News | Saudi Tour | Volta Valenciana • February 3, 2023
Formolo & team climb final podium at Saudi Tour
Ackermann 3rd in last uphill sprint
Pascal Ackermann showed a return to sprinting form on the final of stage 5 of the Saudi Tour from AlUla Old Town to Maraya (142.9km) with the German taking 3rd place behind winner Simone Consonni (Cofidis).
Davide Formolo and Felix Grossschartner sealed off an encouraging sweep of the overall top-5, taking 2nd and 4th place respectively, with Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) taking the final winners title.
The team comes away from Saudi with the overall win in the teams classification which has spirits high ahead of the next objectives in Oman.
Davide Formolo: “It was a nice week of racing for us. We came close to winning a few stages and took second and fourth on the GC with me and Felix while also coming home with the team classification so it’s a solid start. We’re in action here again next week in Oman with the likes of Diego Ulissi coming into the squad so we look forward to trying for a big results there.”
Meanwhile in Vuelta Valenciana, Brandon McNulty rounded-out the top-10 with 10th spot on stage 3 from Betera to Sagunto (145km) with the breakaway seeing off the peloton and Simone Velasco (Astana) taking the victory. In the overall standings Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) holds the lead with McNulty just 18’’ back in 10th place.
Stage 4 tomorrow will likely see another GC shake-up with a hilltop finish from Burriana to Alto de la Cueva Santa (181.6km).
Saudi Tour Stage 5 results
1.Simone Consonni (Cofidis) 3:10:13
2.Matteo Malucelli (Bingoal WB) s.t
3.Pascal Ackermann (UAE Team Emirates) s.t
Saudi Tour Final General Classification
1.Ruben Guerreiro (Movistar) 20:20:04
2.Davide Formolo (UAE Team Emirates) +8’’
3.Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain Victorious) +9’’
4.Felix Grossschartner (UAE Team Emirates) +18’’
Vuelta Valenciana stage 3 results
1.Simone Velasco (Astana) 3:13:47
2.Bob Jungels (Bora-Hansgrohe) s.t
3.Jonas Gregaard (Uno-X) s.t
10.Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +3’’
Vuelta Valenciana General Classification after stage 3
1.Giulio Ciccone (Trek-Segafredo) 12:30:50
2.Pello Bilbao (Bahrain Victorious) +3’’
3.Aleksandr Vlasov (Bora-Hansgrohe) +6’’
10.Brandon McNulty (UAE Team Emirates) +18’’