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A very wise decision to not set the bar too high this season. Just go with the flow and see what happens. Good start already!
Fine early season start, with a solid top 5.
And the start just got better!


The first of two races in February is in Murcia. This is followed by the Tour of Oman at the end of the month.

Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia

Valentine's Day!! The day of love! But there will be no love lost at the end when it comes down to the race win. I was given a free role with van Dingenen the assigned leader. Interestingly, the bookies had placed me as one of the top favourites. With 30 km to go, I took advantage of a lull in the pack to go after the break. I got away, but so did a couple others, including Shulga. I had support and I was happy to lessen the pace. WIth 25 km to go, the group had swelled to around 30 riders and there was only one rider in the break. The break was caught with 10 km to go. We came to the front immediately afterwards to push the pace. With 2.5 km to go, and van Dingenen not in our group, my teammates dropped off the pace and I attacked. I kept the pace high, and despite the chase being being red hot, they couldn't catch me. I won!! My first victory in a one day race.



Forgot to export results, so just the winning picture for this post.

Yes! Great win in Murcia
Manager of [MG] Repsol - Netflix

Yes! Great win in Murcia
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Aquarius97 wrote:
Yes! Great win in Murcia

Building up form nicely Grin
A win is always welcome! A long way to go this season though...
Tour of Oman

Just three days after Murcia, and stil basking in its glory, I lined up to start the Tour of Oman as leader of Lotto.

Stage 1 saw three of my teammates being tagged among the favourites. van Avermaet retired halfway through the stage, the consequences of a fall early on. I stayed out of trouble and the stage came down to a bunch sprint. Theuns and van Staeyen finished 7th and 8th for us, respectively.

Stage 2


I stayed in the pack again. Theuns fell midway through the stage and never recovered back to the peloton. I attacked at the base of the climb to the finish, with just 5 km to go. I was caught and beaten by Alaphilippe, so close to a stage win! I held off the rest of the pack. There should have been some time differences but none were awarded by the jury. I was happy with the 2nd place and the fact that I was now in 4th place in the GC.
1Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois3h15'14
2Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudals.t.
3Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
4Wout van AertStella Artoiss.t.
5Sebastian LanderCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.

Stage 3 was tougher than it appears in the profile. I struggled to keep pace with the peloton and just about managed to hang on to the tail of the pack. I dropped a place in the GC, but avoided any major damage.


(I love this pic of me on Stage 3 with the White Jersey)

I was considered among the favourites on Stage 4. I stayed in the pack initially. Four riders, including me, attacked out of the peloton at the base of the climb. Barguil and Alaphilippe were out ahead, followed by Atapuma and then me. Tao Geoghegan Hart attacked next, caugth and passed both me and Atapuma. I was caught and dropped by two more riders and finished 7th on the stage and moved down to 8th in the GC.

Stage 5


Billed to be a decisive stage and it didn't disappoint. A group of 10 riders, all GC contenders, went away on the base of the second climb. I caught back to them with the help of furios chasing by my teammates. The team dropped off soon after and I saw myself being distanced again. Tao Geoghegan Hart was also dropped. I teamed up with him, and soon we clawed ourselves back again. Tao was fried, while I attacked at the top of the climb. I went away with Barguil and Alaphilippe, being chased by four others. The two groups merged on the desecnt, but soon it split up again. This time, I was in the lead group of four with Alaphilippe, Oomen and McCarthy. I was dropped on the flat before the third climb. Alaphilippe was also dropped on the climb, and I managed to pip him to the line for 3rd place. I moved up to 3rd in the GC too!

Stage 6 fell on my birthday! I stayed in the pack throughout as MTN, Stella Artois and my teammates did most of the work chasing down the eleven man break. They could not catch the break. I attacked on top of the last small climb and gained time on all GC contenders besides the top two, who were alert and followed my attack will the finish.

General Classification

1Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois20h54'46
2Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 27
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 1'44
4Warren BarguilSwissair+ 4'34
5Tony GallopinStella Artois+ 4'36
6Sam OomenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 5'06
7Dominik NerzTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 5'15
8Davide FormoloAstana Pro Team+ 5'22
9John Darwin AtapumaTeam Joker+ 5'49
10Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 6'15

