Puncture erases Enric Mas’ GC chance at Vuelta CV TT

17 April 2021
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Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (st. 4)

Spaniard down to 3rd overall, behind Küng (GFC, 1st) and fantastic Nelson Oliveira -2nd at today’s ITT- after incident near finish of Almenara time trial.

The Movistar Team experienced on Saturday one of those situations, which sometimes happen in cycling, when giving your maximum isn’t always enough to claim success. Enric Mas suffered a bitter one at the TT of the 2021 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana -14km from Xilxes to Almenara Playa-, as a puncture near the end left him without any chance to remain in the GC lead, now held by today’s winner Stefan Küng (GFC).

Mas, who was conceding about twenty seconds against Küng at the intermediate check (8km), a promising difference towards the end, ended up losing more than a minute and a half due to the issue, which took him down to 3rd place overall, behind an excellent Nelson Oliveira. The Portuguese was again above expectations today, missing out by only 11″ against the European champion on a course not really suiting his characteristics. Oliveira was 2nd both at the stage and at the GC standings.

Oliveira was again excellent today with his 2nd place. (c) Photo Gomez Sport

The Vuelta CV will end on Sunday with a flat stage five from Paterna to Valencia, expected to finish with a bunch sprint. The same course will be the venue for the 3rd Vuelta CV Féminas, that morning.

Cover picture (c): Photo Gomez Sport

Male Team 14 - 18 Apr

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana ESP

(4th Stage) Xilxes - Almenara (CRI / ITT) (14.3 km)
  1. 01 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ 16'12"
  2. 02 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +11"
  3. 03 Thibaut Guernalec Arkéa Samsic +40"
  4. 07 Sebastián Mora Movistar Team +1'09"
  5. 15 Enric Mas Movistar Team +1'27"
  6. 20 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +1'38"
  7. 32 Abner González Movistar Team +1'55"
  8. 66 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +2'41"
  9. 69 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team +2'44"
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Stefan Küng Groupama-FDJ 12h53'25"
  2. 02 Nelson Oliveira Movistar Team +6"
  3. 03 Enric Mas Movistar Team +36"
  4. 14 Abner González Movistar Team +3'22"
  5. 17 Juan Diego Alba Movistar Team +4'15"
  6. 40 Sebastián Mora Movistar Team +14'27"
  7. 44 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +15'59"
  8. 51 Imanol Erviti Movistar Team +18'20"
See stage ranking