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26th Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia - Stage 1
 
By Fabio
Date: 3/1/2006
26th Vuelta Ciclista a Murcia - Stage 1
 

Germany's Heinrich Haussler (Gerolsteiner) was the winner of the opening stage of the 26th Tour of MurcIa, which covered 162.2 km. between the same town of Murcia and Las Torres de Cotillas, and ended up in a field sprint, with the "waterboy" taking line honors from Argentina's Ariel Richeze (Panaria) and the Spanish fastman Jesús del Nero (3 Molinos Resort). The leg was previously featured by a long breakaway of two men: Holland's Thorwald Veneberg (Rabobank) and Spain's Rubén Pérez (Euskaltel), who built a maximum lead of six minutes but were chased down with 7k from the finish.

The first significant move was made - after 22 km. - by an all-Spanish pair though: Carlos Castaño (Kaiku) and Manuel Vázquez (Andalucía-Paul Versan). They were pulled back 5 kilometres later anyway. Murcia's best-known rider Alejandro Valverde, winner of this "home race" two years ago, stormed back into spotlight - and showed some good legs, that made him sound satisfied at the end of the stage - as he won the km. 31 Sprint at Fortuna. But the next attack came at km. 45, courtesy of Manolo "Triki" Beltrán, Valenciana's Julian Sánchez Pimienta, and Martínez. Their attempt didn't succeed, nor did the one put in by another "valenciano", Ezequiel Mosquera, seven km. later.

Then finally came the aforementioned "breakaway of the day": Rubén Pérez and Thorwald Veneberg attacked at km. 62, and quickly opened a gap of 06'42" by km. 80. The peloton initially let them go, but later on turned much more serious about the chase, and almost halved the gap by the Cieza Hot Spot Sprint (km. 126, Veneberg won). And completed their successful chase at km. 155. Late moves by two teammates - José Mario Almagro and Mario De Sarraga (Relax-Gam), as well as Julián Sánchez (very active today) and Holland's young Marc De Maar (Rabobank of course) were quickly nullified too - mainly thanks to chasing effort by Panaria and Unibet.com -, to the delight of the future stage winner, back to the top of the podium on Spanish soil almost six months after his stage 12 (San Martín de Valdeiglesias-Alcobendas) success - the only one in the pro ranks, before today's, for this guy born in the February of 1984 - in the past Tour of Spain.

Unpleasant news came before the kick-off as Kaiku's Ricardo Serrano, overall runner-up in the recent Tour of Valencia, was declared "unfit" to take the start after he failed a blood test carried out by the UCI "vampires" this morning. He'll be out of the saddle for the next 15 days. All other competitors from his team, as well as those from Unibet.com, Lampre and Liberty Seguros, also underwent such tests early today.

The race resumes tomorrow with the second stage taking the peloton from Alcantarilla to Alhama de Murcia, over a route of 172.4 km, and with the first category climb of Alto de La Perdiz coming no more than 16 km. from the finishing line.

