Vuelta a Castilla y Leon: Ventoso quickest into Palencia, Sky misses out
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Vuelta a Castilla y Leon: Ventoso quickest into Palencia, Sky misses out

by Shane Stokes at 12:16 PM EST   comments
Categories: Pro Cycling, Race Reports and Results
General classification contenders in bunch

Fran VentosoSpanish sprinter Fran Ventoso picked up his third win of the season when he won a mass bunch gallop at the end of day one of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon.

The 28-year-old beat Italian Manuel Belletti (Colnago), the young Slovenian Marko Kumps (Geox TMC) plus 88 others to the line in Palencia. Sky Procycling worked hard to try to position Russell Downing for the win, but appeared to start the leadout slightly early, with the pace dropping coming into the final 300 metres.

That enabled the other riders to come around him, and the Briton was unable to get back on terms. Ventoso’s success marked victory number seven for Team Movistar this year.

He’s won at the race several times before, and he considers it lucky for him. “You can say that Castilla y Leon is my career talisman. With this I have already five stage victories [in the race],” he said after being presented with the first leader’s jersey.

“In the beginning we were going to do Roubaix, but Eusebio Unzue decided to change my schedule at the last minute for Amorebieta and Castile. It seems he has a magic wand, because he was completely right. Amorebieta was perhaps a little hard for me and there were comrades who came out of Pais Vasco better, but it was good for me in finding my level.”

The 174.4 kilometre stage started in Medina de Rioseco and was mainly flat. Raúl Alarcón (Barbot), Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucía), Noel Martin (Orbea), Pascual Orengo, Carlos Verona (Burgos 2016), Jaime Castañeda (UNE-EPM) and Ruben Martinez (Caja Rural) went clear early on and were able to open a lead of twelve minutes over the bunch. However they were hauled back with ten kilometres to go

Ventoso praised the work of his squad afterwards. “Today the team has returned to being sensational. We had talked at the meeting to try to cause a selection in the group on the last slope. During the race, Pablo Lastras, who is our road captain, made the climb hard has made the tough climb to try to put Rabobank far behind and to make it impossible for them to get ahead. Tondo then continued it on and we reached our goal.

“In the finishing straight, the sprint was a little long because it was into a headwind. The Sky sprinter [Downing] had to launch the sprint too early because he was without team-mates and I was forced to go from far out. Now we can enjoy this success, which goes to my colleagues as they were really perfect, and I think about tomorrow. I won in Salamanca in 2007, it is a finish that bites a little and which suits me well. Hopefully tomorrow I'll be in contention again.”

General classification favourite Alberto Contador (Saxo Bank SunGard) finished 15th in the sprint, staying out of trouble on the opening stage of a race he will try to win.

Tomorrow’s second leg runs 213 kilometres from Valladolid to Salamanca.


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Vuelta a Castilla y Leon, Spain (2.1) Stage 1 Results: Medina de Rioseco to Palencia (174.4 km)