11Odd Christian EikingSwissair+ 6'34
12Thibaut PinotStella Artois+ 6'42
13Riccardo ZoidlCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 7'30
14Michael GoglIberdrola+ 7'59
15PaweƂ PoljaƄskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 8'06
16Carlos BarberoMTN-Qhubeka+ 9'04
17Simon SpilakIstanbul+ 9'44
18Mathieu van der PoelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 10'53
19Ilnur ZakarinSwissair+ 11'00
20Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 11'05
21Jasper OckeloenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 11'06
22Sonny ColbrelliSwissair+ 11'09
23Manuele BoaroAstana Pro Team+ 11'16
24Peter VelitsIberdrola+ 12'04
25Tilegen MaidosAstana Pro Team+ 12'33
26Brian BulgacSwissair+ 14'02
27Jan BartaRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 14'09
28Jonathan MonsalveIberdrola+ 15'17
29Dzidoslaw GrodeckiMTN-Qhubeka+ 15'33
30Jacques Janse Van RensburgCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 15'46
31Sep VanmarckeTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 16'23
32JoĂŁo SilvaIberdrola+ 16'55
33Jasper StuyvenLotto Soudal+ 17'33
34Alexey LutsenkoAstana Pro Team+ 18'18
35Alexander EdmondsonOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
36Phil BauhausMTN-Qhubeka+ 18'27
37Jelle WallaysStella Artois+ 18'38
38Alexander KristoffOrica-GreenEDGE+ 18'39
39Sebastian LanderCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
40Wout van AertStella Artoiss.t.
41Zdenek StybarStella Artoiss.t.
42Jens DebusschereLotto Soudals.t.
43Pim LigthartTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
44Lars BoomOrica-GreenEDGE+ 18'57
45Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 19'09
46Ricardo van DongenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 19'58
47Alvaro CuadrosAstana Pro Team+ 20'10
48Kenichi KondoSwissair+ 20'17
49Elia VivianiOrica-GreenEDGE+ 20'34
50Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 20'53
51Ivar SlikOrica-GreenEDGE+ 21'13
52Daniil FominykhIstanbul+ 21'32
53Victor ValinhoIberdrola+ 22'01
54Ian StannardLotto Soudal+ 22'39
55Ivan SantaromitaAstana Pro Team+ 22'55
56Florian SenechalTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 23'02
57Vegard Stake LaengenRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 23'03
58JoaquĂ­n CachoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 23'15
59Geoffrey SoupeUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 23'23
60Lukas PöstlbergerTeam Joker+ 23'43
61Marc GoosTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 23'54
62Fabio ChinelloSIDI+ 23'56
63Adrian Aas StienTeam Joker+ 23'59
64Matthijs EversdijkTeam Joker+ 24'02
65Ennex SebrightUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 24'13
66Federico ZurloOrica-GreenEDGE+ 24'24
67Sjoerd KouwenhovenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 24'33
68Marco CanolaSIDI+ 24'57
69Anders NewburyUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 25'40
70LĂ©onard QuentinSwissair+ 25'44
71Charles HerbertIberdrola+ 26'16
72JĂŒrgen RoelandtsLotto Soudal+ 26'27
73Aldin CarlmanSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 26'32
74Daniel HoelgaardMTN-Qhubeka+ 26'38
75Alex KirschUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 26'51
76Fatih KelesIstanbuls.t.
77Sjors RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 27'11
78Daryl ImpeyMTN-Qhubeka+ 27'26
79Edward DiazIberdrola+ 27'37
80Luc LoozenIstanbul+ 27'42
81Carlos GĂĄlvizWhirlpool - Author+ 27'49
82Maurits LammertinkTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 28'03
83Tim MikeljSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 28'24
84Gianfranco RossellSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
85Maxat AyazbayevAstana Pro Team+ 28'45
86Frederik PlesnerIstanbul+ 28'46
87Yves LampaertStella Artois+ 28'56
88Edward TheunsLotto Soudal+ 29'36
89Daniel WhitehouseSIDI+ 30'15
90Marco FilisettiSIDIs.t.
91Hans-Wilhelm ScharpingWhirlpool - Authors.t.
92Valeri KovalciukIstanbul+ 32'15
93Aldo Di SommaTeam Joker+ 33'03
94Kenneth HansenSwissair+ 33'23
95Magnus BĂžrresenTeam Jokers.t.
96Jaco VenterMTN-Qhubekas.t.
97Magnus FaglumRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 33'33
98Ashot DuginSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 33'36
99Corrado LampaSIDI+ 33'59
100Adrian TekliƄskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 34'14
101Patryk StoszCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 34'24
102BjĂžrn Vidar RisethTeam Joker+ 34'27
103David LefortUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 35'20
104Michael CarbelTeam Joker+ 35'35
105Denis GalimzyanovIstanbul+ 35'52
106Dawid DziubinskiSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 37'40
107Ian MoirUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 38'58
108Kamil MaƂeckiCCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 39'07
109Rui RodriguesRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 39'15
110Oleg SavchenkoAstana Pro Team+ 39'32
111Dylan TeunsLotto Soudal+ 40'06
112Matteo MontiSIDI+ 40'22
113Josef HosekWhirlpool - Author+ 41'45
114Caleb FairlyUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 42'19
115Sergey NikolaevSIDI+ 42'29
116Janos PelikanRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 42'41
117Volodimir FredyukWhirlpool - Authors.t.
118Aydar ZakarinAn Post - Chainreaction+ 45'43
119Sergey RozinUnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling Team+ 45'49
120Moreno De PauwWhirlpool - Author+ 46'41
121Rudi MilicMTN-Qhubekas.t.
122Jeremy LorantMTN-Qhubeka+ 47'42
123Elden BoatengTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 47'45
124Alexandre PliuschinAn Post - Chainreaction+ 48'00
125Thomas DegandAn Post - Chainreaction+ 48'24
126Jonathan BellisAn Post - Chainreaction+ 48'32
127Nicolas MertzAn Post - Chainreaction+ 48'34
128Jakub KratochvilaSIDI+ 50'39
129Saare ZulaIstanbul+ 51'20
130Cees BolTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 52'36
131Bedrich BrzezinaWhirlpool - Author+ 53'04
132Sven-Arne SĂ€vestadSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 53'12
133Clinton MackeyAn Post - Chainreaction+ 55'13
134Jordi TalenIberdrola+ 56'22
135Patrick KleinRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 57'07
136Dimitri ClaeysAn Post - Chainreaction+ 1h01'50
137Ross BarracloughAn Post - Chainreaction+ 1h08'07
138Yohann OliveRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 1h08'10
139Jose GarcĂ­aRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 1h10'58

Points Classification

1Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois103
2Tony GallopinStella Artois60
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal53
4Warren BarguilSwissair49
5Phil BauhausMTN-Qhubeka45

Mountain Classification

1Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois26
2Warren BarguilSwissair14
3Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal12
4Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club12
5PaweƂ PoljaƄskiCCC Sprandi Polkowice8

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal20h56'30
2Sam OomenTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 3'22
3Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 4'31
4Mathieu van der PoelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 9'09
5Dzidoslaw GrodeckiMTN-Qhubeka+ 13'49


Team Classification

1Stella Artois62h56'22
2Swissair+ 9'04
3Team Giant-Alpecin+ 9'10
4Astana Pro Team+ 14'54
5CCC Sprandi Polkowice+ 16'50

Another good race to start the season. Another U25s classification win, which has almost became par for the course now. The course wasn't the easiest and I think I did well to finish on the podium here. I was really close to another stage win on Stage 2, but it wasn't to be. Once again, it remains to be seen if I can take my early season form into the business end of the season.
Good podium in a race that did not suite a stage racer that well.
We'll there were quite a few climbs, so that did help my case. I'm better at medium hills anyway with my current progress level.

Another two race month in March. The first, and second, World Tour race on my schedule.

