Greg Van Avermaet outsprints rivals to take Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana stage three victory

The Belgian looks in fine form ahead of his spring Classics campaign

Greg Van Avermaet wins stage three of the Volta a Valenciana (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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Olympic champion Greg Van Avermaet held off sprinters and overall contenders to take his first victory of 2019 on stage three of the Volta a Valenciana

The Belgian hit the front in the final 100 meters and out-sprinted stage two winner Matteo Trentin at the climax of a course perfectly suited to the Classics specialists.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.