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Index: 55th Vuelta a Andalucía
By Fabio
Date: 3/9/2009
Index: 55th Vuelta a Andalucía

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 - Prologue
Xavier Tondo Volpini pulls off a surprise victory in Sunday's opener against the clock.
55th Vuelta a Andalucía - Stage 1
It's Danilo at last! Napolitano takes Katusha's season's tally up to new heights as Posthuma seizes race leadership.
55th Vuelta a Andalucía - Stage 2
Team Katusha delivered a 1-2 knockout punch at Cordoba.
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 winner inside.
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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