Paris - Nice

Back in Europe, I headed off to France in what was the first step in my preparation for the Giro. As expected, a relatively strong field turned up. Would I be able to keep up my good form?

Stage 1 was a short prologue. I ended up 24th, losing 36 seconds to stage winner Dumoulin. Betancur was four seconds slower than me.

Stage 2 was flat and I stayed safely in the pack. Theuns finished 6th for us.

Stage 3 was a carbon copy of the last in terms of the profile, my role and Theuns's finishing position!

Stage 4 started and ended with horrible weather. Another mostly flat stage so little interest among the GC contenders. Theuns finished 10th.

Stage 5 again saw horrible weather at the start. Both Betancur and I were among the favourites. At the base of the last climb, Bardet attacked, while the rest of us chased. When a gap built up, Barguil, Dan Martin and I attacked. I couldn't keep up with them, Simon Yates went past and I fell back to the pack. Betancur was pacing me. I clawed my way back to Martin and finished 7th, losing some time. I went up to 9th in the GC.

I attacked on top of the last climb on Stage 6, having stayed in the pack till then. I had a 20 second lead with 7 km to go, but couldn't hang on till the end. I finished in the pack, with the rest of the GC favourites.

Stage 7


Betancur fell early but recovered back soon enough. I attacked at the top of the last climb. I was caught on the descent by a group of 14 and soon we caught the break too. Barguil and Dan Martin then attacked. Only the former was able to get some time on his rivals, while Martin was caught. I finished in a group of 14 riders, in 7th place on the stage and moved up to 8th in the GC.

Stage 8 was an ITT and I was one of the favourites. I didn't exactly live up to that billing, finishing 13th on the stage, but lost only 29 seconds to stage winner Simon Yates. I did move up a place in the GC to end up 7th.

General Classification

1Warren BarguilSwissair26h01'16
2Romain BardetTeam Sky+ 10
3Simon YatesTeam Sky+ 41
4SĂ©rgio HenaoOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2'08
5Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'20
6Tom DumoulinStella Artois+ 2'28
7Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 2'33
8Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'38
9Andrey AmadorTeam Sky+ 3'00
10Ilnur ZakarinSwissairs.t.

11Tim WellensNike+ 3'10
12Davide FormoloAstana Pro Teams.t.
13Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 3'20
14Jan PolancMTN-Qhubeka+ 3'34
15Steven KruijswijkTinkoff-Saxo+ 3'44
16Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 3'53
17Cyril GautierTeam Europcar+ 4'13
18Lilian CalmejaneSwissair+ 4'20
19Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cycling+ 5'10
20Odd Christian EikingSwissair+ 5'11
21Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxo+ 5'24
22Arnaud DuteilTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 5'41
23Arnaud CourteilleAg2r La Mondiale+ 5'45
24Christian LivieriAstana Pro Team+ 6'08
25Francesco BongiornoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 6'16
26Roman KreuzigerIberdrola+ 6'25
27Jérémy MaisonAg2r La Mondiale+ 6'37
28Lennard KĂ€mnaMTN-Qhubeka+ 7'30
29Mattia CattaneoTEAM Cepsa+ 7'48
30Tejay Van GarderenAstana Pro Team+ 7'55
31Nick Van Der LijkeIberdrola+ 7'56
32Tom SlagterTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 8'03
33Magnus Cort NielsenTinkoff-Saxo+ 8'06
34Egor SilinTinkoff-Saxo+ 8'48
35Michael MatthewsTinkoff-Saxo+ 9'41
36José RamellaAstana Pro Team+ 9'53
37George PreidlerIberdrola+ 10'32
38Luka PibernikDrapac Professional Cycling+ 10'44
39Antoine LavieuTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 10'46
40Valerio ContiAstana Pro Team+ 10'48
41Diego RosaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 11'12
42Marcos GarcĂ­aTEAM Cepsa+ 11'31
43Alvaro CuadrosAstana Pro Team+ 11'48
44Garikoitz BravoIberdrola+ 12'01
45Carlos BetancurLotto Soudal+ 12'05
46Dzidoslaw GrodeckiMTN-Qhubeka+ 12'08
47Johan Le BonNike+ 12'28
48Miles ScotsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 12'29
49Rafal PalikAstana Pro Team+ 12'31
50Chad HagaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'42
51Toms SkujinsIberdrola+ 13'03
52Nikias ArndtTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'08
53Bryan CoquardTinkoff-Saxo+ 13'21
54Mathias Rask JeppessenTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 13'25
55Wout van AertStella Artois+ 13'31
56Nacer BouhanniTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 13'41
57Quentin JaureguiAg2r La Mondiale+ 14'25
58Campbell FlakemoreOrica-GreenEDGE+ 15'06
59Erik DrevikTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 15'48
60JesĂșs Del PinoIberdrola+ 16'13
61Yoann BagotAg2r La Mondiale+ 16'14
62Jérémy CornuDecathlon+ 16'18
63Matteo TrentinTeam Sky+ 16'26
64Jan BartaRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 16'48
65Maxime RouletMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'05
66Rafaël Le BretonMTN-Qhubeka+ 17'07
67Dimitri Le BoulchStella Artois+ 17'21
68Michael HĂŒmbertDrapac Professional Cycling+ 17'28
69Till DrobischDrapac Professional Cycling+ 17'31
70Kenneth HansenSwissair+ 17'41
71Lorenzo ManzinDecathlon+ 17'50
72Daniel TeklehaimanotRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 18'14
73Pieter SerryStella Artois+ 19'16
74Marcel AreggerNike+ 19'44
75Silvan DillierSwissair+ 19'49
76Pierre-Henri LecuisinierDecathlon+ 19'54
77Anthony MaldonadoStella Artois+ 20'00
78Arnaud DemareTeam Europcar+ 20'08
79Edward TheunsLotto Soudal+ 20'14
80Jens KeukeleireTeam Skys.t.
81Elden BoatengTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
82Ryan MullenTEAM Cepsa+ 20'25
83Lars BoomOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
84Maxime BouetAlcatel+ 20'26
85Vitaliy ButsTEAM Cepsa+ 20'31
86Rick ZabelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 20'35
87Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsa+ 21'03
88Jens DebusschereLotto Soudal+ 21'33
89Thomas MosesIberdrola+ 21'50
90Fabien GrellierAg2r La Mondiale+ 21'52
91Angelo TulikAlcatel+ 21'57
92Sean De BieLotto Soudal+ 21'58
93Sacha ModoloMTN-Qhubeka+ 22'14
94Rudy KowalskiTeam Europcars.t.
95Romain CardisTeam Europcar+ 22'19
96Harry CarpenterOrica-GreenEDGE+ 22'31
97Ian StannardLotto Soudal+ 22'37
98Thierrry BerthaultRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropoles.t.
99Jasper BovenhuisTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 22'41
100André LooijTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 23'05
101Chris MortierDecathlon+ 23'48
102Boris ValléeStella Artois+ 23'55
103Alexander GeuensStella Artois+ 24'11
104Charles HerbertIberdrola+ 24'24
105Elia VivianiOrica-GreenEDGE+ 24'37
106Petr VakočSwissair+ 24'50
107Mathias Van GompelNike+ 25'28
108Joeri StallaertLotto Soudal+ 25'34
109Yonas TekesteAlcatel+ 26'00
110Lukas SpenglerNike+ 26'01
111Thomas DamuseauDecathlon+ 26'22
112Phil BauhausMTN-Qhubeka+ 26'43
113Marlon GaillardAg2r La Mondiale+ 27'07
114Luis LargoTEAM Cepsa+ 27'33
115Joseph PerrettTeam Sky+ 28'56
116Simone AndreettaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 29'21
117Tyler WilliamsNike+ 29'24
118Enzo WoutersDrapac Professional Cycling+ 29'28
119Matteo MalucelliAstana Pro Team+ 29'30
120Moomba ZacharyNikes.t.
121Thomas BergeretDecathlon+ 29'37
122Igor AntĂłnTEAM Cepsa+ 29'55
123Alexis GougeardTeam Europcar+ 29'56
124Marc GoosTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 30'26
125Timo RoosenTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 30'42
126Jimmy RaibaudAg2r La Mondiale+ 31'19
127George PymSwissair+ 31'33
128Jan DieterenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 31'42
129Derk Abel BeckeringhTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 32'44
130Justin OienNike+ 34'49
131Magnus FaglumRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 35'11
132Fabien CanalTeam Europcar+ 35'14
133Guillaume Van KeirsbulckStella Artois+ 35'19
134Niki TerpstraTeam Sky+ 36'04
135Andy AtkinsonDrapac Professional Cycling+ 36'27
136Miguel BryonTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 36'44
137Hervé BrangerAlcatel+ 36'45
138Robert-Jon McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 36'47
139Jeremy LeveauAg2r La Mondiale+ 37'08
140Sjors RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 37'31
141Sef VullingsTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 39'09
142Nick Van Der MeerRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 40'03
143Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 41'17
144Michael Van StaeyenLotto Soudal+ 41'22
145Barry MarkusAlcatel+ 41'33
146Bernard ThielDrapac Professional Cycling+ 42'37
147Justin JulesAlcatel+ 43'13
148Claude ThevenonTEAM Cepsa+ 43'41
149Renaud TeixeiraDecathlon+ 46'22
150Stéphane PoulhiÚsTeam Europcar+ 47'17
151Aimé MoroRoubaix Lille Métropole+ 51'38
152Julien SimonDecathlon+ 51'42
153Oleg BalayanAlcatel+ 55'25
154Jeremy LorantMTN-Qhubeka+ 56'01
155Sjoerd Van GinnekenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 58'18
156Benoit DubrulleTeam Europcar+ 59'02
157Patrick KleinRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 1h00'45
158Victor ThirionAlcatel+ 1h02'22
159Dmytro KrivtsovRoubaix Lille MĂ©tropole+ 1h06'52
160Marcus ChristieDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h11'49

