Our coverage of the stars of tomorrow contiues with a glance at the one-day races going this past Sunday in our usual "hunt territories": Italy, France and Spain. Top sprinters Guarnieri and D'Angelo took their season palmares up to new heights. The SCO Dijon team found the way to victory also when Monsieur Derangere is not around. And the mighty Comunitat Valenciana had a great day in the saddle in Round 8 of the Spanish Cup series. This and more in the article below.
Liquigas' triumphal weekend was not about Nibali and Pellizotti only. Fans of the "lime green team" could enjoy also a great performance from the young gun branch, as Jacopo Guarnieri put in another superb sprint finish and tallied his fifth victory of the season (equalling the record of Finauto's Francesco Ginanni) in the 1.2-ranked Circuito del Porto / Trofeo Arvedi at Cremona, in the southernmost part of the Lombard flatlands, with about two hundred riders in attendance.
The "home side" Unidelta-Arvedi-Bottoli were ready to celebrate the victory of one of their top fastmen, either Davide Tortella and teenage sensation Edoardo Costanzi were fine with them, but their spumante bottles remained uncorked as a certain Guarnieri came and their plans were all messed up. In such clash of (sprinting) giants even a strong velocista like Giovanni Carini of the orange-clad Pagnoncelli team could fall short of the podium. The Marchiol-Famila Ima-Liquigas crew, coached by another (former) sprinter like Biagio Conte - who used to be one of Mario Cipollini's loyal leadoutmen btw - got also Alberto Curatolo in the top ten places.
41st Circuito del Porto / Trofeo Arvedi (Cremona, 180 km. - 1.2)
Top 10 Places
1. Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita - Marchiol-Famila Ima-Liquigas)
2. Davide Tortella (Ita - Unidelta-Arvedi-Bottoli) - s.t.
3. Edoardo Costanzi (Ita - Unidelta-Arvedi-Bottolid) - s.t.
4. Giovanni Carini (Ita - Pagnoncelli NGC Perrel) - s.t.
5. Alberto Gatti (Ita - Eurobike) - s.t.
6. Erminio Gatti (Ita - Eurobike) - s.t.
7. Amani Ponzoni (Ita - Ediltecnica Eupilio) - s.t.
8. Alberto Curtolo (Ita - Marchiol-Famila Ima-Liquigas) - s.t.
9. Valery Dmitri (Kaz - Kazakhstan NT) - s.t.
10. Giorgio Brambilla (Ita - UC Bergamasca) - s.t.
If the Liquigas youngsters hit the target on Lombard soil and Ginanni had his record equalled by Guarnieri, the mighty Finauto replied on the roads of their homeland Tuscany, that played host to Sunday's 98th Giro del Compitese
, with 98 athletes from the Elite-2 and U23 classes showing up at the starting line. Davide Ricci Bitti
fulfilled his task of taking the Scinto-ists back to the top of the podium - for the 14th time this season - and at the same time opened his 2007 account, after many a good excellent results but no wins at all in the past weeks.
The young gun from Bolonia and the Ukrainian Andriy Buchko attacked their breakaway companions (from a bigger front group that formed on the previous ascent, the tough Monte Serra) while taking on the comparatively easier San Cinese for the fourth and last time with about 5 km. to go. The pair worked well together until the last 250m; then the Italian pushed the accelerator and managed to open up a small gap on Buchko, so that he could even comfortably raise his arms 50 metres from the finish.
Mauro Finetto showed some attacking legs on the steep slopes of Monte Serra and eventually rode to yet another top results (his 2007 tally, as well as that of team-mate Enrico Peruffo, is quite impressive…) as he led the first bunch across the line at 13 seconds; besides claiming line honours with Ricci Bitti the boys coached by Luca Scinto had two more guys (Giuseppe Pecoraro and Gianluca Mirenda) in the top ten of the race.
