Late attacks shake up finale on stage two of Valenciana

01 February 2024

A relatively short stage and with just three third category climbs, the second day of racing at the Volta a la Communitat Valenciana looked like it could maybe be the first opportunity for the sprinters but a technical descent down to the finish followed the final climb and provided the perfect springboard for disruptive late attacks.

Sports Director Gennady Mikhaylov:

“The pace set by the WorldTour teams on the last climb split the bunch – even if the climb was relatively short – but not completely and the riders who had done their homework knew that the descent to the finish could make the difference and that’s what they were looking for.”

“However front of the peloton reformed before the descent really started and it took more late attacks to break completely and of course it was the favorite Mohoric who took advantage. We’re gradually getting our race rhythm back and all the guys came through ok today, tomorrow’s final could be an opportunity for Matyas to have a go in the sprint, but this terrain make this race unpredictable and we’ll see how the day plays out.”

David Lozano:

“I felt better today than yesterday and having a day of racing in the legs really helps, we’re aiming to get stronger day by day and I’m really enjoying starting my season off with a Spanish race. Especially one as significant as the Volta a La Communitat Valenciana.”

“The level is already super high for this early in the season and it’s a good indicator for us of where we need to be if we’re going to have another successful year of racing. There’s lots of work to do and I’m looking forward to next three days of racing here.”

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