Pogacar secures Volta Valenciana victory as Jakobsen takes final stage


Tadej Pogacar won the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana as Fabio Jakobsen’s sprint victory in the final stage posed no threat to the Slovenian’s triumph in the general classification.

Pogacar finished six seconds ahead of Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott) while Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos) was third.

“This win means a lot to me, especially after all the hard work we did in the winter to prepare,” said Pogacar, who won three individual stages at last year’s Vuelta. “To start my first race (of the year) and win is incredible.”

Pogacar added his focus now will be to hit top form at the Tour de France, which starts in June.

Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma) and John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal) came second and third respectively behind Jakobsen, who took the lead on the final turn and held on for Deceuninck-Quick Step’s seventh win of 2020.

“We wanted to start the season well and that’s why we came here to try to win a stage. I’m very happy we succeeded,” said Jakobsen.

“I’m happy to be in this team because they put me in the perfect position to win the sprint and I’m happy I won – for them and for me.”

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – stage 5 results (Paterna – Valencia):

1Fabio Jakobsen (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


2Dylan Groenewegen (Jumbo-Visma)


3John Degenkolb (Lotto Soudal)


4Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates)


5Ivan Garcia Cortina (Bahrain McLaren)


6Jon Aberasturi (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


7Jaume Sureda (Burgos-BH)


8Davide Ballerini (Deceuninck-Quick-Step)


9Enrique Sanz (Kern Pharma)


10Matteo Trentin (CCC)



Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – final general classification:

1Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates)


2Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott)


3Tao Geoghegan Hart (Team Ineos)


4Daniel Martin (Israel Start-Up Nation)


5Dylan Teuns (Bahrain McLaren)


6Wouter Poels (Bahrain McLaren)


7Ion Izagirre (Astana)


8Ruben Fernandez (Fundacion-Orbea)


9Oscar Rodriguez (Astana)


10Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)



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