9th Giro del Compitese (Colle di Compito, 154 km. - 1.19)
Top 10 Places
1. Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita - Finauto-Neri-Lucchini) - 03h52' (38.543 kph)
2. Andriy Buchko (Ukr - Progetto Ciclismo-OTC Doors) - s.t.
3. Mauro Finetto (Ita - Filmop-Sorelle Ramonda-Parolin) - at 13"
4. Vincenzo Garofano (Ita - Danton-Caparrini) - s.t.
5. Alessandro Colò (Ita - GS 93 Promociclo) - s.t.
6. Damiano Caruso (Ita - Mastromarco-Sensi Vangi) - s.t.
7. Giuseppe Pecoraro (Ita - Finauto-Neri-Lucchini) - at 20"
8. Mirko Battaglini (Ita - Mastromarco-Sensi Vangi) - at 45"
9. Daniele Troian (Ita - Filmop-Sorelle Ramonda-Parolin) - at 01'00"
10. Gianluca Mirenda (Ita - Finauto-Neri-Lucchini) - at 01'15"
The young sprinter Andrea Pinos
got the best gift he could ask for his twenty-second birthday: a great victory in 56th edition of the Giro dei Tre Ponti
(literally: Tour of the Three Bridges), a single-day classic held around the town of San Doná di Piave near Venice this past Sunday. The boy also made race organisers happy, the race organisers being nobody else but the bosses of his own team Basso Piave-TMS Spinazzè: a rider from that squad could finally stand atop the podium again after 50 years, their latest victory on home roads until Sunday morning dating back to 1957!
His second success of the season – a.k.a. win number six for the Veneto-based squad - came as a result of an excellent teamwork, that eventually saw the Argentine Mauro Abel Richeze come out in the final straight with Pinos on his wheel, thus making it harder for their Filmop-Parolin rivals, who could not give their appointed sprinter Bernardo Riccio – vying for his fourth victory in just a few weeks - the leadout they had planned to. The same Richeze perfectly led Pinos out, and the Italian delivered, while the South-American managed to secure a solid fourth place finish, with Sante Di Nizio (Aran World-Cantina Tollo) and Martino Marcotto of the Venice-based team named after the Campionissmo Fausto Coppi in between.
The "home side", very determined to end to their 50-year victory drought, put forth outstanding efforts also earlier into the race, as they played a crucial role in bringing back all attacks going in this hard-fought event; attacks featuring, among others, Manuel Belletti, podium finisher at Camponogara the previous day (see our roundup #17A), and notably a five-man move with the Italians Emanuele Fornasier, Alessandro Garziera, Gianni Da Ros, Lorenzo Zanella and Paolo Tomaselli, whom the TMS Spinazzè boys reeled in after a spectacular pursuit.
56th Giro dei Tre Ponti (S.Doná di Piave, 163 km. - 1.19)
Top 10 Places
1. Andrea Pinos (Ita - Basso Piave-TMS Spinazzè) - 03h38'36" (44.794 km/h)
2. Sante Di Nisio (Ita - Aran World-Cantina Tollo) - s.t.
3. Martino Marcotto (Ita - Fausto Coppi-Gazzera Videa) - s.t.
4. Mauro Abel Richeze (Arg - Bici Team San Donà) - s.t.
5. Marco Boz (Ita - Oleodiamica Panni) - s.t.
6. Bernardo Riccio (Ita - Filmop-Sorelle Ramonda-Parolin) - s.t.
7. Alessandro Bernardini (Ita - FWR Bata-Wilier) - s.t.
8. Paolo Tommaselli (Ita - GS 93 Promosport) - s.t.
9. Manuel Belletti (Ita - UC Trevigiani-Dynamon) - s.t.
10. Marco Belli (Ita - San Marco-Concrete-Caneva) - s.t.
A weekend of young gun bike racing in Italy would not be the same without the mighty boys of Zalf-Désirée Fior stamping their authority on at least one event. And the team Damiano Cunego, Ivan Basso and stars of the past like Maurizio Fondriest used to race for when in the U23 ranks did not disappoint this past weekend either: Zalf claimed the top two spots, and had yet another rider in the top five, in the 20th Memorial Benfenati
, a contest reserved only for U21 competitors. First across the line at Osteria Grande, not far from Bolonia, was Gabriele Tassinari
back into limelight after a difficult period that saw him even think of putting end to his career.
