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Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018

Van Poppel Pops Up In Valencia!

PeloPics: Stage 1 of the 2018 Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana came down to a sprint finish and LottoNL-Jumbo new signing, Danny van Poppel shot over the line for the win and the overall lead.

There was a break of four that headed off up the road in the early Kilometers, but with only one climb on the opening stage between Oropesa del Mar and Peniscola, they were not going to stay away to the finish. The Sky team came to the front in the final kilometers, but a crash split the field leaving Gianni Moscon out front. A hard chase brought the race together for the Dutch team to lead Van Poppel out for the win.

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Ian Stannard (Great Britain/ Team Sky) - Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)  pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Stage winner Danny van Poppel with ex Sky teammate Ian Stannard

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - TEAM EF EDUCATION FIRST - DRAPAC P/B CANNONDALE  pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
EF Education First-Drapac show off their new colors

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - illustration - scenery - carte postal scenic shot - postcard sfeerfoto - sfeer - illustratie  pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
The peloton pass the blossoming almond trees

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  #93 Gijs VAN HOECKE (Belgium / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) - #94 Sepp KUSS (USA / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
The early kilometers were taken at an easy pace

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Sebastian LANGEVELD (Netherlands / Team EF Education First - Drapac P/B Cannondale)   pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Sebastian Langeveld lifted the pace

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Michal KWIATKOWSKI (Polen / Team Sky) pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
The Sky team came to the fore in the finalé

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
New team and a win for Danny van Poppel

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)  pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
A happy rider

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport -  Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo) pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
White jersey and an interview

Peniscola - Spain - wielrennen - cycling - cyclisme - radsport - Danny van POPPEL (Netherlands / Team Lotto NL - Jumbo)  pictured during     stage 1 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana from Oropesa del Mar to Peniscola - photo Cor Vos © 2018
Van Poppel in yellow for stage 2

Valenciana stage 1:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Stage 1 Result:
1. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:34:13
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC
4. Daniel McLay (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
5. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
10. Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie.

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana Overall After Stage 1:
1. Danny van Poppel (Ned) LottoNL-Jumbo in 4:34:03
2. Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott at 0:04
3. Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) BMC at 0:06
4. Daniel McLay (GB) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale at 0:10
5. Clement Venturini (Fra) AG2R-La Mondiale
6. Hugo Hofstetter (Fra) Cofidis
7. Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Sky
8. Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R-La Mondiale
9. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Europa Ovini
10. Angelo Tulik (Fra) Direct Energie.

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