Felix Grossschartner won the first stage in the Tour of Burgos on Tuesday. The Austrian from BORA-hansgrohe surprised the competition in the final phase.
In the artful final of the hilly stage over 157 kilometers, an attack by Grossschartner proved to be too powerful. João Almeida of Deceuninck-Quick-Step came in second, ahead of number three Alejandro Valverde.
The Tour of Burgos is the first race since the corona outbreak for many WorldTour teams. In addition to Valverde, there are names such as George Bennett, Fabio Aru, Mikel Landa, Remco Evenepoel and world champion Mads Pedersen.
After a somewhat quiet start of the opening stage, a leading group of four emerged, to which Jetse Bol from Burgos-BH belonged. The quartet got a maximum lead of about four and a half minutes.
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Jumbo-Visma talent Leemreize drops out
With 54 kilometers to go, a crash led to the abandonment of Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma) and Sebastián Henao (Team INEOS). For the only twenty-year-old Leemreize, that was a big disappointment; he drove his first race since it was announced on Friday that he will be promoted to the pro branch of his Dutch team next season.
Not long after the crash, the peloton accelerated. It led to the four escapees being arrested fairly quickly. In the kilometers that followed, top talent Evenepoel was one of the riders who tried to jump away, but no one made it. In the final, Grossschartner turned out to be the best in the pack.
The Tour of Burgos continues on Wednesday with a flat ride over 168 kilometers, which starts in Castrojeriz and ends in Villadiego.
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