• Fourth stage Puncture of Mas, double blow of Küng in the chrono

  • Third stage The leadership of Enric Mas that seemed indestructible

It could not be. It is the phrase of frustration.

In a week with the unexpectedly frustrating situations that happen regularly even if they are not expected

. It could not be and

Rafa Nadal

was stranded in the quarterfinals as he headed towards his twelfth Monte Carlo title;

Enric Mas

did not tie the absolute triumph of the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana one day after having won the stage with a high finish. He had to settle this Sunday with a third drawer, because it could not be.

The happy little phrase was pronounced on Saturday night by an

Athletic Club beaten

by Barça while

the Catalans celebrated their Copa del Rey because it could be

, as it could be the celebration of the


with its Swiss runner

Stefan Küng

on top of the podium of Valencia or the

Delko Provence of the Andalusian José Manuel Díaz Gallego in Kusadasi

, overlooking the Aegean Sea, as

champion of the Tour of Turkey

for just one second in his favor. The

four partial victories for Mark Cavendish

(of eight possible) in Ottoman round were not in the original script.

Stefan Küng, winner of the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana toasting with Nelson Oliveira (c) and Enric Mas, companions on the final podium.

Aberasturi, very close to Démare

In the Valencian Community,

Enric Mas lacked some strength in Saturday's time trial and had a puncture left over,

without which he possibly would have retained the yellow jersey that Küng snatched from him.

It was the last and decisive fight for the title, since on Sunday, in the

95 kilometers between Paterna and Valencia


the kingdom of speed

was only going to be

settled between Arnaud Démare (Groupama FDJ) and Caleb Ewan (Lotto Soudal)

, sprinters of the highest world elite.


Ewan hasn't been for many trots

this Levantine week, so Démare took the French team's fourth stage win this week, his second with his signing. The French champion was so confident that

Jon Aberasturi

(Caja Rural-RGA) from

Alava almost ate his toast

, who progressed ahead of Belgian

Timothy Dupont

(Bingoal Pauwels).

The Puerto Rican

Abner González

(Movistar Team),

Joan Bou


Maxime Cam

(B&B Hotels) and

Paul Wright

(MG.k) made the race, sharing the getaway that would be undone shortly before the finish line, as usual.

They made Démare's cohort (Scotson, Balmer, Sinkeldam, Guarnieri) work hard, a circumstance that raised the average speed of the peloton:

more than 47 km / h


Thus ended a

week of cycling in the three provinces of the Community

, with cool weather and two first stages with torrential discharges of water.

The excitement continued until Saturday

, as the organizers wanted with

Ángel Casero

at the helm.

Who did not want exciting outcomes was

Ibon Ruiz

, who gave Kern Pharma the leading role in two getaways and after the second stage he already had the mountain jersey well secured.

He wore it yesterday on the podium in Valencia with

Küng, Nelson Oliveira and Mas, the first three of the final general classification



Movistar Team

winner by squads;


Victor Lafay

(Cofidis) as the best youngster and

Démare as the winner on points


Very fast Chiara Consonni

Before ending the men's round, the

only 'stage' of the women's version of the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana was run,

in which the Italian runner Chiara Consoni, from the Valcar Travel & Service team, won the sprint. She was the fastest of the 74 runners who started at Paterna. Simone Consonni's sister, who has contested the men's race aboard the Cofidis team (fourth in the sprint of the last stage) beat the first favorite, the also Italian

Barbara Guareschi,

of the Movistar Team. In third place was the French

Elodie Le Bail

(Stade Rochelais).


the next edition of the Valencian contest

begins to be considered

, with the request that it be held

on its own dates in February

, without masks or bubbles, with the public encouraged in the gutters of the route.

And if possible, with a more stable weather.

According to the criteria of The Trust Project

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