Valverde safe through ‘reentrée’ in Sicilia opener
28 September 2021

Tour of Sicily (st. 1)

Movistar Team leader, well supported by his team-mates, returns to racing in windy, warm stage one in Italy, won by Sebastián Molano (UAD).

Less than 40 days after the serious crash which forced him to leave La Vuelta, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar Team) pinned some numbers on his back again at the Giro di Sicilia, which started on Tuesday in the southern roads of this Italian island with a 179km rolling parcours from Avola to Licata.

Teams’ presentation in Avola. (c) BettiniPhoto

The group directed by Max Sciandri and José Luis Jaimerena covered ‘Bala’ perfectly, especially in the windy approach to the finish, where Abner González, Soler and Pedrero took big turns to keep the Spanish ‘campionissimo’ safe into the ‘checkpoint’ of the last 3km, where the race jury established the times would be taken today to avoid any risks in the volata.

The beautiful landscapes Sicily always offers. (c) BettiniPhoto

Colombian Sebastián Molano (UAD) won the day’s sprint, presumably the first of two in the race considering Wednesday’s flat stage two finish in Mondello / Palermo -after quite a more demanding route, though-. Hillier routes, where the GC will be decided, are to be tackled on Thursday and Friday.

Cover picture (c): BettiniPhoto

Male Team 28 Sep - 01 Oct

Giro di Sicilia ITA

(1st Stage) Avola - Licata (179 km)
  1. 01 Sebastián Molano UAE Team Emirates 4h37'21"
  2. 02 Vincenzo Albanese EOLO-Kometa "
  3. 03 Max Richeze UAE Team Emirates "
  4. 18 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team "
  5. 76 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  6. 80 Abner González Movistar Team "
  7. 86 Einer Rubio Movistar Team "
  8. 98 Davide Villella Movistar Team "
  9. 108 Marc Soler Movistar Team "
  10. 118 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
See prov general ranking
  1. 01 Sebastián Molano UAE Team Emirates 4h37'11"
  2. 02 Vincenzo Albanese EOLO-Kometa +4"
  3. 03 Max Richeze UAE Team Emirates +6"
  4. 22 José Joaquín Rojas Movistar Team +10"
  5. 76 Alejandro Valverde Movistar Team "
  6. 80 Abner González Movistar Team "
  7. 85 Einer Rubio Movistar Team "
  8. 95 Davide Villella Movistar Team "
  9. 105 Marc Soler Movistar Team "
  10. 115 Antonio Pedrero Movistar Team "
See stage ranking