Bos the boss in Burgos

Cervélo's sprint train on song in Spain

Theo Bos (Cervélo TestTeam) took his third victory of the season on Wednesday afternoon, as he sprinted to victory on the opening stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Burgos, Spain. The Dutchman put the finishing touches on a well executed sprint lead-out by his Cervélo teammates.

Bos' win came at the expense of Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Pablo Urtasun (Euskaltel-Euskadi), who finished second and third, respectively. It is the third time this year that Bos has relegated Brown to a podium position; the Australian finished within the minor placings at both of Bos' previous season wins.

By virtue of his stage victory, Bos also claimed the first leader's jersey of the race - the first general classification lead to be held by Cervélo this year.

"We decided today that we would work for me in the sprint," said Bos. "The plan was that we rode the last 25 kilometres full gas to hold everything together.

"Actually I didn't feel super well today, as I was pretty tired from Paris-Roubaix last weekend. But when the final started I came into a good position at the front, then my teammates brought me in the last kilometre to the front position but I didn't want to come early.

"I waited until I saw the sprinters coming up then I started my sprint as well. Brown, who was in my wheel, was not able to pass me and came second. Tomorrow is another change, probably it will be a sprint as well, we will again give our best. Hopefully we can do it again, why not?"

A touch of rain in Spain

Earlier, amid a flurry of rain showers, Iban Mayoz Echeverria (Footon-Servetto), José Vicente Toribio (Andalucía-Cajasur) and Marcos García (Xacobeo Galicia) had taken flight from the peloton after 15 kilometres of the 157.7 kilometre stage.

The trio worked for 15 kilometres to build themselves an advantage of 1:30, a gap that had doubled by kilometre 58. Mayoz led his companions over the Category 2, Alto de La Pedraja (at 72km), but the climb served as obstacle enough to knock their advantage back to the 1:30 mark.

The gap briefly ballooned back out to the two minutes, before the peloton re-doubled their efforts and cancelled the break after 71 kilometres of its existence.

The early capture gave ample time for further attackers to try their luck. Oleg Chuzdha (Caja Rural) and Mikel Ilundain (Orbea) were the next to test the patience of the peloton.

The Ukranian (Chuzdha) and Spanish (Ilundain) combination set off after 94 kilometres had been covered, and like their predecessors worked their way up to a maximum advantage of three minutes.

Astana had set the pace for much of the day, but with 37 kilometres to race Cervélo TestTeam came to the fore as they primed themselves to set up Theo Bos for the finish in Burgos.

The impetus of Cervélo's men in black quickly carved away at the leaders' advantage, as Ilundain succumbed to the pressure and dropped out of the breakaway with 17 kilometres to go.

Four kilometres later, the gap to the now sole leader was reduced to a little over a minute. Astana's involvement in the chase placed even further pressure on Chuzdha's hopes of an improbable stage win as he entered the final 10 kilometres with 0:50 in hand.

Three kilometres later, the telltale backwards glances of the leader began. Chuzdha's body language was a sign that he was resigned to his fate, which, with four kilometres to go, had been fulfilled.

Now at the head of affairs Cervélo's effort shifted from chasing to leading as Bos hovered at the back of his train. Two riders attempted to disrupt Cervélo's plans as the red kite passed overhead, but these, too, were neutralised quickly.

With no obstacles left to overcome, Bos rewarded his teammates' faith as he finished off the stage with a well taken sprint win, ahead of Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Euskaltel sprinter Pablo Urtasun.

