Greg Van Avermaet Wins VCV Stage Three

08 February 2019 03:27
CCC Polish Team’s Greg Van Avermaet has won the third stage of the 70th edition of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, or Tour of Valencia. Stage three was the longest stage of the race and over 193kms from Quart de Poblet to Chera. A group of ten riders in Duval, Andemeskel, Van Hecke, Barthe, Barcelo, Kilikov, Alarcon, Moreira, Lopez and Rubio, the KOM leader in the Eurosport jersey, were able to break after earlier attempts failed and were 2.40 ahead after 23kms of racing. That lead went out to seven minutes with Van Hecke beating Rubio over the category three Sot de Chera climb and taking the sprint points at Requena ahead of Barcelo. Van Hecke, followed that up with a second place to Rubio on the Alto de Requena category three climb. After 100kms of racing the gap was down to 5.55 and 6.10 after 114kms. Rubio added to his points tally when he was first over the category three Mata Parda climb ahead of Van Hecke and Duval. With 33kms, the gap to the ten out front was still at 3.37 Rubio punctured as the gap dropped to ninety seconds with Van Hecke first over the penultimate climb and with ten kilometres to go, the break was caught. A Euskadi Basque Country rider led before Ben Hermans of Israel Cycling Academy taking over on the front with five kilometres to go. The big names including Greg Van Avermaet and Alejandro Valverde came up as did the race leader. Jack Haig and state two winner Matteo Trentin led going into the final kilometre. Greg Van Avermaet went with about three hundred metres to go and had the strength to take the win in 5.00.16 ahead of Matteo Trentin with Luis Leon Sanchez in third. Edvald Boaason-Hagen retains the yellow jersey with Diego Rubio in the Eurosport KOM jersey.       . read full article

Source: Kev Monks