:51
117Pello Olaberria (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:42:24
118Ruben Pols (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:42:29
119Matthias Brändle (Aut) Trek-Segafredo0:44:02
120Mark Mcnally (GBr) Wanty - Groupe Gobert0:44:24
121Marcin Bialoblocki (Pol) CCC Sprandi Polkowice0:45:30
122Gotzon Udondo (Spa) Euskadi Basque Country-Murias0:45:55
123Roman Maikin (Rus) Gazprom – Rusvelo0:46:21
124Alvaro Robredo (Spa) Burgos BH0:47:46

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