Francisco Cabello secures victory in the Ruta del Sol, his home race, and just the ninth win in his
PIC BY TDWSPORT.COM Paco Cabello, who hails from the Andalucian town of La Zubia, finally won his home tour after taking part in almost every edition since he turned pro in 1990. Today’s final stage into Chiclana ended with a bunch sprint, and, as so often seems to be the case, that ended with victory for Alessandro Petacchi, giving him wins on consecutive days. But the day was all about Cabello, who turned pro with Kelme and has ridden with the same team ever since. Now backed by the Comunitat Valenciana regional government, what was the Kelme team controlled this race perfectly. Young climber Carlos Garcia Quesada won the first stage and led for two days. On the third stage, Cabello, then lying third overall, slipped into a break that finished almost half an hour up on the bunch and rode himself into a clear lead. On the final day, only a two-man break by Kaiku’s Jos Antonio Lopez and Andalucia-Paul Versan’s Carlos Castano threatened Cabello’s position, but not seriously. The pair never got much more than three minutes ahead as the sprinters’ teams were determined to sort out the stage between themselves. Petacchi beat Oscar Freire and Max van Heeswijk to the win, while some way behind them in the bunch Cabello was already starting to celebrate what is only his ninth win as a pro. This was the first major stage race he has won and only a Tour de France stage win in 1994 in Brighton (his only victory outside Spain) stands above it. “This has been one of my objectives since I became a pro,” said Cabello. “I’ve tried for season after season, but haven’t had any luck here so far, although I have finished on the podium a number of times. I’ve tasted victory here with two second places and a third. But on this occasion myself and the team have achieved it.” Stage 5, Sevilla-Chiclana de la Frontera 1 Alessandro Petacchi (Ita) Fassa Bortolo 154km in 3.54.25 2 Oscar Freire (Spa) Rabobank 3 Max van Heeswijk (Hol) Discovery Channel 4 Erik Zabel (Ger) T-Mobile 5 Gorik Gardeyn (Bel) MrBookmaker.com 6 Angel Castresana (Spa) MrBookmaker.com 7 Nico Eeckhout (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 8 Steven Caethoven (Bel) Chocolade Jacques 9 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Illes Balears 10 Serge Baguet (Bel) Davitamon-Lotto Final overall 1 Francisco Cabello (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 20.33.25 2 Daniel Moreno (Spa) Relax-Fuenlabrada 1.30 3 Jos Luis Martinez (Spa) Comunitat Valenciana 2.36 4 Reynes 2.45 5 Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Saunier Duval 3.00 6 Manuel Beltran (Spa) Discovery Channel 3.16 7 David Ca¤ada (Spa) Saunier Duval 3.33 8 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Kaiku 4.01 9 Castresana 4.23 10 Jon Bru (Spa) Kaiku 4.37 27 Mathew Hayman (Aus) Rabobank 17.14 42 Roger Hammond (GB) Discovery Channel 34.20 43 George Hincapie (USA) Discovery Channel 35.24 * Tom Steels won the second stage of the Tour of the Algarve today, beating Stuart O’Grady and Olaf Pollack in a bunch sprint in Portimao. The victory give Steels the race leadership, four seconds ahead of Pollack and stage one winner Bernhard Eisel, with O’Grady fourth at five seconds.