Contador completes third overall win of the year

Ribeiro runs away with final stage

Alberto Contador (Astana) sewed up his third general classification victory of the 2010 season after safely negotiating the final stage of the Vuelta a Castilla y Leon in Spain on Sunday.

Contador finished mid-pack in the final stage into Santiago de Compostela, which was won by Portuguese rider Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper).

Ribeiro triumphed in a sprint finale over Spanish pair Alberto Benitez (Footon-Servetto) and Angel Vicioso (Andalucia-Cajasur).

Contador added the Castilla y Leon title (the third of his career) to his overall wins at Paris-Nice and the Vuelta ao Algarve. He finished the race on Sunday with the same margin that had followed his individual time trial win on Saturday. Igor Antón finished second at 41 seconds and Ezequiel Mosquera (Xacobeo Galicia) took the final podium position, 39 seconds further back.

The peloton gets stuck in on Sunday

Despite a question mark over how foreign riders were going to get home after the race, in light of the disruptions to European air travel, the peloton wasted no time in attacking the 171.6 kilometre course. The high pace meant it took until kilometre 30 for the first break to form.

Once away, however, the eight-man group built itself a rapid advantage, that had extended beyond two minutes after 20 kilometres on the attack. The eight escapees being: Arnold Jeannesson (Caisse d'Epargne), Grischa Niermann (Rabobank), Markel Irizar (RadioShack), Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Andalusia-Cajasur), Gonzalo Rabuñal (Xacobeo Galicia), Ivan Melero (Burgos 2016-Castilla), Jose Herrada (Caja Rural) and Jose Mendes (La-Rota Dos Moveis).

Gomez Marchante led the leaders over the only climb of the day, the Category 3 Montecalvo, as they continued to press their advantage. By kilometre 80 their gap had stretched to 3:40, but this would be prove to be the furthest it would grow.

As the distance passed the 100 kilometre marker, the gap had already begun to dip, primarily under the insistence of Astana and Euskaltel-Euskadi at the front of the peloton behind. The lead settled at the three minute mark until the outskirts of Santiago de Compostela, 25 kilometres from home.

Within 13 kilometres, the leaders' were hanging onto just 60 seconds of their advantage. With the peloton closing fast, Irizar, Jeannesson, Herrada and Mendes launched a last gasp attempt to deny the sprinters their day. Their challenge was a brave one, and with five kilometres to go a gap of 30 seconds appeared to give them hope of staying away until the end.

Alas, the peloton had timed their run to perfection as they swallowed the quartet up inside the final kilometre of the race. Sergio Ribeiro (Barbot-Siper) proved the fastest of the stampeding peloton as he swept through to take his first win of the season, and the first victory by a Continental rider in the race. 