Points Classification

1Peter SaganTinkoff-Saxo91
2Arnaud DemareTeam Europcar78
3Nacer BouhanniTeam Giant-Alpecin74
4Lorenzo ManzinDecathlon73
5Wout van AertStella Artois70

Mountain Classification

1Christian LivieriAstana Pro Team103
2Mathias Rask JeppessenTeam Cannondale - Garmin38
3Garikoitz BravoIberdrola32
4Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsa25
5Marcel AreggerNike23

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal26h03'49
2Christian LivieriAstana Pro Team+ 3'35
3Lennard KĂ€mnaMTN-Qhubeka+ 4'57
4Alvaro CuadrosAstana Pro Team+ 9'15
5Dzidoslaw GrodeckiMTN-Qhubeka+ 9'35

Team Classification

1Team Sky78h06'50
2Swissair+ 4'06
3Tinkoff-Saxo+ 4'13
4Astana Pro Team+ 12'01
5Orica-GreenEDGE+ 14'54

Another top 10 finish in a race which didn't offer a lot of chances to attack the GC leaders. I was one step behind the top 3 throughout and never really challenged for the win. The next seven were separated by less than a minute and we could've finished in any order. In the end, I was happy with my top 10 and another U25 classification win.
A more than solid start to the year! Already looking forward to the upcoming Giro. Smile



So am I. I've been pacing myself in the early season to prevent the tiredness which creeps in later. Hopefully this works!
Volta Ciclista a Catalunya

Back to sunny Spain after a month and a half away. My last visit to this country resulted in a win, at Murcia. Will this race prove equally lucky? The competition will be fierce once again as the GC specialists have well and truly started their season by now.

Stage 1 started with Van Garderen joining the break! This was not something anyone had been expecting. I stayed in the pack with a ring-side seat to the collective shock in the peloton. Soon, everyone settled down and the chase was on. The lead was reduced gradually. At 35 km to go, Robert Power attacked out of the pack and joined what was left of the break - van Garderen and Julien Simon. The break was finally caught on the last climb. The peloton had shed some stragglers but were still a large bunch. Diego Ulissi's late attack defied the bunch and got him the stage win. The sprinters were left to rue a missed opportunity.

