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Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Christopher - Chris FROOME (GBR / Team Sky) illustratie before the start pictured during Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia (Ruta del Sol) 2018 - stage-1 from Mijas to Granada (197,6 KM) 14-2-2018 - photo Cor Vos © 2018

Froome 2018 Debut – Boudat Wins In Andalusia!

PeloPics: Chris Froome nearly stole the show at the start of stage 1 of the Ruta del Sol, but it was Direct Energie’s Thomas Boudat who won the day just ahead of Sacha Modolo (EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale) who though he had taken the win in Granada.

Silvan Dillier (AG2R-La Mondiale), Romain Sicard (Direct Energie), Luis Guillermo Mas (Caja Rural–Seguros), Garikoitz Bravo (Euskadi Basque Country), Txomin Juaristi (Fundacion Euskadi) made up the break of the day, but they were all back in the bunch with 14 kilometers to go. The EF Education First team controlled the peloton on the run in to the Granada finish for Modolo, but Boudat snatched the win from under his nose.

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Christopher - Chris FROOME (GBR / Team Sky) illustratie before the start pictured during Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia (Ruta del Sol) 2018 - stage-1 from Mijas to Granada  (197,6 KM) 14-2-2018 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Unsurprisingly Chris Froome was the center of interest in Andalusia

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Christopher - Chris FROOME (GBR / Team Sky) illustratie before the start pictured during Vuelta Ciclista a Andalucia (Ruta del Sol) 2018 - stage-1 from Mijas to Granada  (197,6 KM) 14-2-2018 - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Froome: “No one wants this resolved more quickly than I do. I think there’s a lot of misinformation out there and also a lot of people out there who don’t necessarily understand the process that’s in place. Obviously it was meant to have been a confidential process. It has been made public now but also a lot of other athletes and riders have been through this process themselves. I’m not asking for the benefit of the doubt here, I’m just asking for a fair process.”

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE pictured during    stage - 1 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol  from Mijas to Granada (197,6KM) - 14-2-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
EF Education First-Drapac were looking for the win

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Sep VANMARCKE (Belgium / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale)  pictured during    stage - 1 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol  from Mijas to Granada (197,6KM) - 14-2-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Sep Vanmarcke took his turn

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Matti BRESCHEL (Danmark / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale) pictured during    stage - 1 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol  from Mijas to Granada (197,6KM) - 14-2-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Matti Breschel was out front

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Thomas BOUDAT (France / Team Direct Energie) - Sacha MODOLO (Italy / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale) - Clement VENTURINI (France / Team AG2R La Mondiale) pictured during stage - 1 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol from Mijas to Granada (197,6KM) - 14-2-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Sacha Modolo thought he had the win, but Thomas Boudat slipped through

Granada - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Thomas BOUDAT (France / Team Direct Energie) pictured during    stage - 1 of the Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol  from Mijas to Granada (197,6KM) - 14-2-2018 - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
The first 2018 Ruta del Sol leader’s jersey to Thomas Boudat

Andalucia stage 1:

Ruta del Sol Stage 1 Result:
1. Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie in 5:21:39
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
3. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar
7. Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
8. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
9. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
10. Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

Ruta del Sol Overall After Stage 1:
1. Thomas Boudat (Fra) Direct Energie in 5:21:39
2. Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
3. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
4. Andrea Pasqualon (Ita) Wanty-Groupe Gobert
5. Tosh Van Der Sande (Bel) Lotto Soudal
6. Carlos Barbero (Spa) Movistar
7. Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Sprandi Polkowice
8. Moreno Hofland (Ned) Lotto Soudal
9. Enrico Battaglin (Ita) LottoNL-Jumbo
10. Jan Tratnik (Slo) CCC Sprandi Polkowice.

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