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Vuelta a Murcia - Stage 1
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 3/3/2010
Vuelta a Murcia - Stage 1
 

Vuelta a Murcia - Stage 1
Robbie Hunter Opens his 2010 Account in Yellow...

South African Robbie Hunter of Garmin/Transitions took the first stage in the anticipated hotly contested sprint finish besting Rabobank Australian sprinter Graeme Brown and HTC/Columbia's Vincente Reynes.

Milram's Roger Kluge and another South African and former Barloworld team mate of Hunter, Dary Impey of RadioShack filled out the top five fastmen at the finish out of a group of 55 riders containing all the favorites for the race including Wiggins, Armstrong, and Denis Menchov.

The peloton split on the final climb while on the chase for four escapees and pressure of RadioShack. The wind on the final  kilometers produced more splits with four groups chasing the leaders. Theo Bos winner of the recent 25th Clásica de Almería didn't count in the sprint after being caught in the second group after the final clim; Bos was unable to re-join the front of the race.

For Hunter it  is the 32 year old's first win of the 2010 season;  and he can enjoy it in the leaders Amarillo jersey; he is also points leader. Hunter will be 33 on April 22nd.
Complete Results below

The stage was animated by a four man breakaway initiated by Garmin's Danny pate after only 11 kilometers after the start. Pate was joined by Alexandre Blain of Endura Racing. Shortly after Dutch rider Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and Spaniard Caja Rural's Rubén Reig bridged to the duo.  The quartet worked well together opening a gap of over 5 minutes, with Westra collecting most of the climbers points on the three category 3 climbs to take the first climbers jersey.

After the final climb of  Alto de Portman on with 25 km to go Westra seeing the futility with of the effort after the  gap fell to  35 seconds sat up and returned to the peloton. Pate, Reig and blain bravely held on dangling off the front of the peloton led by the sprinters teams were swept up by 18 km to go.

Stage 1: San Pedro del Pinatar - San Pedro del Pinatar  166.5 km
Today's first stage opened to sunny skies with 19 degree weather (69 F); perfect weather for the first stage. It didn't take too long after the neutral start for the attacks to start with Garmin Transitions Danny Pate the first to open a gap after 11 km, and quickly joined by Alexandre Blain of Endura Racing. The French/American duo were joined in the next kilometer by Dutch serial attacker Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and Spaniard Caja Rural's Rubén Reig.

The four opened a gap of 2:16 by the 18th km which ballooned to over 5 minutes by the 26 km marker. The quartet worked well together as they approached the first of the 4 category 3 climbs on the day's race card:

71.4 km : Alto de la Cuesta
94.5 km: Alto de Cedacero
129.6 km: Alto de Portman

An attack by David Calatayud, David (Spanish National Team) and Cervélo TestTeam's Portugese rider Joao Correia, Joao at 30 km only put the peloton on the hunt accelerating the pace. The two were soon caught but the effort took two minutes out of the four leaders.

Starting up the first climb the gap was 2:35, by the summit Westra led Blain and Reig opening the gap to 3:02 with 90 km and 2 climbs to go. Over the summit of the Alto de Cedacero Lieuwe Westra once again led taking the max climbing points followed by Danny Pate and Alexandre Blain, the gap fell to 2:15 with 64 km to go.

Frenchman Blain led Westra and Reig  the Meta Volante sprint in Cartagena; After 113 km the lads lead had slipped to 1:25; but the peloton had no intention of pulling the four back this early  before the final climb... with only 46 km to go time was on the side of the chasers and the chances slimmer by the mile for our courageous adventurers.

Over the summit of the Alto de Portman,Westra once again led; successfully taking all the mountain points on offer in the stage and the climbers jersey - Reig, Blain and Pate followed finish in that order starting the descent to the with 55 seconds and 35 kilometers to evade capture.

With 25 km to go Vacansoleil's Westra sat up and waited for the peloton... with 18 km to go the trio of Danny Pate, Alexadre Blain and Rubén Reig were swept up by the Cervélo and Rabobank led peloton.

With ten km to go the peloton was split by a crash as Milram, Garmin, HTC and Rabobank duel for control of the peloton followed with 5 km to go in the end it is Garmin's Robbie Hunter taking the win by a wheel over Graeme Brown of Rabobank.


Stage 2:  Calasparra - Caravaca de la Cru 169.8 km
With any luck the riders will start under sunny skies on Thursday when the climbing specialists will take center stage on Stage 2, over almost 170 kilometers from Calasparra to  Caravaca de la Cruz. the day could be a long one with 2 category 1 climbs. The Alto de San Juan at 1,227 meter climb will be climbed twice at 57 km and 130 km with the final summit 39.8 km from the finish. Chances of a sprint finish? Yes but from a select group of the elite mountain men more likely it will be the first day for Armstrong, Wiggins and 2009 defending champion Denis Menchov to test the legs of their rivals and play their cards for victory in Murcia.

