Tour of Valencia 2019 - live on TV and live stream

The 70th edition of the Spanish cycling race the Tour of Valencia (Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana) starts on Wednesday 6 February 2019. The final stage of the Tour of Valencia 2019 will be held on Sunday 10 February. The Tour of Valencia 2019 is broadcast live on TV. You can also follow this Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana online via a live stream. There are many interesting participants on the start list of this Spanish stage race. How did the history of this Eastern Spanish cycling race go? What do the route and route schedule of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 look like?

History Tour of Valencia

Changing names

This 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 Valenciana

In 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.

Return

There 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 honor

In 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 2019

Below 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 2019

Which 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 2019

The 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: Eurosport

The 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

Cycling live on TV

Which other cycling races can be seen live in this calendar period? A lot of cyclocross is broadcast live during this period. For example, on Wednesday 6 February the Parkcross Maldegem will be broadcast live on TV and online via live stream. Then on February 9 the Krawatencross Lille (DVV) can be seen live at Sporza. On Sunday, February 10, various broadcasters will broadcast the Strawberry Cross Hoogstraten (Superprestige) live. The next major road cycling course that will be broadcast live on TV by Eurosport will be the Ruta del Sol (Tour of Andalusia) from 20 February.

Livestream Tour of Valencia 2019

The Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana 2019 can also be followed live online via a live stream from Eurosport. With such a live stream, the Tour of Valencia 2019 can be followed via smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktop computers, and so on. The official live stream is on the Eurosport Player. To use this live stream, you must have a subscription to this app. Eurosport also presents itself as the 'Home of Cycling' on that app. There are a lot of cycling races to watch via that live stream. Eurosport has the exclusive live stream for the Netherlands and Flanders from the Giro d'Italia. However, many live rates can also be seen live on their live stream, including even those that cannot be seen on TV in the low countries.

Go App: live stream

It is also possible to watch the Tour of Valencia 2019 via live stream via the Go App (online TV). With that application you can watch the channels from the standard package of Ziggo per live stream. With this you can also watch the live broadcasts of Eurosport at the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana via a live stream. After all, all stages are broadcast live by Eurosport on Eurosport 1 and that channel is included in the standard package, so that you can watch it on that app per live stream. Via such a stream on the Ziggo Go App you can not only watch the stages of the Tour of Valencia live, but you can also watch the broadcasts afterwards.

Previous edition: results Tour of Valencia 2018

The opening stage ended in a mass sprint. This was impressively won by the Dutchman Danny van Poppel. He was in the lead of the peloton well before the finish, but he stood strong. The second place went to Mezgec in that first stage. The second stage was won by Spaniard Alejandro Valverde. He also took the leader's jersey in the Tour of Valencia that day. The third stage was a team time trial, which was won by BMC. Due to the rainy weather it was decided that this stage would not count for the general classification. That is why Valverde remained the leader in the general classification that day. The fourth stage finished uphill. Valverde won that stage and thus strengthened his leading position in the rankings. The final stage was won by Belgian Jurgen Roelandts, ahead of Danny van Poppel. The overall victory in the general classification went to Valverde.

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