Valenciana 3: Bennati strikes back

The lead in the Vuelta Valenciana see-sawed again in stage 3, with Daniele Bennati winning a bunch s

The lead in the Vuelta Valenciana see-sawed again in stage 3, with Daniele Bennati winning a bunch s
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Daniele Bennati (Lampre) has reclaimed the lead in the Vuelta Valenciana after winning the third stage in a bunch sprint. Yesterday's winner Alessandro Petacchi (Milram) was second today, in a repeat of the first stage result. Javier Benitez (Benfica) was third. The third stage started in 25 degree conditions in Vila Real shortly before 1pm. There were 140 riders signed in, with Jurgen Van Goolen (Discovery) and Jose Ivan Gutierrez (Caisse d'Epargne) non-starters. David Millar (Saunier Duval) attacked from the start with Ruben Perez (Euskaltel) and Matteo Priamo (Ceramica Panaria), but the trio was caught after nine kilometres. The next serious attack came at km 27, and proved to be more successful. Joseba Zubeldia (Euskaltel), David de la Fuente (Saunier Duval) and Juan Carinena (Andalucia-Cajasur) got away and, after averaging 46 km/h for the first hour, managed a 3'48 lead over the bunch. On the Alto de les Useres (Cat. 3, km 57), the break held steady at 3'34 with De La Fuente taking the points ahead of Zubeldia and Carinena. The latter was dropped in Figueroles (km 70) and was quickly recaptured by the bunch. On the Alto Del Remolcador (Cat. 1, km 87), De la Fuente preceded Zubeldia, with the bunch at 1'47 led by Luis Perez. The peloton regrouped on the descent, and at the sprint in Onda (km 130), the two in front were just 1'19 ahead. Nine kilometres later, the break was reabsorbed by the peloton, and a bunch sprint was on the cards. A massive crash in the final kilometre did not prevent Bennati from taking his second stage win ahead of Italian rival Petacchi. Tomorrow's fourth stage will not be sprinter friendly. Starting in Albaida, the riders will do 162 km before finishing on the cat. 1 Alt Del Campello in Vallada. Stage 3 results 1 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 03:33:30 2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 3 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 4 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 5 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 6 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 7 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 8 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 9 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 10 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 11 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 12 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 13 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 14 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 15 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 16 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 17 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 18 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 19 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 20 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 21 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 22 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 23 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 24 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 25 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 26 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 27 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 28 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 29 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 30 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 31 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 32 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 33 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 34 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 35 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 36 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 37 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 38 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 39 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 40 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 41 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 42 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 43 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 44 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 45 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 46 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 47 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 48 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 49 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 50 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 51 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 52 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 53 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 54 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 55 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 56 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 57 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 58 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 59 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 60 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 61 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 62 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 63 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 64 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 65 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 66 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 67 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 68 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 69 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 70 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 71 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 72 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 73 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 74 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 75 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 76 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 77 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 78 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 79 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 80 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 81 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 82 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 83 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 84 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 85 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 86 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 87 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 88 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 89 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 90 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 91 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 92 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 93 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 94 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 95 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 96 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 97 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 98 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 99 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 100 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 101 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 102 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 103 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 104 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 105 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 106 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 107 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 108 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 109 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 110 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 111 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 112 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 113 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 114 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 115 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 116 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 117 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 118 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 119 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:01:04 120 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 121 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 122 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 123 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 124 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 125 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 126 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 127 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 128 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 129 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 130 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 131 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 132 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 133 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 134 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 