The athlete from Ravenna town got rewarded for his decision to stay in the saddle as he powered away from team-mate Marco Canola as well as Stefano Daniel of the always combative Molino di Ferro-Giorgione and Corrado Gallo (MCS Bedogni) in the last few kilometres. Such quartet had previously attacked a broader breakaway group of ten that went clear in the second part of the race, after a very quite first half. Canola beat Daniel and Gallo in the fight over the runner-up spot, while Sacha Modolo made the Zalf-day complete by leading the bunch home at two minutes.
20th Memorial Benfenati (Osteria Grande, 1.29): Top 10 Places
1. Gabriele Tassinari (Ita - Zalf-Désirée Fior)
2. Marco Canola (Ita - Zalf-Désirée Fior) - at 15"
3. Stefano Daniel (Ita - Molino di Ferro-Giorgione) - s.t.
4. Corrado Gallo (Ita - MCS Bedogni) - s.t.
5. Sacha Modolo (Ita - Zalf-Désirée Fior) - at 02'00"
6. Davide Bonomi (Ita - VC Mantovani Rovigo) - s.t.
7. Stefano Barsottini (Ita - Ciaponi Edilizia) - s.t.
8. Michele Torri (Ita - Sergio Dal Fiume) - s.t.
9. Fabrizio Liberati (Ita - MCS Bedogni) - s.t.
10. Rudy Dal Bo (Ita - FWR Bata-Wilier) - s.t.
Ginanni's season record has been equalled also by another sprinter to watch out in years to come: Davide D’Angelo
of the Societá Ciclistica Monturano Civitanova Cascinare. The young fastman from the Abruzzo region of central Italy made it five so far this year as he triumphed in the 56th Coppa Langione / 13th Memorial Bravi Settimio
classic at Monturano near Macerata, held over six laps of 24 kilometres each, with 163 athletes competing. D’Angelo showed off his talent in the 1,000 (more or less) metre slight uphill run to the finish line in downtown Monturano and beat other 15 guys that managed to distance themselves from the others. The Massi Team pair of Americo Novembrini and Ciro Santoro had to settle with the other podium spots, while despite their aggressive and combative attitude the orange Armada of Pagnoncelli came out empty-handed from this race too, with Italy's Elite-2 National RR Champion Marco Cattaneo in fourth place as their best-ranked man.
56th Coppa Langione / 13th Memorial Bravi Settimio
(Montefano, 144 km - 1.12): Top 10 Places
1. Davide D’Angelo (Ita - Monturano-Civitanova-Cascinare) - 03h25' (42.146 kph)
2. Americo Novembrini (Ita - Massi Team) - s.t.
3. Ciro Massimo Santori (Ita - Massi Team) - s.t.
4. Marco Cattaneo (Ita - Pagnoncelli-NGC-Perrel) - s.t.
5. Alessandro Fantini (Ita - Fracor Modolo) - s.t.
6. Ben Greenwood (GBR - Bedogni Natalini) - s.t.
7. Luca Gasparini (Ita - Pagnoncelli-NGC-Perrel) - s.t.
8. Luca Zanasca (Ita - Podenzano-Juvenes-Sterilton) - s.t.
9. Federico Canuti (Ita - Bedogni Natalini) - s.t.
10. Gabriele Pastori (Ita - Podenzano-Juvenes-Sterilton) - s.t.
The Sprinter Club Olympique de Dijon powerhouse team is not about their top rider Jérémie Dérangère only: others can score prestigious victories too, others like monsieur Olivier Nari
, who soloed over the line in the Grand Prix Michel Lair
Elite Nationale race in the Normandy area. Nari opened his winning account for the season in this Trophée de la Manche round, held over a total distance of 136 kilometres (four laps of a 27 km. circuit and as many of a final loop of seven kms) as he beat Gaylord Cumont, while SCO's triumph was completed by Tony Gallopin. The podium place getters and sixteen more athletes made the gap after about 40 km. and cooperation inside the breakaway continued until about one and a half laps to go; then the battle broke out and Nari made the right move in the end, with a crucial help provided by team-mate Gallopin who covered all attempts to bring him back.
