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56th Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta - Updated
 
By Fabio
Date: 4/11/2010
56th Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta - Updated
 

The Tour of the Basque Country is over, and Chris Horner can celebrate the first ever U.S. (and Californian!) victory in one of the planet's toughest bike events.

But top-class cycling keeps going in the Pais Vasco of Spain, courtesy of the local Vuelta's traditional follow-up race, the one-day Klasika Primavera, a challenging trip around the town of Amorebieta in the Bizkaia province.

The 56th edition runs Sunday over 171.6 kilometers with three passages over the second category Alto de Muniketagane and the peloton taking on as many times also the easier (Cat. 3) Autzagane. All climbs are strategically located in the second half of the course, as you can see in the profile below.

The race was attended by 16 teams, including Saxo Bank, whose Luxembourgian sensation Andy Schleck stole the show as he got himself into the "breakaway of the day" a couple miles after the gun. Along with him were Jorge Azanza (Spa - Euskaltel-Euskadi), Javier Ramírez Abejas (Spa - Andalucía-CajaSur), Delio Rodríguez (Spa - Xacobeo Galicia), Pascual Orengo (Spa - Burgos 2016-Castilla y León), Oscar Grau (Spa - Burgos 2016-Castilla y León), Mikel Ilundain (Spa - Orbea), Joaquin "Ximo" Ortega Gascón (Spa - Barbot) and Mathias Brandle (Aut - Footon-Servetto).

They quickly gained 05'40" by km. 26, then it looked like the group began some kind of chase, but it was no more than a simple illusion. The gap returned to its growing ways and reached new heights (07'20") at the km. 90 check, straight before the race hit the first mountains. The Muniketagane (or Montecalvo, if you prefer the Spanish version) claimed the first victims though: Oscar Grau and Ximo Ortega fell off the pace, resulting in a seven-strong lead group. Azanza came first over the top ahead of Delio Rodríguez, Brandle and Schleck.

As the going got hilly, the pack got going at last, and the gap got smaller, way smaller. Such that it shrank to three minutes as they went on the same Cat. 2 ascent again. Prior to that, Brandle had won the Autzagane KOM prime and notably Ortega had proved himself capable of regaining the front group, subsequently up to eight guys. But the Montecalvo-Muniketa slopes caused havoc on the breakaway again, leaving only Schleck, Jorge Azanza and Delio Fernández in the lead.

The Xacobeo rider took maximum points atop the ascent, with a little over 30 km. remaining, while all other (former) escapees were being mercilessly devoured by the peloton, whose efforts took toll also on their gap to the leading trio, for it was down to a mere 70 seconds as the race entered the last lap of the final circuit. Andy Schleck and his two colleagues saw their hopes evaporate once and for all at km. 147, with 24.5 km. left. They deserved praises for staying clear about 143 kilometers, but are not going to get much more than this.

Schleck didn't even have the "honor" of crossing the line, as he pulled out of the race right after he was chased down. Guess he used the Klasika as a good training session, and realized that he got his mission accomplished. So why bothering making further pointless efforts? Line honors were a matter of someone else yet ...

A matter of his brother, among others. Frank Schleck, back in saddle after he dropped out of the Tour of the Basque Country too early, was still inside the Saxo contingent that rushed towards the front of the field, alongside Euskaltel, Katusha (working for Kolobnev today) and Caisse d'Epargne as they climbed Montecalvo for the last time. The ascent reduced the first peloton to about 40 guys until Igor Antón (Euskaltel) gave it a go a riding clear all by himself. He succeeded, and crested the Muniketa some ten seconds ahead of a small group containing also Frank Schleck and another Euskadi warrior, Samuel Sánchez.

Anton's lead was twice as much at the nine-to-go check. But in between the man and glory was one last climbing of the Autzagane. And it did cost him dearly. His teammate and leader Samuel Sánchez launched a timely attack and easily caught and dropped the fellow "man in orange", just to increase his advantage and continue his solo march to the finish. A winning march he completed with his arms raised in triumph for the second time in a few days.

Not a long time after his stunning performance in the Tour of the Basque Country's queen stage, the Olympic Champion was in the thick of things again, as he took his own (and Euskaltel's) season's tally up to two victories, both of which were grabbed on "home soil". Uncle Sam would make a huge mistake by NOT giving it a shot at the upcoming Ardennes classics.