Stage 2 saw a long chase of the breakaway. On the second, and last climb of the day, I found myself in the third group on the road. Out ahead was the break followed by a two man attack of Dan Martin and Tao Goeghegan Hart. The break didn't survive but the other two did, giving Martin the lead in the GC. Betancur finished 4th while I managed 6th place. I was up to 10th in the GC.

I attempted to join the break on Stage 3, but was always going to be unlikely. Both the break and peloton kept shrinking as we reached the second climb. The break was down to just two riders on the third climb. Adam Yates attacked 1 km from the top of the climb but the peloton caught him and the break on the descent. I got dropped in the undulating finish by half a dozen riders. I did finish 10th, but lost time in the GC race.

Stage 4 started slow for the peloton. I attacked on top of the second climb and was followed by Kruijswijk and Martin. We were caught on the descent. The group was down to about twenty riders on the last climb. Aru mounted a late attack and won the stage. I lost some seconds again.

Stage 5


Bad weather greeted us on this important stage. On top of the second climb, a lone break held fort ahead of a four man group - Me, Aru, Dan and Ulissi). Me and Ulissi were dropped by Aru and Martin. We got passed by Eiking with 10 km to go. I took advantage of the flats at the end to catch up to the others. I finished 5th. And that was my position in the GC after this stage.

Stage 6 was without incident till three of my teammates was involved in a late crash, along with others. Zakarin and Eiking were involved too but they recovered. The stage was decided in a bunch sprint.


(That's me on Stage 6)

Stage 7


I attacked on top of the third climb, countered by only Landa. We were caught with 15 km to go. Aru attacked on the last climb and broke clear, not to be caught. I finished in the next group of around twenty riders.

General Classification

1Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo28h54'08
2Adam YatesAg2r La Mondiale+ 3'53
3Ilnur ZakarinSwissair+ 4'17
4Clement PenvenTeam Europcar+ 4'57
5Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal+ 5'06
6Mikel LandaAstana Pro Team+ 5'11
7Fabio AruTeam Sky+ 6'59
8Eddie DunbarTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 7'55
9Kenny ElissondeAg2r La Mondiale+ 8'33
10Bauke MollemaTinkoff-Saxo+ 8'34