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Country Result Name Team Time
esp ESP 1 Francisco José Ventoso Alberdi (Movistar) 04:12:57
ita ITA 2 Manuel Belletti (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
slo SLO 3 Marko Kump (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
aus AUS 4 Luke Roberts (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
gbr GBR 5 Russell Downing (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 6 Juan Jose Lobato Del Valle (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
fra FRA 7 Jonathan Hivert (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 8 Ricardo Garcia Ambroa (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
esp ESP 9 Joaquin Sobrino Martinez (Caja Rural) s.t.
esp ESP 10 Ruben Perez Moreno (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 11 Jon Aberasturi (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
por POR 12 Filipe Duarte Sousa Cardoso (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
col COL 13 Walter Fernando Pedraza Morales (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 14 Camilo Andres Suarez Albarracin (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
esp ESP 15 Alberto Contador Velasco (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 16 Javier Francisco Aramendia Lorente (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
ned NED 17 Bauke Mollema (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 18 Santiago Perez (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
por POR 19 Sergio Sousa (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
ita ITA 20 Federico Canuti (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
esp ESP 21 Egoitz García (Caja Rural) s.t.
esp ESP 22 José Alberto Roman Benitez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 23 Pascual Orengo Lopez (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
fra FRA 24 Jérome Coppel (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 25 Pablo Lastras Garcia (Movistar) s.t.
fra FRA 26 Ludovic Turpin (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 27 Pierre Cazaux (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 28 Igor Anton Hernandez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 29 Antonio Filipe Oliveira Amorim (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
ita ITA 30 Morris Possoni (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 31 Xavier Tondo Volpini (Movistar) s.t.
col COL 32 Robinson Eduardo Chalapud Gomez (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
esp ESP 33 Noel Martín Infante (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
por POR 34 Sergio Miguel Vieira Ribeiro (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
ita ITA 35 Stefano Pirazzi (Colnago-CSF Inox) 00:00:06
col COL 36 Jaime Alberto Castaneda Ortega (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 37 Darwin Atapuma Hurtado (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
esp ESP 38 Sergio Pardilla Bellon (Movistar) s.t.
gbr GBR 39 Peter Kennaugh (Team Sky) s.t.
fra FRA 40 Yannick Talabardon (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
col COL 41 Hector Leonardo Paez Leon (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
esp ESP 42 Luis Guillermo Mas Bonet (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
bel BEL 43 Serge Pauwels (Team Sky) s.t.
ned NED 44 Laurens Ten Dam (Rabobank) s.t.
review 45 Carlos Oyarzun (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 46 Carlos Verona (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
esp ESP 47 Jose Luis Carmona Roldan (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
ita ITA 48 Dario Cioni (Team Sky) s.t.
esp ESP 49 Mikel Nieve Ituralde (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 50 Rui Miguel Sousa Barbosa (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
aut AUT 51 Matthias Brandle (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ned NED 52 Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank) s.t.
esp ESP 53 Antonio Piedra Perez (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 54 Miguel Minguez (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
gbr GBR 55 Christopher Froome (Team Sky) s.t.
col COL 56 Nairo Alexander Quintana Rojas (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
ita ITA 57 Filippo Savini (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 58 Simone Stortoni (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
ita ITA 59 Domenico Pozzovivo (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
esp ESP 60 Juan Manuel Garate (Rabobank) s.t.
fra FRA 61 Guillaume Levarlet (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 62 Fabrice Jeandesboz (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
esp ESP 63 Adrian Palomares Villaplana (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 64 David De La Cruz (Caja Rural) s.t.
col COL 65 Juan Pablo Suarez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 66 John Edibberto Martinez Montero (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
col COL 67 Giovanni Manuel Baez Alvarez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 68 Mauricio Ortega Ramirez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
sui SUI 69 Marcel Wyss (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 70 Giampaolo Cheula (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
ita ITA 71 Gianluca Brambilla (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
URG 72 Fabricio Ferrari (Caja Rural) s.t.
esp ESP 73 David Belda (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
esp ESP 74 Diego Gallego Arnaiz (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
esp ESP 75 Javier Ramirez Abeja (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
col COL 76 Ivan Ramiro Parra (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 77 Victor Hugo Pena (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
col COL 78 Rafael Infantino Abreu (UNE - EPM) s.t.
rsa RSA 79 Jacques Janse Van Rensburg (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
col COL 80 Carlos Fernando Piamonte Rodriguez (UNE - EPM) s.t.
col COL 81 Alex Cano Ardila (Cafe De Colombia - Colombia Es Pasion) s.t.
esp ESP 82 Víctor De La Parte Gonzalez (Caja Rural) s.t.
ukr UKR 83 Volodymyr Gustov (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 84 Jesús Hernández Blazquez (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 85 Antonio Cabello Baena (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 86 Carlos Sastre (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
esp ESP 87 Benjamin Gonzalez Noval (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 88 Diego Milan (Caja Rural) 00:00:17
esp ESP 89 Raul Alarcon Garcia (Barbot-Efapel) 00:00:26
esp ESP 90 Aitor Galdos Alonso (Caja Rural) 00:00:52
gbr GBR 91 Alex Dowsett (Team Sky) 00:00:53
aus AUS 92 Richie Porte (Saxo Bank-Sungard) 00:00:06
ned NED 93 Tom Jelte Slagter (Rabobank) 00:01:40
esp ESP 94 Mikel Bizkarra (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
esp ESP 95 Jorge Azanza Soto (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
esp ESP 96 David Bernabeu Armengol (Andalucia - Caja Granada) s.t.
esp ESP 97 Ruben Martinez (Caja Rural) s.t.
blr BLR 98 Branislau Samoilau (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 99 Francisco Javier Iriarte Garro (Movistar) s.t.
esp ESP 100 David Gutiérrez Gutiérrez (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
esp ESP 101 Victor Cabedo Carda (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
esp ESP 102 Ruben Jimenez Ventosa (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
esp ESP 103 Daniel Navarro Garcia (Saxo Bank-Sungard) s.t.
esp ESP 104 Aritz Etxebarria (Orbea - Oreka SDA) s.t.
esp ESP 105 Francisco Manuel Anton Martin (Burgos 2016 - Castilla Y Leon) s.t.
esp ESP 106 Benat Urain (Orbea - Oreka SDA) 00:01:54
ita ITA 107 Paolo Locatelli (Colnago-CSF Inox) s.t.
esp ESP 108 Adrian Saez De Arregi (Orbea - Oreka SDA) 00:02:03
ned NED 109 Theo Bos (Rabobank) 00:02:13
ned NED 110 Stef Clement (Rabobank) 00:03:04
aus AUS 111 Graeme Brown (Rabobank) s.t.
gbr GBR 112 Ben Swift (Team Sky) s.t.
ita ITA 113 Matteo Pelucchi (Geox-TMC Transformers) s.t.
esp ESP 114 Daniel Sesma (Euskaltel - Euskadi) s.t.
por POR 115 Carlos Baltazar (Barbot-Efapel) s.t.
fra FRA 116 Julien Simon (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
fra FRA 117 Cyril Bessy (Saur-Sojasun) s.t.
col COL 118 Juan Mauricio Soler (Movistar) s.t.
aus AUS DNF David Tanner (Saxo Bank-Sungard)  

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