Stijn Vandenbergh puts in a solo attack to net the final stage win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana as Wout Poels takes overall victory

Wout Poels gave Team Sky its second stage race overall victory of the day on Sunday, sealing the win in the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana in Spain a few hours after Chris Froome had won the Herald Sun Tour in Australia.

With just the flat final stage to deal with after winning the previous day, Poels had to stay safe in the bunch to take the overall victory.

However, the widely-expected bunch sprint was foiled by a late attack by Stijn Vandenbergh (Etixx-QuickStep), who crossed the line just ahead of the chasing pack.

Stijn Vandenbergh wins Stage 5 of the 2016 Tour of Valencia

Stijn Vandenbergh wins Stage 5 of the 2016 Tour of Valencia

Vandenbergh’s efforts themselves were nearly scuppered by a piece of litter that became temporarily entangled in his rear wheel.

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Twenty-eight-year-old Dutchman Poels topped the final general classification ahead of Luis Leon Sanchez (Astana) in second, with Beñat Intxausti rounding out the podium and giving British WorldTour outfit Sky another podium place.

Poels took the race lead after winning the opening time trial, and hung onto it throughout the UCI 2.1-ranked race, increasing his lead after winning the penultimate stage.

Results

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2016, stage five: Valencia to Valencia, 120.6km
1. Stijn Vendenbergh (Bel) Etixx-QuickStep
2. Dylan Groenewegen (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo
3. Raymond Kreder (Ned) Roompot Oranje Peloton
4. Nacer Bouhanni (Fre) Cofidis
5. Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) IAM Cycling

Final general classification
1. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana
3. Beñat Intxausti (Spa) Team Sky
4. Ion Izagirre (Spa) Movistar
5. Javier Moreno (Spa) Movistar

  • http://richard-leeming-mchale.net/2015/12/10/richard-leeming-mchale-about/ richard leeming-mchale

    so happy for him – defo GC contender for a big one soon, along with Vasel

  • Liz Miller

    Great race by Wout, taking all the jerseys too! And Team Sky taking best Team overall. Chapeau guys. What a great opening start to the season for our neo-pro Alex Peters too!