XXX Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia
           
UCI 2.1 - March 3 - 7
Stage 1: San Pedro del Pinatar - San Pedro del Pinatar  166.5 km
Stage 2:  Calasparra - Caravaca de la Cruz 169.8 km
Stage 3:  Las Torres de Cotillas - Alhama de Murcia  166.5 km
Stage 4:   Alhama de Murcia - Alhama de Murcia  22 km ITT
Stage 5: Redyser (Murcia) - Murcia  121.1 km
Total distance: 645.9 km
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Stage 1 Results And General Classification
San Pedro del Pinatar - San Pedro del Pinatar 
166.5 km - 4:1540

1 Hunter, Robert Garmin - Transitions Rsa 4:15:40
2 Brown, Graeme Rabobank Aus - 0:00
3 Reynes, Vicente Team Htc - Columbia Esp - 0:00

4 Kluge, Roger Team Milram Ger - 0:00
5 Impey, Daryl Team Radioshack Rsa - 0:00

6 Jezowsky, Krzystof Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 0:00
7 Golas, Michal Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Pol - 0:00
8 Downing, Russell Team Sky Gbr - 0:00
9 Schorn, Daniel Team Netapp Aut - 0:00
10 Wilkilson, Ian Endura Racing Gbr - 0:00
11 Raimbekov, Bolat Astana Kaz - 0:00
12 Cabedo, Víctor Selección Española Esp - 0:00
13 Korolev, Egor Selección Rusa Rus - 0:00
14 Jufre, Josep Astana Esp - 0:00
15 Roberts, Luke Team Milram Aus - 0:00
16 Blain, Alexandre Endura Racing Fra - 0:00
17 Shilov, Sergey Selección Rusa Rus - 0:00
18 Ruijgh, Rob Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Ned - 0:00
19 Augustyn, John Lee Team Sky Rsa - 0:00
20 Lagutin, Sergey Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Uzb - 0:00
21 Froome, Christopher Team Sky Gbr - 0:00
22 Nordhaug, Lars Petter Team Sky Nor - 0:00
23 Chernetskiy, Sergey Selección Rusa Rus - 0:00
24 Portal, Nicolas Team Sky Fra - 0:00
25 Marczynski, Tomasz Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 0:00
26 Poels, Wouter Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Ned - 0:00
27 Ershow, Artur Selección Rusa Rus - 0:00
28 Herrada, José Caja Rural Esp - 0:00
29 Wiggins, Bradley Team Sky Gbr - 0:00
30 Saramotins, Aleksejs Team Htc - Columbia Lat - 0:00
31 Velits, Martin Team Htc - Columbia Svk - 0:00
32 Rohregger, Thomas Team Milram Aut - 0:00
33 Menchov, Denis Rabobank Rus - 0:00
34 Rabon, Frantisek Team Htc - Columbia Cze - 0:00
35 Dockx, Gert Team Htc - Columbia Bel - 0:00
36 Rast, Gregory Team Radioshack Sui - 0:00
37 Tiralongo, Paolo Astana Ita - 0:00
38 Klöden, Andreas Team Radioshack Ger - 0:00
39 Clement, Stef Rabobank Ned - 0:00
40 Carrara, Matteo Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Ita - 0:00
41 Dyachenko, Alexsandr Astana Kaz - 0:00
42 Weening, Pieter Rabobank Ned - 0:00
43 Gretsch, Patrick Team Htc - Columbia Ger - 0:00
44 Reig, Rubén Caja Rural Esp - 0:00
45 Wrolich, Peter Team Milram Aut - 0:00
46 Armstrong, Lance Team Radioshack Usa - 0:00
47 Pate, Danny Garmin - Transitions Usa - 0:00
48 Rodrigues, Vitor Caja Rural Por - 0:00
49 Nerz, Dominik Team Milram Ger - 0:00
50 Zabriskie, David Garmin - Transitions Usa - 0:00
51 Rubiera, José Luis Team Radioshack Esp - 0:00
52 Schillinger, Andreas Team Netapp Ger - 0:00
53 McCartney, Jason Team Radioshack Usa - 0:00
54 Zubeldia, Haimar Team Radioshack Esp - 0:00
55 Kruijswijk, Steven Rabobank Ned - 0:00

56 Denifl, StefanCervélo Test Team Aut - 38"
57 Wyss, MarcelCervélo Test Team Sui - 38"
58 Oliphant, Evan Endura Racing Gbr - 38"
59 Barta, Jan Team Netapp Cze - 38"
60 Zeits, Andrey Astana Kaz - 38"
61 Guardiola, Salvador Selección Española Esp - 38"
62 Possoni, Morris Team Sky Ita - 38"
63 Chuzhda, Oleg Caja Rural Ukr - 38"
64 Bauer, Jack Endura Racing Nzl - 58"

65 Pujol, Oscar Cervélo Test Team Esp - 01'04"
66 Bos, TheoCervélo Test Team Ned - 01'08"
67 Schroder, Bjorn Team Milram Ger - 01'52"

