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Spaniard wins emotional first ride Tour of the Alps, Froome and Hermans immediately grab bonus at Aru

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Pello Bilbao (Astana) is the first leader in the 42nd edition of the Tour of The Alps (cat. 2.BC). The 28-year-old Spaniard came Monday solo in the opening stage. After 134,6 km from Arco to Rovereto he had six seconds ahead of his country – and team-mate Luis Leon Sanchez and the Colombian Ivan Ramiro Sosa. Ben Hermans finished as the best Belgian on 10 seconds on the ninth place.

The Italian stage race for many riders, including Chris Froome and Fabio Aru, a preparatory race at the Giro. The first stage had a nervous start, with numerous attack attempts. Finally managed to Aleksejs Saramotins, Natnael Berhane, Alexey Rybalkin, Davide Ballerini, Matthias Krizek, Pascal Eenkhoorn, Joan Bou, Marco Friedrich and Alex Turrin managed the platoon to escape. The nine reason up to a bonus of 3:10 to each other. In the peloton, controlled Groupama-FDJ and Team Sky.

At the foot of the final climb, the Monteé de Serrada, 19.3 km long, was the bonus of the escapees firmly down. Ultimately the latter was a breakaway at 6 kilometers from the top, 12 from the finish line, picked up. Immediately followed by an attack of Sebastien Reichenbach, who countered by Giulio Ciccone, and others. Ciccone took away from his companions, but was ultimately again nabbed by a group of favorites, which Sky the pace. In the descent, demolition Pello Bilbao away and he would be ahead, despite the work of Froome, just to keep on the slightly inclined finish. Thanks to the excellent afstoppingswerk of his team mates from Astana.

For Bilbao, it was his first victory for the Astana team, where he has since last year is part of. He dedicated the victory to Michele Scarponi. That came last year in a car crash, five days after he in the jersey of the Astana team are the latest victory achieved in the first stage of the Tour of the Alps.

Results:

1. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) in 3u26:41

2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) at 0:06

3. Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col)

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) 0:10

5. Christopher Froome (GBr)

6. Domenico Pozzovivo (Ita)

7. George Bennett (Ur)

8. Giulio Ciccone (Ita)

9. Ben Hermans

10. Fabio Aru (Ita) 0:14

Position:

1. Pello Bilbao (Spa/Astana) in 3u26:31

2. Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa) at 0:10

3. Ivan Ramiro Sosa (Col) 0:12

4. Thibaut Pinot (Fra) 0:20

5. Christopher Froome (GBr)

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