The Belgian pulled clear on the final ascent to finish five seconds clear of Jakob Fuglsang, Ion Izagirre (both Astana) and Jack Haig (Mitchelton-Scott).
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Wellens, who boasts two Giro d'Italia stage wins, will look to defend the leader’s yellow and black jersey on the 216km second stage from Sevilla to Torredonjimeno on Thursday.
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The five-stage race concludes on Sunday.

Wellens roars to Stage 1 success

Stage one results

  • 1. Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal 4:04:12
  • 2. Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:05
  • 3. Ion Izagirre Insausti (Spa) Astana Pro Team
  • 4. Jack Haig (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott
  • 5. Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma 0:00:09
  • 6. Pello Bilbao (Spa) Astana Pro Team
  • 7. Marco Canola (Ita) Nippo-Vini Fantini-Faizane
  • 8. Aleksandr Vlasov (Rus) Gazprom–Rusvelo
  • 9. Antwan Tolhoek (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma
  • 10. Guillaume Martin (Fra) Wanty-Gobert 0:00:13
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24/02/2019 AT 15:00