Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (st. 2)
Oliveira (5th), Valverde -7th overall, 12th today- remain within best ten overall in Spain after sprint finish in Alicante, won by Matteo Trentin (MTS).
There were no setbacks for the Movistar Team riders during stage two of the 2019 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, a hilly 166km route through the city and province of Alicante, which ended with a winning sprint for European champion Matteo Trentin (MTS) in front of Nacer Bouhanni (COF) and Ben Swift (SKY).
Alejandro Valverde stayed well protected inside a peloton containing his six team-mates, with Rafa Valls, Carlos Verona and a solid Nelson Oliveira -now 5th overall- keeping him near the front through the run-in to the finish. The World Champion crossed the line in 12th place to stay in seventh overall, 14″ behind race leader Edvald Boasson Hagen (DDD).
The roster directed by Chente García Acosta and Max Sciandri now sets its sights on the two decisive mid-mountain stages coming up this weekend. Friday will see the riders take on the 194km stage three between Quart de Poblet and Chera, over lumpy roads with six rated climbs and a very twisty final kilometer, into narrow rural streets and a finishing uphill the riders will tackle once prior, just seventy kilometers into the stage.
Picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport