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Vuelta Ciclista a la Region de Murcia 2010

Date range:
March 3- 7, 2010

March 03, Stage 1: San Pedro del Pinatar - San Pedro del Pinatar 166.5km

Hunter scores for Garmin-Transitions

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Cycling News
Published:
March 03, 2010, 15:45 GMT,
Updated:
March 03, 2010, 19:58 GMT

Bunch sprint finale for Murcia stage 1

Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) celebrates his stage win in Murcia

Robbie Hunter (Garmin-Transitions) celebrates his stage win in Murcia

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Robbie Hunter (Garmin - Transitions) sprinted to victory in the Tour of Murcia's opening stage today, taking his first win of the season and the US ProTour team's first on European soil. The 32-year-old South African bested Graeme Brown (Rabobank) and Vicente Reynes (HTC - Columbia) at the finish in San Pedro del Pinatar, denying Brown the opportunity to win Murcia's first stage for the third consecutive year.

Garmin - Transitions was also active from the stage start as the break of the day was initiated by Hunter's teammate Danny Pate and Frenchman Alexandre Blain (Endura Racing) after 11km of racing. The duo were soon joined by Rubén Reig (Caja Rural) and Lieuwe Westra (Vacansoleil) and the four escapees found themselves 5:15 ahead of the field after 26 kilometres.

That would prove to be the quartet's largest advantage as the peloton chipped away at their lead, ultimately absorbing them inside of 20 kilometres to the finish following 135km of freedom.

Blain claimed the intermediate sprint jersey along the way, a big achievement for the British team. "I decided with the wind and the climbs today that I would go on the attack. I wanted the Meta Volantes jersey and I took that today. I am pleased, it shows that we are not just here for show but that we came to race. This is good for the Endura Racing Team. I am very pleased."

The teams of the sprinters kept the tempo high into San Pedro del Pinatar, particularly Team Milram and Rabobank, and their efforts split the peloton. Milram's and Rabobank's respective sprinters, Roger Kluge and Graeme Brown, however would be out-kicked at the finish line by Robbie Hunter (Garmin - Transitions).

"Over the last climb of the day the field started to split and the speed was really high," said Garmin - Transitions director Johnny Weltz. "The break was caught with 20 km to go. In the cross wind the field split into several groups but we had our key hitters up there: [David] Zabriskie, Robbie [Hunter] and Danny [Pate].

"As we approached the finish more people got dropped in the cross wind and the reduced group was a perfect scenario for us where Robbie rounded up the day with a clear victory!"

All of the general classification favourites such as defending champion Denis Menchov (Rabobank), Team RadioShack's Lance Armstrong and Andreas Klöden, Bradley Wiggins (Team Sky) and David Zabriskie (Garmin-Transitions) arrived at the finish in the 55-rider strong lead group. The one notable absence was sprinter Theo Bos (Cervélo Test Team) who was expected to vie for stage honours, but the Dutchman missed the split and finished 1:08 behind Hunter.

With the stage victory, Hunter also assumed the first leader's jersey at the Tour of Murcia.

The peloton faces a more challenging stage two tomorrow as they race 169.8km from Calasparra to Caravaca de la Cruz. The category 1 Alto de San Juan will be tackled twice, although the field will have 40km of downhill and flat ground after the second crossing to regroup by the finish line.

Full Results

# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 4:15:40  
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia    
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack    
6 Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
7 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
8 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky    
9 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
10 Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing    
11 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana    
12 Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team    
13 Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team    
14 Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana    
15 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
16 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing    
17 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team    
18 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
19 John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky    
20 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
21 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky    
22 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky    
23 Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team    
24 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky    
25 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
26 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
27 Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team    
28 José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural    
29 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky    
30 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia    
31 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
32 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
33 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
34 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia    
35 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
36 Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack    
37 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
38 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
39 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
40 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
41 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
42 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank    
43 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
44 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural    
45 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
46 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack    
47 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
48 Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural    
49 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram    
50 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
51 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack    
52 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp    
53 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack    
54 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack    
55 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
56 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:38  
57 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo Test Team    
58 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing    
59 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
60 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
61 Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team    
62 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky    
63 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural    
64 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing 0:00:58  
65 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:04  
66 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:08  
67 Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram 0:01:52  
68 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 0:02:48  
69 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
70 Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
71 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
72 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team    
73 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
74 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
75 Erik Mohs (Ger) German National Team    
76 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank    
77 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
78 Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team 0:07:46  
79 Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp    
80 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
81 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram    
82 James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing    
83 Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing    
84 José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team    
85 Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
86 Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
87 Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural    
88 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp    
89 Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural    
90 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural    
91 Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
92 Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team    
93 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team    
94 Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team    
95 Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team    
96 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team    
97 Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team    
98 David Calatayud (Spa) Spanish National Team    
99 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana    
100 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
101 Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team    
102 Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team    
103 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Russian National Team    
104 Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo Test Team    
105 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
106 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions    
107 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
108 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team 0:08:35  
109 Tomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:09:06  
DNF Huub Duyn (Ned) Team Netapp    
DNF Stephane Rossetto (Fra) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
Sprint 1 - Cartagena
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 3  pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2  
3 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Mountain 1 - Alto de la Cuesta (3ª categoría)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  pts
2 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 2  
3 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Mountain 2 - Alto de Cedacero (3ª categoría)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  pts
2 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions 2  
3 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Mountain 3 - Alto de Portmán (3ª categoría)
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 3  pts
2 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 2  
3 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions 1  
Points
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 25  pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 20  
3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia 16  
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 14  
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack 12  
6 Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 10  
7 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9  
8 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky 8  
9 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp 7  
10 Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing 6  
11 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana 5  
12 Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team 4  
13 Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team 3  
14 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 2  
15 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 1  
Points - Cartagena
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 3  pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2  
3 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Teams
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12:47:00  
2 Team Sky    
3 Team Milram    
4 Russian National team    
5 Astana    
6 Team HTC - Columbia    
7 Rabobank    
8 Team Radioshack    
9 Garmin - Transitions    
10 Caja Rural    
11 Endura Racing 0:00:38  
12 Team Netapp    
13 Cervélo Test Team 0:02:20  
14 CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:02:48  
15 Spanish National Team 0:08:24  
16 German National Team 0:18:20  
General classification after stage 1
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 4:15:40  
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank    
3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia    
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram    
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack    
6 Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
7 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
8 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky    
9 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp    
10 Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing    
11 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana    
12 Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team    
13 Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team    
14 Josep Jufre (Spa) Astana    
15 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram    
16 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing    
17 Sergey Shilov (Rus) Russian National Team    
18 Rob Ruijgh (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
19 John Lee Augustyn (RSA) Team Sky    
20 Sergey Lagutin (Uzb) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
21 Christopher Froome (GBr) Team Sky    
22 Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor) Team Sky    
23 Sergey Chernetskiy (Rus) Russian National Team    
24 Nicolas Portal (Fra) Team Sky    
25 Tomasz Marczynski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
26 Wouter Poels (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
27 Artur Ershow (Rus) Russian National Team    
28 José Herrada (Spa) Caja Rural    
29 Bradley Wiggins (GBr) Team Sky    
30 Aleksejs Saramotins (Lat) Team HTC - Columbia    
31 Martin Velits (Svk) Team HTC - Columbia    
32 Thomas Rohregger (Aut) Team Milram    
33 Denis Menchov (Rus) Rabobank    
34 Frantisek Rabon (Cze) Team HTC - Columbia    
35 Gert Dockx (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
36 Gregory Rast (Swi) Team Radioshack    
37 Paolo Tiralongo (Ita) Astana    
38 Andreas Klöden (Ger) Team Radioshack    
39 Stef Clement (Ned) Rabobank    
40 Matteo Carrara (Ita) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
41 Alexsandr Dyachenko (Kaz) Astana    
42 Pieter Weening (Ned) Rabobank    
43 Patrick Gretsch (Ger) Team HTC - Columbia    
44 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural    
45 Peter Wrolich (Aut) Team Milram    
46 Lance Armstrong (USA) Team Radioshack    
47 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
48 Vitor Rodrigues (Por) Caja Rural    
49 Dominik Nerz (Ger) Team Milram    
50 David Zabriskie (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
51 José Luis Rubiera (Spa) Team Radioshack    
52 Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Team Netapp    
53 Jason Mccartney (USA) Team Radioshack    
54 Haimar Zubeldia (Spa) Team Radioshack    
55 Steven Kruijswijk (Ned) Rabobank    
56 Stefan Denifl (Aut) Cervélo Test Team 0:00:38  
57 Marcel Wyss (Swi) Cervélo Test Team    
58 Evan Oliphant (GBr) Endura Racing    
59 Jan Barta (Cze) Team Netapp    
60 Andrey Zeits (Kaz) Astana    
61 Salvador Guardiola (Spa) Spanish National Team    
62 Morris Possoni (Ita) Team Sky    
63 Oleg Chuzhda (Ukr) Caja Rural    
64 Jack Bauer (NZl) Endura Racing 0:00:58  
65 Oscar Pujol (Spa) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:04  
66 Theo Bos (Ned) Cervélo Test Team 0:01:08  
67 Bjorn Schroder (Ger) Team Milram 0:01:52  
68 Mauricio Ardila (Col) Rabobank 0:02:48  
69 Cesare Benedetti (Ita) Team Netapp    
70 Dariusz Batek (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
71 Robert Partridge (GBr) Endura Racing    
72 Philip Deignan (Irl) Cervélo Test Team    
73 Jan Ghyselinck (Bel) Team HTC - Columbia    
74 Iñigo Cuesta (Spa) Cervélo Test Team    
75 Erik Mohs (Ger) German National Team    
76 Dmitry Kozontchuk (Rus) Rabobank    
77 Peter Stetina (USA) Garmin - Transitions    
78 Antonio Cabello (Spa) Spanish National Team 0:07:46  
79 Nico Keinath (Ger) Team Netapp    
80 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team    
81 Dominik Roels (Ger) Team Milram    
82 James Moss (GBr) Endura Racing    
83 Ross Creber (GBr) Endura Racing    
84 José Carlos Lara (Spa) Spanish National Team    
85 Tomasz Lisowicz (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
86 Adan Sznitko (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
87 Higinio Fernández (Spa) Caja Rural    
88 Timon Seubert (Ger) Team Netapp    
89 Arturo Mora (Spa) Caja Rural    
90 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Caja Rural    
91 Lukasz Bodnart (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice    
92 Robert Bengsch (Ger) German National Team    
93 Robert Bartko (Ger) German National Team    
94 Stefan Schafer (Ger) German National Team    
95 Marcel Barth (Ger) German National Team    
96 Henning Bommel (Ger) German National Team    
97 Manuel Anton (Spa) Spanish National Team    
98 David Calatayud (Spa) Spanish National Team    
99 Roman Kireyev (Kaz) Astana    
100 Valentin Iglinskiy (Kaz) Astana    
101 Maxim Kozyrev (Rus) Russian National Team    
102 Alexander Sokolov (Rus) Russian National Team    
103 Alexander Rybakov (Rus) Russian National Team    
104 Joao Correia (Por) Cervélo Test Team    
105 Trent Lowe (Aus) Garmin - Transitions    
106 Julian Dean (NZl) Garmin - Transitions    
107 Michel Kreder (Ned) Garmin - Transitions    
108 Pablo Lechuga (Spa) Spanish National Team 0:08:35  
109 Tomasz Repinski (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:09:06  
Sprint classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 3  pts
2 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2  
3 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Mountains classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9  pts
2 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 4  
3 Danny Pate (USA) Garmin - Transitions 3  
4 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 2  
Points classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Robert Hunter (RSA) Garmin - Transitions 25  pts
2 Graeme Brown (Aus) Rabobank 20  
3 Vicente Reynes (Spa) Team HTC - Columbia 16  
4 Roger Kluge (Ger) Team Milram 14  
5 Daryl Impey (RSA) Team Radioshack 12  
6 Krzystof Jezowsky (Pol) CCC Polsat Polkowice 10  
7 Michal Golas (Pol) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 9  
8 Russell Downing (GBr) Team Sky 8  
9 Daniel Schorn (Aut) Team Netapp 7  
10 Ian Wilkilson (GBr) Endura Racing 6  
11 Bolat Raimbekov (Kaz) Astana 5  
12 Víctor Cabedo (Spa) Spanish National Team 4  
13 Alexandre Blain (Fra) Endura Racing 3  
14 Egor Korolev (Rus) Russian National Team 3  
15 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 2  
16 Lieuwe Westra (Ned) Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 2  
17 Luke Roberts (Aus) Team Milram 1  
18 Rubén Reig (Spa) Caja Rural 1  
Teams classification
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Vacansoleil Pro Cycling Team 12:47:00  
2 Team Sky    
3 Team Milram    
4 Russian National team    
5 Astana    
6 Team HTC - Columbia    
7 Rabobank    
8 Team Radioshack    
9 Garmin - Transitions    
10 Caja Rural    
11 Endura Racing 0:00:38  
12 Team Netapp    
13 Cervélo Test Team 0:02:20  
14 CCC Polsat Polkowice 0:02:48  
15 Spanish National Team 0:08:24  
16 German National Team 0:18:20