|Colombian rider Nairo Quintana of Movistar team celebrates winning the Tour of Valencia cycling race after the fifth and last stage between Paterna and Valencia, eastern Spain. — EPA Photo|Viet Nam News
VALENCIA, Spain – Nairo Quintana made the perfect start to a daunting season as the Movistar rider survived the elements to win the Tour of Valencia on Sunday.
Frenchman Bryan Coquard claimed the shortened fifth and final stage from Paterna to Valencia ahead of compatriot Nacer Bouhanni and Dutchman Coen Vermeltfoort in 1hr 1.23min.
In strong winds that curtailed the stage, the Colombian Quintana finished safely among the peloton to stay 13sec ahead of Belgian Ben Hermans with his BMC Racing teammate Manuel Senni in third 19sec further adrift.
Defending champion Wout Poels was 52sec back on Quintana in fourth for Team Sky.
After winning the Vuelta a Espana last year, Quintana is targeting a Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double and showed fine early season form in storming to victory in Saturday’s fourth stage to move to the head of the standings. — AFP