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Young Guns News Roundup #7a (03/21/2007)
 
By Fabio
Date: 3/21/2007
Young Guns News Roundup #7a (03/21/2007)
 

Our coverage of the stars of tomorrow is divided into two (unequal) halves this week. The first part of our young gun report is all about the stage races running on Spanish, French and even Croatian territory the past few days. The second - that will follow - is focused on the single-day events in Italy, France, Spain and (Giro del Mendrisiotto) the Italian-speaking corner of Switzerland. So here's the "stage race" portion.

Seven riders from the U.S. National U23 Team, as well as one more American racing for a Spanish squad, challenged their Russian colleagues and sixteen equipos from the host country in the 21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante / Gran Premio San Antonio (formerly Vuelta Ciclista a la Vega Baja) running on the eastern side of Spain from the 14th thru the 18th of March.

The contest kicked off with two half stages in the opening day: a road race of 78.2 km around Orihuela (home to the cycling club that runs the event) followed by a challenge against the clock at Torrelamata town. Winner of the former was the Murcian young gun David Calatayud, good at finishing off the job done by his Supefroiz domestiques, that put in a superchase of an eight-strong superbreakaway group: Spaniards Iván García (CAi), Cecilio Gutiérrez and Diego Rodríguez (Andalucía-Caja Sur) as well and Jesús López (Soctec), Ukraine's Sergei Grechyn (Universidad Politécnica de Valencia), the Russian Vladimir Schenkunov (Lokosphinx), the Mexican José Gómez and Cuba's Luis Alberto Romero (both with Cafemax-Marín) attacked at km. 15 and put up to a minute and forty seconds into the field but were reeled in with about a dozen km. remaining. Calatayud outsprinted the above cited Romero as well as Roberto Cobo to clinch the half-stage, while John Devine of the US. Team notched a solid seventh-place finish.

Marcel Six of Belgium fell short of the top three spots at Orihuela, but got an excellent second-place result in Wednesday afternoon's ITT, which turned into a one-team show of Comunitat Valenciana, wrapping up the (half)stage podium with Francisco Torrella as deserving winner, his compatriot José Manuel Ballesta in spot number three, and Six sandwiched in between. Top finisher from the US Team was Sheldon Deeny, who got close to make the top twenty. The overall standings at the end of the opening day strictly resembled the ITT classification, with Torrella, Six and Ballesta (more or less) firmly in the lead.

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 1a (Orihuela to Orihuela, 78.2 km): Top 20 Places

1. 55 CALATAYUD, David SPA SUPERFROIZ - 01h43'08"
2. 177 ROMERO, Luis Alberto CUB CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
3. 4 COBO, Roberto SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
4. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
5. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
6. 115 CUESTA, José Manuel SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
7. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - s.t.
8. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
9. 73 FRAISSIGNES, Fabien FRA BLAGNAC GSC - s.t.
10. 145 GARCIA, Vicente SPA UNIV. POL.VALENCIA - s.t.
11. 14 KRASNOV, Leonid RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
12. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
13. 77 MURAYAMA, Norihide JAP BLAGNAC GSC - s.t.
14. 107 CARRASCO, José Antonio SPA CAJASUR - s.t.
15. 153 ALONSO, Francisco Javier SPA DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
16. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
17. 113 LOPEZ, Jesus SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
18. 62 RUIZ, José Luis SPA COM. VALENCIANAs.t.
19. 15 KAYKOV, Valery RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
20. 146 BERENGUER, Jordi SPA UNIV. POL.VALENCIA - s.t.

...22. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - s.t.
25. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - s.t.
26. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - s.t.
48. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - s.t.
67. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - s.t.
73. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - s.t.
98. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 01'14"

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 1b (Torrelamata to Torrelamata, 3.4 km): Top 20 Places

1. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM. VALENCIANA - 02'48"
2. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
3. 63 BALLESTA, José Manuel SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
4. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
5. 62 RUIZ, José Luis SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 01"
6. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 02"
7. 55 CALATAYUD, David SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 03"
8. 115 CUESTA, Jose Manuel SPA SOCTEC - at 03"
9. 177 ROMERO, Luis Alberto CUB CAFEMAX MARIN - at 03"
10. 65 MARTINEZ, Francisco Javier SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 03"
11. 15 KAYKOV, Valery RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 05"
12. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 06"
13. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 07"
14. 57 VILLALGORDO, Francisco José SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 07"
15. 155 ROVIRA, Jaume SPA DIPUTACION LEON - at 07"
16. 127 OYARZUN, Carlos Ivan CHI OVIEDO TARTIERE - at 08"
17. 117 CANOVAS, Jose SPA SOCTEC - at 09"
18. 14 KRASNOV, Leonid RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 09"
19. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - at 10"
20. 61 CASANOVA, Sergio SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 10"

…21. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 10"
27. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 12"
37. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 14"
44. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 15"
47. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 15"
54. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 17"
75. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 19"
115. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 36"

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
GC after Stage 1: Top 5 Places

1. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM. VALENCIANA - 01h45'56"
2. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
3. 63 BALLESTA, José Manuel SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
4. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
5. 62 RUIZ, José Luis SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 01"

…21. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 10"
27. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 12"
36. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 14"
41. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 15"
44. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 15"
50. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 17"
89. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 36"
101. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 01'33"

Thursday's stage two came to a field sprint of 45 riders, even though it got a non-Spanish winner: France's Fabien Fraissignes of the Blagnac squad proved quicker than his three local challengers, while Luis Romero the man from Cuba rode to another top five result, but once more missed the biggest prize. And Six took place number ... seven. John Devine was again the top US finisher, but didn't get higher than 18th at Ondara town. Torrella finished inside the first group and held onto his overall leadership.

Torrella is also the top-placed contender from the Valencia Community, and Ballesta is the best athlete from Alicante and surroundings in the GC, while Marcel Six stays atop the Points competition. The Andalusian Cecilio Gutiérrez was the King of Mountains after stage two, and leading the Intervuelta classification; Jaume Rovira (Diputación Leon) and Soctec's Jesús Lopez were awarded the jerseys of Hot Spot and Special Sprints classification leaders respectively. Needless to say, the mighty Comunitat Valenciana dominated the Team standings.

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 2 (Polop to Ondara, 129 km): Top 20 Places

1. 73 FRAISSIGNES, Fabien FRA BLAGNAC GSC - 03h22'38"
2. 144 GARCIA, Alvaro SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - s.t.
3. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
4. 113 LOPEZ, Jesús SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
5. 177 ROMERO, Luis Alberto CUB CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
6. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - s.t.
7. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
8. 115 CUESTA, José Manuel SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
9. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
10. 15 KAYKOV, Valery RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
11. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
12. 127 OYARZUN, Carlos Iván CHI OVIEDO TARTIERE - s.t.
13. 106 CORTES, Mario SPA CAJASUR - s.t.
14. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
15. 101 GUTIERREZ, Cecilio SPA CAJASUR - s.t.
16. 147 TOLEDO, Victor José‚ SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - s.t.
17. 27 COLOME, Oriol SPA VIVEROS ALCANAR - s.t.
18. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - s.t.
19. 107 CARRASCO, Jose Antonio SPA CAJASUR - s.t.
20. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.

... 55. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 09'24"
62. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 12'58"
66. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 21'19"
97. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 22'57"
104. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 22'57"
107. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 22'57"
112. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 22'57"

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
GC after Stage 2: Top 5 Places

1. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM. VALENCIANA - 05h08'34"
2. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
3. 63 BALLESTA, José Manuel SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
4. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
5. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 02"

…23. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA a 12
53. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 09'39"
61. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 13'10"
66. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 21'33"
69. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 23'07"
72. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 23'12"
89. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 23'33"
99. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 24'30"

The "halfway point" stage, from Tormos to El Campello over 130.4 km, with the second category Climb of Vall de Gallinera followed by the tougher Alto de Tudons (50k from the finish), had an impact on the overall: despite taking line honours with José Luis Ruiz, the Comunidad Valenciana powerhouse squad didn't have much (more) to celebrate, as their GC man Francisco Torrella surrendered the overall leader's jersey to fellow Spaniard Rafael Rodríguez (Cafemax), runner-up to Ruiz on the stage. The two-man winning breakaway crossed the line 38 seconds ahead of the bunch, that was led home by Jesús Lopez of the Andalusian team Soctec. Once more John Devine was the top U.S. finisher, and got into the top twenty spots in both the stage and overall classifications.

Friday's performance put Rafael Rodríguez in the lead of both the best local - as in from the Alicante area - and regional (as in from the Comunidad Valenciana) rider classifications too, but the Spaniard failed to topple Marcel Six in the Points competition. Andalusia-Caja Sur's Cecilio Gutiérrez continues in the King of Mountains leader's mantle, while Carlos Iván Oyarzun (Ciudad Oviedo) grabbed the Intervuelta lead; Soctec's Lopez stays atop the Special Sprints classification, and Comunitat Valenciana remained firmly in the lead when it comes to team standings, with Soctec and Andalucía-Caja Sur as nearest challengers, and Team USA in spot number twelve.

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 3 (Tormos to El Campello, 130.4 km): Top 20 Places

1. 62 RUIZ, José Luis SPA COM.VALENCIANA - 03h19'44"
2. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
3. 113 LOPEZ, Jesús SPA SOCTEC - at 38"
4. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - at 38"
5. 101 GUTIERREZ, Cecilio SPA CAJASUR - at 38"
6. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - at 38"
7. 144 GARCIA, Alvaro SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 38"
8. 51 GARCIA, Marcos SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 38"
9. 111 DOMINGUEZ, Sergio SPA SOCTEC - at 38"
10. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM.VALENCIANA - at 38"
11. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 38"
12. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 38"
13. 177 ROMERO, Luis Alberto CUB CAFEMAX MARIN - at 38"
14. 2 MENDIGUREN, Xabat SPA CAFES BAQUE - at 38"
15. 36 GARCIA, Francisco Javier SPA PALAFRUGELL - at 38"
16. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM.VALENCIANA - at 38"
17. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 38"
18. 145 GARCIA, Vicente SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 38"
19. 47 ZUGASTI, Ibon SPA SAUNIER DUVAL - at 38"
20. 117 CANOVAS, Jose SPA SOCTEC - at 38"

... 54. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 10'28"
55. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 10'28"
59. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 10'28"
72. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 10'28"
89. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 20'39"
97. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 20'39"
102. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 20'39"

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
GC after Stage 3: Top 5 Places

1. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - 08h28'28"
2. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM.VALENCIANA - at 28"
3. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM.VALENCIANA - at 28"
4. 157 MARTIN, Jorge ARG DIPUTACION LEON - at 28"
5. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM.VALENCIANA - at 30"

…16. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 40"
56. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 23'33"
64. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 30'08"
66. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 31'51"
68. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 33'25"
71. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 33'30"
96. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 44'02"
101. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 44'59"

David Calatayud (Superfroiz) scored again in Saturday's stage four of the Vuelta. The race opener winner had the quickest legs in the small bunch sprint that decided the 138 km. journey from and to Pinoso, with Francisco Javier Martínez and Comunidad Valenciana unable to stop him, and Jesús Lopez and Iñigo Lariz getting another good result but falling short of victory one more time. Past stage winner Fabien Fraissignes also contested the sprint, but with much less suerte than he had two days earlier. For the fourth time in five days of racing in the Alicante area, John Devine was the only top twenty finisher from the U.S. Rafa Rodríguez of Cafemax Marin maintained the overall lead.

