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Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela : Cocentaina (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018

Valverde Dominates Valencia!

PeloPics: Alejandro Valverde defended his yellow leader’s jersey with comfort and brilliance to conquer the Queen stage to Cocentaina’s Alto de Las Canteras, increasing his lead before heading onto the final stage to the City of Valencia on Sunday.

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie  pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
There was snow at the side of the course, but it stayed dry for the stage

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Daniel MCLAY (GBR / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale) - Tom VAN ASBROECK (Belgium / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale)  pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Sunday should suit Dan McLay better than stage 4

Valverde is having a sensational return to racing after his accident in the 2017 Tour de France. Following his exhibition on the Alto del Garbí to win in Albuixech on Thursday, taking the leader’s jersey in the process, the Movistar rider reasserted his dominant position on the Queen stage of the 2018 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana, a tough 184km ride from Orihuela to the Alto de las Canteras in Cocentaina.

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar)  pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Valverde back with a bang!

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Adam YATES (GBR / Team Mitchelton - Scott) - Luis Leon SANCHEZ GIL (Spain / Team Astana) pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Adam Yates made a late attack, but Valverde swooped past in the final meters

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Jesus HERRADA (Spain / Team Cofidis) - Primoz ROGLIC (Slowenia / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
4th place went to the Spanish champion Jesus Herrada

Valverde was the strongest on the decisive stretch of the final climb, staying calm against all attacks from his rivals to finish off with one of his signature sprints in the closing 150 meters, where he left his group of companions behind and pushing Adam Yates (Mitchelton-Scott) into seconds spot, who had jumped away seconds earlier. The win, Alejandro’s 110th as a professional rider, strengthens his lead in the standings, now with 14 seconds over 2nd placed Luis León Sánchez (Astana) and 26 seconds on Jakob Fuglsang.

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Primoz ROGLIC (Slowenia / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
4th on the stage and 6th overall for Primoz Roglic

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Diego ROSA (Italy / Team Sky) pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Diego Rosa finished two places ahead of Sky team leader Wout Poels

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Roman KREUZIGER (CZE / Team Mitchelton - Scott) - Alejandro VALVERDE BELMONTE (Spain / Team Movistar) -   pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
Roman Kreuziger congratulates Valverde

Cocentaina - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Wouter - Wout POELS (Netherlands / Team Sky)  pictured during stage 4 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Orihuela  :  Cocentaina   (181KM) - photo Luis Gomez/Cor Vos © 2018
No repeat of his 2016 Valencia win for Wout Poels – Now at 1:52 in 19th place overall

Valencia stage 4:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 4 Result:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 4:48:35
2. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana
4. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:09
5. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:10
6. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana
7. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:15
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:18
9. Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC at 0:24
10. Ben Hermans (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy at 0:30.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Overall After Stage 4:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar in 13:16:23
2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) Astana at 0:14
3. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana at 0:26
4. Adam Yates (GB) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:37
5. Jesus Herrada (Spa) Cofidis at 0:48
6. Primoz Roglic (Slo) LottoNL-Jumbo at 0:49
7. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana at 0:54
8. Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:57
9. Kilian Frankiny (Swi) BMC at 1:03
10. Amaro Manuel Antunes (Por) CCC Sprandi Polkowice at 1:09.

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