Bos powers into Palencia

Cervélo sprinter consolidates his overall race lead

Theo Bos survived a late-race split to continue his winning run at the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon with victory on stage two into the northern Spanish city of Palencia on Thursday.

Yet again, the Cervélo sprinter broke the heart of Australian sprinter Graeme Brown (Rabobank) who finished second to his Dutch rival for the third time this year. Local rider Oscar Grau (Burgos 2016) upstaged a number of his ProTour and Professional Continental colleagues to take third place.

A split in the peloton with less than 17 kilometres had seen a group of 22 riders go clear to the finish. A number of riders who had been in the top-ten overall at the start of the stage missed the move, but race favourites Alberto Contador (Astana), Denis Menchov (Rabobank) and Tiago Machado (RadioShack) were alert to the danger and took their place amongst the group.

The group swelled to 49 riders with five kilometres to go, but with Bos and Brown both present, Rabobank's posse took control for the finale, hoping to upset the now relatively isolated race leader. But unfortunately for the men in orange and blue, Bos kept a clear head as he hitched a ride before leaping ahead of the train at the finish.

It was Bos' fourth victory of the season and will prolong his tenure in the race leader's jersey for at least another day. Friday's two Category 1 climbs are likely to see him hand the tunic over to the men most likely to decide the final classification result.

Mayoz the man with a plan

Once again, the peloton set off beneath grey skies. The damp conditions didn't deter the riders as Spaniards Antonio Cabello (Andalucia-Cajasur), Ruben Reig (Caja Rural) and Andoni Blazquez (Orbea) performed their national duty and attempted to escape the main group.

Despite the 210 kilometre distance of the stage, the pace of the peloton quickly saw the trio back in the fold. However, for the second day in a row Iban Mayoz (Footon-Servetto) had better luck than his predecessors. He set off with Steven Kruijswijk (Rabobank), José Herrada (Caja Rural) and Jose Vicente Toribio (Andalucia-Cajasur), and built up an advantage of 1:30.

The leaders were given plenty of leeway in their endeavours as they stretched their gap to more than seven minutes after 56 kilometres of racing. Cervélo made good on their responsibility for the race leader, Theo Bos, as the Swiss squad organised at the front of the peloton and begin to impact upon the distance to the leaders, so that by kilometre 72, their lead was pegged at six minutes.

Ahead, Mayoz was taking full advantage of his second day on the attack as he absorbed maximum points at the mountain primes on offer. Satisfied with his haul, the Spaniard slunk back to the peloton, leaving his three former companions to battle on alone.

The leader's advantage was steadily reduced, and as they closed in on the final 50 kilometres of the stage, the gap dropped from around four minutes to just two. By now, Cervélo were sharing the workload in the peloton with Astana.

A rain shower lasted long enough to soak the peloton, but as the race entered its final 30 kilometres the sun returned to heat up the chase, which by now had wrestled the time gap down to 1:30.

Five kilometres later the gap had dropped to a minute as Kruijswijk decided enough was enough and dropped out of the lead group to see what could be done to assist his teammates in the run to the finish. Herrada and Toribio's hopes of survival against the Astana-led armada behind were slim, and they were swallowed up with just less than 17 kilometres to go.

Shortly after their capture, the peloton fractured. Five riders each from Astana and Rabobank took their place among a 22-rider front group. Those with the majority worked hard to drive the advantage, but by the finish the group had ballooned to double its original size after a concerted chase back by Euskaltel-Euskadi.

Nevertheless, Rabobank and Astana held their positions at the front of the peloton into the final four kilometres. But despite the Dutch squad's efforts for their sprinter Graeme Brown, Theo Bos continued his ascendancy at the race as he sprinted to a second successive stage win.


