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2020 Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (1.1), Spain

40th edition: February 14 - 15, 2020

Vuelta a Murcia podium history | 2019 edition
Stage 1 | Stage 2


Saturday, February 15: 2nd & Final Stage, Santomera - Murcia, 179.6 km

Luis Leon Sanchez

Luis Leon Sanchez wins the final stage.

Weather at the finish city of Murcia at 2:15 PM, local time: 21C (69F), sunny, with the wind from the southeast at 5 km/hr (3 mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from stage winner Luis Leon Sanchez's Team Astana.

It was a great day for Astana Pro Team in Murcia: Luis Leon Sanchez won the second stage of the race after his late solo attack, Omar Fraile won the sprint for the second podium place, taking also the red jersey of the best climber, Nikita Stalnov finished 5th in the general classification, while Astana became the best team of the race.

- I am so happy to win at home in Murcia! This is a special race for me, and I am so excited to get another success here. This means a lot for me! It was a very difficult day on the road, and we all gave our best to win. The team was super today and I want to thank all guys for a great support. I think, our team did a very strong stage, especially with Omar Fraile and Oscar Rodriguez in the breakaway. I also was up there among the leaders, but on Collado Bermejo I did not feel too good. I thought it won’t be possible to fight for a stage, but later on descent I was able to catch the yellow jersey’s group, while inside the final 10 kilometers we caught two leaders. Together with Omar Fraile we played well our cards, and in a moment I saw a possibility for an attack and I just went away. This victory means a lot for me and I am happy to bring it to my team, - said Luis Leon Sanchez.

- It was a super hard day and in the end everyone was on the limit. When I saw Luis Leon attacking with 2 km to go, I tried to support him, controlling our rivals behind, but we all were empty. At the finish I gave my all in the sprint and I was happy to cross the finish line second, behind my teammate and friend Luis Leon. As a team we did a very solid race, everything was by plan, when we went in a breakaway together with Oscar Rodriguez. On Collado Bermejo we pushed as hard as possible to keep our advantage, but on descent we missed just a little to answer the attack of Alejandro Valverde. However, we were able to bring him back inside the final 10 kilometers. I was preparing for a sprint, but Luis Leon made a very strong attack and it brought us a very beautiful success. Day by day I feel like I am improving, and I hope to get more in the next races, - said Omar Fraile.

The second and the last stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia started in Santomera and finished on the streets of Murcia after 179.6 km of racing and four climbs on the distance.

Astana riders were very active from the start: Yevgeniy Gidich and Zhandos Bizhigitov tried to join a breakaway group, but finally, just two riders were able to break away. However, both have been caught quite shortly, on the top of Alto Espuña (1st category climb).

Five riders went away from the peloton on the slopes of the next climb Collado Bermejo (special category climb) with Omar Fraile and Oscar Rodriguez among the attackers. With around 30 km to go it was Alejandro Valverde and Lennard Kamna, who counterattacked, but they both were caught back inside the final 10 km.

The leading group of 9 riders, including Astana’s Omar Fraile and Luis Leon Sanchez was preparing for a sprint, but with 2 km to go Sanchez made a decisive attack to win the stage. Omar Fraile finished second.

Nikita Stalnov, one of the heroes of yesterday’s stage, finished 31st, but this result allowed him to take a 5th place in the final general classification of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia. The Belgian rider Xandro Meurisse won the final classification of the race.

Omar Fraile won the red jersey as the best climber of Vuelta Murcia. Also, as the winner of the only special category climb of the race Collado Bermejo, Fraile was awarded with a trophy in memory of Marco Pantani.

Astana Pro Team won the race in the team’s classification.

Complete results:

179.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 41.161 km/hr

1 Luis León Sánchez Astana 4hr 21min 48sec
2 Omar Fraile Astana @ 7sec
3 Josef Černý CCC Team s.t.
4 Xandro Meurisse Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
5 Lennard Kämna Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
6 Vicente Garcia Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
7 Alejandro Valverde Movistar 20
8 Felix Grossschartner Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
9 Matteo Trentin CCC Team s.t.
10 Kamil Malecki CCC Team 5:25
11 Loic Vliegen Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
12 Patrick Bevin CCC Team s.t.
13 Laurens Huys Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
14 Jose Neves Burgos-BH s.t.
15 Willie Smit Burgos-BH 5:26
16 Oscar Rodriguez Astana 5:28
17 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 5:45
18 Sergey Chernetskiy Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
19 Arjen Livyns Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
20 Dimitri Peyskens Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
21 Joan Bou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
22 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
23 Diego Rubio Burgos-BH s.t.
24 Jaime Castrillo Kern Pharma s.t.
25 Nathan Van Hooydonck CCC Team s.t.
26 Simone Petilli Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
27 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
28 Hector Carretero Movistar s.t.
29 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
30 Anthony Delaplace Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
31 Nikita Stalnov Astana s.t.
32 Aimé De Gendt Circus-Wanty Gobert 5:56
33 Kristian Aasvold Riwal Readynez 10:48
34 Roger Oliveras Kern Pharma s.t.
35 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
36 Jhojan Garcia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
37 Ricardo Vilela Burgos-BH s.t.
38 Julien Mortier Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
39 Jan Bakelants Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
40 Antonio Soto Fundacion-Orbea 10:52
41 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic 10:54
42 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
43 Sindre Skjøstad Riwal Readynez s.t.
44 Alvaro Cuadros Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
45 Sergio Garcia Kometa-Xstra s.t.
46 Juan Fernando Calle Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
47 Giacomo Garavaglia Kometa-Xstra s.t.
48 Ruben Fernandez Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
49 David de la Fuente Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
50 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
51 Mikel Iturria Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
52 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-Hansgrohe 11:41
53 Antonio Pedrero Movistar s.t.
54 Adam De Vos Rally Cycling 12:49
55 Daniel Viegas Kometa-Xstra 12:54
56 Diego Sevilla Kometa-Xstra s.t.
57 Aaron Van Poucke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
58 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
59 Kenny Molly Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
60 Anton Kuzmin Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
61 Yevgeniy Gidich Astana s.t.
62 Luc Wirtgen Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
63 Maurits Lammertink Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
64 Danill Fominykh Astana s.t.
65 Gijs Van Hoecke CCC Team s.t.
66 Dzmitry Zhyhunou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
67 Jetse Bol Burgos-BH s.t.
68 Rasmus Quaade Riwal Readynez s.t.
69 Martijn Budding Riwal Readynez s.t.
70 Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
71 Alexander Vdovin Lokosphinx s.t.
72 Jesus Del Pino Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
73 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling 13:07
74 Emerson Oronte Rally Cycling 13:15
75 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 15:28
76 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 24:23
77 Jempy Drucker Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
78 Sondre Enger Riwal Readynez 32:14
79 Denis Nekrasov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
80 Tobias Kongstad Riwal Readynez 35:42
81 Oscar Hernandez Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
82 Arseny Nikiforov Lokosphinx s.t.

Final GC after stage 2:

357.2 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.752 km/hr

1 Xandro Meurisse Circus-Wanty Gobert 8hr 45min 55sec
2 Josef Černý CCC Team @ 11sec
3 Lennard Kämna Bora-Hansgrohe 17
4 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic 5:49
5 Nikita Stalnov Astana 5:58
6 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 6:01
7 Hector Carretero Movistar 6:15
8 Sergio Garcia Kometa-Xstra 11:16
9 Antonio Soto Fundacion-Orbea 11:35
10 Adam De Vos Rally Cycling 12:46
11 Luis León Sánchez Astana 16:42
12 Omar Fraile Astana 16:49
13 Vicente Garcia Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
14 Alejandro Valverde Movistar 17:02
15 Felix Grossschartner Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
16 Matteo Trentin CCC Team s.t.
17 Patrick Bevin CCC Team 22:07
18 Willie Smit Burgos-BH 22:08
19 Laurens Huys Wallonie-Bruxelles 22:22
20 Jose Neves Burgos-BH s.t.
21 Loic Vliegen Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
22 Kamil Malecki CCC Team s.t.
23 Oscar Rodriguez Astana 22:25
24 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise 22:27
25 Arjen Livyns Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
26 Dimitri Peyskens Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
27 Diego Rubio Burgos-BH s.t.
28 Joan Bou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
29 Anthony Delaplace Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
30 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
31 Nathan Van Hooydonck CCC Team 22:42
32 Sergey Chernetskiy Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
33 Jaime Castrillo Kern Pharma s.t.
34 Simone Petilli Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
35 Aimé De Gendt Circus-Wanty Gobert 24:16
36 Jhojan Garcia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 27:30
37 Julien Mortier Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
38 Kristian Aasvold Riwal Readynez Team s.t.
39 Jan Bakelants Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
40 Ruben Fernandez Fundacion-Orbea 27:36
41 Giacomo Garavaglia Kometa-Xstra s.t.
42 Roger Adriá Kern Pharma 27:45
43 Ricardo Vilela Burgos-BH s.t.
44 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 27:45
45 Sindre Lunke Riwal Readynez Team 27:48
46 Juan Calle Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 27:50
47 Alvaro Cuadros Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 27:51
48 David de la Fuente Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
49 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
50 Mikel Iturria Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
51 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
52 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
53 Antonio Pedrero Movistar 28:38
54 Martijn Budding Riwal Readynez Team 29:36
55 Kenny Molly Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
56 Maurits Lammertink Circus-Wanty Gobert 29:51
57 Aaron Van Poucke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
58 Rasmus Quaade Riwal Readynez Team s.t.
59 Daniel Viegas Kometa-Xstra s.t.
60 Diego Sevilla Kometa-Xstra s.t.
61 Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
62 Dzmitry Zhyhunou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
63 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
64 Jetse Bol Burgos-BH s.t.
65 Gijs Van Hoecke CCC Team s.t.
66 Alexander Vdovin Lokosphinx s.t.
67 Yevgeniy Gidich Astana s.t.
68 Jesus Del Pino Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
69 Danill Fominykh Astana s.t.
70 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling 30:04
71 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-Hansgrohe 30:05
72 Emerson Oronte Rally Cycling 30:12
73 Anton Kuzmin Gazprom-RusVelo 31:07
74 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling 32:25
75 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 41:20
76 Jempy Drucker Bora-Hansgrohe s.t.
77 Luc Wirtgen Wallonie-Bruxelles 47:48
78 Denis Nekrasov Gazprom-RusVelo 49:11
79 Sondre Holst Enger Riwal Readynez Team 50:23
80 Oscar Hernandez Aviludo-Louletano 52:39
81 Arseny Nikiforov Lokosphinx s.t.
82 Tobias Kongstad Riwal Readynez Team 53:57