Full Results
1Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper3:50:06 
2Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
3Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
4Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack  
7Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
8David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam  
10Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
11Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
12Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack  
13Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural  
14Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
15Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
16Fabricio Ferrari (Uru) Caja Rural  
17Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
18Koos Moerenhout (Ned) Rabobank  
19Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne  
20David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
21Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana  
22Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam  
23Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural  
24Oscar Pereiro (Spa) Astana  
25Andrey Amador (CRc) Caisse d'Epargne  
26Jon Izaguirre (Spa) Orbea  
27Gorazd Stangelj (Slo) Astana  
28Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
29Raul Santamarta (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
30Jose Rubiera (Spa) Team RadioShack  
31Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank  
32Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea  
33Bruno Pires (Por) Barbot-Siper  
34Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack  
35Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack  
36Gregory Obando (CRc) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
37Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
38Alberto Losada (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
39Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
40Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank  
41Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
42Ruben Plaza (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
43Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
44Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne  
45Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia  
46Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana  
47Daniel Navarro (Spa) Astana  
48Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne  
49Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank  
50Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
51Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea  
52Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
53Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
54Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural  
55Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank  
56Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural  
57Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
58Pedro Merino (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
59Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper  
60Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea  
61Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack  
62Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne  
63Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper  
64Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank  
65Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural  
66Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:00:14 
67Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
68Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
69Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:00:16 
70Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
71Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:00:22 
72Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper0:00:26 
73Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:00:41 
74David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
75David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
76Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack  
77Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank  
78Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea  
79Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
80Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana  
81Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:00:57 
82Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
83Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:01:07 
84David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana  
85Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:01:12 
86Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:01:22 
87Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:03:10 
88Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper  
89Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
90Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:03:47 
91Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
92Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:03:55 
93Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:04:22 
94Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam  
95Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:05:31 
96Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
97Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:06:42 
98Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:06:48 
99Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:07:01 
100Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
101Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:07:03 
102Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi  
103Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:08:38 
104Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea  
Points Classification
1Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper25pts
2Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto20 
3Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur16 
4Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur14 
5Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi12 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack10 
7Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne9 
8David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia8 
9Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam7 
10Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis6 
11Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia5 
12Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack4 
13Aketza Peña (Spa) Caja Rural3 
14Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia2 
15Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi1 
Mountain - Alto de Montecalvo (Category 3, 58.7km)
1Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3pts
2Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne2 
3Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank1 
1Xacobeo Galicia11:30:18 
3Team RadioShack  
4Caisse d'Epargne  
5Caja Rural  
8Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon  
9Cervelo TestTeam  
12La-Rota Dos Moveis  
Final General Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana16:56:01 
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 
17Grischa Niermann (Ger) Rabobank0:05:03 
18Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural0:05:10 
19Juan Manuel Garate (Spa) Rabobank0:05:11 
20Mario Bruseghin (Ita) Caisse d'Epargne0:05:15 
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:05:33 
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 
32Mikel Landa (Spa) Orbea0:10:41 
33Edgar Pinto (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:11:22 
34Francisco Perez (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne0:11:26 
35Marcos Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:11:36 
36David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:12:17 
37Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur  
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 
44Rodrigo Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:17:55 
45Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural0:18:16 
46Fumiyuki Beppu (Jpn) Team RadioShack0:18:17 
47Markel Irizar (Spa) Team RadioShack0:18:21 
48Jose Roldan (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:18:41 
49Hugo Sabido (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:18:45 
50Virgilio Santos (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:19:26 
51Edward King (USA) Cervelo TestTeam0:19:54 
52Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper0:20:48 
53Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural0:21:13 
54Andoni Blazquez (Spa) Orbea0:22:04 
55Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:22:17 
56Gonzalo Rabuñal. (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:23:04 
57Ricardo Garcia (Spa) Orbea0:23:44 
58Hernani Broco (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:23:49 
59Rui Sousa (Por) Barbot-Siper0:24:42 
60Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank0:25:01 
61Antonio Cabello (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:25:07 
62Cesar Fonte (Por) Barbot-Siper0:25:13 
63Javier Aramendia (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:25:31 
64Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank0:26:12 
65Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:26:48 
66Miguel Minguez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:27:23 
67Helder Oliveira (Por) Barbot-Siper0:27:29 
68Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank0:28:08 
69Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:28:13 
70Ruben Reig (Spa) Caja Rural0:28:18 
71Serafin Martinez (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia0:28:25 
72Benjamin Noval (Spa) Astana0:29:05 
73Marco Corti (Ita) Footon-Servetto  
74Gert Steegmans (Bel) Team RadioShack0:29:25 
75Dennis Van Winden (Ned) Rabobank0:29:36 
76Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:30:11 
77Jesus Hernandez (Spa) Astana0:30:13 
78Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural0:30:21 
79Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:30:53 
80David De La Fuente (Spa) Astana0:31:35 
81Manuel Ortega (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:31:39 
82David Gutierrez (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:31:41 
83Manuel Anton (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:19 
84Luis Mas (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:31 
85Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:32:50 
86Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:32:54 
87Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis0:32:59 
88Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:33:47 
89Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam0:33:50 
90Joaquin Ortega (Spa) Barbot-Siper0:34:36 
91Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Cervelo TestTeam0:35:39 
92David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla0:36:13 
93Benat Urain (Spa) Orbea0:36:43 
94Xabier Zabalo (Spa) Orbea0:37:07 
95Jose Toribio (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur0:37:47 
96Jason Mccartney (USA) Team RadioShack0:39:31 
97Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto0:39:56 
98Jonathan Castroviejo (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi0:40:42 
99Mikel Ilundain (Spa) Orbea0:41:22 
100Tomas Faiers (GBr) Footon-Servetto0:41:28 
101Joaquin Novoa (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:42:18 
102Adrian Saez (Spa) Orbea0:42:39 
103Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam0:44:39 
104Joao Correia (Por) Cervelo TestTeam0:47:56 
Points Classification
1Theo Bos (Ned) Cervelo TestTeam50pts
2Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana50 
3Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi42 
4Pablo Urtasun (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi42 
5Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank40 
6Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack38 
7Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack38 
8Filipe Cardoso (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis28 
9Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia26 
10Sergio Ribeiro (Por) Barbot-Siper25 
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur25 
12Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam25 
13Pablo Lastras (Spa) Caisse d'Epargne23 
14David Bernabeu (Spa) Barbot-Siper21 
15Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne20 
16Alberto Benitez (Spa) Footon-Servetto20 
17Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur16 
18Oscar Grau (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla16 
19Gustavo Cesar (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia14 
20Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank13 
21Jose Mendes (Por) La-Rota Dos Moveis13 
22Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto12 
23Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural9 
24David Garcia (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia9 
25Michael Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural9 
Mountains Classification
1Iban Mayoz (Spa) Footon-Servetto19pts
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 
10Jose Angel Gomez Marchante (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur3 
11Jorge Azanza (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi3 
Combination Classification
1Alberto Contador (Spa) Astana8pts
2Igor Anton (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi8 
3Ezequiel Mosquera (Spa) Xacobeo Galicia20 
4Janez Brajkovic (Slo) Team RadioShack22 
5Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervelo TestTeam26 
6Tiago Machado (Por) Team RadioShack30 
7Juan Mauricio Soler (Col) Caisse d'Epargne35 
8Jose Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural59 
9Angel Vicioso (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur62 
10Arnold Jeannesson (Fra) Caisse d'Epargne77 
11Javier Moreno (Spa) Andalucia-Cajasur17 
Local Riders Classification
1Diego Gallego (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
2Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
3Ivan Melero (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
4Enrique Mata (Spa) Footon-Servetto  
5Ruben Calvo (Spa) La-Rota Dos Moveis  
6David Francisco (Spa) Burgos 2016-Castilla  
7Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervelo TestTeam  
Spanish Riders Classification
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  
1Team RadioShack50:55:41 
3Caisse d'Epargne0:04:43 
4Caja Rural0:05:03 
5Burgos 2016-Castilla Y Leon0:07:49 
6Xacobeo Galicia0:08:27 
9Cervelo TestTeam0:20:02 
11La-Rota Dos Moveis0:25:13 


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