Grand Prix Michel Lair (Octeville): Top 10 Places
1. Olivier Nari (Fra - SCO Dijon) – 03h15'30"
2. Gaylord Cumont (Fra - USSA Pavilly-Barentin)
3. Tony Gallopin (Fra - SCO Dijon)
4. Julien Mesnil (Fra - VC Evreux)
5. Morgan Chedomme (Fra - CM Aubervillers 93)
6. Cyrille Patoux (Fra - VC Rouen 76)
7. Denis Cioban (Mol - SuperSport 35-ACNC)
8. Guillaume Blot (Fra - USSA Pavilly-Barentin)
9. Frédéric Dubost (Fra - VC Bocage Vire)
10. David Milon (Fra - ESM Gonfreville)
The Valencian rider José Luís Ruiz Cubillo
(Comunitat Valenciana-CCN) was the deserving winner of the 20th Volta Ciclista o Salnés / Gran Premio Diputación de Pontevedra
round eight of the ten-leg Spanish Cup (Copa de España) series, which ran Sunday in the Galicia region, in the northwestern corner of Spain. His teammate Francisco Torrella snatched tenth in the race and retained his overall lead in the Copa
, even increasing his advantage over Oscar Pujol (whose legs were busy elsewhere, competing with the pros in the Vuelta a Asturias, and Pujol is not gifted with ubiquity ...) and Mikel Nieve that couldn't get higher than 27th, definitely not a points paying position. Comunitat Valenciana-CCN secured the team classification two legs in advance.
The 146 kilometre contest, whose start/finish line was situated at Ribadumia, got off to a fast and furious start, with over 42 kilometres covered in the first hour and a group of twenty making the first significant breakaway, that was reeled in before they could hit any of the four difficulties of the day. It was on such hills that Delio Fernández (Caja Rural), Carlos Bruquetas (Wurth) and Sergio Casanovas (Comunidad Valenciana-CCN) broke clear, but their hopes for top honors vanished as the 50-strong bunch caught them half a dozen kilometres from the finish. What was left of the race was all about Ruiz Cubillo notching up his second win of the season on Galician soil (the first came in a stage of the recent Vuelta a La Coruña, see Roundup #12A), ahead of compatriots Rafael Rodríguez (Viña Magna-Cropu), Carlos Bruquetas (Wurth) and Fausto Lorenzo (Avila Rojas-Ceuta).
The Copa de España series is set to resume the next Sunday with its ninth and penultimate leg, the Clásica de Torredonjimeno in Andalusia.