Friday, February 14: Stage 1, Los Alcazares - Cravaca de la Cruz, 177.6 km

Xandro Meurisse

Xandro Meurisse takes the first stage.

Weather at the finish city of Cravaca de la Cruz at 1:20 PM, local time: 16C (61F), sunny, with the wind from the east at 5 km/hr (3mph). No rain is forecast.

The race: Here's the report from winner Xandro Meurisse's Circus-Wanty Gobert team.

Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans can add a first victory to its counter, thanks to a perfect day for Xandro Meurisse at the opening stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia (14/02, 2.1). The rhythm on the sloping roads leaving the Spanish Coast in Los Alcazares was fast. Xandro Meurisse was part of the early breakaway of eleven riders. Not many teams were unhappy with the composition of this leading group, so the advantage gradually grew past 10 minutes.

The Belgian rider focused on the final. Many riders tried to escape from their breakaway companions, but finally nobody was able to create a gap before the approach to the final 3 kilometer climb. Meurisse rode a strong and tactically good last technical kilometer through the centre of Caravaca de la Cruz, distancing his competitors. The Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans rider took his first victory of the season and will defend the leader's jersey on the final day on Saturday. The peloton finished more than 16 minutes later. This Saturday, the stage relies Santomera and Murcia in 180 kilometer, via the Alto Espuna (10,6km, 3.9%) and the Alto de Collado Bermejo (7,2km,  7%).

Xandro Meurisse: "When the breakaway is formed after 20 kilometer, you know it’s going to be a long day. But the collaboration was good and all teams were represented with at least one good rider. We soon understood that we had chances to succeed, unless Movistar Team wanted otherwise. I focused on a couple of dangerous riders, but others did the same with me. Despite some attempts, I didn't manage to break away. We studied the final climb well with the team, so I knew perfectly how to position. The final 75 meter were very steep, but I had a slight gap!

"This situation is new for me. I'll have to defend a leader's jersey for the first time. I'm confident about the Alto Espuma, and I also count on my teammates!"

Complete Results and GC after stage 1:

