Valenciana 2: Petacchi into the lead

The second stage of the Vuelta Valenciana ended in another bunch sprint. This time, Alessandro Petac

The second stage of the Vuelta Valenciana ended in another bunch sprint. This time, Alessandro Petac
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) has taken the lead in the Vuelta Valenciana after winning the second stage in a bunch sprint. Petacchi beat Vicente Reynes (Caisse d'Epargne) and yesterday's winner Daniel Bennati (Lampre). The second stage started in Calp with 143 riders, enjoying the 24° conditions. The attacks started from the gun, with Serafin Martinez (Karpin-Galicia), Juan Olmo (Andalucia-Cajasur), Raul Alarcon (Saunier Duval-Prodir) and Luca Solari (Team LPR) escaping in the opening kilometres. The quartet quickly established a lead of 3'15 by the first intermediate sprint at Callosa d'en Sarri , won by Alarcon ahead of Ruiz and Martinez. Lampre kept control of the bunch as the break reached a maximum lead of 3'50 after 26 km. On the Coll de Rates (km 29), Ruiz was first ahead of Alarcon, Solari and Martinez. Then the gap slowly started to come down, with Lampre not willing to make the job difficult for itself at the end. The leaders reached the second sprint at Calp with Alarcon winning ahead of Martinez and Ruiz and the bunch at 3'07. On the first ascent of the Alt de Benissa (km 101.7), it was Alarcon again in front of Ruiz and Martinez, but it was clear that the break was never going to make it. Ruiz survived the longest, but it was all over on the second time up the Alt de Benissa (km 130). There, David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) beat Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) and Emanuele Sella (Panaria) for the points. With 15 km to go, Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) attacked, followed by Valjavec and Schleck, but the three could not get more than 14 seconds advantage over the fast moving bunch. Milram and Lampre kept the pace up until the finish, with Milram having the upper hand in the sprint lead out. Petacchi didn't let his team down and won the day ahead of Reynes and Bennati in a time of 3:38:19. Tomorrow's third stage starts and finishes in Vila Real. It contains the category one climb of Port del Remolcador after 90 km, but there are still over 60 kilometres to the finish after the summit, meaning that it could suit the sprinters again. Stage 2 results 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 03:38:19 2 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 3 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 4 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 5 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 6 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 7 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 8 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 9 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 10 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 11 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 12 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 13 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 14 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 15 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 16 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 17 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 18 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 19 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 20 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 21 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 22 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 23 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 24 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 25 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 26 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 27 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 28 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 29 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 30 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 31 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 32 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 33 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 34 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 35 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 36 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 37 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 38 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 39 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 40 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 41 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 42 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 43 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 44 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 45 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 46 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 47 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 48 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 49 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 50 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 51 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 52 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 53 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 54 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 55 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 56 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 57 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 58 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 59 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 60 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 61 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 62 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 63 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 64 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 65 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 66 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 67 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 68 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 69 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 70 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 71 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 72 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 73 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 74 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 75 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 76 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 77 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 78 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 79 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 80 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 81 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 82 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 83 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 84 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 85 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 86 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 87 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 88 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 89 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 90 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 91 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 92 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 93 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 94 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 95 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 96 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 97 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 98 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 99 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 100 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 101 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 102 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 103 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:33 104 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:33 105 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:38 106 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:49 107 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:00:53 108 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:53 109 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:20 110 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 111 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:29 112 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:29 113 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:31 114 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:31 115 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:31 116 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:31 117 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:33 118 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:01:35 119 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:03:20 120 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:03:20 121 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Chanel) 00:03:20 122 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:03:20 123 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:20 124 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:03:20 125 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:04:48 126 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:04:51 127 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:05:18 128 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:18 129 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:05:54 130 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:55 131 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:05:55 132 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:55 133 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:05:55 134 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:06:07 135 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:07:39 136 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:07:41 137 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 00:07:41 138 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 00:07:41 139 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:09:40 140 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 00:11:27 141 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:11:27 142 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:12:25 General classification after stage 2 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 07:12:34 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:02 3 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:06 4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:10 5 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:12 6 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:14 7 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:16 8 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:16 9 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 00:00:16 10 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 11 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 12 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 13 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:16 14 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 15 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:16 16 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:16 17 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 18 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:16 19 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 20 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:16 21 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 22 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 23 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:16 24 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:16 25 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:16 26 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:16 27 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 28 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 29 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 30 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:16 31 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 32 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:16 33 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 34 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 00:00:16 35 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:16 36 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:16 37 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 00:00:16 38 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:16 39 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:16 40 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 41 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:16 42 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 00:00:16 43 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:16 44 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 45 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 00:00:16 46 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:16 47 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:16 48 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:16 49 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 50 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:16 51 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 52 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 53 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 54 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 00:00:16 55 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:16 56 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:16 57 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 58 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 59 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:16 60 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 61 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 00:00:16 62 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:16 63 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:16 64 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:16 65 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:16 66 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 67 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:16 68 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:16 69 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 70 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:16 71 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:16 72 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 73 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:16 74 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:16 75 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 00:00:16 76 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:16 77 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 00:00:16 78 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:00:16 79 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 80 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:16 81 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:16 82 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 83 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 84 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:16 85 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:16 86 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:16 87 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:16 88 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 00:00:16 89 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:16 90 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:16 91 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:16 92 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 93 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:16 94 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:16 95 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 96 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:16 97 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 98 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 00:00:16 99 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:00:16 100 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:16 101 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:16 102 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:49 103 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:49 104 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:54 105 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:54 106 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:59 107 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:05 108 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:01:09 109 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:36 110 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:45 111 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:45 112 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:47 113 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:47 114 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:47 115 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:47 116 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:01:47 117 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:49 118 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:02:40 119 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:03:36 120 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:03:36 121 Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel, Discovery Chanel) 00:03:36 122 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:03:36 123 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:36 124 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:03:36 125 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:05:04 126 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:05:07 127 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:05:28 128 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:34 129 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:06:10 130 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:06:11 131 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:06:11 132 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:06:11 133 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:06:11 134 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:06:20 135 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:07:54 136 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:07:55 137 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 00:07:57 138 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 00:07:57 139 Ignacio Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:09:56 140 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 00:11:43 141 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:12:04 142 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:12:41 Got a comment? 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