Tour of Valencia 2019 - live on TV and live stream
History Tour of Valencia
Changing namesThis Spanish stage race originated in the late 1920s. Originally this race was not called the Tour of Valencia, but the 'Vuelta a Levante' (Tour of Levante). This name had the course from the first edition (in 1929) up to and including 1977. Levante is the region in the east of Spain, which includes the regions of Valencia and Murcia.
After the race could not be organized in 1978, it was decided to breathe new life into it in 1979, this time under the name Vuelta a la Region de Valencia. Only once did the competition officially bear that name. In 1980 this Spanish cycling race was given a new name, namely: the Vuelta a las Tres Provincias (the round of the three provinces).
Vuelta a la Comunitat ValencianaIn 1984 the competition was given a new name: the Vuelta a la Comunidad Valenciana. This official name has since retained this round. Major organizational problems arose in 2008. This was partly due to the major financial crisis that hit Spain hard. As a result, the competition could not be organized in the 2009-2015 period.
ReturnThere were attempts to return the Tour of Valencia to the cycling calendar in 2010 or 2011. However, those initiatives failed. In 2015 a new attempt was made, this time partly by the Spanish former top rider Angel Casero (winner of the Vuelta 2001) and his brother Rafaël Casero. These two former pros are both from Valencia. The attempt of the Casero brothers became a success. Originally, the Tour of Valencia was supposed to return to the calendar 'only' as a one-day race in 2016, but in the end it was possible to make the race in 2016, just as in the past, a stage race again.
Roll of honorIn 1929 the first edition of this race was won by the Spaniard Salvador Cardona. Over the years, this Spanish stage race has been won by many large riders. These included Julian Berrendero (1942), Rik van Looy (1959), Eddy Merckx (1969), Bernard Hinault (1986), Stephen Roche (1987), Laurent Jalabert (1996) and Alejandro Valverde (2004, 2007 and 2018). Twice the Tour of Valencia was won by a Dutchman: Tom Cordes (1990) and Wout Poels (2016).
Trail and route schedule - Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019Below you will find the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 race route. The first stage is a time trial with the finish on a hill. In the second stage the riders will ride through the low mountains, but the final of this stage is relatively flat. The top of the last serious climb of this second ride is 42 kilometers from the finish and from that top a long descent follows. The third stage finishes on top of a hill. The fourth stage also finishes uphill. The final stage on Sunday 10 February is flat.
Tour schedule Valencia Tour of Valencia 2019:
- Wed. February 6, 1st stage: Orihuela - Orihuela 10.2 km (individual time trial) (uphill finish)
- Do. Feb. 7, 2nd stage: Alicante - Alicante 166 km
- Fri. February 8, 3rd stage: Quart de Poblet - Chera 191 km (uphill finish)
- Sat. February 9, 4th stage: Vila-Real - Alcala-Alcocebre 188 km (uphill finish)
- So. February 10, 5th stage: Paterna - Valencia 88 km
Participants: start list Tour of Valencia 2019Which participants are on the starting list with the numbers of the Tour of Valencia 2019? Because this race usually has an interesting and versatile course, many top players are interested in running this race as a preparation race. Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 has many interesting participants on the starting list, including Alejandro Valverde, Geraint Thomas, Esteban Chaves, Adam Yates, Rui Costa, Daniel Martin, Greg van Avermaet, Dylan Groenewegen and Nacer Bouhanni.
Results Tour of Valencia 2019The opening time trial was won by Edvald Boasson Hagen. Ion Izagirre finished in second place, the third place went to Tony Martin. The Belgian Dylan Teuns finished fourth in the opening time trial and the Dutchman Jos van Emden finished fifth. The second stage ended in a mass sprint, which was won by Italian Matteo Trentin. The third stage (sprint uphill) was won by Olympic champion Greg van Avermaet. On Saturday Adam Yates won the fourth stage (uphill finish). Dylan Groenewegen won the final stage on Sunday 10 February. The Spaniard Ion Izagirre took the overall victory in the general classification.
Live on TV: EurosportThe Tour of Valencia 2019 is broadcast live on TV by Eurosport. In 2019, Eurosport will also broadcast the World Skiing live during this period. Usually the live broadcasts of the Tour of Valencia start after the broadcasts of that World Cup skiing. The live broadcast of the first stage of the Tour of Valencia 2019 starts on Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at approximately 2:00 pm on the Eurosport 1 channel. Below is the broadcast schedule.
Broadcast schedule: Tour of Valencia live on Eurosport
- Wed. Feb. 6: live at 2:00 pm on Eurosport 1 and live stream
- Do. Feb. 7: live at 2:00 pm on Eurosport 1 and live stream
- Fri. Feb. 8: live at 2.30 pm on Eurosport 1 and live stream
- Sat. Feb. 9: live at 2:00 pm on Eurosport 1 and live stream
- So. 10 Feb: live at 2.30 pm on Eurosport 1 and live stream