Valenciana 1: Bennati better than Petacchi

A puncture may have cost Alessandro Petacchi the win in the first stage of the Vuelta a Valenciana,

A puncture may have cost Alessandro Petacchi the win in the first stage of the Vuelta a Valenciana,
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Italian Daniele Bennati (Lampre) beat favourite Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) and Vicente Reynes (Caisse d'Epargne) to win the opening stage of the Vuelta Valenciana. The stage that started and finished in Alzira ended in a bunch sprint, with all but five of the field finishing in the same time as the winner. 143 riders started the race in warm, 22 degree temperatures. Adrian Palomares (Fuerteventura-Canarias) attacked with Thomas Voeckler (Bouygues Telecom) and Emanuele Sella (Panaria) on the day's first and only climb, the Alto de Barcheta (km 17). The three crossed the top with 13 seconds gap over the bunch, which they extended to 7'00 after 34 km. Caisse d'Epargne, Milram, Benfica and Nicolas Mateo controlled the peloton and with a dead flat 125 km to go, seven minutes lead was not going to be enough. At the first sprint at Carcaixent on the outskirts of Alzira, Voeckler was first ahead of Palomares and Sella, with the bunch at 5'30. The second sprint after 83 km produced exactly the same result, with the peloton now just 3'07 behind. The break started to disintegrate with 17 km to go when Voeckler crashed and was caught by the peloton. Palomares and Sella lasted until 10 km to go, when they too were captured. Alessandro Petacchi suffered a puncture at this point, and although he was brought back to the front by his teammates, Lampre had the race in hand and led out Bennati for the win ahead of Ale-Jet. Tomorrow's second stage is hillier than today's, with a start and finish in Calp. Stage 1 results 1 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 03:34:31 2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 3 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 4 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 5 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 6 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 7 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 8 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 9 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 10 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 11 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 12 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 13 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 14 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 15 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 16 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 17 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 18 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 19 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 20 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 21 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 22 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 23 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 24 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 25 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 26 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 27 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 28 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 29 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 30 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 31 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 32 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 33 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 34 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 35 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 36 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 37 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 38 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 39 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 40 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 41 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 42 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 43 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 44 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 45 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 46 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 47 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 48 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 49 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 50 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 51 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 52 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 53 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 54 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 55 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 56 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 57 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 58 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 59 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 60 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 61 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 62 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 63 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 64 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 65 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 66 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 67 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 68 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 69 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 70 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 71 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 72 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 73 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 74 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 75 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 76 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 77 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 78 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 79 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 80 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 81 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 82 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 83 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 84 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 85 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 86 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 87 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 88 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 89 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 90 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 91 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 92 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 93 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 94 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 95 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 96 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 97 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 98 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 99 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 100 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 101 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 102 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 103 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 104 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 105 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 106 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 107 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 108 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 109 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 110 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 111 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 112 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 113 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 114 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Chanel) 115 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 116 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 117 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 118 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 119 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 120 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 121 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 122 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 123 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 124 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 125 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 126 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 127 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 128 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 129 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 130 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 131 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 132 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 133 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 134 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 135 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 136 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 137 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 138 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 139 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:21 140 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:38 141 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:38 142 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:43 143 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:00:49 General classification after stage 1 1 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 03:34:21 2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:04 3 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:04 4 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:06 5 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:06 6 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:08 7 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 8 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 9 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 10 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:10 11 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 12 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 00:00:10 13 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:10 14 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:10 15 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 16 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:10 17 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 18 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 19 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 20 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 21 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 22 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 23 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 24 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 25 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 26 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 27 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 28 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 29 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 30 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 31 Guillermo Bongiorno (Arg, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 32 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 33 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 34 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 35 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 36 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 37 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 38 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:10 39 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 40 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 41 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:10 42 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 43 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 44 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 45 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 46 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 47 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 48 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 49 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:10 50 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 51 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:10 52 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 53 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 54 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 55 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 56 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 57 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 00:00:10 58 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 59 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 60 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 61 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 62 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 00:00:10 63 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 00:00:10 64 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 00:00:10 65 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:10 66 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 67 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:00:10 68 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:10 69 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 70 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 71 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 72 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 73 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:00:10 74 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 75 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 00:00:10 76 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 77 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 78 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 79 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 80 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 81 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 82 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 00:00:10 83 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 00:00:10 84 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 00:00:10 85 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 86 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 87 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 88 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 89 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 90 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 91 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 92 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:10 93 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:10 94 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 95 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:10 96 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 97 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 98 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 99 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 100 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 101 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:10 102 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:10 103 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:10 104 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 00:00:10 105 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:10 106 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 107 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 108 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 109 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 110 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 111 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:10 112 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:10 113 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 114 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 115 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 116 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 117 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 118 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:00:10 119 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:10 120 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:10 121 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 00:00:10 122 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:10 123 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 124 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:10 125 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 126 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 127 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 128 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 00:00:10 129 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:10 130 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:10 131 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:10 132 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:10 133 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:10 134 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:00:10 135 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 136 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:10 137 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:10 138 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 139 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:31 140 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:48 141 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:48 142 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:53 143 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:00:59 Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
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