Late crash halts Valencia charge

10 Feb 2019

Late crash halts Valencia charge

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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage five: Paterna – Valencia, 88.5km

A late crash on the streets of Valencia put paid to any chance of a good result on the final day of racing.
 
Team Sky had hit the front late on and put together a strong leadout in the closing stages. Heading into the final kilometre a touch of wheels in the pack saw Chris Lawless go down amid a large pileup in the bunch.
 
Ben Swift found himself on the right side of a large split but was too far back to impact the sprint, which was eventually won by Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma).
 
The bunch sprint and three-kilometre rule ensured the general classification went unchanged, with Diego Rosa the race’s top Team Sky finisher in 11th overall. Ion Izagirre (Astana) finished safely to make sure of overall victory.
 
Geraint Thomas began the late charge and used the race to get some valuable early season kilometres in the legs. Salvatore Puccio and Ian Stannard strung out the pace before the crash halted proceedings.
 
Happily Lawless was able to pick himself up and finish the stage, sustaining only bruising.
Gabriel Rasch

Gabriel Rasch

The objective for this week was to get the guys started and to come out of this race with a good feeling and a step forward in their shape.
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- Gabriel Rasch

"The objective for this week was to get the guys started and to come out of this race with a good feeling and a step forward in their shape. I think most of the guys got what they wanted out of this race.
 
"Diego is back close to his best and he’s definitely had a great winter of training. He’s prepared well for the season and it’s great to see him back in good nick. G looks very strong. It’s early season still for him but he looks in a really good place."
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Stage five result:

1. Dylan Groenewegen (Team Jumbo-Visma) 1:50:17
2. Alexander Kristoff (UAE-Team Emirates) s.t.
3. Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott)
4. Luka Mezgec (Mitchelton-Scott)
5. Nacer Bouhanni (Cofidis)
17. Ben Swift (Team Sky)

Final standings:

1. Ion Izagirre (Astana) 16:08:44
2. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) +7"
3. Pello Bilbao (Astana) s.t.
4. Dan Martin (UAE-Team Emirates) +16"
5. Dylan Teuns (Bahrain-Merida) +18"
11. Diego Rosa (Team Sky) +57"
15. David de la Cruz (Team Sky) +1:15"

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