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 4 (Pinoso to Pinoso, 138.1 km): Top 20 Places

1. 55 CALATAYUD, David SPA SUPERFROIZ - 03h07'56"
2. 65 MARTINEZ, Francisco Javier SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
3. 113 LOPEZ, Jesús SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
4. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
5. 155 ROVIRA, Jaume SPA DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
6. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
7. 73 FRAISSIGNES, Fabien FRA BLAGNAC GSC - s.t.
8. 147 TOLEDO, Victor José‚ SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - s.t.
9. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - s.t.
10. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 04"
11. 145 GARCIA, Vicente SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 04"
12. 27 COLOME, Oriol SPA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 04"
13. 144 GARCIA, Alvaro SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 04"
14. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 04"
15. 7 SAEZ, Javier SPA CAFES BAQUE - at 04"
16. 131 ARANZAZU, Willian COL COSAOR - at 04"
17. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 04"
18. 15 KAYKOV, Valery RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 01'11"
19. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 01'11"
20. 77 MURAYAMA, Norihide JAP BLAGNAC GSC - at 01'11"

...31. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 01'11"
73. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 16'53"
75. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 16'53"
79. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 16'53"
103. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 16'53"
107. 23 DUBOIS, Chistopher USA VIVEROS ALCANAR - at 27'34"

Three Team USA riders figured in the stage top twenty, and the squad won Sunday's team classification, in the fifth and final stage of the event, from Redovan to Alicante city over 129.3 km. The Comunidad Valenciana CCN boys in white, red and blue notched up their third stage victory, as Marcel Six finally succeeded in putting in a winning sprint and added his name to those of previous stage champions Francisco Torrella and José Luis Rodríguez. The Valencian team took revenge on Calatayud and kept the Superfroiz sprinting gun from scoring his own hat-trick, while Iñigo Lariz and Jaume Rovira continued their non-winning ways, and John Devine had his best stage result as he made the top five. Performances from Sheldon Deeny (12th in the bunch sprint) and Bjorn Selander (15th) were also worthy of mention.

But despite their winning campaign on the "line honour" side of the matter, and despite getting two of their best prospects into the eventual podium, the mighty Comunidad Valenciana failed to achieve the biggest target: overall winner of the 21st Tour of Alicante was a rider from the Valencian Community of Spain (and more precisely from the town of Elche/Elx) but wearing the "wrong" jersey of Cafemax Marín: Rafael Rodríguez. He captured the yellow mantle at the Alto El Campello (of Vuelta Valenciana fame) at the end of stage three and, despite his inability to clinch stage victory, held onto it all the way to the Alicante podium. Not even the flat he had in the last stage, as he punctured while crossing the town of El Altet, could stop Rodríguez: his team-mates perfectly assisted him and helped their team leader fight his way back into the bunch, regardless of attacks from Comunidad Valenciana, that quickly noticed Rodriguez's misfortunes and had a shot a benefiting from them. In vain.

Rodríguez set a winning time of 14 hours, 17 minutes and 14 seconds and averaged 42.136 km/h. Juan Carlos Escamez and Francisco Javier Martínez clinched the other podium places at 30 and 31 seconds respectively. John Devine was top twenty finisher also in the GC, while "best of the rest" inside Team USA was Chad Beyer, 39th place getter over half an hour down on the Cafemax leader. Marcel Six could beat Calatayud to the line Sunday, but not keep the Superfroiz superfastman from winning the points classification (by a five-point margin: 79 to 74). As much as Rafa Rodríguez did win the race but fell short of taking the King of the Mountains crown, which went to Andalusia's Cecilio Gutiérrez by just one point (16 to 15), with Devine climbing to an excellent third place result in this classification. Jesús López's regularity was rewarded with the Special Sprints victory, while Argentina's Jorge Martín had his slice of glory at Alicante as he gained "King of the Metas Volantes" status. Carlos Oyarzun retained his Intervuelta leadership, and Vladimir Shchenukov gave the Russian contingent in the race something to cheer for as he was top U23 finisher. As you might have suspected GC winner Rafael Rodríguez took the prizes reserved for the best rider from Alicante area and the whole Valencia region, and the Comunidad Valenciana wonderteam sealed their (almost completely) successful campaign as they topped the Team Standings (with 42h53'39" as winning time), with their "compatriots" of Universidad Politécnica Valencia in second, and Soctec in the remaining top three spot; Team USA took ninth, 44 minutes and 31 seconds behind the winners.

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2)
Stage 5 (Redovan to Alicante, 129.3 km): Top 20 Places

1. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - 02h40'50"
2. 55 CALATAYUD, David SPA SUPERFROIZ - s.t.
3. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
4. 155 ROVIRA, Jaume SPA DIPUTACION LEON - s.t.
5. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - s.t.
6. 113 LOPEZ, Jesus SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
7. 115 CUESTA, José Manuel SPA SOCTEC - s.t.
8. 73 FRAISSIGNES, Fabien FRA BLAGNAC GSC - s.t.
9. 4 COBO, Roberto SPA CAFES BAQUE - s.t.
10. 101 GUTIERREZ, Cecilio SPA CAJASUR - s.t.
11. 14 KRASNOV, Leonid RUS LOKOSPHINX - s.t.
12. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - s.t.
13. 77 MURAYAMA, Norihide JAP BLAGNAC GSC - s.t.
14. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - s.t.
15. 147 TOLEDO, Victor José‚ SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - s.t.
16. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - s.t.
17. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
18. 65 MARTINEZ, Francisco Javier SPA COM. VALENCIANA - s.t.
19. 84 GARCIA, Ivan SPA CAI - s.t.
20. 144 GARCIA, Alvaro SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - s.t.

