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Valverde inside GC top-ten in Vuelta CV after Queen stage

8 February 2020
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Spanish champion, Marc Soler finish 1’14” behind unstoppable Pogacar (UAD), virtual GC winner atop Sierra Bernia’s brutal climb; Blue duo now 10th, 12th overall. Race ends in Valencia on Sunday.

Tadej Pogacar (UAD) proved again to be unstoppable at the Sierra de Bernia, the brutal mountain-top finish (5km at over 11% gradient) of the stage four showdown in the 2020 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The Slovenian youngster, who made his move halfway through the ascent, held off the late surge from Wout Poels (TBM) and Tao Geoghegan Hart (INS), his nearest rivals for the stage, to strengthen a GC lead which the Movistar Team leaders, Alejandro Valverde and Marc Soler, couldn’t approach to this time.

Sergio Samitier leads the bunch early in the stage. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The squad directed by Chente García Acosta and Patxi Vila was able to stay in the right place -its main references well protected by the ever-dependable Samitier, Arcas, Rojas, Villella and Cataldo– until the foot of the ascent in Altea la Vella. While Marc lost contact into the first half of the climb, Alejandro, always consistent, only lost sight of the leaders into the steepest ramps of the final kilometer.

Soler during the Queen stage. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

Just before the top, Valverde was joined back by Soler, the duo finishing together -15th and 16th across the line-, 1’14” down on the winner, which helps Alejandro conserve a top-ten overall finish. The Spanish road race champion sits in 10th, with Marc 12th, before Sunday’s final stage (97.7km), with a sprint as predictable finish, in the streets of Valencia.

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 05 - 09 Feb

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana ESP

(4th Stage) Calpe - Altea / Bernia (170 km)
  1. 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 4h22'03"
  2. 02 Wout Poels Bahrain - McLaren +6"
  3. 03 Tao Geoghegan Hart Team INEOS "
  4. 15 Marc Soler Movistar Team +1'14"
  5. 16 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  6. 49 Davide Villella Movistar Team +5'53"
  7. 63 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +9'32"
  8. 67 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +9'59"
  9. 73 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +11'15"
  10. 88 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +13'32"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Tadej Pogacar UAE Team Emirates 16h38'28"
  2. 02 Jack Haig Mitchelton-Scott +6"
  3. 03 Tao Geoghegan Hart Team INEOS "
  4. 10 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team +1'14"
  5. 12 Marc Soler Movistar Team +1'22"
  6. 35 Davide Villella Movistar Team +6'22"
  7. 57 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +13'04"
  8. 63 Dario Cataldo Movistar Team +14'39"
  9. 91 Jorge Arcas Movistar Team +21'55"
  10. 118 Sergio Samitier Movistar Team +28'14"
See stage ranking