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Volta a la Comunitat Valencia Stages 4 and 5 Report, Results, Photos – Boivin 8th on Final Stage, Quintana Tops GC

by Ben Andrew
Guillaume Boivin  ©  Cycling Academy
February 06, 2017 (Valenica, Spain) – The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana concluded on Sunday with Stage 5 from Paterna to Valenica, 130 km, with Canadian Guillaume Boivin of the Israeli Cycling Academy Team finishing eighth as Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Engergie too the win. Colombian climber Nairo Quintana (Movistar) won the General Classification ahead of Belgian Ben Hermans (BMC) and Italian Manuel Senni (BMC).

Bryan Coquard wins stage 5  ©  Cor Vos
Bryan Coquard (FRA)  ©  Cor Vos
The final stage was shortened due to high winds, resulting in the hard category 3 climb of Alto Del Coronet being removed. Quintana took hold of the race lead on Stage 4 as racers battled over four categorized climb before making the final category 1 climb up the Mas de la Costa to the finish.

Nairo Quintana won the General Classification  ©  Cor Vos
Quintana attacked the final climb, riding through several riders up the road before shaking his chasers. He crossed the line sole, 40 seconds ahead of Eritrean Merhawi Kudus (Dimension Data) and 45 seconds ahead of Amaro Manuel Antunes of W52-FC Proto-Porto Canal (Protugal).

Nairo Quintana wins stage 4  ©  Cor Vos
The top Canadian on Stage 4 was Antoine Duchesne of Direct Energie, finishing at 5:40 behind Quintana. Volta a la Comunitat Valencia marks the first major climbing test for Quintana ahead of the upcoming Grand Tours, and so far he looks on track to be a contender.

Results (brief)

Stage 4 – Feb. 4 – Segorbe-Llucena – 180.9km
1. Nairo Quintana (Col) Movistar Team 5:02:19
2. Merhawi Kudus (Eri) Dimension Data 00:40
3. Amaro Antunes (Por) W52/FC Porto 00:45
4. Wout Poels (Ned) Team Sky 00:48
5. Primoz Roglic (Slo) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 00:57
6. Daniel Martin (Irl) Quick-Step Floors 01:07
7. Ben Hermans (Bel) BMC Racing Team
8. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team LottoNl-Jumbo 01:10
9. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 01:13
10. Davide Formolo (Ita) Cannondale-Drapac 01:17

35. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie 05:40
79. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale 23:25
83. Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 24:08
149. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy 27:37

Stage 5 – Feb. 5 – Paterna-Valenica – 130km
1. Bryan Coquard (Fra) Direct Energie 1:01:23
2. Nacer Bouhanni (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits
3. Coen Vermeltfoort (Ned) Roompot – Nederlandse Loterij
4. Yves Lampaert (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
5. Iljo Keisse (Bel) Quick-Step Floors
6. Viacheslav Kuznetsov (Rus) Katusha-Alpecin
7. Magnus Cort Nielsen (Den) Orica-Scott
8. Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy
9. Enrique Sanz Unzue (Esp) Spain
10. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita) Dimension Data

60. Hugo Houle (Can) AG2R La Mondiale
88. Antoine Duchesne (Can) Direct Energie
141. Benjamin Perry (Can) Israel Cycling Academy

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