177.6 kilometers raced at an average speed of 40.364 km/hr

1 Xandro Meurisse Circus-Wanty Gobert 4hr 24min 0sec
2 Adam De Vos Rally Cycling @ 4sec
3 Josef Černý CCC Team 11
4 Thibault Guernalec Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
5 Lennard Kämna Bora-hansgrohe 17
6 Nikita Stalnov Astana 20
7 Jefferson Cepeda Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 23
8 Sergio Garcia Kometa-Xstra 29
9 Hector Carretero Movistar 37
10 Antonio Soto Fundacion-Orbea 50
11 Clément Russo Arkéa-Samsic @ 16min 48sec
12 Arjen Livyns Wallonie-Bruxelles 16:49
13 Patrick Bevin CCC Team s.t.
14 Kevin Deltombe Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
15 Alejandro Valverde Movistar s.t.
16 Felix Grossschartner Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
17 Martijn Budding Riwal Readynez s.t.
18 Omar Fraile Astana s.t.
19 Ruben Fernandez Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
20 Vicente Garcia Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
21 Luis León Sánchez Astana s.t.
22 Matteo Trentin CCC Team s.t.
23 Aksel Nommela Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
24 Willie Smit Burgos-BH s.t.
25 Dimitri Peyskens Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
26 Anthony Delaplace Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
27 Julien Mortier Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
28 Pier-Andre Cote Rally Cycling s.t.
29 Jhojan Garcia Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
30 Diego Rubio Burgos-BH s.t.
31 Thomas Sprengers Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
32 Kenny Molly Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
33 Carmelo Urbano Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
34 Giacomo Garavaglia Kometa-Xstra s.t.
35 Joan Bou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
36 Kristian Aasvold Riwal Readynez s.t.
37 Jan Bakelants Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
38 Sindre Skjøstad Riwal Readynez 17:01
39 Juan Fernando Caja Rural-Seguros RGA 17:03
40 Alex Molenaar Burgos-BH 17:04
41 Oscar Hernandez Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
42 Maurits Lammertink Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
43 Francisco Galvan Kern Pharma s.t.
44 Alvaro Cuadros Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
45 Angel Madrazo Burgos-BH s.t.
46 Rasmus Christian Quaade Riwal Readynez s.t.
47 Oscar Rodriguez Astana s.t.
48 Roger Adriá Oliveras Kern Pharma s.t.
49 Stephen Bassett Rally Cycling s.t.
50 Nathan Van Hooydonck CCC Team s.t.
51 Ricardo Vilela Burgos-BH s.t.
52 Aaron Van Poucke Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
53 David de la Fuente Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
54 Erik Fetter Kometa-Xstra s.t.
55 Emerson Oronte Rally Cycling s.t.
56 Imerio Cima Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
57 Joel Nicolau Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
58 Laurens Huys Wallonie-Bruxelles s.t.
59 Laurent Pichon Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
60 Mikel Alonso Flores Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
61 Aaron Verwilst Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
62 Jose Neves Burgos-BH s.t.
63 Daniel Viegas Kometa-Xstra s.t.
64 Donavan Grondin Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
65 Dzmitry Zhyhunou Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
66 Diego Pablo Sevilla Kometa-Xstra s.t.
67 Jaime Castrillo Kern Pharma s.t.
68 Riccardo Verza Kometa-Xstra s.t.
69 Mikel Iturria Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
70 Dmitry Sokolov Lokosphinx s.t.
71 Jempy Drucker Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
72 Alessandro Fancellu Kometa-Xstra s.t.
73 Sergey Chernetskiy Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
74 Simone Petilli Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
75 Loic Vliegen Circus-Wanty Gobert s.t.
76 Alexander Vdovin Lokosphinx s.t.
77 Jetse Bol Burgos-BH s.t.
78 Arseny Nikiforov Lokosphinx s.t.
79 Nelson Oliveira Movistar s.t.
80 Gijs Van Hoecke CCC Team s.t.
81 Jesus Del Pino Aviludo-Louletano s.t.
82 Martí Marquez Kern Pharma s.t.
83 Guillaume Van Keirsbulck CCC Team s.t.
84 Nick Van der Lijke Riwal Readynez s.t.
85 Alexandr Barsov Lokosphinx s.t.
86 Zhandos Bizhigitov Astana s.t.
87 Nigel Ellsay Rally Cycling s.t.
88 Kirill Svesnikov Lokosphinx s.t.
89 Yevgeniy Gidich Astana s.t.
90 Danill Fominykh Astana s.t.
91 Martin Bouzas Kern Pharma s.t.
92 Denis Nekrasov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
93 Damiano Cima Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
94 Inigo Elosegui Movistar s.t.
95 Kamil Malecki CCC Team s.t.
96 Antonio Pedrero Movistar s.t.
97 Vladislav Kulikov Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
98 Hector Saez Benito Caja Rural-Seguros RGA s.t.
99 Matis Louvel Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
100 Emiel Planckaert Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
101 Amaury Capiot Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise s.t.
102 Ibon Ruiz Sedano Kern Pharma s.t.
103 Sergio Araiz Kern Pharma s.t.
104 Matteo Dal-Cin Rally Cycling s.t.
105 Thomas Boudat Arkéa-Samsic s.t.
106 Ty Magner Rally Cycling 18:04
107 Sondre Holst Riwal Readynez 18:16
108 Peio Goikoetxea Fundacion-Orbea s.t.
109 Anton Kuzmin Gazprom-RusVelo 18:20
110 Tobias Mørch Riwal Readynez 18:22
111 Igor Boev Gazprom-RusVelo s.t.
112 Aimé De Gendt Circus-Wanty Gobert 18:27
113 Pieter Vanspeybrouck Circus-Wanty Gobert 18:29
114 Lukas Pöstlberger Bora-hansgrohe 18:31
115 Andreas Schillinger Bora-hansgrohe 18:41
116 Pascal Ackermann Bora-hansgrohe s.t.
117 Rüdiger Selig Bora-hansgrohe 18:44
118 Albert Torres Movistar 18:45
119 Luc Wirtgen Wallonie-Bruxelles 35:01
120 Nuno Meireles Aviludo-Louletano 35:16