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Barbero 6th at Ruta del Sol’s opening stage

14 February 2018
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Vuelta a Andalucía (st. 1)

Good sprint from Spaniard of Movistar Team in Granada after Blues’ support into late stages; Landa makes debut ahead of Thursday’s first mountain-top finish in Las Allanadas.

Frenchman Thomas Boudat (TDE) took over the first leader’s jersey in the 64th Vuelta a Andalucía -one of two fronts for the Movistar Team this week, together with the Volta ao Algarve-, after a milimeter sprint against Sacha Modolo (EFD) awarded him victory in Granada, end of a lumpy 197km stage one route starting in Mijas.

Mikel Landa’s debut in Movistar Team colours was really calm, well supported by his Blue team-mates over a route comprising six rated climbs. The Blues later on went to protect Carlos Barbero’s chances in the finale, the Burgos native taking 6th at a very chaotic bunch kick.

The Ruta del Sol, which doesn’t offer any time bonuses during the week, will tackle Thursday the first of two mountain-top finishes: Las Allanadas (La Guardia de Jaén), a sharp, grueling 2.5km with average slopes exceeding 13%, following a short (140km), intense stage two which includes Vuelta a España climbs Locubín and Valdepeñas de Jaén.

Picture (c): Luis Ángel Gómez / Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 14 - 18 Feb

Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta del Sol ESP

(1st Stage) Mijas - Granada (197.6 km)
  1. 01 Thomas Boudat Direct Energie 5h21'39''
  2. 02 Sacha Modolo EF - Drapac m.t.
  3. 03 Clement Venturini AG2R La Mondiale m.t.
  4. 06 Carlos Barbero Movistar Team m.t.
  5. 25 Marc Soler Movistar Team m.t.
  6. 40 Mikel Landa Movistar Team m.t.
  7. 45 Andrey Amador Movistar Team m.t.
  8. 67 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team m.t.
  9. 76 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team m.t.
  10. 77 Héctor Carretero Movistar Team m.t.