11Tejay Van GarderenAstana Pro Team+ 9'55
12Davide FormoloAstana Pro Team+ 11'10
13Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 11'15
14RafaƂ MajkaTEAM Cepsa+ 11'33
15Steven KruijswijkTinkoff-Saxo+ 11'57
16Romain BardetTeam Sky+ 11'58
17Jan HirtMTN-Qhubeka+ 13'18
18Aurélien Paret-PeintreSwissairs.t.
19Michael GoglIberdrola+ 14'08
20Andrew TalanskyTeam Sky+ 14'58
21Robert PowerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 15'37
22Gervais HardouinStella Artois+ 16'40
23Geoffrey DuteilAg2r La Mondiale+ 16'49
24JesĂșs HerradaTEAM Cepsa+ 17'07
25Odd Christian EikingSwissair+ 17'39
26Jarlinson PantanoTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 17'59
27Kristijan DurasekSwissair+ 18'02
28Merhawi KudusAstana Pro Team+ 18'31
29Simon ClarkeOrica-GreenEDGE+ 19'04
30Peter KennaughTeam Sky+ 19'49
31Carlos BetancurLotto Soudal+ 20'00
32Eduardo SepulvedaTinkoff-Saxo+ 20'52
33Arvid MelchiotTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 21'11
34Miguel Angel LopezStella Artois+ 21'18
35Davide VillellaSwissair+ 21'28
36Silvio HerklotzTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 21'43
37Diego RosaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 21'49
38Leopold KönigTeam Sky+ 21'59
39Rigoberto UrĂĄnStella Artois+ 22'54
40Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxo+ 23'50
41Pierre RollandTeam Sky+ 23'52
42Vincenzo NibaliAstana Pro Team+ 23'54
43Cameron MeyerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 24'02
44Mathias FrankSwissair+ 24'26
45JoaquĂ­m RodrĂ­guezSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 25'01
46Alexander FoliforovTinkoff-Saxo+ 25'15
47Ruben GuerreiroTEAM Cepsa+ 25'21
48Simone PetilliAstana Pro Team+ 27'23
49Grégory AmbroiseAg2r La Mondiale+ 28'08
50Michael MatthewsTinkoff-Saxo+ 28'28
51Jean KĂŒpperTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 28'32
52Mattia CattaneoTEAM Cepsa+ 29'20
53Antoine LavieuTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 30'05
54Samir JabrayilovMTN-Qhubeka+ 32'28
55Alvaro CuadrosAstana Pro Team+ 32'45
56Patrick KonradSwissair+ 32'46
57Jérémy MaisonAg2r La Mondiale+ 33'49
58Francesco BongiornoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 34'17
59Jordi SimĂłnDecathlon+ 34'29
60Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 34'42
61Matvei MamykinTinkoff-Saxo+ 35'15
62Carlos VeronaTeam Sky+ 36'09
63Richie PorteOrica-GreenEDGE+ 37'06
64Clément ChevrierTeam Europcar+ 40'10
65Nacer BouhanniTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 41'12
66Ben GastauerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 43'23
67Arthur VichotTeam Europcar+ 43'48
68François BidardDecathlon+ 45'48
69Marcos GarcĂ­aTEAM Cepsa+ 45'53
70Bart De ClercqLotto Soudal+ 47'33
71Rudi MilicMTN-Qhubeka+ 47'35
72Miguel Angel BenitoTEAM Cepsa+ 48'03
73MichaƂ PalutaMTN-Qhubeka+ 48'47
74Bernard ThielDrapac Professional Cycling+ 49'29
75Marcel WyssNike+ 50'17
76Brad MalkinsonTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
77Jack HaigOrica-GreenEDGE+ 50'29
78Nathan BrownNike+ 51'16
79Jeffrey PerrinTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 51'17
80Peter StetinaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 51'25
81Gavin MannionTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 52'13
82Dylan TeunsLotto Soudal+ 52'20
83Goredema DabengwaMTN-Qhubeka+ 52'54
84Alberto ContadorTEAM Cepsa+ 53'04
85Heiner ParraDrapac Professional Cycling+ 53'12
86Tommy McCooshOrica-GreenEDGE+ 53'25
87Óscar GonzálezIberdrola+ 54'07
88JesĂșs Del PinoIberdrola+ 54'27
89Quentin JaureguiAg2r La Mondiale+ 55'50
90Finn E. RosenkildeSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 57'07
91Wout van AertStella Artois+ 57'26
92George PreidlerIberdrola+ 57'58
93Carter JonesTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 58'17
94Karel HnĂ­kLiqui Moly+ 59'21
95Alexis GougeardTeam Europcar+ 59'26
96Gijs De BerlangerLotto Soudal+ 1h00'30
97Luca SterbiniAstana Pro Team+ 1h00'53
98Gorka CeballosIberdrola+ 1h01'00
99Alexis GuerinAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h01'08
100Paul BosveltStella Artois+ 1h03'55
101Stefan DeniflLiqui Moly+ 1h04'21
102Damiano CarusoLiqui Moly+ 1h05'29
103Moreno HoflandTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h07'08
104Rudy MolardDecathlon+ 1h07'48
105SĂ©bastien EngelAg2r La Mondiale+ 1h08'01
106Romain HardyTeam Europcar+ 1h09'09
107JĂŒrgen RoelandtsLotto Soudal+ 1h09'39
108Daryl ImpeyMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h10'09
109JoaquĂ­n CachoSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h11'28
110Adriano MaloriStella Artois+ 1h11'51
111Jérémy CornuDecathlon+ 1h11'58
112LoĂŻc VliegenLotto Soudal+ 1h12'11
113Travis MeyerOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h13'24
114Davide MartinelliNike+ 1h13'41
115Rick ZabelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h13'48
116Nolberto LĂłpezLiqui Moly+ 1h15'38
117Gianfranco RossellSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h15'46
118Andy AtkinsonDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h16'44
119Kenneth Van RooyLotto Soudal+ 1h18'15
120Toms SkujinsIberdrola+ 1h20'25
121Anthony DelaplaceDecathlon+ 1h21'03
122Miles ScotsonOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h21'12
123Garikoitz BravoIberdrola+ 1h21'36
124Milan VeltmanTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h21'50
125Gini TuranoOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h22'20
126Daniel DĂ­azTeam Europcar+ 1h23'15
127Jan DieterenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h25'59
128Thomas Nybo RiisSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h26'55
129Stefano PirazziNike+ 1h27'29
130Roland ThalmannSwissair+ 1h27'50
131Bernardo PedoneStella Artois+ 1h29'01
132Guillaume LevarletSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h29'59
133Kiante ChogeNike+ 1h31'43
134Sjors RoosenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h32'37
135Rafaël Le BretonMTN-Qhubeka+ 1h32'43
136Luis LargoTEAM Cepsa+ 1h33'03
137Mads TheodorsenDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h33'27
138Thomas BergeretDecathlon+ 1h34'07
139Maxime CamDecathlons.t.
140Konrad PisterDrapac Professional Cycling+ 1h34'41
141Ike GroenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h34'57
142Jasper LindenberghTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h35'35
143Wesley KrederTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h35'43
144Alex CarmichaelNike+ 1h36'04
145Aldin CarlmanSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 1h36'26
146Lucian OpreaTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h37'39
147RĂ©my RochasTeam Europcar+ 1h37'46
148Moritz BackofenLiqui Moly+ 1h38'26
149Geoffrey CurranTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h39'52
150Marcel KittelTeam Giant-Alpecin+ 1h42'48
151Mickaël RougeTeam Europcar+ 1h43'11
152Dirk Jan RijsbergenTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h44'37
153Pascal AckermannLiqui Moly+ 1h48'12
154Arvid De KleijnOrica-GreenEDGE+ 1h52'34
155Luca WackermannTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 1h54'37
156Moomba ZacharyNike+ 1h55'22
157Eelco DoelemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h56'50
158Giancarlo LujĂĄnTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 1h56'55
159Tobias KnaupLiqui Moly+ 1h58'25
160Jurgen van DiemenTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 1h59'20
161Huib BakTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2h03'46
162Tobias WauchLiqui Moly+ 2h07'30
163Nelson OliveiraStella Artois+ 2h08'55
164Julio ÁlvarezTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2h15'27
165Renaud TeixeiraDecathlon+ 2h25'18
166Kenneth Van CompernolleNike+ 2h31'08

Points Classification

1Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo1696
2Fabio AruTeam Sky2582
3Nacer BouhanniTeam Giant-Alpecin2067
4Michael MatthewsTinkoff-Saxo056
5Mikel LandaAstana Pro Team552

Mountain Classification

1Arvid MelchiotTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton2380
2Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo068
3Adam YatesAg2r La Mondiale051
4Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal045
5Simone PetilliAstana Pro Team040

Young Riders Classification

1Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudal28h59'14
2Eddie DunbarTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 2'49
3Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Club+ 6'09
4Aurélien Paret-PeintreSwissair+ 8'12
5Robert PowerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 10'31

Team Classification

2Astana Pro Team+ 3'10
3Ag2r La Mondiale+ 6'28
4Swissair+ 8'22
5Team Sky+ 14'30 (5)

Mr. Consistent, that's what you can call me! Another solid result, without being exceptional. Another U25s win and a high placing in the KOM classification. Strangely, none of the races so far this season have had a really high mountain stage, or have the team been keeping me away from those?
Very good and consistent results. Maybe more of an advantage currently to not face high mountain stages.
Top7 + both U25 jerseys in 2 WT stage races is really good. Even more if we remember that he will be peaking in 1,5 months, for the Giro
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@Ripley: Thanks Smile. Looking at the schedule and the profiles, I think I'll be tackling the really high mountains only in the GTs this season. Interesting scheduling from the team I must say...