Basque fans have got even more reasons to rejoice. The "orange" dominance in the event was made complete by Jorge Azanza's triumph in the mountains classification and, needless to say, Euskaltel's victory in the teams competition.

But also the Schlecks can be satisfied. First Andy stole the spotlight with his "training session", then it was all up to Frank, who climbed the race podium as third place finisher.

56th Klasika Primavera (Amorebieta, 171.5 km) - Results
1. 11 SÁNCHEZ, Samuel SPA EUS - 04h04'19"
2. 14 ANTON, Igor SPA EUS - at 05"
3. 43 SCHLECK, Franck LUX SAX - at 05"
4. 133 BERNABEU, David SPA BSP - at 05"
5. 64 MORENO, Javier SPA ACA - at 05"
6. 53 FINETTO, Mauro ITA LIQ - at 05"
7. 10 URAN, Rigoberto COL GCE - at 05"
8. 146 CHERNETSKIY, Sergey RUS RUS - at 05"
9. 15 MARTÍNEZ, Egoi SPA EUS - at 05"
10. 91 HERRADA, José SPA CJR - at 05"
11. 83 SANTAMARTA, Raúl SPA VMC - at 05"
12. 26 GUTIÉRREZ G, David SPA FOT - at 05"
13. 4 JEANNESSON, Arnold FRA GCE - at 05"
14. 36 PETROV, Eugeni RUS KAT - at 08"
15. 100 FERRARI, Fabricio URU CJR - at 08"
16. 1 ARROYO, David SPA GCE - at 08"
17. 121 MENDES, José POR LRM - at 08"
18. 90 BRENES, Gregory CRC VMC - at 08"
19. 97 PEÑA, Aketza SPA CJR - at 08"
20. 16 INTXAUSTI, Beñat SPA EUS - at 08"
21. 8 LÓPEZ, David SPA GCE - at 08"
22. 7 SOLER, Mauricio COL GCE - at 08"
23. 28 MERINO, Pedro SPA FOT - at 08"
24. 71 MOSQUERA, Ezequiel SPA XAC - at 08"
25. 21 CAPECCHI, Eros ITA FOT - at 13"
26. 55 SANTAROMITA, Ivan ITA LIQ - at 27"
27. 47 SÖRENSEN, Nicki DEN SAX - at 01'11"
28. 143 SHILOV, Sergey RUS RUS - at 01'11"
29. 72 GARCÍA, David SPA XAC - at 01'11"
30. 38 VORGANOV, Eduard RUS KAT - at 01'11"
31. 88 ANTUÑA, Andrés - at SPA VMC - at 01'11"
32. 114 CARDOSO, Andre SPA PRT - at 01'11"
33. 109 BLAZQUEZ, Andoni SPA ORB - at 01'11"
34. 137 FONTE, Cesar POR BSP - at 01'11"
35. 23 CORTI, Marco ITA FOT - at 01'11"
36. 108 LANDA, Mikel SPA ORB - at 01'11"
37. 48 PORTE, Richie AUS SAX - at 01'11"
38. 154 MORRAS, Alberto SPA BOA - at 01'11"
39. 73 CESAR VELOSO, Gustavo SPA XAC - at 01'11"
40. 113 MESTRE, Ricardo POR PRT - at 01'11"
41. 115 LIVRAMENTO, David POR PRT - at 01'11"
42. 132 PIRES, Bruno POR BSP - at 01'11"
43. 62 GOMEZ MARCHANTE, José Angel SPA ACA - at 01'11"
44. 5 LOSADA, Alberto SPA GCE - at 01'11"
45. 77 GARCÍA, Marcos SPA XAC - at 01'11"
46. 31 BOTCHAROV, Alexandre RUS KAT - at 01'11"
47. 157 SOUSA, Sergio POR BOA - at 01'11"
48. 20 OROZ, Juan José SPA EUS - at 01'11"
49. 89 MELERO, Iván SPA VMC - at 01'11"
50. 9 PLAZA, Rubén SPA GCE - at 01'11"
51. 45 VOIGT, Jens GER SAX - at 01'11"
52. 46 DIDIER, Laurent LUX SAX - at 01'11"
53. 98 RODRIGUES, Vitor POR CJR - at 01'11"
54. 135 RIBEIRO, Sergio POR BSP - at 01'11"
55. 52 BELLOTTI, Francesco ITA LIQ - at 01'11"
56. 158 VILELA, Ricardo POR BOA - at 01'11"
57. 104 ZABALO, Xabier SPA ORB - at 02'18"
58. 94 BRAVO, Garikoitz SPA CJR - at 02'18"
59. 76 FERNÁNDEZ, Delio SPA XAC - at 02'18"
60. 27 MAYOZ, Iban SPA FOT - at 02'21"
61. 105 GARCÍA, Ricardo SPA ORB - at 02'26"
62. 107 IZAGIRRE, Jon SPA ORB - at 02'26"
63. 118 SILVA, Luis POR PRT - at 02'26"
64. 96 KWIATKOWSKI, Michal POL CJR - at 02'26"
65. 95 MORA, Arturo SPA CJR - at 02'26"
66. 156 SOUSA, Celio POR BOA - at 02'26"
67. 155 PINHEIRO, Luis POR BOA - at 02'26"
68. 99 GARCÍA, Egoitz SPA CJR - at 02'26"
69. 93 FERNÁNDEZ, Higinio SPA CJR - at 02'26"
70. 74 RABUÑAL, Gonzalo SPA XAC - at 02'26"
71. 81 GALLEGO, Diego SPA VMC - at 02'26"
72. 128 DOS SANTOS, Virgilio POR LRM - at 02'26"
73. 92 REIG, Rubén SPA CJR - at 02'26"
74. 122 PINTO, Edgar POR LRM - at 02'26"
75. 34 MAZZANTI, Luca ITA KAT - at 02'26"
76. 124 CARDOSO, Filipe POR LRM - at 04'42"
77. 12 VELASCO, Iván SPA EUS - at 04'50"
78. 17 PÉREZ, Rubén SPA EUS - at 04'50"
79. 136 SOUSA, Rui POR BSP - at 04'50"
80. 117 METCALFE, Tomas GBR PRT - at 04'50"
81. 106 URAIN, Beñat SPA ORB - at 04'50"
82. 138 COSTA, Mario POR BSP - at 04'50"
83. 2 AMADOR, Andrey CRC GCE - at 04'50"
84. 18 AZANZA, Jorge SPA EUS - at 04'50"
85. 85 ANTON, Manuel SPA VMC - at 04'50"
86. 126 CANDIL, Miguel Angel SPA LRM - at 04'50"
87. 141 KAYKOW, Valery RUS RUS - at 04'50"
88. 87 ORENGO, Pascual SPA VMC - at 04'50"
89. 84 DELGADO, Fco David SPA VMC - at 04'50"
90. 66 RAMÍREZ, Javier SPA ACA - at 04'50"
91. 75 MARTÍNEZ, Serafín SPA XAC - at 04'50"
92. 112 MESTRE, Daniel POR PRT - at 04'50"
93. 32 KLIMOV, Serguei RUS KAT - at 04'50"
94. 68 VAZQUEZ, Manuel SPA ACA - at 04'50"
95. 57 VANOTTI, Alessandro ITA LIQ - at 06'56"
96. 103 ILUNDAIN, Mikel SPA ORB - at 06'56"
97. 58 ZAUGG, Oliver SUI LIQ - at 06'56"
98. 49 STEENSEN, André DEN SAX - at 06'56"
99. 82 MAS, Luis SPA VMC - at 06'56"
100. 42 JORGENSEN, Jonas DEN SAX - at 06'56"
101. 56 VANDBORG, Brian DEN LIQ - at 06'56"
102. 102 SAEZ, Adrián SPA ORB - at 06'56"
103. 147 ERSHOW, Artur RUS RUS - at 06'56"

