3/1/2013 - TEAM NEWS!
Vuelta a Andalucia Ruta Ciclista Del Sol 2013
Hivert repeats at Ruta del Sol
Valverde retains overall lead
Sojasun sprinter Jonathan Hivert claimed his second consecutive stage win of the Ruta del Sol, winning the 194.2km stage to Montilla ahead of Tyler Farrar (Garmin-Sharp) and Francesco Lasca (Caja Rural).
It is Hivert's third win of the season - the 27-year-old also won the Etoile de Bessèges overall despite not taking out any stage wins there.
Prologue winner Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) remained in the overall lead of the race, with a seven-second advantage on Jurgen Van den Broeck (Lotto Belisol) and four more on Bauke Mollema (Blanco).
"I'm happy - I had never won a stage race, and then I made it happen in Bessèges. I had never won two days in a row, now I have. I had never won more than two races in the same season: it is done. I think I can go on holiday now!" Hivert joked.
"I was well protected. I was pulled along and never had to be in the wind, and in the end I was not tired. I was delivered to the base of the last climb by Maxime Méderel, Yannick Talabardon and Jimmy Engoulvent. The summit was to two kilometers from the finish and the slope was hard. A lot of riders were forced to zig zag... Then the sprint went from very far out, and there was wind from the front. I took a little long to come out, but at 100 metres, I had already reaccelerated past everyone, and I thought to myself 'if I have a guy in my wake, he's coming jump me', but no one had taken my wheel!"
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