Valverde triumphs in Murcia

Alejandro Valverde looks to be in strong form early on this season, winning the Vuelta a Murcia over

Alejandro Valverde looks to be in strong form early on this season, winning the Vuelta a Murcia over
PIC © TIM DE WAELE Alejandro Valverde (Caisse d'Epargne) won the final general classification in the Vuelta a Murcia after a strong performance to win Saturday's time trial between Alhama De Murcia and Aledo. Valverde beat Jos Angel Gomez (Saunier Duval) by 31 seconds and Angel Vicioso (Relax) by 35 seconds over the 23.3 km distance to take over the leadership. In Sunday's 151 km stage between Ceuti and Murcia, Danilo Napolitano (Lampre-Fondital) beat Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Jose Joaquin Rojas (Caisse d'Epargne) in a bunch sprint. Stage 4 results 1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:32:57 2 Jos Angel Gomez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:31 3 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:35 4 Manuel Lloret (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:52 5 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 00:01:04 6 Jos Rujano (Ven, Unibet.Com) 00:01:07 7 Koldo Gil (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:01:07 8 Michele Scarponi (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:09 9 Jens Voigt (Ger, Team CSC) 00:01:10 10 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe, Unibet.Com) 00:01:11 11 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:17 12 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 00:01:23 13 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:23 14 Igor Anton (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:01:27 15 Gilberto Simoni (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:01:29 16 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:30 17 Vladimir Karpets (Rus, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:01:37 18 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:42 19 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita, Astana) 00:01:42 20 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Col, Unibet.Com) 00:01:45 21 Luis Pasamontes (Spa, Unibet.Com) 00:01:47 22 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:01:50 23 Dario Andriotto (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:53 24 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:01:56 25 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:56 26 Jos Adrian Bonilla (CRc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:57 27 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 00:01:59 28 Julian Sanchez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:02:12 29 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:02:13 30 Daniel Navarro (Spa, Astana) 00:02:14 31 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:02:15 32 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:22 33 Marco Marzano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:24 34 Mauricio A. Ardila (Col, Rabobank) 00:02:27 35 Jorge Azanza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:29 36 Nicki Srensen (Den, Team CSC) 00:02:32 37 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:33 38 Lars Bak (Den, Team CSC) 00:02:36 39 Morris Possoni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:37 40 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:40 41 Inigo Landaluze (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:41 42 Robert Gesink (Ned, Rabobank) 00:02:41 43 Joan Horrach (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:02:42 44 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:02:43 45 Unai Uribarri (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:45 46 Isidro Nozal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:02:46 47 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:02:48 48 Michael Schr (Swi, Astana) 00:02:54 49 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:02:56 50 Santiago Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:02:56 51 Constantino Zaballa (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:02:58 52 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:02:59 53 Massimo Codol (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:03:03 54 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Astana) 00:03:05 55 Matteo Carrara (Ita, Unibet.Com) 00:03:07 56 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:03:07 57 Jose Luis Carrasco (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:08 58 Mathieu Perget (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:03:12 59 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:15 60 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz, Astana) 00:03:16 61 Steve Morabito (Swi, Astana) 00:03:16 62 Be¤at Intxausti (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:03:18 63 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:03:21 64 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:03:28 65 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned, Rabobank) 00:03:32 66 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:03:41 67 Manuel Vazquez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:43 68 Claudio Jos Casas (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:49 69 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus, Rabobank) 00:03:50 70 Michal Golas (Pol, Unibet.Com) 00:03:54 71 Lander Aperribay (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:03:55 72 Baden Cooke (Aus, Unibet.Com) 00:03:55 73 Oscar Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:04:01 74 David Abal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:04:01 75 Mario De Sarraga (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:04:07 76 Ruben Lobato (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:04:10 77 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:04:11 78 Antonio Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:04:11 79 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:04:12 80 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:04:15 81 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:04:20 82 Iker Flores (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:04:21 83 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:04:25 84 Jorge Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:04:30 85 Luis Fernandez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:04:35 86 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:04:40 87 Arkaitz Duran (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:04:42 88 Stefano Cavallari (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:04:44 89 Sbastien Portal (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:04:45 90 Danilo Napolitano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:04:53 91 