Eusktaltel was rewarded for its aggression in the final stage of the Mallorca Challenge, with Unai E
PIC BY VUELTA A MALLORCA Mallorca 5: Final stage to Etxebarria; GC to S nchez Unai Etxebarria (Euskaltel-Euskadi) has won the final stage of the Mallorca Challenge, a 148 km leg between Magalluf and Palmanova. The Venezuelan was the fastest in the small bunch sprint, with Francisco Ventoso (Saunier Duval) finishing second ahead of Murilo Fischer (Liquigas). The overall classification went to Caisse d’Epargne’s Luis Le¢n S nchez, who took over after yesterday’s stage. The final stage started in Magalluf with 199 riders enjoying the sunny conditions. It didn’t take long for the first attack to go, with Be¤at Albizuri (Euskaltel) breaking clear with Bernhard Eisel (T-Mobile) and Angel Vallejo (Relax-Gam) after three kilometres. Eisel won the first sprint at Calvia (km 4), but then returned to the peloton, leaving the two Spaniards out in front. After 22 km, Albizuri and Vallejo had three minutes as they crested the cat. 2 climb of Sa Gramola. They extended this to 4’03 after 36 km, which they covered in an hour. After 38 km, Garc¡a (Relax-Gam) and Contador (Discovery) crashed, with Garc¡a having to abandon. That didn’t deter the two breakaways, who had 2’07 on the Coll De Claret (km 52), where Albizuri preceded Vallejo. Jorge Ferrio (Andaluc¡a-Cajasur) led the bunch over. The pace eased in the peloton, allowing the break to gain another couple of minutes by the sprint at km 64, but it was never going to be enough to stay clear. On the Coll de Soller (km 84), Albizuri again gained the maximum mountain points with Vallejo in second and Ferrio leading the bunch just 30 seconds back. The fierce pace on the climb split the peloton into four groups, but it all came back together 10 km later, when the break was also caught. Euskaltel kept its aggressive tactic, sending Anton Luengo up the road after 100 km. He lasted until km 107, then Stijn Devolder (Discovery) countered on his own, without success. On the second ascent of the Coll De Claret (km 111), Thomas Ziegler (T-Mobile) took the maximum points, with the peloton still together. Joan Horrach (Caisse d’Epargne) had a try after 117 km, then Luis Prez (Andaluc¡a-Cajasur) a few kilometres later. Caisse d’Epargne kept control of the peloton and Prez returned to the fold with 20 km to go. The final climb of the Coll des Tords (km 134) saw Vicente Reyns (Caisse d’Epargne) in front, ahead of race leader S nchez and Toni Colom (Astana). On the run into the finish, the bunch had thinned down to 40 riders. Although stage 1 winner Oscar Freire (Rabobank) was present, he wasn’t among the front runners at the end. Instead it was Unai Etxebarria triumphing ahead of Ventoso and Fischer, with S nchez finishing 23rd and securing the overall classification. Stage 5 results 1 Unai Etxebarria (Ven, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 3:57:45 2 Francisco Jose Ventoso (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 3 Murilo A. Fischer (Bra, Liquigas) 4 David Kopp (Ger, Gerolsteiner) 5 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Illes Balears-Caisse d’Epargne) 6 Koldo Fernandez (Spa, Euskaltel-Euskadi) 7 Grgory Rast (Swi, Astana) 8 Thomas Ziegler (Ger, T-Mobile Team) 9 Kevin Hulsmans (Bel, Quickstep-Innergetic) 10 Oscar Freire (Spa, Rabobank) Final general classification 1 Luis Leon Sanchez (Spa, Illes Balears-Caisse d’Epargne) 17:49:24 2 Vladimir Gusev (Rus, Discovery Channel) 00:00:08 3 Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:00:08 4 Alberto Fernandez (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:00:08 5 Vicente Reynes (Spa, Illes Balears-Caisse d’Epargne) 00:00:18 6 Jos Adrian Bonilla (Crc, Fuerteventura-Canarias) 00:00:18 7 David De La Fuente (Spa, Saunier Duval-Prodir) 00:01:13 8 Pieter Weening (Ned, Rabobank) 00:01:18 9 Gustavo Dominguez (Spa, Karpin-Galicia) 00:01:22 10 Diego Gallego (Spa, Vi¤a Magna-Cropu) 00:01:45 Tour of Med 3: Second win for Tinkoff Tinkoff Credit Systems recorded its second ever victory after Russian Mikhail Ignatiev beat Daniele Bennati (Lampre) and Gabriele Balducci (Acqua e Sapone) at the end of stage 3. Ingatiev made his move with 11 km to go, and managed to stay away from a hard-charging peloton until the finish. Spaniard Jose Iv n Gutirrez (Caisse d’Epargne) retained the leader’s jersey. The stage was run over 158 km between St Cannat and Marseille. Stage 3 results 1 Mikhail Ignatiev (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 03:56:53 2 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre Fondital) 00:00:14 3 Gabriele Balducci (Ita, Acqua Sapone – Caffe Mok) 4 Angelo Furlan (Ita, Credit Agricole) 5 Kristof Szczawinski (Pol, Miche) 6 Aurlien Clerc (Sui, Bouygues Telecom) 7 Jochen Summer (Aut, Elk Haus – Simplon) 8 Ivan Guttierez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) 9 Mirco Lorenzetto (Ita, Team Milram) 10 Mickal Delage (Fra, La Francaise Des Jeux) General classification after stage 3 1 Ivan Guttierez (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) 07:15:40 2 Aitor Perez Arrieta (Spa, Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) 3 Vladimir Efimkin (Rus, Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) 4 Florent Brard (Fra, Caisse d’Epargne-Illes Balears) 5 Ricardo Serrano (Spa, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 6 Evgeni Petrov (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 7 Ivan Rovny (Rus, Tinkoff Credit Systems) 8 Bradley McGee (Aus, La Francaise Des Jeux) 00:00:28 9 Jussi Veikkanen (Fin, La Francaise Des Jeux) 10 Daniele Bennati (Ita, Lampre Fondital) 00:00:33 Got a comment? 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