135 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:02:17 136 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 137 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 138 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 139 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:02:49 General classification after stage 3 1 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 10:45:56 2 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:02 3 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:14 4 Thomas Voeckler (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:18 5 Joseba Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:19 6 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:19 7 Javier Benitez (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:20 8 Adrian Palomares (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:20 9 Emanuele Sella (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:22 10 Christian Knees (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:23 11 Borut Bozichz (Slo, Team LPR) 00:00:24 12 Laurent Brochard (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 13 Erik Zabel (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:24 14 Jrme Pineau (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 15 Ruben Perez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 16 Juan Jose Cobo (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:24 17 Aitor Hernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 18 Mikel Pradera (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:24 19 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:24 20 Antonio Bucchero (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:24 21 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 22 Janez Brajkovic (Slo, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:24 23 Volodymyr Bileka (Ukr, Discovery Chanel) 00:00:24 24 Mikel Astarloza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 25 Javier Cherro (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:24 26 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:24 27 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:24 28 Didac Ortega (Spa, Benfica) 00:00:24 29 Pedro Lopes (Por, Benfica) 00:00:24 30 Iker Cama¤o (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:24 31 Daniel Moreno (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 32 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 33 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:24 34 Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus, Team CSC) 00:00:24 35 Ivan Velasco (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 36 William Walker (Aus, Rabobank) 00:00:24 37 Samuel Sanchez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 38 Jos Ivan Gutierrez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:24 39 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:00:24 40 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 41 Jose Miguel Elias (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 42 Francesco Tomei (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:24 43 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:24 44 Imanol Erviti (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:24 45 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 46 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:24 47 Frank Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:24 48 Tadej Valjavec (Slo, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:24 49 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:00:24 50 Patxi Vila (Spa, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:24 51 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:24 52 Danail Petrov (Bul, Benfica) 00:00:24 53 Angel Vallejo (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 54 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:24 55 Sergio Ribeiro (Por, Benfica) 00:00:24 56 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:24 57 Tiziano Dall' Antonia (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:24 58 Matteo Priamo (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:00:24 59 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 60 Francisco Perez (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:00:24 61 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:24 62 Andy Schleck (Lux, Team CSC) 00:00:24 63 Roberto Traficante (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:24 64 Mirko Celestino (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:24 65 Thomas Dekker (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 66 Marcus Ljungqvist (Swe, Team CSC) 00:00:24 67 Marco Marcato (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:24 68 Enrique Gutierrez (Spa, Team LPR) 00:00:24 69 Dailos Manuel Diaz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:24 70 Marco Velo (Ita, Team Milram) 00:00:24 71 Serguei Yakovlev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:24 72 Juan Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:24 73 Jon Bru (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 74 Koos Moerenhout (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 75 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:24 76 Andrey Mizourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:24 77 Assan Bazayev (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:24 78 Joost Posthuma (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 79 Thorwald Veneberg (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 80 Thomas Frei (Swi, Astana) 00:00:24 81 Luis Perez Romero (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:00:24 82 Xavier Florencio (Spa, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 83 Gaizka Lasa (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 84 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 85 Laurent Lefevre (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 86 Jos A. Redondo (Spa, Astana) 00:00:24 87 Gorka Verdugo (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:00:24 88 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 00:00:24 89 Enrico Franzoi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:00:24 90 Rui Lavarinhas (Por, Benfica) 00:00:24 91 Daniele Nardello (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:24 92 Didier Rous (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 93 Jesus Hernandez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:24 94 Eduard Vorganov (Rus, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 95 Ramon Sobrino (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:24 96 Michael Boogerd (Ned, Rabobank) 00:00:24 97 Christophe Rinero (Fra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:24 98 Volodymir Gustov (Ukr, Team CSC) 00:00:24 99 Pierrick Fedrigo (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:00:24 100 Luca Celli (Ita, Team LPR) 00:00:24 101 Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz, Astana) 00:00:57 102 Enrico Poitschke (Ger, Team Milram) 00:00:57 103 Maxim Gourov (Kaz, Astana) 00:01:02 104 David Millar (GBr, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:01:02 105 Fabio Baldato (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:07 106 Claudio Corioni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:13 107 Brett Lancaster (Aus, Team Milram) 00:01:17 108 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:01:28 109 Rick Flens (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:44 110 Egoi Martinez (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:53 111 Trent Lowe (Aus, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:53 112 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:55 113 Alberto Contador (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:55 114 Pablo Lastras (Spa, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:01:55 115 Jos Luis Rubiera (Spa, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:55 116 David Belda (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:55 117 Pavel Padrnos (Cze, Discovery Chanel) 00:01:57 118 Volodymyr Dyudya (Ukr, Team Milram) 00:02:48 119 Luciano Pagliarini (Bra, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:03:44 120 Daniele Colli (Ita, Ceramica Panaria-Navigare) 00:03:44 121 Jose Rafael Martinez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:03:44 122 Egoitz Murgoitio (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:03:44 123 Yoann Le Boulanger (Fra, Bouygues Telecom) 00:05:12 124 Raul Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:05:15 125 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:42 126 Juan C. Carinena (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:06:00 127 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:06:18 128 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:06:19 129 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d'Epargne) 00:06:19 130 Jos Antonio Lopez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:06:19 131 Serafin Martinez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:06:28 132 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:08:02 133 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:08:03 134 Lars Michaelsen (Den, Team CSC) 00:08:05 135 Luca Solari (Ita, Team LPR) 00:08:05 136 Raul Alarcon (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:08:25 137 Helder Miranda (Por, Benfica) 00:11:51 138 Javier Echarri (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:12:12 139 Gustavo Cesar (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:12:49 Got a comment? Discuss this in the Procycling forum. What else is new? Check out the Procycling blog.
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