...56. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 12"
63. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 12"
72. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 26"
75. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 29"

21st Vuelta Ciclista a Alicante (2.12.2) Final GC: Top 20 Places
1. 176 RODRIGUEZ, Rafael SPA CAFEMAX MARIN - 14h17'14"
2. 67 ESCAMEZ, Juan Carlos SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 30"
3. 65 MARTINEZ, Francisco Javier SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 31"
4. 155 ROVIRA, Jaume SPA DIPUTACION LEON - at 35"
5. 16 SHCHEKUNOV, Vladimir RUS LOKOSPHINX - at 38"
6. 54 MAGALLANES, Alejandro SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 39"
7. 113 LOPEZ, Jesus SPA SOCTEC - at 40"
8. 147 TOLEDO, Victor José‚ SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 40"
9. 5 LARIZ, Iñigo SPA CAFES BAQUE - at 43"
10. 144 GARCIA, Alvaro SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 45"
11. 7 SAEZ, Javier SPA CAFES BAQUE - at 47"
12. 145 GARCIA, Vicente SPA UNIV. POL. VALENCIA - at 49"
13. 51 GARCIA, Marcos SPA SUPERFROIZ - at 01'01"
14. 64 SIX, Marcel BEL COM. VALENCIANA - at 01'39"
15. 177 ROMERO, Luis Alberto CUB CAFEMAX MARIN - at 01'42"
16. 127 OYARZUN, Carlos Iván CHI OVIEDO TARTIERE - at 01'47"
17. 66 TORRELLA, Francisco SPA COM. VALENCIANA - at 01'51"
18. 101 GUTIERREZ, Cecilio SPA CAJASUR - at 01'51"
19. 97 DEVINE, John USA TEAM USA - at 01'51"
20. 47 ZUGASTI, Ibon SPA SAUNIER DUVAL - at 01'52"

...49. 93 BEYER, Chad USA TEAM USA - at 31'31"
50. 91 FAIRLY, Caleb USA TEAM USA - at 34'00"
55. 92 SELANDER, Bjorn USA TEAM USA - at 40'26"
66. 94 SALON, Peter USA TEAM USA - at 48'56"
69. 96 DEENY, Sheldon USA TEAM USA - at 50'18"
90. 95 SAVIDGE, Walker USA TEAM USA - at 01'01'24"



Twenty-four editions to date. (March) Sixteen thru eighteen. Three stages. Four-hundred-twelve kilometres covered. Fifty-two small towns crossed. Twelve climbs to tackled. One hundred twenty riders in attendance. Twenty Teams competing. (From) eleven different regions of Spain. (Under) 23 Class. And ONE winner! Those were the numbers of the recent Vuelta Ciclista a la Provincia Trofeo "Diputación de Valladolid", held in the Valladolid area of Castilla this past weekend.

Friday's demanding opener, from Tordesillas to Mojados over 138.2 km. and through nineteen Spanish hamlets, was won by the Basque Egoitz García as he had the fastest legs in the two-man sprint that decided the stage and took the win from another García, coming from the opposite corner of the nation, Mario García. García & García made the winning move late in the trip as they attacked a nine-men front group that had formed – mainly courtesy of efforts from the Seguros Bilbao and Saunier Duval U23 squads - on the cobbled roads of the Portillo climb, which really gave those in the saddle a very hard time.

24th Vuelta Ciclista a Valladolid (2.12.2)
Stage 1 (Tordesillas to Mojados, 138 km): Top 20 Places

1. GARCÍA ETXEGIBEL, Egoitz (Spa - Seguros Bilbao) - 03h31'51" (39.14 km/h)
2. GARCÍA SÁNCHEZ, Mario (Spa - Camargo-Roper) - at 03"
3. MARTÍNEZ HERNÁNDEZ, Rubén (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 50"
4. CALVO GÓMEZ, Rubén (Spa - Dirma 2002-Jesús Martin) - s.t.
5. TORIBIO ACOLEA, José Vicente (Spa - Caja Rural) - s.t.
6. IBÁÑEZ VAÑÉS, Alberto (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
7. VALLS FERRI, Rafael (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
8. FERNÁNDEZ CRUZ, Delio (Spa - Caja Rural) - at 53"
9. LOBATO DEL VALLE, Juan (Spa - Würth) - at 01'13"
10. CARRASCO RAMÍREZ, Francisco J. (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - s.t.
11. PALACIOS SAN EMETERIO, Jesús (Spa - CAI) - s.t.
12. PARRA INIESTA, José E. (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - s.t.
13. MORA ORTIZ, Arturo (Spa - Würth) - s.t.
14. CHUZHDA, Dimytro (Ukr - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
15. RODRÍGUEZ ARCONES, José A. (Spa - CCM-GRAMÁN) - s.t.
16. CABELLO LOBÓN, Ignacio (Spa - Camargo-Roper) - s.t.
17. RIOS GARCÍA, Miguel (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
18. BERDOTE FRUTOS, Raúl (Spa - CAI) - s.t.
19. VARAS SÁNCHEZ, Enrique (Spa - Caja Rural) - s.t.
20. GARCÍA LATORRE, Jaime (Spa - CCM-GRAMÁN) - s.t.

Saturday's halfway-stage (aka stage two) of 146 km into Tudela de Duero turned into a one-man show of José Ángel Rodríguez (Caja Castilla La Mancha-Gramán). The current leader of the Copa de España series gave a further display of his current good form, first as he got himself into the right breakaway group of fourteen that went clear around km. 50, and later as he won six out of the seven mountain primes on the menu before storming to the line. One climb after another, while they were capable enough of keeping the main peloton (that contained yellow-jersey wearer Egoitz García and the remaining top three finishers of Friday's first leg) at bay, all other fugitives proved unable to hold the tempo set by the C.C.M. mountain goat, especially on the penultimate ascent (Castrillo Tejeriego) where Rodríguez forced the pace one more time and dropped everyone by his wheel. He continued his winning march of 15 km towards the line with two goals: to gain the stage - and it was the easiest part of the problem at that point - and to put over one minute and thirteen seconds into Egoitz García in order to steal him the race leadership - and uncertainty was reigning in this field. But José Ángel gave it everything and in the end he achieved both. Saunier Duval's Rubén Martínez could just settle for the runner-up spot as he drove the first "chasing" bunch across the line at 27 seconds.

