The riders directed by Aike Visbeek and Steven De Neef animated the queen stage of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana (2.Pro, 2-6/02) on the Spanish east coast this Friday. 60 kilometer after leaving the start in Alicante, both Dimitri Claeys and Sven Erik Bystrom joined a breakaway of seven riders on the slopes of Coll de Rates, the first of six categorized climbs.
However the two riders of Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux could not benefit from a large gap on the peloton as Bystrom was the best placed rider in the provisional classification, 1’52 behind race leader Evenepoel. The Norwegian rider became the virtual leader on top of the fourth difficulty of the day with 40 kilometer to go. All escapees were caught on the difficult final climb, the Antenas del Maigmo (10km at 7.5%) which featured sterrati sectors.
On Saturday, a stage suited for sprinters is awaiting the riders in Torrevieja. 193 kilometer have to be covered after the start in Orihuela.