Volta Ciclista ao Salnés (Ribadumia, 145 km): Results
1. RUIZ CUBILLO, José Luis COM.VALENCIANA SPA - 03h33'43"
2. RODRÍGUEZ SEGARRA, Rafael VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - s.t.
3. BRUQUETAS SANTOS, Carlos WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
4. LORENZO HERNÁNDEZ, Fausto AVILA ROJAS SPA - s.t.
5. HERNÁN MARCOSANO, Pablo FUENLABRADA ITA - s.t.
6. PALOU QUEGLAS, Pedro VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - s.t.
7. LÓPEZ SAEZ, Jesús SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - s.t.
8. GUTIÉRREZ CALZADO, Josué FUENLABRADA SPA - s.t.
9. RODRÍGUEZ ARCONES, José A. CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - s.t.
10. TORRELLA GÓMEZ, Francisco COM.VALENCIANA SPA - s.t.
11. ALFONSO CASADO, David FUENLABRADA SPA - s.t.
12. FERNÁNDEZ CRUZ, Delio CAJA RURAL SPA - s.t.
13. GARCÍA LATORRE, Jaime CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - s.t.
14. LLESUY DURÁN, Josep DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - s.t.
15. PALEO MOSQUERA, Alejandro SUPERFROIZ SPA - s.t.
16. CASANOVA VILLALONGA, Sergio COM.VALENCIANA SPA - s.t.
17. FITE GRABULOSA, Jordi DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - s.t.
18. CALVIÑO DEL RÍO, Borja CAMBRE-FRISONOBLE SPA - s.t.
19. ZABALA IMAZ, Xabier CAJA RURAL SPA - s.t.
20. COUTO CERQUEIRO, David SUPERFROIZ SPA - s.t.
21. FERNÁNDEZ SAINZ, Alberto SUPERFROIZ SPA - s.t.
22. OYARZUN GUIÑEZ, Carlos DIPUTACIÓN LEON CHI - s.t.
23. RUBIO CARBALLO, Luis A. AVILA ROJAS SPA - s.t.
24. FERNÁNDEZ ATECA, David NAGARES SPA - s.t.
25. ANTUÑA CORO, Andrés A. WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
26. CARRAL FERNÁNDEZ, Eloy WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
27. NIEVE ITURRALDE, Mikel CAJA RURAL SPA - s.t.
28. SESMA SORBET, Daniel CAJA RURAL SPA - s.t.
29. FERNÁNDEZ CALL, Irwing DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - s.t.
30. GARCÍA MACHUCA, Manuel FUENLABRADA SPA - s.t.
31. CANOVAS PADILLA, José SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - s.t.
32. BALLESTA PARRA, José M. COM.VALENCIANA SPA - s.t.
33. COBOS ALMAGRO, Antonio CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - s.t.
34. MORA ORTIZ, Arturo WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
35. DOMÍNGUEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Sergio SUPERFROIZ SPA - s.t.
36. NOVOA MÉNDEZ, Joaquín AVILA ROJAS SPA - s.t.
37. NOHALES NIETO, Edgar HIERROS DIEGO SPA - s.t.
38. FRANCISCO DELGADO, David VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - s.t.
39. 37 CASTRO GARCÍA, Borja WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
40. 64 DOMINGUEZ BARRAGAN, Daniel AVILA ROJAS SPA - s.t.
41. FERNÁNDEZ SUÁREZ, Higinio WÜRTH SPA - s.t.
42. VARELA ARREGI, Kepa ALFUS TEDES SPA - at 23"
43. GARCIA PIÑEIRO, Oscar HIERROS DIEGO SPA - at 01'23"
44. SANTIAGO HERNÁNDEZ, David HIERROS DIEGO SPA - at 01'23"
45. RUMAYOR VILLAMIL, Pablo CAMARGO-ROPER SPA - at 01'51"
46. ANDRÉS PASCUAL, Victor CAIXANOVA SPA - at 02'20"
47. PIEDEHIERRO ESPINOSA, Manuel SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - at 02'20"
48. GONZÁLEZ PRIETO, Francisco COM.VALENCIANA SPA - at 02'20"
49. MALDONADO CANO, Luis DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - at 02'20"
50. VILLASEVIL VILLASEVIL, Mario COM.VALENCIANA SPA - at 02'20"
51. ABRIL MERINO, Javier VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - at 02'55"
52. LÓPEZ GONZÁLEZ, Francisco J. AVILA ROJAS SPA - at 03'22"
53. FILGUEIRA CAPELO, Mikel ALFUS TEDES SPA - at 05'03"
54. ANGULO SANPEDRO, Ventura ALFUS TEDES SPA - at 05'03"
55. JABATO ORELLA, Jurgen ALFUS TEDES SPA - at 05'03"
56. PEISOTO, Diogo LA TREVOMAR POR - at 08'22"
57. FERNÁNDEZ MOLDES, Juan CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 08'22"
58. PINHO, Ricardo LA TREVOMAR POR - at 08'22"
59. GONZÁLEZ RODRÍGUEZ, Justo CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 08'22"