Full Results
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam4:45:55 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
5Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
6Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
8Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
10Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
11Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
12Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
13Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
14Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
15David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
16Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
17Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
18Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
19Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
20Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
21Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
22Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
23Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
24Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
25Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
26Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
27Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
28Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
29Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
30Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
31Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
32Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
33Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
34David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
35Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
36Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
37Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
38Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
39Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
40Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
41Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
42Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
43Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
44Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
45Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
46Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack  
47Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
48Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
49Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea0:00:24 
50Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
51Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
52Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
53Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:27 
54Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:00:34 
55Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:00:40 
56Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
57Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
58Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper  
59Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper  
60Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
61Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
62Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
63Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:00:53 
64Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:00:55 
65Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:00:58 
66Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
67Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:01:52 
68Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper  
69Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
70Miguel Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
71Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:02:51 
72Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack  
73Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
74Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
75Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
76Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
77Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
78Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
79Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea  
80Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
81Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
82Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
83Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
84Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
85Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
86Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
87Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
88Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
89Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
90Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
91David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
92Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
93Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
94Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
95Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
96David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
97David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
98Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
99Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
100Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:03:06 
101Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:07:47 
102Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
103Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
104Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
105Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
106Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
107Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:08:56 
108Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam25pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank20 
3Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla16 
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi14 
5Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
6Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis10 
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana9 
8Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam8 
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank7 
10Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack6 
11Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne5 
12Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis4 
13Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana3 
14Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack2 
15David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
Mountain - Alto del Embalse (Category 3, 80.6km)
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto3pts
2Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur2 
3Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural1 
2La-Rota Dos Moveis  
3Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon  
6Xacobeo Galicia  
7Team Radioshack  
8Caisse d'Epargne  
9Caja Rural  
12Cervelo Test Team0:02:51 
General Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam8:38:03 
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
4Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
5Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
6Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
7Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
8Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
9David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
10Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
11Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
12Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
13Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
14Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
15Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
16Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
17Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
18Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
19Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
20Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
21Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
22Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank  
23Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
24Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
25Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
26Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
27Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
28Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
29Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
30Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
31Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
32Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
33Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
34David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
35Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack  
36Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
37Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
38Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
39Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
40Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
41Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
42Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
43Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
44Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
45Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:00:24 
46Delio Fernandez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
47Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
48Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea  
49Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:00:27 
50Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
51Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:00:34 
52Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural0:00:40 
53Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper  
54Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
55Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
56Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
57Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:00:54 
58Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:00:55 
59Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:00:58 
60Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
61Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:01:42 
62Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:52 
63Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper  
64Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:02:13 
65Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:02:51 
66Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
67Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
68Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
69David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
70Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
71Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
72Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
73Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
74Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
75Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
76Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
77Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
78Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
79David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
80Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
81Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
82Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
83Sam Bewley (NZl) Team RadioShack0:03:53 
84Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:04:05 
85Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
86Miguel Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
87Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea0:04:24 
88Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:04:45 
89Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:55 
90Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:04:58 
91Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:05:57 
92Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:06:56 
93Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
94Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
95Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto  
96Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
97Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea  
98Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
99Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
100David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
101Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:07:47 
102Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:10:29 
103Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
104Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:11:44 
105Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:11:52 
106Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana  
107Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam  
108Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
Points Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam50pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank40 
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi30 
4Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis22 
5Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack16 
6Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla16 
7Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14 
8Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
9Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana9 
10Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9 
11Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis8 
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam8 
13Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7 
14Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank7 
15Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam6 
16Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne5 
17Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne5 
18Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis4 
19Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne4 
20Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper3 
21Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana3 
22Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla2 
23Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack2 
24David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia1 
25Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper1 
Mountains Classfication
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto9pts
2Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
3Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
4Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural1 
5Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis1 
Combination Classfication
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam2pts
2Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank4 
3Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi6 
4Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis8 
5Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack10 
6Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana16 
7Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis17 
8Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne20 
9Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne24 
10Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi25 
11Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis29 
Local Riders Classification
1Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
2Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
4Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
5Miguel Candil (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
6David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
7Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
Spanish Riders Classfication
1Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
3David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
4Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
5Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
6Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
7Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
8Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
10Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
11Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
Teams Classfication
2Caisse d'Epargne  
3La-Rota Dos Moveis  
4Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Le  
6Team Radioshack  
8Xacobeo Galicia  
9Caja Rural  
12Cervelo Test Team0:02:51 


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