I just loved this stage (Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – Stage 2)

Great races mean great stories to me, because that’s what I’m usually working* ( either as a literary critic and theorist, cultural journalist or scriptwriter)  with: STORIES.  That’s why I enjoy writing about road cycling too.  It’s something like a quick analysis of a novel or a short story.  And there are races, there are days when everything seems to be so well “written”. Like the finale of the 2nd stage at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. 

It already supposed to be a good one before the stage: everyone, who watches cycling races frequently, knows, that a stage with a short (1,8 km), but almost an average of  10% steep ascent at the end can cause fireworks in the peloton, especially when a lot of attack-friendly riders attends the race. For example, Alejandro Valverde (Movistar), who was the ultimate favourite of the stage.

181 km long, from Torrent to Cullera,  it was a stage without bigger surprises during most of the day. There was an early break with three riders: Remi Cavagna (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Jos van Emden (Jumbo-Visma), and Alessandro De Marchi (CCC Team), meanwhile Alvaro Cuadros and Hector Saez (Caja Rural) joined a bit later. Cavagna, the last standing man of this group was caught at 4 km go.

A local rider, Gonzalo Serrano (Caja Rural) opened the battle for the stage victory. He rode away from the star-filled peloton at 2 km to go, and nobody responded to his move. His heroic effort lasted more than a km long. After Serranos was caught, Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) launched his attack., but it seemed to be too early. The remains of the peloton, especially the Ineos riders chased him successfully.  No wonder, that a rider of this team, Gianni Moscon was the next one, who moved to the front of the bunch.  But only just a few couples meters, Valverde rode right behind him, meanwhile, Dylan Tens (Bahrain-McLaren) put his wheel after the ex-world champion.

A bunch of a dozen riders reached the last 100 m, Valverde rode at the front of the race, Teuns still behind him and ready for an attack.  But then Pogacar tried it again, and he outsprinted him just in the right moment and crossed the finish line first.

Pogacar was one of the shooting stars of the previous season, and he seems to be willing to prove, that *all his last year results didn’t happen just accidentally.

(* I usually write articles, academic essays studies, etc in my mother language, Hungarian)

Results of the stage:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – Stage 2 Results

Overall standing:

Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2020 – GC after Stage 2

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