60. OTERO RODRÍGUEZ, Sergio CAIXANOVA SPA - at 08'22"
61. PEREIRA BOULLOSA, Manuel PSA VIGO SPA - at 08'22"
62. SUAÑA MARTÍN, Alfonso VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - at 08'22"
63. KORTAZAR BENGURIA, Joseba ALFUS TEDES SPA - at 08'22"
64. RAMOS QUERALES, José A. CAIXANOVA VEN - at 08'22"
65. CELIS ZABALA, Vidal CAMARGO-ROPER SPA - at 08'22"
66. MOZO BAKARKOA, Aritz CAJA RURAL SPA - at 08'22"
67. LEBOSO MORAIS, Damián CAIXANOVA SPA - at 08'22"
68. WALDEMAR MULLER, Mauricio DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - at 08'22"
69. LOJO VIEITO, Diego CAMBRE-FRISONOBLE SPA - at 08'22"
70. MAGALLANES FERNÁNDEZ, Alejandro SUPERFROIZ SPA - at 08'22"
71. MUÑOZ RETAMAL, Pablo CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - at 08'22"
72. JIMÉNEZ VENTOSA, Rubén VIÑA MAGNA-CROPU SPA - at 08'22"
73. IRUELA ARRANZ, Francisco CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - at 08'22"
74. SEDOV, Sergiy CCM-GRAMÁN UKR - at 08'22"
75. ALVAREZ RODRIGUEZ, Jorge NAGARES SPA - at 08'22"
76. LUCIANO VALDERAS, Juan DITEC-C.DAURADA SPA - at 08'22"
77. COBELO FOJO, Jesús PSA VIGO / AUTRONIC SPA - at 08'22"
78. ÁLVAREZ RAMOS, David HIERROS DIEGO SPA - at 08'22"
79. CHUZHDA, Dimytro COM.VALENCIANA UKR - at 08'22"
80. LORENZO BALSA, Jorge NAGARES SPA - at 08'22"
81. BASTOS ÁLVAREZ, Óscar SUPERFROIZ SPA - at 08'22"
82. CEREZO NAVIA, José A. NAGARES SPA - at 08'22"
83. DACASA PEDROSA, Antonio SUPERFROIZ SPA - at 08'22"
84. MÍNGUEZ MUÑOZ, Sergio SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - at 08'22"
85. MUSSO CÓRDOBA, Isaac AVILA ROJAS SPA - at 08'22"
86. EDGARDO CELIZ, Sergio NAGARES ARG - at 08'22"
87. LÓPEZ SÁNCHEZ, José C. CAMARGO-ROPER SPA - at 08'22"
88. JIMÉNEZ GONZÁLEZ, Manuel J. SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - at 08'22"
89. CUESTA VALERO, José M. SOCTEC-HUEVAR SPA - at 08'22"
90. SÁNCHEZ MULA, Gabriel FUENLABRADA SPA - at 08'22"
91. CAPITÁN PEREGRINA, Carlos CAMARGO-ROPER SPA - at 08'22"
Outside Time Limit:
FERNÁNDEZ, Juan Adolfo CAIXANOVA SPA - at 10'42"
LAREDO PESQUEIRA, Javier CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 12'36"
PEREIRAS BRAÑA, Antonio CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 12'36"
ALONSO ALONSO, Francisco DIPUTACIÓN LEON SPA - at 12'36"
SANTOS, André LA TREVOMAR POR - at 12'36"
SOUSA, Miguel LA TREVOMAR POR - at 12'36"
VUELTA GONZÁLEZ, Francisco R. NAGARES SPA - at 12'36"
RODRÍGUEZ PENA, José HIERROS DIEGO SPA - at 12'36"
OVÍN VITORERO, David CAMARGO-ROPER SPA - at 12'36"
GUMIEL ANDRÉS, Adrián PSA VIGO SPA - at 12'36"
GONZÁLEZ FONTÁN, Mauro CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 12'36"
TORRES MUIÑO, Pablo CAJA RURAL SPA - at 12'36"
DELLÁ SEGARRA, José V. CCM-GRAMÁN SPA - at 12'36"
GARCÍA LÓPEZ, Javier CIDADE DE LUGO SPA - at 12'36"
Another bikefight took place in Galicia a couple days ago: the Volta á Comarca da Estrada
(translatable into Tour of the Estrada County). Winner of the event was Spain's Alejandro Paleo
of Supermercados Froiz, who first rode his way into an early breakaway of fourteen going on the Bragada uncategorised ascent. When such group was about to be swallowed up by the field, three breakaway members – Jesús Cobelo, Mariano Del Fino and David Fernández - gave it a go at riding clear of the others: but Paleo, Edgar, Javier Vega and José Antonio Ramos set off in pursuit. The rest of the field eventually gave up in the chase, whereas Paleo and Vega managed to close on the leaders (Edgar and Ramos did not though). Later also Del Fino and Cobelo fell off the pace and we got just six legs on the front; those of Paleo proved to be the best ones in the small final ascent to the line, despite attempts from David Fernández to dump him. Paleo scored a well-earned success, Fernández just had to be content with the runner-up spot and Javi Vega grabbed the only other podium place up for grabs.