24th Vuelta Ciclista a Valladolid (2.12.2)
Stage 2 (Cigales to Tudela de Duero, 145 km): Top 20 Places

1. RODRÍGUEZ ARCONES, José A. (Spa - CCM-GRAMÁN) - 03h27'30" (42 kph)
2. MARTÍNEZ HERNÁNDEZ, Rubén (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 27"
3. GUARDIOLA TORA, Salvador (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - s.t.
4. TORIBIO ACOLEA, José Vicente (Spa - Caja Rural) - s.t.
5. ARANZABAL ANDUAGA, Unai (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - s.t.
6. LARRALDE ALZUGARAY, Joseba (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - s.t.
7. SERRANO FERNÁNDE, Rafael (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
8. ALCARAZ FRANCO, Jose María (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 01'26"
9. MORA ORTIZ, Arturo (Spa - Würth) - s.t.
10. LARA ARJONILLA, José Carlos (Spa - Würth) - s.t.
11. CALVO GÓMEZ, Rubén (Spa - Dirma 2002-Jesús Martin) - s.t.
12. SÁNCHEZ MUÑOZ, Juan José (Spa - Diputación Ávila) - s.t.
13. FERNÁNDEZ CRUZ, Delio (Spa - Caja Rural) - s.t.
14. PALOU QUETGLAS, Pedro (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - s.t.
15. VILLASEVIL VILLASEVIL, Mario (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
16. NEGUERUELA COBO, Juan Luis (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - s.t.
17. VALLS FERRI, Rafael (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - at 01'29"
18. FRANCISCO DELGADO, David (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - at 01'31"
19. GARCÍA ETXEGIBEL, Egoitz (Spa - Seguros Bilbao) - at 02'17"
20. PALACIOS SAN EMETERIO, Jesús (Spa - CAI) - at 02'20"

The Comunidad Valenciana young gun squad gave it a go at winning the overall also at the Tour of Valladolid, but without good results in this race either. In Sunday's third and final stage from Tordesillas to Campaspero, with the Aldealbar (to be climbed twice) Cogeces and Bahabón difficulties, they got their GC man Mario Villasevi in the 14-strong breakaway of the day, with two more team-mates of his to help. First it looked an excellent move, but when Villasevi's helpers got dropped in some of the ascents, the man got lost and all of his overall hopes got dashed. José Angel Rodríguez never lost control of the situation instead, and when the gap was just down to thirty seconds with only few kilometres left, his overall supremacy didn't look in jeopardy any longer. Villalevi and Valenciana lost also any opportunities for stage victory as Vicente García (Dirma 2002-Jesús Martin) attacked at 2 km from the line, and only Ignacio Cabello (Camargo-Roper)) and Mikel Ilundain (Telco-Aldabea)followed. The stage became a matter of three, and García won the small bunch sprint with a time of 03 hours, 09 minutes and 54 seconds, averaging a good 42.117 km/h. José Angel Rodríguez held onto a four-second lead on both José Vicente Toribio and Rubén Martínez to claim overall victory in the Vuelta. The young gun version of Saunier Duval won the Teams classification ahead of Alfus Tedes and the Bidolan-Kirolgi Basques, and their Rubén Martínez won the Regularidad competition from stage one winner Egoitz García and GC winner José Rodríguez. The Caja Castilla La Mancha-Gramán leader could add the title of King of the Mountain to his overall triumph anyway. Pablo Bernal (Alfus Tedes) and Andrés Vigil (Comunidad Valenciana) finished atop the Hot Spot and Special Sprints classifications respectively.

24th Vuelta Ciclista a Valladolid (2.12.2)
Stage 3 (Tordesillas to Campaspero, 133 km): Top 20 Places

1. GARCÍA DE MATEOS, Vicente (Spa - Dirma 2002-J.Martin) - 03h09'54" (42.12 kph)
2. CABELLO LOBÓN, Ignacio (Spa - Camargo-Roper) - s.t.
3. ILUNDAIN TIRAPU, Mikel (Spa - Telco-Aldabea) - s.t.
4. GARCÍA BERENGUER, Bemet (Spa - Würth) - at 02"
5. PIZARRO JIMÉNEZ, Rafael (Spa - Sanse-Spiuk) - at 04"
6. MANZANO GÓMEZ, Javier (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - s.t.
7. VILLASEVIL VILLASEVIL, Mario (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
8. ALCARAZ FRANCO, Jose María (Spa - Saunier Duval) - s.t.
9. GARCÍA ETXEGIBEL, Egoitz (Spa - Seguros Bilbao) - s.t.
10. GARCÍA RIVAS, Máximo (Spa - Superfroiz) - at 06"
11. GUARDIOLA TORA, Salvador (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - at 30"
12. ARANZABAL ANDUAGA, Unai (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - s.t.
13. LOBATO DEL VALLE, Juan J. (Spa - Würth) - s.t.
14. CALVO GÓMEZ, Rubén (Spa - Dirma 2002-Jesús Martin) - s.t.
15. PALACIOS SAN EMETERIO, Jesús (Spa - CAI) - s.t.
16. VALLS FERRI, Rafael (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - s.t.
17. LARRALDE ALZUGARAY, Joseba (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - s.t.
18. PARRA INIESTA, José E. (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - s.t.
19. TORIBIO ACOLEA, José Vicente (Spa - Caja Rural) - s.t.
20. PALOU QUETGLAS, Pedro (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - s.t.

