• Poels seals Tour of Valencia win


    MADRID: Team Sky’s Dutch rider Wouter Poels secured overall victory in the Tour of Valencia as Belgium’s Stijn Vandenbergh won the fifth and finals stage on Sunday (Monday in Manila). Holding a 46-second lead heading into the 105.7km ride around Valencia, Poels was never troubled as he maintained his lead over Spaniard Luis Leon Sanchez with his Sky teammate Benat Intxausti a further 10 seconds adrift in third. Vandenbergh attacked with three laps of the circuit to go to hold off a bunch sprint and win from Dutch riders Dylan Groenewegen and Raymond Kreder. Fabio Aru, winner of the Vuelta a Espana in 2015 and a contender for this year’s Tour de France, finished back in sixth overall, 1min 26sec behind Poels.



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