Duo move into Valenciana top five

01 Feb 2018

Duo move into Valenciana top five

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Team Sky remain in touch at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, with Wout Poels and Diego Rosa moving into the top five after pushing hard on a mountainous second stage.

The team looked to control the final El Garbi climb, and were forced into action to limit losses and chase down a three-man escape in the closing stages.
 
Poels, Rosa, Gianni Moscon, and David de la Cruz all finished in a chase group, 19 seconds back on stage winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar). 
 
The Spaniard attacked on the climb, and combined with Astana teammates Jakob Fuglsang and Luis Leon Sanchez to stay clear into Albuixech. Poels and Rosa sit fourth and fifth respectively, 29 seconds back on the new yellow jersey holder, with Moscon and De La Cruz also sitting on the same time.
 
Team Sky had controlled the early slopes of the first-category ascent through Vasil Kiryienka and Michal Kwiatkowski, after strong work from Ian Stannard during the 153.9km test
 
After a rapid descent the gap to the lead trio spun out to 30 seconds, with other teams looking to Sky to shut the gap. Eventually reinforcements arrived to limit the losses slightly ahead of Friday’s decisive team time trial.
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Stage two result:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 3:53:55
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) s.t.
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana)
4. Giovanni Visconti (Bahrain Merida) +19"
5. Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) s.t.
11. Wout Poels (Team Sky)
16. Diego Rosa (Team Sky)

Overall standings:

1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 8:27:58
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) +4"
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) +6"
4. Wout Poels (Team Sky) +29"
5. Diego Rosa (Team Sky) s.t.

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