@Aquarius: Thanks again Smile. Concentrating more on higher placings in the GTs now. So controlling my instincts somewhat in the early season. Hopefully, this plan works out.
Seems like Sinha is turning into a specialist in Hilly stage races and classics, like a type Valverde rider

Amidst growing murmurs likening my racing style to the legendary Alejandro Valverde, I quietly approached April, trying to stay away from the limelight.

Was I flattered with the comparison? Absolutely! Valverde is my cycling idol. He is the guy I used to follow races for. In my childhood, the only race shown live on TV was the Tour de France. In the age of slow internet speeds and no interest in cycling from the media in my country, it took a lot of effort to keep up with this man's exploits. I was shattered when he was handed the two year ban for his role in Operation Puerto. I still have my reservations against the verdict, but will not go as far to say he was totally innocent. But then, cycling is a murky world and I can't say I haven't received such overtures in the past. With a strong management backing everywhere I've been, I have kept a clean slate throughout. I was overjoyed when Valverde came back and he continued as if he never left. His recent retirement was an emotional event for me, having got the chance to ride in the same peloton with him in a handful of races.

My build-up to the Giro d'Italia includes two of the three Ardennes classics. I was quick to dismiss any comparisons with my idol everytime the media quizzed me on the topic. Personally, I don't think I come even close to him in the classics. I have not achieved anything in the Ardennes yet. Moreover, my targets from the beginning of the career have always been the Grand Tours. I did not want to lose focus of my target. Did I want to impress my idol in the Ardennes classics? Sure. But I never set out to be the next Valverde.

Amstel Gold Race

Nairo, Betancur and I were all starting this race. Nairo was the team leader and one the favourites for the win. Me and Betancur were both given a free role. We set the pace through most of the race, even I helped with the same in the middle stages. As in most of the past Ardennes races, I missed the decisive break and was out of contention with about 15 km to go. The favourites started attacking each other. When the dust settled, it was down to four riders to fight it out for the finish. Alaphilippe used his sprinting abilities to claim the win. Lotto's best was Quintana in 21st.

1Julian AlaphilippeStella Artois6h31'18
2Fabio AruTeam Skys.t.
3Ion IzagirreTEAM Cepsas.t.
4Wilco KeldermanTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
5SĂ©rgio HenaoOrica-GreenEDGE+ 28
6MichaƂ KwiatkowskiTinkoff-Saxo+ 41
7Dayer QuintanaColombias.t.
8Valerio ContiAstana Pro Teams.t.
9Daniel MartinTinkoff-Saxo+ 1'11
10Jay McCarthyOrica-GreenEDGE+ 2'06

