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Sunday, March 6, 2011

Contador seals Vuelta a Murcia victory with time trial success

by Shane Stokes at 1:11 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
Spaniard takes second consecutive stage victory

Alberto ContadorHaving landed his first victory of the season yesterday on the toughest mountain stage of the Vuelta a Murcia, Alberto Contador showed his time trialing legs are also in good condition when he raced to victory in today’s concluding stage. The Spanish Saxo Bank SunGard rider was clearly quickest, covering the 12.4 kilometre course in Murcia eight second quicker than the promising young Frenchman Jerome Coppel (Saur Sojasun).

Denis Menchov, who finished two steps behind Contador on last year’s Tour de France podium, was again third. He was four seconds further behind Coppel, and seven ahead of the impressive young British rider, Alex Dowsett (Sky Procycling).

”I'm immensely happy about this victory. It proves that I have been doing my preparations perfectly,” he said after receiving the final yellow jersey in the event. “More importantly, I'm really happy about being with this team. Everyone's really supportive and together we have the strength to conquer several more magnificent victories in the future.”

The race is Contador’s second of the season. He was fourth in the recent Volta ao Algarve and has clearly gained form and sharpness since then.

VeloNation blogger Alexander Wetterhall took a fine seventh place in the TT for Endura Racing, while Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervélo) and his team-mate Dave Zabriskie were ninth and tenth respectively. World under 23 champion Michael Matthews (Rabobank) also rode solidly, netting 13th and showing that he is more than just a sprinter.

Contador’s solo victory yesterday and time trial success today earned him a final winning margin of eleven and seventeen seconds respectively over Coppel and Menchov, while Vacansoleil’s Wout Poels was just off the podium in fourth.

He could potentially move up to third, with Coppel taking the overall win, if Contador’s clearing by the RFEC is successfully appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. It is thought quite likely that either the UCI or WADA will contest the dismissal of his charges for his Clenbuterol positive. In that case, it would put him in a similar situation to Alejandro Valverde last year.

As things stand, though, the race was a highly successful one for the Saxo Bank-SunGard team. In addition to Contador’s two stage victories plus the overall classification success, the Danish squad also landed the points and teams classifications.

Directeur sportif Dan Frost said that the Spaniard helped motivate the other riders to also ride well. “Alberto did a perfect time trial and simply underlines his great condition. The victory is a relief for him and for the team,” he stated. “His presence alone has an outstanding effect on our younger riders, Manuele and Jaroslaw who both did outstanding performances today.”

Contador’s next races are the Volta a Catalunya and the Vuelta Castilla y Leon. It is also likely he will ride at least one of the Ardennes Classics prior to training for the Giro d’Italia.


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2011 Vuelta a Murcia, stage 3 (2.1, 12.4 kilometre TT)

  Click on the arrowsat the top of the column to sort the race results.
Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:14:10
fra FRA 2 Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:00:08
rus RUS 3 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) 00:00:12
gbr GBR 4 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:00:19
blr BLR 5 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 00:00:26
ita ITA 6 Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
swe SWE 7 Alexander Wetterhall (Endura Racing) 00:00:28
esp ESP 8 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) 00:00:30
usa USA 9 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:31
usa USA 10 David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:00:33
esp ESP 11 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 00:00:38
esp ESP 12 Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Endura Racing) s.t.
aus AUS 13 Michael Matthews (Rabobank) 00:00:40
fra FRA 14 Paul Poux (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
pol POL 15 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 16 Javier Moreno Bazan (Caja Rural) 00:00:41
esp ESP 17 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:46
irl IRL 18 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) s.t.
gbr GBR 19 Chris Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
chi CHI 20 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun Guiñez (Movistar Team) 00:00:48

Final overall:

Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 09:27:18
fra FRA 2 Jérôme Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:00:11
rus RUS 3 Denis Menchov (Geox-TMC) 00:00:17
ned NED 4 Wout Poels (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:01:46
col COL 5 Fabio Andres Duarte Arevalo (Geox-TMC) 00:01:47
fra FRA 6 Alexandre Geniez (Skil-Shimano) 00:02:04
fra FRA 7 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) 00:02:06
esp ESP 8 Francisco Perez Sanchez (Movistar Team) 00:02:12
esp ESP 9 David Blanco Rodriguez (Geox-TMC) 00:02:21
blr BLR 10 Vasil Kiryienka (Movistar Team) 00:02:22
esp ESP 11 Jose Herrada Lopez (Caja Rural) 00:02:28
esp ESP 12 Rafael Valls Ferri (Geox-TMC) 00:02:41
esp ESP 13 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:02:51
fra FRA 14 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur-Sojasun) 00:02:53
nor NOR 15 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Team Sky) 00:02:59
esp ESP 16 Javier Moreno Bazan (Caja Rural) 00:03:11
esp ESP 17 Iker Camaño Ortuzar (Endura Racing) 00:03:20
fra FRA 18 Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) 00:03:36
pol POL 19 Michal Golas (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:03:37
esp ESP 20 Jordi Simon Casulleras (Spain) 00:03:38
usa USA 21 Tom Danielson (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:03:41
ita ITA 22 Dario David Cioni (Team Sky) 00:03:44
esp ESP 23 Miguel Minguez Ayala (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:03:56
est EST 24 René Mandri (Endura Racing) 00:04:06
esp ESP 25 Vicente David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:04:14
ita ITA 26 Santo Anza (Vacansoleil-DCM) s.t.
gbr GBR 27 Charles Wegelius (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:04:33
ita ITA 28 Mirko Selvaggi (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:04:37
chi CHI 29 Carlos Ivan Oyarzun Guiñez (Movistar Team) 00:04:41
usa USA 30 Peter Stetina (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:04:59
ned NED 31 Maarten De Jonge (Endura Racing) 00:05:14
ger GER 32 Simon Geschke (Skil-Shimano) 00:05:19
esp ESP 33 Marcos Garcia Fernandez (KTM-Murcia) 00:05:26
rus RUS 34 Sergey Firsanov (Itera-Katusha) 00:05:27
esp ESP 35 Samuel Nicolas (Spain) s.t.
esp ESP 36 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:05:36
ned NED 37 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) 00:05:42
fra FRA 38 Ludovic Turpin (Saur-Sojasun) 00:05:49
esp ESP 39 Arkaitz Duran Aroca (Geox-TMC) 00:05:53
ned NED 40 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) 00:06:05
can CAN 41 Christian Meier (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:06:09
ned NED 42 Martijn Keizer (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:06:12
ita ITA 43 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) 00:06:27
swe SWE 44 Alexander Wetterhall (Endura Racing) 00:06:29
esp ESP 45 Salvador Guardiola Tora (KTM-Murcia) 00:06:32
esp ESP 46 Jaume Rovira Pous (KTM-Murcia) 00:06:37
esp ESP 47 Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Rabobank) 00:06:39
esp ESP 48 Jesus Hernandez Blazquez (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:06:40
esp ESP 49 Mikel Nieve Iturralde (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:06:47
esp ESP 50 Jose Alberto Benitez Roman (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:06:53
esp ESP 51 Imanol Erviti Ollo (Movistar Team) 00:07:00
esp ESP 52 Iñigo Cuesta Lopez De Castro (Caja Rural) 00:07:14
esp ESP 53 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:07:36
ukr UKR 54 Volodymir Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:07:42
