Betancur takes the win in Castilla y Leon opener

Carlos Betancur (Movistar) took his first win since the 2014 Paris-Nice when he came out on top in the windy, cold and lumpy first stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

The Colombian went on the attack on the final climb inside the final 10km and after briefly having been distanced, he beat Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural) in the two-rider sprint to take both the stage win and the leader’s jersey.

With the win, Betancur is of course the first leader with a 4-second advantage over Bilbao. He will try to defend his position in stage 2 which is another lumpy affair. After three early climbs, the terrain gets significantly flatter but in the finale the riders will tackle a 4.5km category 2 climb that averages 6.3% and summits just 3.1km from the line. From there, it is a flat run to the finish.

Vuelta Castilla y Leon 2016 Рstage 1 results (Alcanices РBragan̤a):

1 Carlos Betancur (Movistar)


2 Pello Bilbao (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


3 Carlos Barbero (Caja Rural-Seguros RGA)


4 Dmitrii Sokolov (Lokosphinx)


5 Winner Anacona (Movistar)


6 Alvaro Trueba Diego (Efapel)


7 Rafael Silva (Efapel)


8 Alejandro Valverde (Movistar)


9 Diego Milan (Inteja-MMR Dominican Cycling Team)


10 Jesus Ezquerra Muela (Sporting/Tavira)