Index: 55th Vuelta a Andalucía
The 2009 Ciclista Ruta del Sol season opener in the
south of Spain program and reports.
The Spanish season opener, the 55th "Vuelta a Andalucía - Ruta Ciclista del
Sol", got underway in Spain's southernmost region on February 15 - 20 for 4 days
of world class racing. While the pro peloton was cursed by wind and driving rain
at the tour of "sunny" California the first 4 days, the riders in at the Vuelta
had the blessing of the Sun God.
The Ruta del Sol took the riders past Córdoba, the "ancient capital" of
Southern Spain under the Moors and finished with a trip of 166 kilometres from
the Torrox Costa seaside village (the place with the best climate in Europe"
at least according to a
recent study) to Antequera in the Malaga area.
A battle of the fast finishers ensued with Geert Steegmans, Davide
Rebellin and Danilo Napolitano for the mantle of the King of the Sun.Katusha
would be the first to stamp the race with stage win, but each would share some
success to open or add to their 2009 accounts. But, in the end it was Dutch
rider Joost Posthuma who sealed the G.C. victory on the final day for Rabobank
with amazing consistency over the four days to take the crown.
55th Vuelta a Andalucía - Stage 3
|New team, old winning antics: Davide Rebellin knows how to stamp his
authority also on the current season. Report, results and words from the
|55th Vuelta a Andalucía - Stage 4
|What a difference one day DOESN'T make. Just like yesterday, Davide
Rebellin claims line honours. And Joost Posthuma stays atop the GC ... but
as GC winner this time.
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