BMC Racing Team wins neutralized Team Time Trial in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Feb 02 2018 05:50 pm CET

BMC Racing Team wins neutralized Team Time Trial in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
BMC Racing Team wins neutralized Team Time Trial in Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana
Photo BMC Racing Team © Mary Cárdenas / CyclingPub.com

BMC Racing Team has won the Team Time Trial of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The results will not count for the overall classification, however.

As the teams gathered at the start in Benitachell, there were questions about the safety of the course. Due to the heavy rain of the hours before, some of the roads had become too slippery. The teams' concerns eventually led to the decision of the organisation to remove the final results from the general classification, making the stage a stand-alone battle instead.

The decision allowed for a rather relaxed atmosphere at the start, with riders joking and complaining about the cold, unusual for this part of Spain.

Some teams clearly had little interest in taking part in the battle for the stage victory. The gap between the fastest and slowest teams was more than six minutes, and even teams like Sky and LottoNL-Jumbo needed over four minutes more to complete the course than the winners.

BMC, having won the Team Time Trial of this race in 2017, were once again the favorites. Led by time trialist Stefan Kueng, the formation crossed the finished line in Calpe after 27 minutes and 25 seconds. In doing so, they were a comfortable 1'08" faster than Astana, who in turn beat AG2R La Mondiale by four seconds.

As the results had no effect on the overall standings, Movistar's Alejandro Valverde remains in first place with an advantage of four seconds over Astana's Luis Leon Sanchez, whose teammate Jakob Fuglsang follows at six seconds.

The final battle for the GC will take place on Saturday, with a difficult stage from Orihuela to Cocentaina in the interior of Alicante province. Here too, the weather may well be of influence.




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