68 Ardila, Mauricio Rabobank Col - 02'48"
69 Benedetti, Cesare Team Netapp Ita - 02'48"
70 Batek, Dariusz Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 02'48"
71 Partridge, Robert Endura Racing Gbr - 02'48"
72 Deignan, PhilipCervélo Test Team Irl - 02'48"
73 Ghyselinck, Jan Team Htc - Columbia Bel - 02'48"
74 Cuesta, IñigoCervélo Test Team Esp - 02'48"
75 Mohs, Erik Selección Alemana Ger - 02'48"
76 Kozontchuk, Dmitry Rabobank Rus - 02'48"
77 Stetina, Peter Garmin - Transitions Usa - 02'48"

78 Cabello, Antonio Selección Española Esp - 07'46"
79 Keinath, Nico Team Netapp Ger - 07'46"
80 Westra, Lieuwe Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team Ned - 07'46"
81 Roels, Dominik Team Milram Ger - 07'46"
82 Moss, James Endura Racing Gbr - 07'46"
83 Creber, Ross Endura Racing Gbr - 07'46"
84 Lara, José Carlos Selección Española Esp - 07'46"
85 Lisowicz, Tomasz Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 07'46"
86 Sznitko, Adan Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 07'46"
87 Fernández, Higinio Caja Rural Esp - 07'46"
88 Seubert, Timon Team Netapp Ger - 07'46"
89 Mora, Arturo Caja Rural Esp - 07'46"
90 Kwiatkowski, Michal Caja Rural Pol - 07'46"
91 Bodnart, Lukasz Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 07'46"
92 Bengsch, Robert Selección Alemana Ger - 07'46"
93 Bartko, Robert Selección Alemana Ger - 07'46"
94 Schafer, Stefan Selección Alemana Ger - 07'46"
95 Barth, Marcel Selección Alemana Ger - 07'46"
96 Bommel, Henning Selección Alemana Ger - 07'46"
97 Anton, Manuel Selección Española Esp - 07'46"
98 Calatayud, David Selección Española Esp - 07'46"
99 Kireyev, Roman Astana Kaz - 07'46"
100 Iglinskiy, Valentin Astana Kaz - 07'46"
101 Kozyrev, Maxim Selección Rusa Rus - 07'46"
102 Sokolov, Alexander Selección Rusa Rus - 07'46"
103 Rybakov, Alexander Selección Rusa Rus - 07'46"
104 Correia, JoaoCervélo Test Team Por - 07'46"
105 Lowe, Trent Garmin - Transitions Aus - 07'46"
106 Dean, Julian Garmin - Transitions Nzl - 07'46"
107 Kreder, Michel Garmin - Transitions Ned - 07'46"
108 Lechuga, Pablo Selección Española Esp - 08'35"
109 Repinski, Tomasz Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol - 09'06"
DNS Duyn, Huub Team Netapp Ned
DNS Rossetto, Stephane Vacansoleil Pro Cycl Fra

Kom - Climbers Classification
1 97 Westra, Lieuwe Vacansoleil Ned 9
2 107 Reig, Rubén Caja Rural Esp 4
3 35 Pate, Danny Garmin - Transitions Usa 3
4 112 Blain, Alexandre Endura Racing Fra 2

Points Classification
1 32 Hunter, Robert Garmin - Transitions Rsa 25
2 3 Brown, Graeme Rabobank Aus 20
3 21 Reynes, Vicente Team Htc - Columbia Esp 16
4 42 Kluge, Roger Team Milram Ger 14
5 53 Impey, Daryl Team Radioshack Rsa 12

6 82 Jezowsky, Krzystof Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol 10
7 92 Golas, Michal Vacansoleil Pol 9
8 63 Downing, Russell Team Sky Gbr 8
9 126 Schorn, Daniel Team Netapp Aut 7
10 117 Wilkilson, Ian Endura Racing Gbr 6
11 15 Raimbekov, Bolat Astana Kaz 5
12 134 Cabedo, Víctor Selección Española Esp 4
13 154 Korolev, Egor Selección Rusa Rus 3
14 41 Jufre, Josep Astana Esp 2
15 41 Roberts, Luke Team Milram Aus 1

Meta Volantes
1 112 Blain, Alexandre Endura Racing Fra 3
2 97 Westra, Lieuwe Vacansoleil Ned 2
3 107 Reig, Rubén Caja Rural Esp 1

Team Classification
1 Vac Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Ned 12:47'00"
2 Sky Team Sky Gbr
3 Mrm Team Milram Ger

4 Rus Selección Rusa Rus
5 Ast Astana Kaz M.T.

6 Thr Team Htc - Columbia Usa
7 Rab Rabobank Ned
8 Rsh Team Radioshack Usa
9 Grm Garmin - Transitions Usa
10 Cjr Caja Rural Esp
11 Edr Endura Racing Gbr A 38"
12 App Team Netapp Ger A 38"
13 CttCervélo Test Team Sui A 02'20"
14 Ccc Ccc Polsat Polkowice Pol A 02'48"
15 Esp Selección Española Esp A 08'24"
16 Ger Selección Alemana Ger A 18'20"

 
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