The first stage of Ruta del Sol (2.HC, 14-18/02) was contested in a sprint in the streets of Granada. After a stage led by five breakaway riders, the peloton raised the pace in the middle part of the stage to begin the final with Thomas Degand, Andrea Pasqualon, Marco Minnaard and Guillaume Martin as WGG riders. In the sprint, the Frenchman Thomas Boudat was the fastest, just ahead of Sacha Modolo and Clément Venturini. Our Italian Andrea Pasqualon finished fourth, just next to the podium. On Thursday the riders arrive at the top of the Guardia de Jaen, with an summit finish that should suit the real climbers.
"I had very good legs, but there were many other fast men for the sprint. The last kilometers were nervous, because no team got his train on track, so it was difficult to maneuver in the sprint. I finished fourth, but had legs for a better result. I can actually be happy, because it is only my second competition day of the year. "
"There are still one or two stages that should suit me, because I have legs to go for the victory. Especially the Saturday stage really suits me. The last kilometer is uphill, which reminds me of Coppa Sabatini."
"I do not have my best form yet, but I'm not sick anymore, I have no discomfort on my bike due to my stomach problems at the weekend.”
"I don’t know the final to Guardia de Jaen. I think that my options are limited after the illness, but we will try to do the best possible on the last climb with Marco, Thomas and I. I would have been able to show more ambition if I hadn’t been sick, thus I prefer to start without pressure in tomorrow's stage. "
Stage 1 (Mijas-Granada) :
1. Thomas Boudat 197,6km en 5h21:39
2. Sacha Modolo
3. Clément Venturini
4. Andrea Pasqualon
43. Thomas Degand
46. Guillaume Martin
54. Marco Minnaard
101. Kevin Van Melsen + 6:57
125. Jerome Baugnies