Stage 1 (Murcia-Las Torres de Cotilla, 162.2 km): Results
1. 54 HAUSSLER, Heinrich GER GEROLSTEINER - 04h03'18"
2. 105 RICHEZE, Ariel ARG CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
3. 86 DEL NERO, Jesus SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
4. 95 COOKE, Baden AUS UNIBET.COM - s.t.
5. 8 VICIOSO, Angel SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
6. 57 WROLICH, Peter AUT GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
7. 76 MUÑOZ, David SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
8. 132 EDO, Angel SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
9. 24 STANGELJ, Gorazd SLO LAMPRE - s.t.
10. 128 URTASUN, Pablo SPA KAIKU - s.t.
11. 62 ELTINK, Theo HOL RABOBANK - s.t.
12. 52 FOTHEN, Markus GER GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
13. 12 BEPPU, Fumiyuki JPN DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
14. 45 ALBIZURI, Benat SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
15. 16 MIKHAILOV, Guennadi RUS DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
16. 93 DOMINGUEZ, Juan Carlos SPA UNIBET.COM - s.t.
17. 114 DE SARRAGA, Mario SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
18. 31 VALVERDE, Alejandro SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
19. 78 BONILLA, José Adrian CRC COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
20. 133 MARICHALAR, Pedro Luis SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
21. 32 CARRASCO, Jose Luis SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
22. 37 GUTIERREZ, José Ivan SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
23. 112 BURGOS, Nacor SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
24. 36 PEREZ, Francisco SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
25. 35 JULIA, Jose Cayetano SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
26. 17 WHITE, Matthew AUS DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
27. 117 GARCIA, Oscar SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
28. 94 PASAMONTES, Luis SPA UNIBET.COM - s.t.
29. 87 GONZALEZ, Santos SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
30. 71 CASAS, Claudio José SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
31. 15 VAN DEN BROECK, Jurgen BEL DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
32. 122 CESAR, Gustavo SPA KAIKU - s.t.
33. 6 SANTOS, Ivan SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
34. 137 LARA, Francisco José SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
35. 91 GARCIA, Carlos SPA UNIBET.COM - s.t.
36. 103 GALDOS, Aitor SPA CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
37. 96 TEN DAM, Laurens HOL UNIBET.COM - s.t.
38. 98 CASTRESANA, Angel SPA UNIBET.COM - s.t.
39. 38 PRADERA, Mikel SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
40. 63 DE MAAR, Marc HOL RABOBANK - s.t.
41. 138 VAZQUEZ, Manuel SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
42. 75 BERNABEU, David SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
43. 13 MARTINEZ, Egoi SPA DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
44. 111 ALMAGRO, José Mario SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
45. 81 HRUSKA, Jan CZE 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
46. 102 SELLA, Emanuele ITA CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
47. 18 VAN HEESWIJK, Max HOL DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
48. 124 GILMARTIN, Ivan SPA KAIKU - s.t.
49. 42 ANTON, Igor SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
50. 125 LOSADA, Alberto SPA KAIKU - s.t.
51. 77 GOMIS, Juan SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
52. 82 BANOS, José Antonio SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
53. 5 RAMIREZ, Javier SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
54. 134 MARTINEZ, Fco. Jose SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
55. 11 BELTRAN, Manuel SPA DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
56. 27 TIRALONGO, Paolo ITA LAMPRE - s.t.
57. 21 CUNEGO, Damiano ITA LAMPRE - s.t.
58. 25 FIGUERAS, Giuliano ITA LAMPRE - s.t.
59. 22 BRUSEGHIN, Marzio ITA LAMPRE - s.t.
60. 43 PENA, Aketza SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
61. 74 MOSQUERA, Ezequiel SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
62. 131 CABELLO, Francisco SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
63. 2 ABELLAN, Carlos SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
64. 73 MARTINEZ, José Luis SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
65. 123 GALPARSORO, Dionisio SPA KAIKU - s.t.
66. 136 ROVIRA, Jaume SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
67. 72 SANCHEZ, Julian SPA COMUNIDAD VALENCIANA - s.t.
68. 28 VALJAVEC, Tadej SLO LAMPRE - s.t.
69. 68 WEENING, Pieter HOL RABOBANK - s.t.
70. 135 ORTEGA, Manuel SPA ANDALUCIA-PAUL VERSAN - s.t.
71. 58 ZBERG, Beat SUI GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
72. 101 RUBIANO, Miguel Angel COL CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
73. 106 MATVEYEV, Sergiy UKR CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
74. 84 DOMINGUEZ, Sergio SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
75. 48 PEREZ, Ruben SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
76. 34 HORRACH, Joan SPA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
77. 47 LUENGO, Anton SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
78. 108 POZZOVIVO, Domenico ITA CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
79. 51 RICH, Michael GER GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
80. 85 CERRATO, Isidro SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
81. 7 SERRANO, Marcos Antoni SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
82. 67 VENEBERG, Thorwald HOL RABOBANK - s.t.
83. 126 LOPEZ, José Antonio SPA KAIKU - s.t.
84. 65 SCHEUNEMAN, Niels HOL RABOBANK - s.t.
85. 53 FOTHEN, Thomas GER GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
86. 56 TOTSCHNIG, Georg AUT GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
87. 26 SZMYD, Sylvester POL LAMPRE - s.t.
88. 46 ZUBELDIA, Joseba SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
89. 66 WAUTERS, Marc BEL RABOBANK - s.t.
90. 1 VINOKOUROV, Alexandre KAZ LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
91. 23 MARZANO, Marco ITA LAMPRE - s.t.
92. 33 BRARD, Florent FRA C.D'EPARGNE-I.BALEARS - s.t.
93. 92 VANDENBROUCKE, Frank BEL UNIBET.COM - s.t.
94. 97 V. DE WOUWER, Kurt BEL UNIBET.COM - s.t.
95. 41 MAYO, Iban SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
96. 83 BUENDIA, Jesus SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - s.t.
97. 115 TERCIADO, Fco. José SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
98. 14 LOWE, Trent AUS DISCOVERY CHANNEL - s.t.
99. 121 CASTAÑO, Carlos SPA KAIKU - s.t.
100. 61 MENCHOV, Denis RUS RABOBANK - s.t.
101. 107 PEREZ CUAPIO, Julio A. MEX CER.PANARIA-NAVIGARE - s.t.
102. 113 ELIAS, Jose Miguel SPA RELAX-GAM - s.t.
103. 55 STRAUSS, Marcel SUI GEROLSTEINER - s.t.
104. 4 ETXEBARRIA, David SPA LIBERTY S.-WURTH - s.t.
105. 64 RASMUSSEN, Michael DEN RABOBANK - s.t.
106. 44 URIBARRI, Unai SPA EUSKALTEL-EUSKADI - s.t.
107. 116 VALLEJO, Angel SPA RELAX-GAM - at 25"
108. 118 MARTINEZ, José SPA RELAX-GAM - at 32"
109. 88 GARCIA, Julio SPA 3 MOLINOS RESORT - at 06'29"
110. 3 BARANOWSKI, Dariusz POL LIBERTY S.-WURTH - at 06'29"


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