Juan Jos Haedo (Arg, Team CSC) 00:05:03 92 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:05:09 93 Jeremy Hunt (GBr, Unibet.Com) 00:05:30 94 Matti Breschel (Den, Team CSC) 00:05:32 95 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:05:33 96 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 00:06:13 97 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:06:22 98 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:06:26 99 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:06:56 100 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:07:05 101 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:07:36 102 Evgeniy Sladkov (Kaz, Astana) 00:11:15 Stage 5 results 1 Danilo Napolitano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 03:29:06 2 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 3 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 4 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 5 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 6 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 7 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa, Relax-Gam) 8 Baden Cooke (Aus, Unibet.Com) 9 Jos Adrian Bonilla (CRc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 10 Manuel Vazquez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 11 Mario De Sarraga (Spa, Relax-Gam) 12 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz, Astana) 13 Jose Luis Carrasco (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 14 Jens Voigt (Ger, Team CSC) 15 Michal Golas (Pol, Unibet.Com) 16 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 17 David Abal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 18 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 19 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 20 Michele Scarponi (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 21 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 22 Michael Schr (Swi, Astana) 23 Nicki Srensen (Den, Team CSC) 24 Jos Rujano (Ven, Unibet.Com) 25 Manuel Lloret (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 26 Vladimir Karpets (Rus, Caisse D'Epargne) 27 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 28 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 29 Stefano Cavallari (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 30 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 31 Mauricio A. Ardila (Col, Rabobank) 32 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 33 Dario Andriotto (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 34 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 35 Massimo Codol (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 36 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 37 Gilberto Simoni (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 38 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 39 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita, Astana) 40 Luis Fernandez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 41 Steve Morabito (Swi, Astana) 42 Luis Pasamontes (Spa, Unibet.Com) 43 Marco Marzano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 44 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 45 Jorge Azanza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 46 Constantino Zaballa (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 47 Lander Aperribay (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 48 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 49 Koldo Gil (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 50 Ruben Lobato (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 51 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 52 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 53 Sbastien Portal (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 54 Claudio Jos Casas (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 55 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 56 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 57 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 58 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 59 Unai Uribarri (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 60 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 61 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 62 Jorge Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 63 Santiago Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 64 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 65 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 66 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 67 Morris Possoni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 68 Matteo Carrara (Ita, Unibet.Com) 69 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Astana) 70 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 71 Robert Gesink (Ned, Rabobank) 72 Lars Bak (Den, Team CSC) 73 Evgeniy Sladkov (Kaz, Astana) 74 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe, Unibet.Com) 75 Daniel Navarro (Spa, Astana) 76 Arkaitz Duran (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 77 Mathieu Perget (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 78 Igor Anton (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 79 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 80 Antonio Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 81 Oscar Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 82 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned, Rabobank) 83 Inigo Landaluze (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 84 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 85 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 86 Jos Angel Gomez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 87 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 88 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 89 Isidro Nozal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 90 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 91 Julian Sanchez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 92 Be¤at Intxausti (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 93 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 94 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 95 Joan Horrach (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 96 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 97 Iker Flores (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 98 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus, Rabobank) 99 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Col, Unibet.Com) 100 Matti Breschel (Den, Team CSC) 101 Juan Jos Haedo (Arg, Team CSC) 102 Jeremy Hunt (GBr, Unibet.Com) Final general classification 1 Alejandro Valverde (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 11:45:41 2 