DNF. 111 BARBOSA, Candido POR PRT
DNF. 3 BRUSEGHIN, Marzio ITA GCE
DNF. 152 SAMPAIO, Joaquim POR BOA
DNF. 6 PÉREZ, Francisco SPA GCE
DNF. 78 GARCÍA, Rodrigo SPA XAC
DNF. 29 PÉREZ, Aitor SPA FOT
DNF. 25 BENÍTEZ, Alberto SPA FOT
DNF. 116 CALDEIRA, Samuel POR PRT
DNF. 142 KRASNOV, Leonid RUS RUS
DNF. 24 FAIERS, Thomas Patricks GBR FOT
DNF. 13 NIEVE, Mikel SPA EUS
DNF. 51 AGNOLI, Valerio ITA LIQ
DNF. 65 CALVENTE, Manuel SPA ACA
DNF. 61 ESTRADA, Juan Javier SPA ACA
DNF. 63 PIEDRA, Antonio SPA ACA
DNF. 30 VALLS, Rafael SPA FOT
DNF. 19 MINGUEZ, Miguel SPA EUS
DNF. 33 KOLOBNEV, Alexandr RUS KAT
DNF. 44 FUGLSANG, Jakob DEN SAX
DNF. 41 SCHLECK, Andy LUX SAX
DNF. 67 CARRASCO, Sergio SPA ACA
DNF. 101 MARTIN, Noel SPA ORB
DNF. 86 GRAU, Oscar SPA VMC
DNF. 145 KOZYREV, Maxim RUS RUS
DNF. 22 BRANDLE, Marrhias AUT FOT
DNF. 127 CALVO, Rubén SPA LRM
DNF. 123 BARBOSA, Marcio POR LRM
DNF. 125 ROCHA, Nelson POR LRM
DNF. 134 ORTEGA, Joaquín SPA BSP
DNF. 35 PLIUSCHIN, Alexandr MDA KAT
DNF. 151 BENTA, Joao POR BOA
DNF. 153 CUNHA, Marco POR BOA
DNF. 131 OLIVEIRA, Helder POR BSP

