Frenchman Pavel Sivakov (Inios Grenadier) won the cycling race on Saturday in Laguna de Nila, Spain with the fifth and final stage going to Portugal’s Joao Almeida (UAE).
Sivakov, 25, signed his third stage success after his 2019 victories at the Alpine Tour and Poland.
Under attack from his competitors of the year in the last hectometers of the final climb (11.5 kilometers averaging 6%) of the Queen stage in the Spanish event, Ineos training climber stuck on Almeida wheels and Colombian Miguel Angel Lopez, second in the finish, to complete the lead by 7 seconds about the winner.
In the final general classification, Sivakov leads Almeida and Lopez by 35 seconds. Spain’s Carlos Rodriguez and Belgium’s Ilan van Wilder are more than 40 seconds behind on the podium.
In second place in the Clásica San Sebastian won by Belgian Rimko Evenpoel last weekend, Sivakov advanced as one of the men in form of the moment he should be on the Tour of Spain (Aug.
Born in Italy but residing in France (in Paris and then in Haute-Garonne) since he was one, Sivakov, who had Russian and French passports, obtained the UCI to be able to run under a French license last March, soon after the army offensive Russian in Ukraine.
Sivakov is the third Frenchman to win the Tour de Burgos after Armand de las Cuevas and Laurent Jalabert, respectively, in 1994 and 1997.