Volta á Comarca da Estrada (A Estrada): Top 10 Places
1. Alejandro Paleo (Spa - SuperFroiz)
2. David Fernández (Spa - Nagares)
3. Javier Vega (Spa - Diputación León)
4. Jesús Cobelo (Spa - PSA-Vigo)
5. Mariano de Fino (Spa - Diputación León)
6. Edgar Nohales (Spa - Hierros Diego)
7. José A. Ramos (Spa - Caixanova)
8. David Couto (Spa - SuperFroiz)
9. Borja Calviño (Spa - Cambre Frisonoble)
10. Fran Alonso (Spa - Diputación León)
The top Basque event of the weekend was arguably the Subida a Urraki
, a short but tough challenge of 76 kilometres with the mountain top finish on the same Urraki ascent, inside the Azpeitia town limits. The race provided Cafés Baqué with the opportunity to score their first win of the season, and they didn't miss it. In fact it was a great day for the Spanish squad, that continued their winning tradition at Urraki (Aitor Marchena won the 2005 edition and Fran Gutiérrez did it twelve months later/ago) and swept the top two spots: Eder Salas
and Ismael Esteban got to the finish together, hand in hand, with the former eventually coming first across the line and the latter firmly leading the Trofeo Euskaldun series overall.
A group of 150 riders took the start line and attacks came since the early kilometres, albeit none of them really prospered and we still had a consistent peloton at the foot of the final ascent, where Salas could finally showcase his good condition. Similarly to Tassinari in Italy, the 25-year-old Basque was aptly rewarded for his choice to continue in the saddle even if this past winter he seriously thought about stopping racing and starting to work full time in his family-owned store.
Bidelan-Kirolgi missed the biggest prize, but clinched at least one place on the podium (thanks to Aitor Olano) as well as the title in the Metas Volantes (with Juanpa Uriarte) and team classifications respectively. The other local squad, Azpiru-Ugarte, had a shot at winning the race with Cristian Castro, but neither this man nor Olano could do anything when Salas made the right and timely move with the finishing line just 2,000 metres away and Esteban – runner-up to today's most excellent absentee Jonathan Castroviejo at Berriatua the day before – joined him soon later.
Subida a Urraki (Azpeitia, 76 km): Results
1. Eder Salas (Spa - Cafés Baqué) - 02h01'08"
2. Ismael Esteban (Spa - Cafés Baqué) - s.t.
3. Aitor Olano (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 17"
4. Cristian Castro (Spa - Azpiru-Ugarte) - at 20"
5. Eriz Ruiz de Erentxun (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 26"
6. Iban González (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 42"
7. Miguel Mínguez (Spa - Suminan-Koplad) - at 42"
8. Félix Casañs (Spa - Alfus-Tedes) - at 42"
9. Diego Tamayo (Col - Azpiru-Ugarte) - at 42"
10. Garikoitz Zabaleta (Spa - Bidelan-Kirolgi) - at 42"
After leaving the Tour of Girona (see our round-up #17A) behind, most of the Catalan peloton got back in the saddle, with the Master and Senior riders challenging their Elite-2 and U23 colleagues for the second day running, for the Volta Ciclista a la Selva
both starting and finishing at the Mediterranean seaside resort of Lloret de Mar. The Sant Hilari climb was the toughest difficulty on the parcours, but nevertheless the race was decided elsewhere, when Flavien Chipault
attacked a front group of nine as they were making it to Santa Coloma de Farners town. His move paid off, and the French soloed in for the win with a 16 second advantage on a first chase group led over the line by Francisco Javier García (Palafrugell) and José Gómez (Cafemax-Marin).
