Contador back on top in TT

Spaniard assumes overall lead with strong performance

Alberto Contador (Astana) seized control of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon on Saturday afternoon with yet another commanding individual time trial performance. The Spanish stage race star completed the 15.1 kilometre course more than 30 seconds faster than his nearest competitor, Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack). Now former-race leader Igor Antón (Euskaltel Euskadi) finished third, almost a minute behind Contador.

Along with his stage win on Saturday, Contador turned a 13 second overall deficit prior to the stage, into a 41 second lead over Antón. Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) did enough to retain his third place position, but is now 1:20 behind Contador with only one stage to go.

It was the first individual time trial win of the season for the Spanish time trial Champion, however, It is the third time this season Contador has recorded a top-two position in an individual time trial, of the four he has competed in so far.

“I really wanted to do it well and try to get the win," said Contador. "I haven't won a time trial yet this year and that was the main objective. We have been working on improving the bike and we have achieved a very good result, because there were significant differences."

“I rode better than expected, because you always have doubts and it was a very tough time trial, very good for climbers like Igor Antón or Mosquera”.

Contador knows that even with a 41 second lead over the Euskaltel-Euskadi rider he will have to be on his guard on tomorrow's final stage.

“It will be a tough day, because some people will look for the escape and the team will have to do a great effort, but I hope we will pass the day without problems”.

Starting sixth, Jonathan Castroviejo (Euskaltel-Euskadi) had set an early benchmark of 22:17 for the 15.1 kilometre course. His time was surpassed by Cervelo's Ignatas Konovalovas, who was able to drag the standard down to a shade over 22 minutes, with 22:03.

The first to surpass the sub-22 minute barrier was Stef Clement (Rabobank), who completed his time trial ten seconds faster than Konovalovas. Clement's mark proved the most resilient. His teammate, Steven Kruijswijk, who had been on the attack regularly throughout the opening stages of the race, recorded 22:06, but was still 13 seconds shy.

Jose Mendes (La-Rota Dos Moveis) made use of his local knowledge to move ahead of Clement in the provisional standings with 21:51, but his time stood at the top for little more than a minute as Gustavo Cësar Veloso (Xacobeo Galicia) cut another 13 seconds off with his 21:38 effort.

With almost all of the nineteen riders left to finish out on course Veloso began the anxious wait to see if his time would hold firm. It didn't. Janez Brajkovic (RadioShack) gave an indication of what was to come as he finished in 21:03, a full 35 seconds faster than the Xacobeo Galicia man.

