Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott) powered over the finish line to win stage 2 of the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana on Thursday.
The 29-year-old has dealt with a lot of adversity of late, but overcame all his injury problems to kick-start 2019 with a bang.
"You had to come out of that last corner in first place if you wanted to win," Trentin said in the aftermath.
The Italian continued: "When you're not feeling strong, everything gets more complicated, but I've had a good winter, it went well. We drove hard on that climb to make it tough for other sprinters and I could finish off well.
"It's great for my morale and great for the team's morale too. The level of racers here is high, too, so to succeed even so is very important."
Edvald Boasson Hagen (Dimension Data) continues to lead the general classification ahead of an all-star field.
Spain's Alejandro Valverde has enjoyed the most success at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana. The defending champion has won the race more than anyone else in history - three times: 2007, 2007 & 2018.