Juul Jensen jumps out of the pack to take seventh in SpainSat 11 Feb 2017
Chris Juul Jensen sprinted to seventh place at the 37th Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia today, jumping out of the chasing bunch to claim a top ten finish for ORICA-SCOTT.
A tough 182.7kilometre race unfolded with New Zealander Sam Bewley animating the early breakaway alongside two companions before being caught at the halfway mark.
Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) attacked soon after the Bewley trio had been neutralized and after developing a significant advantage over the peloton the Spaniard held off the chasers and soloed to victory.
After a string of solid performances in the recent Tour of Valencia, 27-year-old Juul Jensen impressed on Spanish roads again today, forming part of the late chasing group behind Valverde and displaying a decent kick to the line in the race for second place.
“Chris Juul Jensen did really well,” said Sport director Laurenzo Lapage. “He is showing some form now and after getting into the chasing group he worked very hard for a top ten finish.”
“There wasn’t much anybody could do today, Valverde went from around 75kilometres out and up until that point we had ridden well and aggressively.
“Sam Bewley showed no signs of jet-lag after flying half way around the world two days ago and was part of every breakaway move in the first half of the race.
“Jens Keuekeleire has been suffering a little with a stomach bug and we decided before the race that we didn’t want to take any risks, we have a strong team with many versatile riders and today we could adapt and let Chris find a good position for himself.”
How it happened:
Strong winds and overcast skies welcomed the riders to the start of the 37th Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia in San Javier and after a steady first hour of racing a three-man breakaway slipped out of the peloton.
The trio included Bewley for ORICA-SCOTT and after 70kilometres they held an advantage of one-minute 15seconds over the Movistar led field.
Movistar never ceded control at the front of the bunch and by the time the race hit the category one Alto Collado Bermejo with 80kilometres to go the three leaders had been caught.
Attacks started to spring through the fog on the climb as Valverde decided to go solo with a group of 14 riders jumping into the chase around one minute behind the Spaniard.
Valverde pushed on, gaining two and a half minutes as the chasing group behind him fell apart, with 40kilometres to go he was alone with five riders left in the wind just ahead of the peloton.
Maintaining his rhythm and his advantage Valverde held on to take the solo win with Juul-jensen sprinting out of the chasing pack into seventh place.
ORICA-SCOTT are in action again tomorrow at the Clasica de Almeria.
Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia results:
1. Alejandro Valverde (Movistar) 04:03:08
2. Jhonatan Restreppo (Katusha-Alpecin) 00:02:10
3. Patrick Konrad (Bora-Hansgrohe) ST
7. Chris Juul Jensen (ORICA-SCOTT) ST
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