24th Vuelta Ciclista a Valladolid (2.12.2): Final GC - Top 20 Places
1. RODRÍGUEZ ARCONES, José A. (Spa - CCM-GRAMÁN) - 10h10'58"
2. TORIBIO ACOLEA, José Vicente (Spa - Caja Rural) - at 04"
3. MARTÍNEZ HERNÁNDEZ, Rubén (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 04"
4. ARANZABAL ANDUAGA, Unai (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 27"
5. GUARDIOLA TORA, Salvador (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - at 27"
6. LARRALDE ALZUGARAY, Joseba (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 27"
7. SERRANO FERNÁNDE, Rafael (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 27"
8. GARCÍA ETXEGIBEL, Egoitz (Spa - Seguros Bilbao) - at 38"
9. VILLASEVIL VILLASEVIL, Mario (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - at 01'00"
10. CALVO GÓMEZ, Rubén (Spa - Dirma 2002-Jesús Martin) - at 01'03"
11. VALLS FERRI, Rafael (Spa - Com.Valenciana) - at 01'06"
12. FERNÁNDEZ CRUZ, Delio (Spa - Caja Rural) - at 01'06"
13. LARA ARJONILLA, José Carlos (Spa - Würth) - at 01'26"
14. PALOU QUETGLAS, Pedro (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - at 01'26"
15. NEGUERUELA COBO, Juan Luis (Spa - Alfus Tedes) - at 01'26"
16. FRANCISCO DELGADO, David (Spa - Viña Magna-Cropu) - at 01'31"
17. ALCARAZ FRANCO, Jose María (Spa - Saunier Duval) - at 01'56"
18. PALACIOS SAN EMETERIO, Jesús (Spa - CAI) - at 02'20"
19. GARCÍA DE MATEOS, Vicente (Spa - Dirma 2002-J.Martin) - at 03'14"
20. GARCÍA BERENGUER, Bemet (Spa - Würth) - at 03'19"



A few days past the Porec Trophy one-day race (see our past roundup), the Istrian peninsula of Croatia played host to the 2.2-sanctioned stage event called Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy, that consisted of a small ITT prologue followed by three road stages. Winner of the 1.4 km opener against the clock in the town of Pazin was a very young gun (he will turn 20 the next month of May) from Norway, Edvald Boasson Hagen, who completed the parcours in under two minutes and beat somehow better-known Jure Zrimsek of the Adria Mobil team by the slimmest of margins. The Maxbo-Bianchi prospect, winner - among other things - of three stages at the past Tour de l'Avenir in France - obviously captured the yellow jersey too, while fellow Scandinavian Andre Steensen filled the other top three spot.

Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy
Prologue (Pazin ITT: 1.45 km): Top 20 Places

1. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - 01'56"60
2. ZRIMŠEK Jure (Slo - Adria Mobil) - at 00"66
3. STEENSEN Andre (Den - Glud & Marstrand Horsens) - at 03"34
4. SHPILEVSKY Boris (Rus - KIO ENE) - at 03"38
5. BOLE Grega (Slo - Sava) - at 03"81
6. KOREN Kristjan (Slo - Sava) - at 04"13
7. GAZVODA Gregor (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 04"34
8. KRANJEC Igor (Slo - BK Loborika) - at 04"42
9. VOSS Paul (Ger - 3C Gruppe-Lamonta) - at 04"47
10. ILEŠIČ Aldo Ino (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 04"69
11. COLETTA Gianluca (Ita - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - at 05"31
12. BIONDO Maurizio (Ita - KIO ENE) - at 05"81.
13. RUDENKO Maksim (Ukr - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - at 05"84
14. KOCJAN Jure (Slo - Radenska Powerbar) - at 05"88
15. GAVAZZI Mattia (Ita - KIO ENE) - at 05"88
16. TRATNIK David (Slo - Radenska Powerbar) - at 06"10
17. REZMAN Boštjan (Slo - Radenska Powerbar) - at 06"16
18. FANELLI Ivan (Ita - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - at 06"22
19. WOLSKI Marcin (Pol - Legia POL) - at 06"31
20. ISAC Christian (Aut - Arbö Resch & Frisch Wels) - at 06"53

Contenders from very nearby Slovenia took revenge in Friday's Stage One, from Porec to Labin, as Grega Bole proved the fastest in the sprint that determined the stage winner. The Sava Kranj fastman beat Radenska's Jure Kocjan to the line, with the Coppa San Geo winner Hrvoje Mihlojevic powering to a solid third place result for Croatia. Boasson Hagen got an excellent fourth spot in the stage ranking, but due to the bonus seconds awarded to the top three finishers of the day he had to surrender his yellow jersey to the same Bole, with Kocjan even knocking the Norse down to spot number three overall.

Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy
Stage 1 (Poreč to Labin, 149 km): Top 20 Places

1. BOLE Grega (Slo - Sava) - 03h32'27'' (10")
2. KOCJAN Jure (Slo - Radenska Powerbar) - s.t. (06")
3. MIHOLJEVIĆ Hrvoje (Cro - BK Loborika) - s.t. (05")
4. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - s.t.
5. RISKA Martin (Svk - Team Swiag-Teka) - at 03''
6. STARE Matej (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 05''
7. COLETTA Gianluca (Ita - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - at 07''
8. BELKA Mathias (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t.
9. SIEVERS Holger (Ger - 3C Gruppe-Lamonta) - s.t.
10. PIETRZAK Przemyslaw (Pol - Legia) - s.t.
11. CORRA Paolo (Ita - Permac Brisot-Bibanese) - s.t.
12. MAHORIČ Mitja (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
13. HOMOLKA Adam (Cze - Team Swiag-Teka) - s.t.
14. ROGINA Radoslav (Cro - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
15. FANKHAUSER Clemens (Aut - Team Austria-Strasse) - s.t.
16. ILEŠIČ Aldo Ino (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
17. ZRIMŠEK Jure (Slo - Adria Mobil) - s.t.
18. MAZZANTI Massimo (Ita - KIO ENE) - s.t.
19. POKUPEC Zvonimir (Cro - BK Loborika) - s.t.
20. FLUCKIGER Lukas (Swi - Athleticum) - s.t.

Numbers in brackets refer to the time bonuses awarded

The toppled Norse got close to regaining his throne at the top of the GC as he snatched second place (and was given six bonus seconds for that) in Saturday's stage three, the longest leg in the race, with the start/finish line situated at Poreć. First across the line in the mass sprint was an Italian, Mattia Gavazzi of the Kio Ene-Dmt continental team. Edvard the Norse took the runner-up spot as well as precious bonus seconds, and two Germans followed, while Bole didn't place higher than 18th but maintained the overall leader's mantle thanks to his better placings overall. A record number of 33 athletes - out of 183 starters - dropped out of the race Saturday.

Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy
Stage 2 (Poreč to Zelena Laguna, 200 km): Top 20 Places

1. GAVAZZI Mattia (Ita - KIO ENE) - 04h36'18'' (10")
2. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - s.t. (06")
3. KLUGE Roger (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t. (04")
4. REIMER Martin (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t.
5. ILEŠIČ Aldo Ino (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
6. METZKE Philipp (Ger - RV Berlin 1888) - s.t.
7. BEČKA Radek (Cze - PSK Whirlpool) - s.t.
8. VOSS Paul (Ger - 3C Gruppe-Lamonta) - s.t.
9. CORRA Paolo (Ita - Permac Brisot-Bibanese) - s.t.
10. KRISTOFF Alexander (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - s.t.
11. VRAČIĆ Dejan (Slo - BK Loborika) - s.t.
12. ZRIMŠEK Jure (Slo - Adria Mobil) - s.t.
13. LAGELER (Ger - Stephan Team Ista) - s.t.
14. HOLLER Mario (Aut - Arbö Resch & Frisch Wels) - s.t.
15. ISAC Chistian (Aut - Arbö Resch & Frisch Wels) - s.t.
16. SOKOLL Christoph (Aut - Team Austria-Strasse) - s.t.
17. FLUCKIGER Lukas (Swi - Athleticum) - s.t.
18. BOLE Grega (Slo - Sava) - s.t.
19. BIONDO Maurizio (Ita - KIO ENE) - s.t.
20. HOMOLKA Adam (Cze - Team Swiag-Teka) - s.t.

Numbers in brackets refer to the time bonuses awarded

But Edvald Hagen Boasson completed his masterpiece Sunday. The fourth and final leg of the event (prologue included) was just another - but shorter - ride around Porec, with the same top two finishers as twenty-four hours earlier as Mattia Gavazzi, coached by former professional cyclist Alberto Elli, powered to another successful sprint, and the Norwegian sensation clinched second place again and got six more bonus seconds, that helped him pay back Grega Bole (who also had a go at contesting the sprint, but took just fourth) and steal the overall leadership from the Slovene. Such that Edvald Hagen Boasson eventually won the race by a three second margin over Bole, with Hrvoje Miholjevic taking the host country onto the eventual podium. The same podium that welcomed also KK Adria Mobil's hopeful Simon Spilak as winner of the Intermediate Sprints classification, his team-mate Robert Kiserlovski of Croatia as King of the Mountains and Miholjevic's BK Loborika as the best team.

Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy
Stage 3 (Poreč to Zelena Laguna, 152 km): Top 20 Places

1. GAVAZZI Mattia (Ita - KIO ENE) - 03h35'10'' (10")
2. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - s.t. (06")
3. CADAMURO Simone (Ita - KIO ENE) - s.t. (04")
4. BOLE Grega (Slo - Sava) - s.t. (03")
5. HOLLER Mario (Aut - Arbö Resch & Frisch Wels) - s.t.
6. ILEŠIČ Aldo Ino (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
7. STRGAR Matic (Slo - Radenska Powerbar) - s.t.
8. CORRA Paolo (Ita - Permac Brisot-Bibanese) - s.t.
9. RUDENKO Maksim (Ukr - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - s.t.
10. MAMYROV Bakhtiyar (Kaz - Brisasport Turkiye) - s.t.
11. PRIX Enrico (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t.
12. ROELS Dominik (Ger - Akud Rose) - s.t.
13. SOKOLL Christoph (Aut - Team Austria-Strasse) - s.t.
14. KLUGE Roger (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t. - (02")
15. REIMER Martin (Ger - Team Branderburg) - s.t.
16. ISAC Chistian (Aut - Arbö Resch & Frisch Wels) - s.t.
17. BEČKA Radek (Cze - PSK Whirlpool) - s.t.
18. PADOAN Marco (Ita - Permac Brisot-Bibanese) - s.t.
19. KIRILOV CHANLIEV Svetoslav (Bul - Brisasport Turkiye) - s.t.
20. BIONDO Maurizio (Ita - KIO ENE) - s.t. (03")

Numbers in brackets refer to the time bonuses awarded

Istarsko Proljeće / Istrian Spring Trophy (2.2)
Final GC - Top 20 Places

1. BOASSON HAGEN Edvald (Nor - Team Maxbo-Bianchi) - 11h45'39''
2. BOLE Grega (Slo - Sava) - at 03''
3. MIHOLJEVIĆ Hrvoje (Cro - BK Loborika) - at 14''
4. ZRIMŠEK Jure (Slo - Adria Mobil) - at 20''
5. SPILAK Simon (Slo - Adria Mobil) - at 20''
6. KOREN Kristjan (Slo - Sava) - at 21''
7. RISKA Martin (Svk - Team Swiag - Teka) - at 22''
8. BIONDO Maurizio (Ita - KIO ENE) - s.t.
9. COLETTA Gianluca (Ita - Team Cinelli-Endeka) - s.t.
10. SHPILEVSKY Boris (Rus - KIO ENE) - s.t.
11. GAZVODA Gregor (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 23''
12. KRANJEC Igor (Slo - BK Loborika) - at 24''
13. VOSS Paul (Ger - 3C Gruppe-Lamonta) - s.t.
14. ILEŠIČ Aldo Ino (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
15. STARE Matej (Slo - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 25''
16. ROGINA Radoslav (Cro - Perutnina Ptuj) - at 26''
17. KVASINA Matija (Cro - Perutnina Ptuj) - s.t.
18. BELKA Mathias (Ger - Team Branderburg) - at 27''
19. VRAČIĆ Dejan (Slo - BK Loborika) - s.t.
20. BEČKA Radek (Cze - PSK Whirlpool) - s.t.

Complete results and classifications for every stage here (Pdf File).



