In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Trofeo Laigueglia; Valverde solos to fifth win at Vuelta a Murcia; Cort Nielsen wins Clasica de Almeria; Van der Poel, Cant take final Superprestige round in Middelkerke and overall titles; Cant, van der Poel win at Holly Cross Fortress; Janse van Rensburg, Dalton win South African road titles; Klaas Vantornout says team is terminating his contract early; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ confirmed for Vendee; Science of Cycling – The Echelon: How To Deal With a Crosswind; Van der Poel pulls wheelie celebration during final lap in Middelkerke; 10 crazy wall rides.
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Movistar’s Alejandro Valverde wasted no time in adding to his palmares in 2017, attacking at the start of the category 1 Collado Bermejo and riding solo for 70km to take the win by more than two minutes ahead of the chasers. Jhonatan Restrepo (Katusha-Alpecin) won the group sprint ahead of Patrick Konrad (Bora-hansgrohe).
Valverde was literally flying today to win in Murcia.. pic.twitter.com/zIP4ru1S1I
— Ian (@cyclingbetting) February 11, 2017
“It really was hard, mainly because of those strong headwinds in the later part of the race down to Murcia,” Valverde said. “I had planned to jump from the bottom of the Collado Bermejo, and I had my teammates pushing hard from the Aledo part of the climb, but I was really hoping for someone to come from behind and take some turns with me.
“In the end, I saw I was alone and I told to myself ‘I’ll keep going on the descent, and should they catch me, maybe I can go for it in the sprint; and if they don’t, I win’ – and I made it to the finish. I just had to give it a try, even it it was so far away from the finish and it was a long shot, but that was the only point where I could win solo from. I took that chance, and I succeeded.”
This is Valverde’s fifth win at what it his home race.
“It’s always special for me to win on home roads – this victory goes to all the people in this region, who always cheer for me so much when I’m racing abroad. It truly is the most beautiful of the five I’ve achieved here: it was a big effort and so tough to keep up against the wind and the climbs to win here.”
Team Katusha - Alpecin
Bora - Hansgrohe