Full Results
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam3:52:08 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne  
5Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
7Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
8Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
9Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
10Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse D`Epargne  
12Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne  
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
14Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
15Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper  
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse D`Epargne  
17David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
18Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
19Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
20Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
22Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
23Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
24Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
25Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
26David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
27Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
28Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
29Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse D`Epargne  
30Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack  
31Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
32Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
33Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
34Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
35Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne  
36Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne  
37Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
38Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
39J. Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse D`Epargne  
40Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
41David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
42Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
43Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
44Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
45Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
46Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
47Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
48Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
49Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Jose L. Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
51Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
52Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana  
53Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
54Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
55Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
56Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
57Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
58Juan M. Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
59Jose A. G.Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
60Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
61Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
62Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
63Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
64Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
65Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
66Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea  
67Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
68Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
69Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
70Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
71Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
72David Gutierrez G. (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
73Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
74Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
75Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
76Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
77Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
78Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
79Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper  
80Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:27 
81Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:54 
82Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack0:01:02 
83Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea  
84Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:33 
85Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
86Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
87Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
88Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:49 
89Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:57 
90Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:04:05 
91Miguel A. Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
92Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper  
93Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
94Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
95Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
96Tomas P. Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
97Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
98Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
99Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
100Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
101David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla A  
102Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla A  
103Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla A  
104Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea  
105Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
106Victor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural  
107Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
108Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
109Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam  
110Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
Points
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam25pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi16 
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne14 
5Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis12 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack10 
7Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9 
8Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis8 
9Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7 
10Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam6 
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse D`Epargne5 
12Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse D`Epargne4 
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper3 
14Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla2 
15Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper1 
Mountain - Aldo de Pedraja
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto6pts
2Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur4 
3Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
4Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis1 
Teams
1Caisse d'Epargne11:36:24 
2La- Rota Dos Moveis  
3Barbot-Siper  
4Euskaltel-Euskadi  
5Team Radioshack  
6Rabobank  
7Cervelo Test Team  
8Caja Rural  
9Xacobeo Galicia  
10Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon  
11Astana  
12Andalucia-Cajasur  
13Orbea  
14Footon-Servetto  
General Classification after stage 1
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam3:52:08 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
5Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
7Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
8Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
9Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
10Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
12Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
14Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
15Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper  
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
17David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
18Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
19Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
20Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
22Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
23Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
24Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
25Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
26David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
27Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
28Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
29Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
30Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack  
31Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
32Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
33Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
34Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
35Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
37Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
38Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
39J. Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
40Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
41David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
42Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
43Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
44Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
45Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
46Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
47Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
48Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
49Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
50Jose L. Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
51Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
52Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana  
53Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
54Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
55Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
56Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
57Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
58Juan M. Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
59Jose A. G.Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
60Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
61Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
62Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
63Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
64Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
65Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
66Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea  
67Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
68Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
69Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
70Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
71Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
72David Gutierrez G. (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
73Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
74Jose L. Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
75Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
76Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
77Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
78Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
79Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper  
80Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:27 
81Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:54 
82Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack0:01:02 
83Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea  
84Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:33 
85Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
86Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
87Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
88Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:49 
89Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:57 
90Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:04:05 
91Miguel A. Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
92Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper  
93Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
94Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
95Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
96Tomas P. Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
97Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
98Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
99Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
100Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
101David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
102Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
103Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
104Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea  
105Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
106Victor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural  
107Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
108Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
109Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam  
110Gorka Izaguirre (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
Points Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam25pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi16 
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14 
5Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis12 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack10 
7Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9 
8Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis8 
9Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7 
10Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam6 
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne5 
12Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper3 
14Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla2 
15Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper1 
Mountains Classification
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto6pts
2Jose Vte. Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur4 
3Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
4Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis1 
Combination Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam2pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank4 
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
4Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne8 
5Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis10 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack12 
7Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural14 
8Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis16 
9Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi18 
10Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam20 
11Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne22 
Local Riders Classification
1Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
2Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
4Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
5Miguel A. Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
6David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
Spanish Riders Classification
1Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
2Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
3Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
4Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
5Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
6David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
8Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
9Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
10Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
11David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
Teams Classification
1Caisse d'Epargne11:36:24 
2La- Rota Dos Moveis  
3Barbot-Siper  
4Euskaltel-Euskadi  
5Team Radioshack  
6Rabobank  
7Cervelo Test Team  
8Caja Rural  
9Xacobeo Galicia  
10Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon  
11Astana  
12Andalucia-Cajasur  
13Orbea  
14Footon-Servetto  

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