The past week-end saw some stage race go in France too: the 2007 edition of the Bordeaux-Saintes in the Poitou-Charentes area (south-western corner of the country) was made of a challenge against the clock of 18 kilometres (on Saturday, March 17th) and a road stage (Sunday). Both legs were dominated by the Vendée U-Pays de la Loire (young gun branch of Bouygues Telecom) boys, and notably 1984-born Evgeny Sokolov and his colleague Damien Gaudin. The former took the honours in the opening battle, and was runner-up to the latter (who at his turn had placed second the day before) in Sunday's leg. Such that the Russian and the Frenchman also grabbed the top two places in the final overall standings. Best of the rest was Yoann Offredo (CC Nogent-sur-Oise), who happened to be also the only intruder in the top 5 places overall dominated by the Vendean riders, with Gert Joear of Estonia in fourth and Sébastien Turgot fifth.

69th Bordeaux-Saintes Stage 1 (ITT, 18 km)
1. Evgeny Sokolov (Rus - Vendée U Pays de la Loire)
2. Damien Gaudin (Fra - Vendée U Pays de la Loire

69th Bordeaux-Saintes Stage 2
1. Damien Gaudin (Fra - Vendée U Pays de la Loire)
2. Evgeny Sokolov (Rus - Vendée U Pays de la Loire)

Bordeaux-Saintes Final GC: Top 3 Places
1. Evgeny Sokolov (Rus - Vendée U Pays de la Loire)
2. Damien Gaudin (Rus - Vendée U Pays de la Loire)
3. Yoann Offredo (Fra - CC Nogent-sur-Oise)



Races and Winners

Young Guns News Roundup #1 (02/20/2007)

  • Boucles Catalanes Alexandre Blain
  • Circuit Méditerranéen Benjamin Giraud
  • Route de l'Atlantique Giovanni Carini
  • Boucles de la Soule Charles Guilbert
  • Plages Vendéennes #1 (Perrier) Mathieu Drujon
  • La Tramontane Jérémie Dérangère
  • Ronde du Canigou Jérémie Dérangère
  • Circuit de la Nive David Le Lay
  • Plages Vendéennes #2 (Luçon) Mathieu Drujon
  • Grand Prix de Peymeinade Julien Antomarchi
  • 41st Circuito del Guadiana Pedro José Vera

    Young Guns News Roundup #2 (02/23/2007)

  • Plages Vendéennes #3 (Saint-Urbain) Jérémie Galland
  • Ronde du Pays-Basque Stéphane Bonsergent
  • Plages Vendéennes #4 (Saint-Julien-des-Landes) Bastien Delrot
  • Le Tour du Labourd Stephane Petilleau

    Young Guns News Roundup #3 (02/27/2007)

  • Coppa San Geo Hrvoje Miholijevic
  • Memorial Giuseppe Polese Mauro Abel Richeze
  • GP Firenze-Empoli Cristian Benenati
  • Trofeo Caduti di Soprazocco Salvatore Mancuso
  • GP Brefer Edoardo Costanzi
  • GP Lavi (Circuito di Paderno) Marcello Pavarin
  • GP La Torre Fucecchio Uladzimir Autka
  • Gran Premio d'Apertura Fermo Davide D'Angelo
  • Souvenir Vietto-Gianello Thierry Hupont
  • Plages Vendéennes #5 (Chantonnay) Bastien Delrot
  • GP Souvenir Jean Masse Ruslan Sambris
  • Plages Vendéennes #6 (Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie) Gert Joeaar
  • Trophée de l'Essor Basque Yuri Trofimov (Overall)
  • Trofeo Guerrita Jesús Buendia
  • Subida a la Sierra de los Califas José Luis Roldan
  • GP Inauguració Memorial Joaquim Sabaté Àlex Mollà
  • Gran Premio Caja Cantabria Mikel Olano

    Young Guns News Roundup #4 (03/03/2007)

  • Plages Vendéennes #7 (Saint Maixent sur Vie) Guillaume Blot
  • Plages Vendéennes #8 (Moutiers) Franck Vermeulen
  • Trofeo ZSSDI Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia - PREVIEW

    Young Guns News Roundup # 5 (03/06/2007)

  • Trofeo ZSSDI Unione Circoli Sportivi Sloveni in Italia Simone Ponzi
  • Coppa Città di Melzo Edoardo Costanzi
  • Coppa Belricetto / Memorial Gualandi Matteo Busato
  • Gran Premio Apertura Città di Pescara Sante Di Nizio
  • Trofeo Colline Capannoresi Francesco Ginanni
  • Gran Premio Ceda Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Trois Jours du Vaucluse Sébastien Turgot (Overall)
  • Circuit de la Vallée de la Loire Jonathan Thiré
  • GP de Carqueiranne Gatis Smukulis
  • GP d'Ouverture Pierre Pinel Ivan Seledkov
  • Tour des Communes de la Vallée du Bedat Jean Christophe Péraud
  • Paris-Ezy Franck Perque
  • Route Bretonne / Souvenir Loïc Le Flohic Piotr Zielinski
  • Melrandaise Salva Jésus Vilchez
  • Grand Prix d'Ouverture Saint-Hilaire du Harcouët Gaylord Cumont
  • Aiztondo Klasikoa Óscar Puyol
  • Trofeo Diputación Alicante José Belda (Overall)

    Young Guns News Roundup # 6 (03/13/2007)

  • Giro delle Tre Province Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Circuito di San Urbano Jacopo Guarnieri
  • Piccola Coppa Agostoni Luca Zanderigo
  • Trofeo Balestra Simone Ponzi
  • Coppa San Bernardino Sacha Modolo
  • Trofeo Gruppo Meccaniche Luciani Corridonia Anton Sintsov
  • GP Ville de Lillers / Souvenir Bruno Comini Benoît Daeninck
  • Circuit des 4 Cantons Nikolas Cotret
  • GP de la ville de Villefranche / Mathias Nomblot Gatis Smukulis
  • Manche Atlantique Sébastien Duret
  • Paris-Evreux Jérémie Galland
  • Vienne Classic Espoirs Damien Gaudin
  • GP Ayuntamiento Camargo / Mem. Tinin Castañera David Gutiérrez
  • GP San José / Memorial Echevarría Juan José Lobato
  • Gran Premio Ciclista Chiclanero Jorge Martín Montenegro
  • Porec Trophy Marko Kump

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