esp ESP 55 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:07:47
ukr UKR 56 Ruslan Pidgornyy (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:07:52
ita ITA 57 Alberto Ongarato (Vacansoleil-DCM) 00:07:58
gbr GBR 58 David Clarke (Endura Racing) 00:08:01
irl IRL 59 Daniel Martin (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:08:14
esp ESP 60 Hector Gonzalez Baeza (KTM-Murcia) 00:08:21
esp ESP 61 Ruben Fernandez (Spain) 00:08:27
gbr GBR 62 Chris Froome (Team Sky) 00:08:50
esp ESP 63 Higinio Fernandez Suarez (Caja Rural) 00:08:52
esp ESP 64 Oscar Garciacasarrubios Pintor (KTM-Murcia) 00:08:53
usa USA 65 Christian Vande Velde (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:09:04
pol POL 66 Jaroslaw Marycz (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:09:24
den DEN 67 Jonas Aaen Jörgensen (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:09:28
ita ITA 68 Manuele Boaro (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:09:39
fra FRA 69 Mathieu Sprick (Skil-Shimano) 00:09:42
ned NED 70 Roy Curvers (Skil-Shimano) 00:09:48
ger GER 71 Johannes Fröhlinger (Skil-Shimano) s.t.
gbr GBR 72 Russell Downing (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 73 Paul Poux (Saur-Sojasun) 00:09:56
esp ESP 74 Pablo Lechuga Rodriguez (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:10:24
fra FRA 75 Laurent Mangel (Saur-Sojasun) 00:10:48
esp ESP 76 Manuel Ortega Ocaña (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:11:01
esp ESP 77 Pascual Orengo Lopez (Burgos 2016-Castilla y Leon) 00:11:28
gbr GBR 78 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:11:43
aus AUS 79 Michael Matthews (Rabobank) 00:12:02
ned NED 80 Dennis Van Winden (Rabobank) 00:12:48
esp ESP 81 Javier Benitez Pomares (KTM-Murcia) 00:12:56
usa USA 82 Christopher Jones (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:13:03
ned NED 83 Michel Kreder (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:13:09
ltu LTU 84 Ignatas Konovalovas (Movistar Team) 00:13:10
ger GER 85 Florian Bissinger (Arbo-Gebruder Weiss-Oberndorfer) 00:13:17
bel BEL 86 Sep Vanmarcke (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:13:49
rus RUS 87 Alexei Markov (Russia) 00:13:57
rus RUS 88 Alexander Khatuntsev (Russia) 00:15:10
ned NED 89 Albert Timmer (Skil-Shimano) 00:15:29
usa USA 90 David Zabriskie (Garmin-Cervelo) 00:15:37
esp ESP 91 Carlos Sastre Candil (Geox-TMC) 00:16:26
esp ESP 92 Francisco Garcia Nicolas (Spain) 00:16:40
rus RUS 93 Alexander Serov (Russia) 00:16:41
esp ESP 94 Eloy Teruel Rovira (Spain) 00:18:01
aus AUS 95 Jonathan Clarke (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:20:26
ger GER 96 Robert Förster (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:20:51
aus AUS 97 Jack Anderson (Endura Racing) 00:20:54
esp ESP 98 Egoitz Garcia Etxeguibel (Caja Rural) 00:21:43
esp ESP 99 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Caja Rural) 00:21:49
ger GER 100 Martin Reimer (Skil-Shimano) 00:22:01
ned NED 101 Theo Bos (Rabobank) 00:22:08
esp ESP 102 Ruben Reig Conejero (Caja Rural) 00:22:21
esp ESP 103 Jose Luis Roldan Carmona (Andalucia-Caja Granada) 00:23:10
esp ESP 104 Ion Izagirre Insausti (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:24:09
esp ESP 105 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:24:30
usa USA 106 Bradley White (UnitedHealthcare Pro Cycling) 00:25:03
aus AUS 107 Graeme Brown (Rabobank) 00:25:09
esp ESP 108 Alan Perez Lezaun (Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:25:21
aut AUT 109 Christian Pavitschitz (Arbo-Gebruder Weiss-Oberndorfer) 00:28:36
rus RUS 110 Kirill Yatsevich (Russia) 00:31:23

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