Klasika Primavera de Amorebieta - All Winners
1946 Dalmacio Langarica (Spa)
1947 Miguel Poblet (Spa)
1955 Hortensio Vidaurreta (Spa)
1956 Cosme Barrutia (Spa)
1957 Emilio Cruz (Spa)
1958 Antonio Carmany (Spa)
1959 Roberto Morales (Spa)
1960 Carmelo Moralés (Spa)
1961 Julio San Emeterio (Spa)
1962 Francisco Gabica (Spa)
1963 Eusebio Velez (Spa)
1964 Eusebio Velez (Spa)
1965 José Perez Frances (Spa)
1966 Antonio Gomez del Moral (Spa)
1967 Antonio Gomez del Moral (Spa)
1968 Eusebio Velez (Spa)
1969 José Manuel Lasa (Spa)
1970 Carlos Echeverria (Spa)
1971 Domingo Perurena (Spa)
1972 José Gomez Lucas (Spa)
1973 Miguel Maria Lasa (Spa)
1974 Andres Oliva (Spa)
1975 Antonio Martos (Spa)
1976 Enrique Cima (Spa)
1977 Vicente Lopez Carril (Spa)
1978 Domingo Perurena (Spa)
1979 Miguel Maria Lasa (Spa)
1980 Juan Fernandez (Spa)
1981 José Luis Lopez Cerron (Spa)
1982 Jesus Suarez Cuevas (Spa)
1983 Juan Fernandez (Spa)
1984 José Luis Navarro (Spa)
1985 Federico Echave (Spa)
1986 Federico Echave (Spa)
1987 Julian Gorospe (Spa)
1988 Jorgen Van Pedersen (Den)
1989 Marino Lejarreta (Spa)
1990 Inaki Gaston (Spa)
1991 Jesus Montoya (Spa)
1992 Federico Echave (Spa)
1993 Jon Unzaga (Spa)
1994 Melchor Mauri (Spa)
1995 Laurent Jalabert (Fra)
1996 Mauro Gianetti (Swi)
1997 Mikel Zarrabeitia (Spa)
1998 Roberto Heras (Spa)
1999 Roberto Heras (Spa)
2000 Unai Etxebarria (Ven)
2001 Igor Astarloa (Spa)
2002 Angel Vicioso Arcos (Spa)
2003 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
2004 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
2005 David Etxebarria Alkorta (Spa)
2006 Carlos Sastre Candil (Spa)
2007 Joaquin Rodriguez Oliver (Spa)
2008 Damiano Cunego (Ita)
2009 Alejandro Valverde Belmonte (Spa)
2010 Samuel Sánchez González (Spa)

 
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