Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana

Stage 3) Orihuela - Torrevieja

ES Spain, Friday 07 February 2020
175 km

Close but no cigar for Jakobsen

Close but no cigar for Jakobsen

Stage 3 got underway from Orihuela, the hometown of Bernardo Ruiz, winner of the 1948 Vuelta a España and a total of nine Grand Tour stages, and headed to Torrevieja, the town that hosted the start of the season’s Grand Tour just a couple of months ago. With only a classified climb on the course, featuring some 70 kilometers from the finish, it quickly became obvious it was going to be another day for the peloton’s fast men, who send delegates at the front of the bunch in order to keep in check the gap of the seven escapees.

As a result, the gap wasn’t meaningful at any moment during the race and it began to plummet on Hondon de los Frailes, where the break splintered, leaving three men up the road, the others being easily overhauled by the pack led by the incredible Tim “El Tractor” Declercq. The final catch was made inside eight kilometers to go, but that didn’t stop a last-ditch effort from two riders, who tried to give the peloton the slip, only to be brought back under the flamme rouge.

Deceuninck – Quick-Step once again took charge on the finishing straight, helping Fabio Jakobsen navigate the hectic bunch and come near the front of the group. The Dutch Champion kicked within sight of the line and came again close to notching up his first victory of the year, going shoulder to shoulder all the way to the line with countryman Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma), who beat him for a hair’s breadth.

James Knox safely concluded the stage in the pack and will start Saturday’s leg – which will be decisive for the general classification – in 14th place, a handful of seconds from the top 10 overall.

 

Photo credit: ©David Ramos / Getty Images

Race details

1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
3:54:16
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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3 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - McLaren
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4 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
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5 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
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6 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
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7 Amaury Capiot
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
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8 Matteo Trentin
CCC Team
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9 Tom Van Asbroeck
Israel Start-Up Nation
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10 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
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37 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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55 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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61 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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80 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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121 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:01
125 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
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1 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
12:16:25
2 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
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3 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
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4 Rubén Fernández Andújar
Fundación - Orbea
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5 Dylan Teuns
Bahrain - McLaren
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6 Ion Izagirre Insausti
Astana Pro Team
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7 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
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8 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - McLaren
0:02
9 Jan Polanc
UAE-Team Emirates
0:05
10 Greg Van Avermaet
CCC Team
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15 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
43 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1:19
62 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:00
70 Stijn Steels
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:54
87 Tim Declercq
Deceuninck - Quick Step
5:29
93 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:20
96 Yves Lampaert
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:33
1 Dylan Groenewegen
Team Jumbo-Visma
50 pt
2 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
40 pt
3 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
25 pt
4 Matej Mohorič
Bahrain - McLaren
22 pt
5 Jon Aberasturi Izaga
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
22 pt
6 Alexander Kristoff
UAE-Team Emirates
22 pt
7 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
20 pt
8 Davide Cimolai
Israel Start-Up Nation
19 pt
9 Luka Mezgec
Mitchelton-Scott
18 pt
10 Jack Haig
Mitchelton-Scott
16 pt
37 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
38 Davide Ballerini
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
39 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
1 pt
1 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
12:16:25
2 Tao Geoghegan Hart
Team INEOS
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3 James Knox
Deceuninck - Quick Step
0:15
4 Óscar Rodríguez Garaicoechea
Astana Pro Team
0:26
5 Márton Dina
Kometa Xstra Cycling Team
0:40
6 Jon Agirre
Equipo Kern Pharma
0:58
7 Joan Bou Company
Fundación - Orbea
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8 Jefferson Alveiro Cepeda Hernandez
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
1:01
9 Jaume Sureda Morey
Burgos-BH
1:09
10 Luca Covili
Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè
1:35
17 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3:00
25 Fabio Jakobsen
Deceuninck - Quick Step
6:20
1 Álvaro Cuadros Morata
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
12 pt
2 Ivan Moreno
Equipo Kern Pharma
6 pt
3 Alessandro De Marchi
CCC Team
6 pt
4 Héctor Sáez Benito
Caja Rural - Seguros RGA
5 pt
5 Jos van Emden
Team Jumbo-Visma
4 pt
6 Tadej Pogačar
UAE-Team Emirates
3 pt
7 Cédric Beullens
Sport Vlaanderen - Baloise
3 pt
8 Rémi Cavagna
Deceuninck - Quick Step
3 pt
9 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte
Movistar Team
2 pt
10 Julen Irizar Laskurain
Fundación - Orbea
2 pt
1 Bahrain - McLaren 36:49:19
2 UAE-Team Emirates 0:24
3 Movistar Team 0:26
4 Team INEOS 0:35
5 CCC Team 0:52
6 Astana Pro Team 1:00
7 Fundación - Orbea 1:33
8 Lotto Soudal 1:49
9 Israel Start-Up Nation 2:29
10 Burgos-BH 2:51

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