11Mathieu van der PoelTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
12Diego UlissiTinkoff-Saxos.t.
13Sam OomenTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
14Moreno MoserAg2r La Mondiales.t.
15Anastasio AniaTinkoff-Saxo+ 2'27
16Alexis VuillermozAg2r La Mondiale+ 2'46
17Tony GallopinStella Artoiss.t.
18Tim WellensNikes.t.
19Simon YatesTeam Skys.t.
20Silvio HerklotzTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
21Nairo QuintanaLotto Soudals.t.
22Robert PowerDrapac Professional Cycling+ 4'18
23Samir JabrayilovMTN-Qhubekas.t.
24Arnaud DuteilTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
25Paul BosveltStella Artoiss.t.
26Sindre LunkeCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
27Marcel WyssNikes.t.
28Tejay Van GarderenAstana Pro Teams.t.
29Peter KennaughTeam Skys.t.
30Geraint ThomasAstana Pro Teams.t.
31Jordi van DingenenLotto Soudals.t.
32Jan HirtMTN-Qhubekas.t.
33Yingbo ZhouTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
34Julian ArredondoCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
35Thibaut PinotStella Artoiss.t.
36Warren BarguilSwissairs.t.
37Carlos BetancurLotto Soudals.t.
38Jonas RappDrapac Professional Cycling+ 5'11
39Rudy MolardDecathlons.t.
40Bart De ClercqLotto Soudal+ 6'02
41Maurits LammertinkTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
42Ilnur ZakarinSwissair+ 6'32
43Riccardo ZoidlCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
44Arvid MelchiotTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
45Peter StetinaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
46SĂžren Kragh AndersenCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
47Abhishek SinhaLotto Soudals.t.
48Daniele Dall'OsteTeam Sky+ 7'10
49Hugh CarthyTeam Sky+ 7'56
50Robert GesinkMTN-Qhubekas.t.
51Cyril GautierTeam Europcars.t.
52Rubén FernåndezTEAM Cepsas.t.
53Rohan DennisTeam Skys.t.
54Kenny ElissondeAg2r La Mondiales.t.
55Sebastian HenaoTeam Skys.t.
56JoaquĂ­m RodrĂ­guezSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
57Davide FormoloAstana Pro Team+ 9'01
58Youcef ReguiguiCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
59Nelson OliveiraStella Artoiss.t.
60Nicolas RocheTinkoff-Saxos.t.
61Edward RavasiTinkoff-Saxos.t.
62Clement PenvenTeam Europcars.t.
63Mathias Rask JeppessenTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
64Arvydas KartchemarskasLotto Soudals.t.
65Tao Geoghegan HartSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
66Elden BoatengTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
67Dries Van GestelLotto Soudals.t.
68Mattia CattaneoTEAM Cepsas.t.
69Bakhtiyar KozhatayevAstana Pro Teams.t.
70LĂ©o VincentTeam Europcars.t.
71Victor LafayAlcatels.t.
72Wout PoelsCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
73Edoardo ZardiniAstana Pro Teams.t.
74Lennard KĂ€mnaMTN-Qhubeka+ 9'59
75Ulf HausweilerLiqui Moly+ 10'40
76Goredema DabengwaMTN-Qhubekas.t.
77Maxime Le LavandierDecathlons.t.
78Patrick KonradSwissairs.t.
79Thomas BonninTeam Europcars.t.
80Clément ChevrierTeam Europcars.t.
81Esteban ChavesSwissairs.t.
82Marcos GarcĂ­aTEAM Cepsas.t.
83Jasper BovenhuisTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 11'23
84Elmar ReindersTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
85Finn E. RosenkildeSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
86Mads TheodorsenDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
87Daniel Felipe MartinezColombias.t.
88François BidardDecathlons.t.
89José RamellaAstana Pro Teams.t.
90Tilegen MaidosAstana Pro Teams.t.
91Tommy McCooshOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
92Serghei TvetcovLiqui Molys.t.
93Emanuel BuchmannTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
94Evgeny ShalunovTinkoff-Saxos.t.
95Simone AndreettaTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
96Richie PorteOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
97Terence SaliouAg2r La Mondiales.t.
98Luka PibernikDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
99Cayetano SarmientoColombias.t.
100Daniel DĂ­azTeam Europcars.t.
101Rasmus GuldhammerAlcatels.t.
102Chad HagaTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 12'46
103Andy AtkinsonDrapac Professional Cycling+ 13'18
104Yonas TekesteAlcatels.t.
105Ricky TimmerTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
106Patrick GretschTeam Giant-Alpecins.t.
107David De la CruzTeam Skys.t.
108Dirk Jan RijsbergenTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
109Jimmy TurgisAlcatels.t.
110Sidio MezziniCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
111Lachlan MortonOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
112Rafael VallsTinkoff-Saxos.t.
113Steff HermansNikes.t.
114Alexey VermeulenNikes.t.
115Meik HermanskiLiqui Molys.t.
116Guillaume LevarletSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
117Beñat IntxaustiMTN-Qhubekas.t.
118Sergey ShulgaLotto Soudal+ 14'07
119Julien SimonDecathlons.t.
120Stefano PirazziNikes.t.
121Eelco DoelemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 14'42
122Rudi MilicMTN-Qhubekas.t.
123Jacques Janse Van RensburgCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
124Ben GastauerDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
125Renato AgapitoColombias.t.
126Bernardo SuazaColombias.t.
127Kamil MaƂeckiCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
128Carter JonesTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
129Tom DumoulinStella Artoiss.t.
130Bert-Jan LindemanTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 15'41
131Aleksandar ReebCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
132Amir KolahdozhaghDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
133Ricardo van DongenTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
134Sieben WoutersOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
135Bas TietemaTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
136Arthur van OverbergheNike+ 16'21
137Mikel BizkarraTEAM Cepsas.t.
138Bat BatkhuyagNikes.t.
139Niels GoereeTeam LottoNL - Jumbo+ 17'47
140Afram IwuDecathlons.t.
141Clement ChehabiCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
142Iltjan NikaSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
143Gianfranco RossellSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
144Derk Abel BeckeringhTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
145Roman MaikinCULT Energy Pro Cyclings.t.
146RĂ©my di GregorioDecathlons.t.
147Simon RaffinAlcatels.t.
148Bernard ThielDrapac Professional Cyclings.t.
149Barry MarkusAlcatels.t.
150Timo RoosenTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
151Clément Saint-MartinAlcatels.t.
152Marco MinnaardTeam Roompot-Oranje Pelotons.t.
153Mathias FrankSwissairs.t.
154Filadelfio SorianoTeam Cannondale - Garmins.t.
155JesĂșs HerreroDecathlons.t.
156Nicolas EdetAg2r La Mondiales.t.
157Alexis DulinCCC Sprandi Polkowices.t.
158Romain SicardAg2r La Mondiales.t.
159Jeppe Lykke Hartvig NielsenCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 20'17
160Michael VingerlingTeam LottoNL - Jumbos.t.
161Igor AntĂłnTEAM Cepsas.t.
162VĂ­ctor de la ParteTEAM Cepsas.t.
163Romeo PisciottaTEAM Cepsas.t.
164Alexandre GeniezLiqui Molys.t.
165Bernardo PedoneStella Artois+ 22'13
166Nordin KrijgsmanOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
167Yoann PaillotTeam Europcar+ 22'57
168Kersten ThieleSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
169Rodolfo TorresColombias.t.
170SĂ©bastien ReichenbachNike+ 23'38
171Geoffrey DuteilAg2r La Mondiale+ 24'14
172Rafaël Le BretonMTN-Qhubekas.t.
173Hugo PigeonTeam Europcars.t.
174Rubén ZepuntkeCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 24'32
175Dejan KokotTeam Roompot-Oranje Peloton+ 25'42
176Grégory AmbroiseAg2r La Mondiales.t.
177Adrien CostaStella Artoiss.t.
178Franco CantaluppiSwissair+ 26'18
179Nikodemus HollerLiqui Molys.t.
180Franco LeonSwissairs.t.
181Dither GamarraColombia+ 27'01
182Tobias KnaupLiqui Moly+ 27'24
183Gini TuranoOrica-GreenEDGEs.t.
184LoĂŻc BouchereauAlcatel+ 29'00
185Wilfried GalloDecathlons.t.
186Nolberto LĂłpezLiqui Molys.t.
187Anders EgsvangCULT Energy Pro Cycling+ 33'33
188Dawid DziubinskiSkydive Dubai Pro Cycling Team - Al Ahli Clubs.t.
189Ludovico PerlottoTeam Cannondale - Garmin+ 35'06
190Claudio WatsonColombia+ 36'48
191Moritz BackofenLiqui Moly+ 39'02

Liege - Bastogne - Liege

No Betancur here as Nairo and my roles remained the same. The rest of the team was relatively weak after a couple of minor injuries earlier in the week. I was dropped for a bit from the pack halfway through the race but made it back soon enough. 17 riders went away with 25 kilometers to go. I was once again in the peloton with attackers split into three groups up ahead. Nairo found himself in the second group. With 12 kilometers to go, there were three riders leading in solo rides with a 15 man group chasing. I was in the fifth group on the road, chasing a lost cause. I finished mid-pack while Nairo lost his way at the end to barely manage a top 20.
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I think these results show that I'm nowhere near ready to take up Valverde's mantle. I hadn't prepared to peak in these races and my performance reflected the same. I need to quickly forget this week and move on to my first target this year, the Giro. It starts in less than 2 weeks' time!
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