Contador was the next to register an improvement and it was yet another significant one. He tore 33 seconds off Brajkovic's time, with 20:30. With only Igor Antón (Euskaltel-Euskadi) left out on course, Contador only had to wait momentarily to find out his final position as the Euskaltel rider finished with the third fastest time, 21:24.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana0:20:30 
2Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:00:33 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:54 
4Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:08 
5David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:01:20 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
7Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:01:21 
8Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:01:23 
9Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:33 
10Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:01:35 
11Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:01:36 
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam0:01:37 
13Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
14Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack0:01:43 
15Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:01:45 
16Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:01:47 
17Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana0:01:48 
18Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack0:01:50 
19Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:01:51 
20Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
21Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:53 
22Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:01:56 
23Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
24Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:01:58 
25Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:01:59 
26Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
27Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
28Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:03 
29Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:06 
30Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
31Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:02:10 
32Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:11 
33Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:02:12 
34Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:02:16 
35Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:02:17 
36Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:20 
37Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
38Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
39Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:02:21 
40Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:22 
41Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
42Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea0:02:24 
43Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:02:27 
44Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea0:02:29 
45Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:02:30 
46Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
47Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural0:02:32 
48Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
49Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:33 
50Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:02:34 
51Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:02:36 
52Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
53Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
54Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack0:02:43 
55Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:02:44 
56Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:02:48 
57David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
58Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:02:50 
59Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
60Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
61David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:51 
62Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
63Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:02:52 
64Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:02:56 
65Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
66Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:02:58 
67Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
68Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:03:01 
69Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:02 
70Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
71Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:03:04 
72Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:06 
73Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural0:03:11 
74Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:13 
75Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:03:14 
76Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:03:19 
77Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
78Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:03:20 
79Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
80David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
81Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:03:24 
82Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
83Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:03:25 
84Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea0:03:31 
85Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:33 
86Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea  
87Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:35 
88Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:36 
89Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:03:42 
90Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
91Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:03:46 
92David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:47 
93Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:03:48 
94Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea0:03:50 
95Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
96Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper  
97Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper0:03:59 
98Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:04:00 
99Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:04:07 
100Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:04:12 
101Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:04:15 
102Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea0:04:17 
103Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:04:21 
104Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:27 
105Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:39 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana25 pts
2Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack20 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi16 
4Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14 
5David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper12 
6Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia10 
7Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis9 
8Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank8 
9Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam7 
10Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural6 
11Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank5 
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam4 
13Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
14Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack2 
15Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank1 
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
2Team Radioshack1:05:36 
5Xacobeo Galicia1:06:18 
6Cervelo Test Team1:06:46 
7La- Rota Dos Moveis1:07:23 
8Caisse d'Epargne1:07:24 
10Caja Rural1:07:54 
12Burgos-Castilla Y Le Esp1:08:06 
General classification after stage 4
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana13:05:55 
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:00:41 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:01:20 
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack0:01:30 
5David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:02:30 
6Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:02:51 
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
8Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam0:02:58 
9Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank0:03:06 
10Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack0:03:17 
11Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank0:03:23 
12Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:28 
13Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper0:03:58 
14Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:02 
15Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:04:20 
16Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne0:04:44 
17Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:04:54 
18Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:05:03 
19Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:05:11 
20Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:15 
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:05:17 
22Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural0:05:37 
23Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:07:33 
24Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:07:54 
25Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:08 
26Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:17 
27Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:08:18 
28Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:08:22 
29Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana0:08:34 
30Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:09:08 
31Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne0:09:53 
32Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:10:41 
33Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
34Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:11:20 
35Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:11:26 
36Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:36 
37David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:12:17 
38Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana0:12:54 
39Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea0:13:26 
40Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana0:13:57 
41Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:14:19 
42Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana0:16:45 
43Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:16:48 
44Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack0:17:40 
45Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:55 
46Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural0:18:16 
47Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:18:17 
48Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:18:30 
49Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:18:41 
50Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:18:45 
51Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:19:12 
52Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:19:54 
53Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:20:22 
54Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper0:20:48 
55Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural0:21:13 
56Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:21:36 
57Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea0:22:04 
58Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:23:04 
59Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto0:23:34 
60Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea0:23:44 
61Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:23:49 
62Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:24:20 
63Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:24:42 
64Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper0:24:47 
65Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:25:07 
66Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:26:12 
67Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:48 
68Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper0:27:29 
69Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:28:08 
70Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:28:13 
71Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:28:14 
72Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:28:18 
73Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:28:24 
74Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana  
75Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:28:25 
76Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:29:06 
77Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:29:25 
78Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:29:28 
79Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:29:49 
80Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:30:00 
81Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:30:04 
82Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:30:21 
83David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana0:30:28 
84Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:30:42 
85Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:53 
86David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:31:00 
87Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:31:17 
88Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:31:26 
89Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:31:47 
90Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:17 
91Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:32:36 
92Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea0:32:44 
93Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:54 
94Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:33:39 
95Mario Costa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:33:49 
96Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:34:01 
97Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:34:37 
98David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:35:32 
99Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:35:57 
100Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea0:36:02 
101Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:36:09 
102Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:37:57 
103Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:39:08 
104Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack0:39:31 
105Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:41:08 
Points classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam50 pts
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana50 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi41 
4Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank40 
5Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack34 
6Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi30 
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack28 
8Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia24 
9Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis22 
10David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper21 
11Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne20 
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam18 
13Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla16 
14Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14 
15Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne14 
16Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank13 
17Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis13 
18Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
19Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur11 
20Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural9 
21Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9 
22Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis8 
23Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank8 
24Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla7 
25Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi7 
Mountains classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto19 pts
2Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur11 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi10 
4Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne8 
5Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana6 
6Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam6 
7Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur6 
8Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia4 
9David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana4 
10Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3 
11Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack3 
Combination classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana5 pts
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi5 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5 
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack5 
5Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam5 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack5 
7Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne5 
8Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural5 
9David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper4 
10Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur4 
11Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank4 
Regional rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
2Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
4Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
5Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
6David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
7Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
Spanish rider classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
4David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
5Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
6Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
7Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
8Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
9Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
10Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural  
11Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
Teams classification
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Team Radioshack39:25:23 
3Caisse d'Epargne39:30:06 
4Caja Rural39:30:26 
5Burgos 2016 - Castilla y Leon39:33:12 
6Xacobeo Galicia39:33:50 
8Barbot - Siper39:42:40 
9Cervelo Test Team39:45:25 
10Andalucia - Cajasur39:48:29 
11Los Rota Dos Moveis39:50:36 
12Euskaltel - Euskadi39:52:06 


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