News 02/17/2020

A strong first win for Meurisse of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia

Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans can add a first victory to its counter, thanks to a perfect performance for Xandro Meurisse at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia.

At the opening stage of the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia Xandro Meurisse was part of the early breakaway of eleven riders. Not many teams were unhappy with the composition of this leading group, so the advantage gradually grew past 10 minutes. Xandro Meurisse rode a strong and tactically good last technical kilometer through the centre of Caravaca de la Cruz, distancing his competitors. The Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans rider took his first victory of the season.

There were a lot of breakaway attempts at the early stage of the final day at the Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia, but the peloton wouldn't let go the escapees for a second day in a row. Movistar Team has shaken things up from the first of four categorized climbs, by taking over the lead from the riders of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans. Race leader Xandro Meurisse, well surrounded by his teammates, followed the thirty remaining riders halfway through the stage.
An attack of Valverde with Kamna threatened Meurisse's yellow jersey, but the duo couldn't prevent the comeback of seven chasers on the flat roads in the final. The group with Meurisse battled for the stage and final victory in the streets of Murcia. Luis Leon Sanchez won solo, a couple of seconds ahead of Meurisse finishing in 4th position. The Belgian rider of Circus-Wanty Gobert-Tormans secures a first surrounding overall victory, after previous wins at the Druivenkoers Overijse (2018) and a stage at the Dunkirk Four Day (2016).

Xandro Meurisse:
« I'm very happy with this victory and the support of the team. My confidence before the race was good, thanks to the presence of my strong and experienced teammates. They all did their part of the job and I hope this victory will stimulate all of us to continue this success! »

Final general classification:
1.Xandro Meurisse
2.Josef Cerny +0:11
3.Lennard Kamna +0:17
21.Loïc Vliegen +22:22
34.Simone Petilli +22:42
35.Aimé De Gendt +24:16
39.Jan Bakelants +27:30
56.Maurits Lammertink +29:51