Angel Vicioso (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:00:35 3 Manuel Lloret (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:52 4 Koldo Gil (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:01:07 5 Michele Scarponi (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:09 6 Jens Voigt (Ger, Team CSC) 00:01:10 7 Stefano Garzelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:17 8 Denis Menchov (Rus, Rabobank) 00:01:23 9 Damiano Cunego (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:01:23 10 Vladimir Karpets (Rus, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:01:37 11 David Bernabeu (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:01:42 12 Jose Joaquin Rojas (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:01:50 13 Dario Andriotto (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:53 14 Oscar Sevilla (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:01:56 15 Giuseppe Palumbo (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:01:56 16 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:02:22 17 Marco Marzano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:02:24 18 Nicki Srensen (Den, Team CSC) 00:02:32 19 Lars Bak (Den, Team CSC) 00:02:36 20 Robert Gesink (Ned, Rabobank) 00:02:41 21 Isidro Nozal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:02:46 22 Luis Perez Rodriguez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:02:48 23 Pablo De Pedro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:02:56 24 Constantino Zaballa (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:02:58 25 Massimo Codol (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:03:03 26 Eddy Mazzoleni (Ita, Astana) 00:03:05 27 Matteo Carrara (Ita, Unibet.Com) 00:03:07 28 Michael Blaudzun (Den, Team CSC) 00:03:07 29 Sebastian Langeveld (Ned, Rabobank) 00:03:32 30 Carlos Casta¤o (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:03:41 31 Manuel Vazquez (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:03:43 32 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus, Rabobank) 00:03:50 33 Baden Cooke (Aus, Unibet.Com) 00:03:55 34 Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe, Unibet.Com) 00:04:14 35 Andrea Masciarelli (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:04:15 36 Michal Golas (Pol, Unibet.Com) 00:04:17 37 Jose Alberto Benitez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:04:20 38 Luis Pasamontes (Spa, Unibet.Com) 00:04:50 39 Danilo Napolitano (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:04:53 40 Juan Jos Haedo (Arg, Team CSC) 00:05:03 41 Joaquin Sobrino (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:05:09 42 Jeremy Hunt (GBr, Unibet.Com) 00:05:30 43 Giampaolo Caruso (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:05:38 44 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:05:45 45 Giuseppe Muraglia (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:05:48 46 Graeme Brown (Aus, Rabobank) 00:06:13 47 Francesco Gavazzi (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:06:33 48 Julian Sanchez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:07:02 49 Inigo Cuesta (Spa, Team CSC) 00:07:23 50 Jos Rujano (Ven, Unibet.Com) 00:07:26 51 Iker Flores (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:07:26 52 Gilberto Simoni (Ita, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:07:48 53 Sylvester Szmyd (Pol, Lampre-Fondital) 00:07:49 54 Jos Angel Gomez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:07:53 55 Paolo Savoldelli (Ita, Astana) 00:08:01 56 Victor Hugo Pe¤a (Col, Unibet.Com) 00:08:17 57 Andrey Kashechkin (Kaz, Astana) 00:08:18 58 Rodrigo Garcia (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:08:32 59 Daniel Navarro (Spa, Astana) 00:08:33 60 Jose Ruiz (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:08:34 61 Jos Adrian Bonilla (CRc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:08:49 62 Morris Possoni (Ita, Lampre-Fondital) 00:08:56 63 Inigo Landaluze (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:09:00 64 Joan Horrach (Spa, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:09:01 65 Santiago Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:09:15 66 Jose Luis Carrasco (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:09:27 67 Jorge Ferrio (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:09:34 68 Steve Morabito (Swi, Astana) 00:09:35 69 Be¤at Intxausti (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:09:37 70 Unai Uribarri (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:09:37 71 Marcos A. Serrano (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:09:40 72 Claudio Jos Casas (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:10:08 73 Oscar Garcia (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:10:20 74 David Abal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:10:20 75 Mario De Sarraga (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:10:26 76 Ruben Lobato (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:10:29 77 Antonio Olmo (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:10:30 78 Manuel Ortega (Spa, Andalucia-Cajasur) 00:10:31 79 Igor Anton (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:10:43 80 Jorge Perez (Spa, Relax-Gam) 00:10:49 81 Mathieu Perget (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:10:51 82 Luis Fernandez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:10:54 83 Arkaitz Duran (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:11:01 84 Stefano Cavallari (Ita, Acqua Sapone-Caffe Mokambo) 00:11:03 85 Sbastien Portal (Fra, Caisse D'Epargne) 00:11:04 86 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:11:26 87 Mauricio A. Ardila (Col, Rabobank) 00:11:43 88 Jorge Azanza (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:11:45 89 Matti Breschel (Den, Team CSC) 00:11:51 90 Miguel Ochoa (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:11:52 91 Michael Schr (Swi, Astana) 00:12:10 92 Vicente Ballester (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:12:15 93 Alexey Kolessov (Kaz, Astana) 00:12:32 94 Diego Milan (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:12:45 95 Lander Aperribay (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 00:13:11 96 Jos Antonio Ba¤os (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:13:24 97 Gonzalo Rabunal (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:13:27 98 Evgeniy Sladkov (Kaz, Astana) 00:14:20 99 Gorka Amuriza (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:15:35 100 Vicente Peiro (Spa, Grupo Nicolas Mateos) 00:15:38 101 David Mu¤oz (Spa, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:15:41 102 Enrique Salgueiro (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:16:12

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