Result: Vuelta Valencia

Nairo Quintana wins his 13th stage race as a pro cyclist after victory in the Vuelta Valencia, Bryan Coquard wins final stage

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Result: Vuelta Valencia

Strong winds at the start line saw Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 5 shortened to a 35km circuit race around the center of Valencia. With racing underway, the peloton provided the spectators lining the streets of the city with an intense and exciting afternoon of racing as they chased down a two-rider breakaway.

As the bell rang to mark the start of the fifth and final lap, the leaders were still holding a 30 second advantage. However, the sprinters’ teams soon took control of the peloton and it was not long before the race was back together and heading for an inevitable bunch sprint, won by Bryan Coquard (Team Direct Energie).

Nairo Quintana (GC Winner): “I’m very happy about this victory. We knew it wouldn’t be easy today, and indeed it turned out to be very nervous due to the strong winds we had to face. Fortunately, both the team and I kept attention at all times and in the end it was no problem for us to conserve this jersey. This success confirms that we’re working strong and our approach to the main races in the season is correct, which is our main hope for the nearest future – reaching 100% only at our biggest goals. Now it’s time to have some rest and prepare for the Abu Dhabi Tour and Tirreno-Adriatico, my next two races.”

Ben Hermans (2nd on GC) “I feel really happy with this result. I was a bit disappointed yesterday as I was going for the win but when you lose against a rider like Quintana, I have to be proud of my performance. It was great to have Manuel Senni on the podium with me and I really appreciate the work that everyone has done this week. Without the effort of the team on the opening team time trial, I don’t think I would be in this position so I am really thankful to them all. I think seventh on yesterday’s stage was good, especially this early in the season and I am confident my condition will only get better from here.”

Manuel Senni (3rd on GC):  “I am really pleased with this result. We wanted to win the team time trial and we did that. The second objective was try to get the best result possible on the GC. I think we achieved this also with myself and Ben Hermans both on the podium. For me this will be always be a special race as it started with the yellow jersey and I think it is a perfect start to the season.”

1. Bryan Coquard, Direct Energie1
2. Nacer Bouhanni, Cofidis, Solutions Crédits
3. Coen Vermeltfoort, Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij
4. Yves Lampaert, Quick-Step Floors
5. ljo KeisseI, Quick-Step Floors
6. Viacheslav Kuznetsov, Team Katusha – Alpecin
7. Magnus Cort, ORICA-Scott
8. Guillaume BoivinIsrael Cycling Academy
9. Enrique Sanz, Spain
10. Kristian Sbaragli, Dimension Data
18. Albert Torres, Inteja Dominican Cycling Team
21. Seb Mora, Spain (Raleigh GAC)
32. Dan Martin, Quick-Step Floors
45. Nairo Quintana, Movistar Team
84. Ryan Mullen, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
119. Adria Moreno, Spain (Raleigh GAC)
134. Tom Scully, Cannondale-Drapac Pro Cycling Team
157. Peter Kennaugh, Team Sky
160. Simon Yates, ORICA-Scott
161. Adam Yates, ORICA-Scott

Final GC
1. Nairo Quintana Movistar Team
2. Ben Hermans, BMC Racing Team
3. Manuel Senni, BMC Racing Team
4. Wout Poels, Team Sky
5. Dan Martin, Quick-Step Floors
6. Jakob Fuglsang, Astana Pro Team
7. David de la Cruz, Quick-Step Floors
8. Steven Kruijswijk, Team LottoNL-Jumbo
9. Merhawi Kudus, Dimension Data
10. Jonathan Castroviejo, Movistar Team





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