16th Volta Ciclista a la Selva (Lloret de Mar, 138 km): Results
1. CHIPAULT, Flavien (FRA - RENOV HABITAT) - 03h24'30"
2. GARCIA, Francisco Javier (SPA - PALAFRUGELL) - at 16"
3. GOMEZ, Jose De Jesús (SPA - CAFEMAX) - at 16"
4. MOLLA, Alex (SPA - HOSPITALET VALLAS) - at 16"
5. VILA, Jordi (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 16"
6. FRANCO, Sebastià (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 24"
7. DEMIGUEL, Eric (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 24"
8. THOMAS, Vincent (FRA - RENOV HABITAT) - at 24"
9. SOLER, Joaquin (SPA - CAFEMAX) - at 24"
10. MUÑOZ, Joan Lluis (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 43"
11. CERVANTES, Jordi (SPA - SAUNIER DUVAL) - at 43"
12. MIGUEL, Antonio (SPA - PALAFRUGELL) - at 43"
13. SOLER, Jordi (SPA - EL DIARI) - at 56"
14. PRADES, Eduard (SPA - FREEBIKE) - at 56"
15. COLOME, Oriol (SPA - VIVEROS ALCANAR) - at 56"
16. VAZQUEZ, Marcos (SPA - FREEBIKE) - at 56"
17. ZUGASTI, Ibon (SPA - SAUNIER DUVAL) - at 56"
18. 106 BRUALLA, Oscar (SPA - MASSI) - at 56"
19. SANCHEZ, David (SPA - SEGUROS BILBAO) - at 56"
20. DEMIGUEL, Ricard (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 56"
21. CRUZ, Antonio (SPA - PROGIR-GICAUTO) - at 56"
22. FABREGAS, Aleix (SPA - CAJA RURAL) - at 56"
23. GONZALEZ, Juan De Dios (SPA - HOSPITALET VALLAS) - at 56"
24. AZNAR, Aitor (SPA - FREEBIKE) - at 56"
25. ESCOLA, Miquel (SPA - VIVEROS ALCANAR) - at 56"
26. CASAS, Sergi (SPA - DITEC-C.DAURADA) - at 56"
27. GARCIA, Adolfo (SPA - EL DIARI) - at 56"
28. MASEGU, Isaac (SPA - SAUNIER DUVAL) - at 56"
29. PEÑA, David (SPA - SAUNIER DUVAL) - at 01'07"
30. SEGU, Santiago (SPA - HOSPITALET VALLAS) - at 01'10"
31. RIERA, Isaac (SPA - ODENA-CICLES) - at 09'10"
32. ESTORACH, Laurent (FRA - COURSAN NARB) - at 09'10"
33. COLLADOS, Christian (SPA - FREEBIKE) - at 09'10"
34. ZISSER, Bernhard (AUT - PROGIR-GICAUTO) - at 09'10"
35. LOPEZ, Daniel (SPA - BADABICI SPORT) - at 09'10"
36. URO, Jordi (SPA - VIVEROS ALCANAR) - at 09'10"
37. TEIXIDOR, Jordi (SPA - CASA NOSTRA-MONDE) - at 09'10"
38. RIOS, Jonathan (SPA - MASSI) - at 09'10"
39. HERRERO, Carlos (SPA - MASSI) - at 09'10"
40. ROSELL, Joan Carles (SPA - VIÑA MAGNA) - at 10'05"
41. RUBIO, Jonathan (SPA - CECOC) - at 10'05"
42. GOMEZ, Victor (SPA - MONTCADA) - at 13'54"
43. MASFERRER, Jordi (SPA - CIBERTEL RENAULT) - at 13'54"
44. MERINO, Abraham (SPA - HOSPITALET VALLAS) - at 13'54"
45. SARGATAL, Jordi (SPA - CIBERTEL RENAULT) - at 13'54"
46. LOS, Alberto (SPA - HOSPITALET VALLAS) - at 13'54"
47. ARAN, ENRIC (SPA - SAUNIER DUVAL) - at 13'54"
48. ROGER, Stephane (FRA - RENOV HABITAT) - at 13'54"
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