The North American from the UAE Team Emirates Brandon McNulty has been the strongest during the week and took the 75th Tour of the Valencian Community. The northerner did well in his victory in El Miserat and controlled, together with his team, the different attempts that occurred in the last stage.

The final stage was in the hands of Will Barta (Movistar Team), who was in the initial breakaway, escaped at the end and won the battle against the chasing pack, in which the Colombian Santiago Buitrago entered in 27th place with the same time as the winner, which allowed him to finish second in the overall individual classification.

In the first part the peloton faced two climbs with Oronet (4.9 km at 4.2%) and La Frontera (5 km at 9.3%). Just before facing the first mountain prize of the day, a leading group of five was formed, made up of Will Barta (Movistar), Xavier Cañellas (Euskaltel-Euskadi), Joel Nicolau (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA), Diego Pablo Sevilla (Polti-Kometa) and José María García (Illes Balears Arabay).

The escapees achieved a maximum advantage of about three minutes, but in La Frontera the pace in the peloton increased. This was due to BORA-hansgrohe who, with Aleksandr Vlasov, wanted to surprise. The Russian went on the attack towards the end of the climb, but yellow jersey wearer Brandon McNulty followed close behind.

At the closing, Will Barta left his fellow escapees behind. The American started with just under a minute and a half difference on the descent from La Frontera, but still had forty-five kilometers to go. It seemed impossible to do the work on his own. Especially when the previously reduced peloton began to grow again and the Lidl-Trek men set the pace for the return of Jonathan Milan.

Barta, however, knew how to regulate her forces. Although the gap was narrowing, he finally held on. He crossed the finish line with an eight-second lead. Behind him, the Italian Jonathan Milan sprinted convincingly to take second place, ahead of Vito Braet of Intermarché-Wanty and the Venezuelan Orluis Aular (Caja Rural – Seguros RGA), who came in 4th.

The Bogotá cyclist Santiago Buitrago closed a great participation in the Valencian Community, just 14″ behind the American Brandon McNulty, winner of the competition, beating the Russian Aleksandr Vlásov by only three seconds, who finished 17″ behind the winner. Furthermore, he was the winner of the youth classification.

Stage 5 | Bétera – Valencia (93 km)

1 Will BartaMovistar Team2:08:19
2 Jonathan MilanLidl – Trek0:07
3 Vito BraetIntermarché – Wanty,,
4 Orluis AularCaja Rural – Seguros RGA,,
5 Matej MohoričBahrain – Victorious,,

Clasificación General Final

1 Brandon McNultyUAE Team Emirates17:52:34
2 Santiago BuitragoBahrain – Victorious0:14
3 Aleksandr VlasovBORA – hansgrohe0:17
4 Alessandro TonelliVF Group – Bardiani CSF – Faizanè0:20
5 Jai HindleyBORA – hansgrohe0:34

Source: Revista Mundo Ciclístico